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BMW 225i Active Tourer Review
  • Superb cabin in terms of quality, versatility and space; good turning circle; strong engine and intuitive auto; benchmark infotainment system
  • Disappointing ride quality; some torque steer; larger iDrive display and digital radio not standard; rear floor not flat; A-pillar can obstruct vision; not as satisfying to drive as an X1

OUR RATING
7.5 / 10

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BMW 225i Active Tourer Review

Torque steer and front wheelspin... We test a BMW with a big difference.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe spied
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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe spied

If the C-Class sedan looks like a mini S-Class, our spy photos of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe indicate it will present itself as a junior version of the limo's two-door off-shoot. The German car maker has uses its patterned disguise tape to suggest the presence of a door pillar, though the C-Class Coupe is expected to feature a pillar-less profile like the S-Class Coupe...


2015 Audi A4 Allroad brings upgraded diesel
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2015 Audi A4 Allroad brings upgraded diesel

The Audi A4 Allroad has become the first model in Australia to gain the company's upgraded 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel that increases power but reduces fuel use. Audi's small-capacity diesel now features outputs of 140kW (up 10kW) and 400Nm (up 20Nm), with official fuel consumption dropping from 6.0 to 5.6 litres per 100km...


Land Rover Discovery Sport: The Quick Guide
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Land Rover Discovery Sport: The Quick Guide

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is the first expansion of the well-known Discovery nameplate into a bigger family. It replaces the Freelander 2 in the British off-road brand’s line-up, and has been pushed upwards in size and quality to improve Land Rover’s battle against popular mid-size luxury SUVs including the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX and Volvo XC60...


Land Rover Discovery Sport Review
Rating: 810 /10
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Land Rover Discovery Sport Review

Smaller Discovery model makes Freelander a memory with brilliant packaging and uprated cabin quality.

Priced At
$53,300 - $69,000

Land Rover Discovery Sport : Pricing and Specifications
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Land Rover Discovery Sport : Pricing and Specifications

The new Land Rover Discovery Sport will start from $53,300 when it goes on sale in Australia from May 1. Land Rover’s replacement for the Freelander 2 is being pushed more upmarket as the British 4WD brand aims to close the sales gap to the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 in the mid-sized luxury SUV segment...


Land Rover Discovery Sport v Range Rover Evoque clash will lead to bigger sales, says LR
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Land Rover Discovery Sport v Range Rover Evoque clash will lead to bigger sales, says LR

Land Rover admits its new Discovery Sport will steal some sales from its Range Rover Evoque twin and vice versa, but is confident overall growth for the brand will be significant. The Discovery Sport has been launched officially in Iceland this week, ahead of the May Australian release for the model that replaces the Freelander...


Land Rover killed Freelander for renewed attack on Q5 and X3
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Land Rover killed Freelander for renewed attack on Q5 and X3

Land Rover says it killed off its Freelander nameplate to improve its ability to steal sales from Germany’s big-selling mid-sized luxury SUVs, the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The British 4WD brand has replaced the Freelander with a model called the Discovery Sport as it splits its line-up into three families based around the Range Rover, Discovery and Defender...


Holden showroom 2020: How Lion badge plans to challenge Toyota
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Holden showroom 2020: How Lion badge plans to challenge Toyota

A little while ago, we previewed the future of Ford showrooms in Australia beyond the end of local manufacturing for that brand in late 2016 – and now it’s the turn of arch rival Holden. The picture is still not quite as clear for Holden’s showroom, as it hasn’t confirmed as many models as the Blue Oval has for its life Down Under without the Falcon or Territory (click here to read our Ford Showroom 2017 article)...


New Holden vans to challenge HiAce, Transit and Co
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New Holden vans to challenge HiAce, Transit and Co

Holden is set to expand its range of commercial vehicles as it continues ambitious plans to overtake Toyota in the new-car sales race by 2020. The company revealed last October that more than a third of its future product line-up would comprise vehicles imported from European sister brand Opel...


Luxury SUV Comparison: Audi Q5 v BMW X3 v Lexus NX v Volvo XC60
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Luxury SUV Comparison: Audi Q5 v BMW X3 v Lexus NX v Volvo XC60

Considering luxury SUVs are big business, the Lexus NX can’t be accused of being rushed to market. It’s more than a decade since Toyota’s luxury division introduced its last new SUV, the GX that is a spruced-up Prado and never sold in Australia. You then have to go back into the 1990s for the (LandCruiser-based) LX and (Highlander-based) RX...


2015 Holden Insignia VXR Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2015 Holden Insignia VXR Review

CarAdvice heads to the UK to try Holden's upcoming Insignia VXR performance model.


CarAdvice 2014 Bloopers and Outtakes
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CarAdvice 2014 Bloopers and Outtakes

Happy New Year! It's The CarAdvice 2014 Blooper Reel! Thanks to the Moet, 2014 may already be a hazy memory for you – though the CarAdvice team can still recollect it as its biggest year yet for a number of factors. The most important of those is you, our readers...


2014 CarAdvice Year in Review
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2014 CarAdvice Year in Review

It has been a huge year at CarAdvice. The team weighs in with its thoughts on the cars of 2014... -- Jez Spinks Editor in Chief My top three cars of 2014: Ferrari 458 Speciale - The best car I’ve driven (yet!) so a shoo-in for one of my picks for the year...


2015 Jeep New Cars
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2015 Jeep New Cars

Details of the new and updated Jeep models launching in Australia in 2015.   Jeep Grand Cherokee update - Q1 The flagship Summit version will be the first in this big Jeep’s range to adopt a heavily revised interior, arriving first quarter with changes cascading to lower models later in the year...