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James Ward

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2017 Alpina B3 Touring review
  • Alpina styling gives the Touring an aggressive but classy appeal; comfortable and practical even around town; excellent grip; 301kW in a station wagon – yasss!
  • Exotic animals are always expensive, but $160k plus options and on-roads puts this into the endangered category; shift buttons take away some driving appeal; could sound meaner

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8.5 / 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.

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Mercedes-AMG Old v New: 2015 SLK55 v 2017 SLC43
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Mercedes-AMG Old v New: 2015 SLK55 v 2017 SLC43

To upgrade, or not to upgrade? That is the question. When a new model of the car you own is released, it's only natural to look at what has changed to see if the update is worth the time, effort, and most importantly, cost...


2018 Kia Stinger GT: Korean show-stopper lobs Down Under to ace Australian Open crowds
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2018 Kia Stinger GT: Korean show-stopper lobs Down Under to ace Australian Open crowds

The 2018 Kia Stinger GT, which wowed crowds at the recent 2017 Detroit motor show, has touched down on local soil, unveiled today at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. Kia has been the major sponsor of the Australian Open since 2002, and while the all-new Rio small car is also making its Australian debut at the event, the turbocharged, rear-wheel-drive Stinger is just a shade more exciting...


Holden Colorado LTZ v Toyota HiLux SR5 comparison
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Holden Colorado LTZ v Toyota HiLux SR5 comparison

I’m sure that deep inside a fortune cookie somewhere is a pseudo-cryptic message that suggests being first doesn’t immediately equate with being the best. Take this pair of pick-ups for example. For 2016, the Toyota HiLux was not only the highest selling ute in Australia, it was the highest selling passenger vehicle. Period...


2016 Mini Cooper review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Mini Cooper review

Is driving a slow car fast more fun than driving a fast car slow? James jumps in the 2016 Mini Cooper to see if it can support this age-old mantra.


2017 Caterham Seven 620R LEGO review
Rating: 910 /10
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2017 Caterham Seven 620R LEGO review

We couldn't get our hands on the real one, so the LEGO Caterham Seven was the next best thing!

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$130

The cars we're looking forward to most in 2017
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The cars we're looking forward to most in 2017

New Year's Day already seems a lifetime ago, and the year that has a hard act to follow, on newsworthiness at least, is spooling up to be a big one. So among the motor shows and new releases 2017 has in store, what are the CarAdvice team looking forward to most? We've asked around the office, and have the usual, varying array of responses...


2017 Toyota RAV4 GXL review: Long-term report three – driver assistance and infotainment technology
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Toyota RAV4 GXL review: Long-term report three – driver assistance and infotainment technology

Technology is such a huge part of our cars these days, so James takes a look at the tech that makes the RAV4 tick

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$33,300 - $39,600

The Hits and Misses of 2016
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The Hits and Misses of 2016

You could call 2016 a lot of things, but dull isn’t one of them. The world has been a busy place, and even in our little corner of it, CarAdvice has had the biggest year on record, in many ways. But let us just turn our attention to new car reviews, where we saw an increase of almost 10 per cent in published content, to 506 in total...


2016 BMW i8 review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 BMW i8 review

The futuristic BMW i8 is already three years old, but has it lost any of its science fiction lustre living in our sometimes dull reality?

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$298,955

Look out, Latvia's Dartz has a new SUV: Whales of the world would be crossing their legs, if they could
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Look out, Latvia's Dartz has a new SUV: Whales of the world would be crossing their legs, if they could

From the Latvian coach builder Dartz, who famously offered whale penis leather trim on their 2009 Prombron Monaco, comes a new model, promising to put the O.G. back into Oligarch. The Dartz PRVY 'Black Alligator' is based on the Mercedes-AMG GLS63, although the exterior renderings show headlamps that look borrowed from a Jeep Grand Cherokee...


2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS400 review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS400 review

This is the car that started the whole sedan-coupe craze. But, now deep into its second generation, is the Mercedes-Benz CLS still relevant beyond being really really good looking?


Caterham refreshes Seven range pricing for Australia
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Caterham refreshes Seven range pricing for Australia

The change to currency exchange rates following the Brexit announcement has enabled Caterham Australia to revise pricing of the ultra-light sports car range for 2017 to make the enthusiast sports car more affordable. Prices now start from $64,000 (plus options and on road costs) for the entry level Caterham Seven 275...


2017 Volvo XC90 Excellence review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Volvo XC90 Excellence review

The 2017 Volvo XC90 Excellence is the most expensive and exclusive Volvo ever made – but is the best XC90 actually the best XC90?

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$172,200