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James Ward

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2016 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 Review
  • Oh man this thing is a hoot!; fun to drive everywhere; great noise and punch from 2-litre turbo; long standard equipment list; idiot-proof handling
  • So easy to go fast you’ll probably lose your licence; some low-rent A-Class elements in the cabin; still a bit cramped to be comfortable

OUR RATING
8.5 / 10

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2016 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 Review

Just another compact sports SUV or a road-going rally car is disguise? James samples the 2016 AMG GLA45 to find out.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate spotted - Black Series or just black?
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2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate spotted - Black Series or just black?

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 Estate is looming even closer to release, having been spotted testing in new camouflage. Sporting bulging arches and quad-exhaust tips, the next generation E63 Estate is expected to be offered in an all-wheel drive version only. It is not known whether the system will use the current 4Matic name, but CarAdvice has previously reported that the system will be new and may include an active, variable torque split...


Airbus working on flying car project
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Airbus working on flying car project

French aerospace company Airbus has turned its attention from long-haul passenger aircraft to finding a solution for a more local problem, traffic congestion in large cities. Its answer, a flying car. FINALLY! Airbus calls it Project Vahana, "an autonomous flying vehicle platform for individual passenger and cargo transport", and the consortium's feasibility studies have listed the success of the project as being favourable...


2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e Review

The BMW X5 40e is part of a whole new generation of ‘hide in plain sight’ hybrid vehicles on the market. While the efficiency numbers look good on paper, how does it perform in the real world?


2016 Subaru Levorg GTS Spec.B Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Subaru Levorg GTS Spec.B Review

James regularly misspent his younger days behind the wheel of a Subaru WRX wagon. Will its spiritual successor, the Levorg, live up to the memory?

Priced At
$52,890

2016 Toyota Kluger GXL AWD Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Toyota Kluger GXL AWD Review

The 2016 Toyota Kluger still leads the seven-seat urban SUV sales charts, but with the arrival of the new Mazda CX-9, does Toyota need to lift its game to stay on top?

Priced At
$55,190

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA180 Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA180 Review

It’s the most affordable Mercedes-Benz SUV ever, but does the $42,900 GLA180 have enough credibility to keep up with the Joneses?

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$42,900

2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Review

The new Volkswagen Passat Alltrack is a fully-loaded Swiss Army Knife of a car. But is ‘doing it all’ enough for a family car? James gets behind the wheel to find out.

Priced At
$49,290

2016 DS4 Review
Rating: 610 /10
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2016 DS4 Review

The facelifted DS4 isn’t coming to Australia in its ‘normal’ guise. James samples one in Europe to find out why.


Great roads: The Millau Viaduct in France

Great roads: The Millau Viaduct in France

All too often we are quick to praise the cars we drive, but forget one essential component, the roads we drive on. Be they endless streamers of empty, winding tarmac or even barely recognisable tracks taking you well away from civilisation, roads will occasionally run into their own unique barrier. Nature. This is where human ingenuity and brilliant construction step in...


2016 Nissan Navara RX 4x2 King-Cab Chassis Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Nissan Navara RX 4x2 King-Cab Chassis Review

In a market that seems to have an infinite array of choices for buyers, the 2016 Nissan Navara RX WD king-cab manual has a bit of something for everyone.

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$32,990

2016 Holden (Opel) Astra Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Holden (Opel) Astra Review

The 2016 Holden Astra is still a few months away, so while we wait for local tuning, specification and pricing, James takes the opportunity to take the European car for a bit of a spin.


First-aid training should be compulsory for all drivers
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First-aid training should be compulsory for all drivers

I’ve been driving for over half my life, the majority of which has been on the roads of Melbourne. Over those hundreds of thousands of kilometres, I’ve seen and done many things. Sometimes good things, sometimes ‘good stories to tell another day’ things. But until recently, there was something I had thankfully never experienced...


2016 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Review

The Ford Ranger Wildtrak is hot property among Australian buyers, but does the big pick-up really provide the best of both worlds for work and play?

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$60,090