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James Ward

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2017 Mitsubishi ASX XLS review
  • Plenty of features to keep buyers happy; Feels spacious especially when driving two-up; Cruises well; Cheap to run
  • Those chrome jowls aren't to all tastes; Steering lacks communicative feel; Engine lacks character; $31,500 sounds expensive...

OUR RATING
6.5 / 10

Most Recent reviews

2017 Mitsubishi ASX XLS review

It's been on sale for seven years, but that hasn't slowed down the popularity of Mitsubishi's smallest SUV, the ASX. We take a look at the range-topping XLS variant in 2017 guise.

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2017 Toyota RAV4 GXL long-term review four
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Toyota RAV4 GXL long-term review four

Our long-term 2017 Toyota RAV4 GXL leaves the city behind for some longer distance touring.

Priced At
$41,950

2017 Porsche Panamera review
Rating: 910 /10
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2017 Porsche Panamera review

The Porsche Panamera has finally come of age. The liftback grand tourer brings new tech, new power and new style – but is it a true four-door 911?

Priced At
$210,000 - $376,900

Cayman GT4 RS: Did a Porsche dealer just leak the brand's next big thing?
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Cayman GT4 RS: Did a Porsche dealer just leak the brand's next big thing?

Oh social media, you can be such a fickle mistress. Once again the line between customer information and spoiled surprises has been blurred, this time by Porsche Centre Brisbane asking on Instagram for expressions of interest for the 2018 Porsche Cayman GT4 RS 4.0 - though the post has since been removed...


2017 Ford Ranger XLS Special Edition review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Ford Ranger XLS Special Edition review

The same basic underpinnings with handy accessories and bundle value, what's not to like about the 2017 Ford Ranger XLS Special Edition?

Priced At
$48,990 - $51,190

Be first, go big: Range-topper makes up half of new Porsche Panamera orders
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Be first, go big: Range-topper makes up half of new Porsche Panamera orders

The all-new second-generation 2017 Porsche Panamera sedan has arrived in Australia, the first two of a five-model line-up landing locally this week. The 324kW/550Nm 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 Panamera 4S, and range-topping 404kW/770Nm 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 Panamera Turbo will be the first to grace showrooms...


2017 Mercedes-Benz S500 Cabriolet review
Rating: 910 /10
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2017 Mercedes-Benz S500 Cabriolet review

James jumps behind the wheel of the stunning 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet, a movie star for the road.

Priced At
$357,215

2017 BMW M3 'facelift facelift' heading to Geneva
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2017 BMW M3 'facelift facelift' heading to Geneva

Following recent news of an LCI (life-cycle impulse) update to the BMW 4 Series range, which includes the M4, comes a mild update to its four-door stablemate, the M3. Wait, you say. Didn’t the M3 score an update as part of the 3 Series LCI in 2016? Yes it did, but just to keep you on your toes, it’s had another one. Albeit, very minor...


2016 BMW 330i 100 Year Edition review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 BMW 330i 100 Year Edition review

A limited-edition 3 Series to celebrate a century of BMW, James takes the 2016 BMW 330i 100 Year Edition for a spin.

Priced At
$75,855

New Lada Niva for 2018... Could it be?
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New Lada Niva for 2018... Could it be?

Everyone’s favourite pioneering Russian SUV, the Lada Niva, turns 40 years old this year - making it just about ready for an update. Reports this week suggest that Lada’s parent company, AutoVAZ, is finally looking to move the ‘darling of the field’ (Russian translation for Lada Niva) to a new and more modern platform, for launch in 2018...


2017 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 review

Is there such a thing as too much power? With the Mercedes-AMG GLS63 and its 430kW twin-turbo V8, James doesn't think so.

Priced At
$217,900

1988 HSV VL SS Group A Walkinshaw review: Australia Day special!

1988 HSV VL SS Group A Walkinshaw review: Australia Day special!

Happy Australia Day! James winds the clock back 30 years to drive one of the most iconic Australian cars of all time, the 1988 HSV VL Group A SS Walkinshaw.

Priced At
$45,500

2017 Renault Megane GT review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Renault Megane GT review

If there is funky styling, turbo power and four-wheel steering... it can only be French. James drives the Renault Megane GT warm hatch.

Priced At
$38,490

Behind closed doors: What lives in the garages of your neighbourhood?

Behind closed doors: What lives in the garages of your neighbourhood?

Suburban garages can be something of a puzzle. Part everyday storage solution, part potential treasure trove, their big doors do a great job of hiding the riches within. These doors spend the majority of their lives closed, but have you ever wondered what they could be hiding? I’m sure I’m not the only person who has imagined whether the nice old lady at number six has some fantastic, classic metal squirreled away under a sheet behind the B&D...


2017 Alpina B3 Touring review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Alpina B3 Touring review

James finds himself a unicorn – a 301kW BMW 3-Series wagon. We drive the 2017 Alpina B3 Touring.

Priced At
$160,900