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2018 Range Rover Velar P380 First Edition review
  • Superb cabin design and materials; Stunning concept-car exterior; Striking twin-screen execution not just about form; Smooth and precise steering; Noise refinement
  • Ride compromised by 22-inch wheels; Not as engaging to drive as its Jaguar twin; Supercharged V6 not entirely effortless, lacks character; Gulps fuel in spirited driving; First Edition a big price for a medium SUV

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2018 Range Rover Velar P380 First Edition review

The Range Rover Velar is further evidence that Land Rover has no intention of being an ironic note in automotive history as a dedicated 4WD brand that missed a beat during the SUV craze.

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X-Class deserves a premium price, says Mercedes-Benz
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X-Class deserves a premium price, says Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class deserves to be the ute segment’s most expensive vehicle, according to the German luxury car maker. Mercedes-Benz Australia has yet to confirm local pricing for the company’s first ever cab-chassis and dual-cab model, though in Europe it’s already carrying a significant price premium over competitors...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class review

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class enters with a host of changes to make it a proper tri-star offering, but is it really much more than a tarted-up Navara? We head to Chile to find out.


2018 Skoda Octavia RS wagon review
Rating: 810 /10
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2018 Skoda Octavia RS wagon review

The Skoda Octavia RS wagon offers the perfect blend of practicality and sporting intent. No wonder then, it is the hero of Skoda showrooms across the country.


2017 Nissan 370Z Nismo v Holden Ute SS-V Redline comparison
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2017 Nissan 370Z Nismo v Holden Ute SS-V Redline comparison

The Commodore name may be living on but the Holden Ute passes away officially on 20 October when production of that most Australian of icons end. And uncertainty surrounding the future of Nissan’s legendary Z-series means the 370Z Nismo could be the last hurrah for a lineage that runs back nearly 50 years – to the original, 1969 Datsun 240Z...


2018 Subaru WRX manual review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2018 Subaru WRX manual review

In an age of increasingly homogenised hot hatches, the 2018 Subaru WRX delivers an old-school approach to performance motoring.


2017 Skoda Octavia RS wagon v Renault Megane GT wagon comparison
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2017 Skoda Octavia RS wagon v Renault Megane GT wagon comparison

Petrolhead parents on a budget are hardly spoilt for choice in today’s showrooms – especially if a hatchback is considered a bit too small and they prefer their driving experience, rather than outward view, to be elevated. In the circa-$40,000 price zone, there are just three members of the sporty compact wagon breed: the Renault Megane GT, Skoda Octavia RS, and Subaru Levorg...


2017 Mazda CX-3 Maxx v Holden Trax LS comparison
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2017 Mazda CX-3 Maxx v Holden Trax LS comparison

The sales growth of pint-sized SUVs seems to have become stunted in 2017 despite an expanding category, yet they still account for about 10 per cent of Australia's new-car market. Two of the top-sellers can’t be accused of resting on their laurels, either. Both the Holden Trax and Mazda CX-3 have been given notable updates this year...


2017 Renault Megane GT wagon review
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2017 Renault Megane GT wagon review

The 2017 Renault Megane GT wagon offers a perfect blend of practicality and sportiness. But is it hot enough to warrant the GT badge on its tailgate? Jez Spinks finds out.


2015 Ferrari California T Review
Rating: 910 /10
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2015 Ferrari California T Review

The Ferrari California T is not an obvious link to one of the prancing horse’s most fabled cars, the F40. Yet it’s there in the addition of that capital letter, which denotes turbocharging. This major update to Ferrari’s entry-level GT and most affordable car is proof that not even exclusive supercar brands are immune to the need to build cars that are ever more efficient.


Range Rover Sport SVR priced from $218,500
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Range Rover Sport SVR priced from $218,500

The Range Rover Sport SVR, the most powerful model yet from the Land Rover brand, will cost from $218,500 plus on-road costs when it reaches Australia in May. That price tag places the SVR at the top of the Range Rover Sport pile for a model that will take on the likes of the BMW X6 M, Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG (soon to be known as GLE63), and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S...


Jaguar F-Pace: British Macan rival shapes up
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Jaguar F-Pace: British Macan rival shapes up

The Jaguar F-Pace has been caught testing in near-production guise for the first time, confirming it will remain faithful to the C-X17 concept that previewed the SUV in 2013. Our spies suggest the F-Pace will be similar in size to the 4.7-metre-long C-X17 concept, which will make what is being pitched as a "family sports car" slightly bigger than most of its key rivals - including the Porsche Macan and sister car the Range Rover Evoque...


2016 Ford Focus RS: AWD, 235kW-plus hot hatch in detail
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2016 Ford Focus RS: AWD, 235kW-plus hot hatch in detail

The Ford Focus RS has switched to all-wheel drive, will produce more than 235kW, feature adjustable dampers, and was developed by a team that included YouTube Gymkhana legend Ken Block. These are some of the first juicy details of the latest version of Ford’s fastest Focus, following earlier leaked images...


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Ferrari 488 GTB: mid-engine turbo V8 supercar unveiled

The just-unveiled Ferrari 488 GTB heralds the successor to the 458 Italia and is the first of the brand’s current mid-engined V8 supercars to adopt turbocharging. Ferrari’s new GTB arrives 40 years after the company's first mid-rear-engined V8 model to wear the Gran Turismo Berlinetta, the 308 GTB, and follows the California T in signalling the end of the company’s famous naturally aspirated eight-cylinders...


2016 Ford Focus RS pictures leaked
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2016 Ford Focus RS pictures leaked

  Pictures of the 2016 Ford Focus RS have leaked onto the internet ahead of the hot-hatch's official unveiling tonight. The images confirm a first-time five-door body style and show a slightly less extroverted approach to the Focus RS's styling after the rally-car-inspired second-generation version that sold locally in limited numbers and for a $59,990 price tag...