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2017 Volvo S90 D4 review: Long-term report one - introduction

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2017 Volvo S90 D4 review: Long-term report one - introduction

There are a few really good reasons why the Volvo S90 D4 Momentum is a great addition to our growing Melbourne long-term fleet. The Swedish sedan is a bit of an unknown quantity, being so new to market against an established competitor set...

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Honda HR-V VTi-L v Mazda CX-3 Akari v Mitsubishi ASX XLS v Toyota C-HR Koba comparison
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Honda HR-V VTi-L v Mazda CX-3 Akari v Mitsubishi ASX XLS v Toyota C-HR Koba comparison

Small crossovers are a vogue segment, drawing buyers up from lower hatchbacks and down from bigger SUVs alike. The newest entrant, creating significant buzz, is the Toyota C-HR. Australia’s biggest-selling brand has taken its time joining the fray, but based on our favourable first impression, it has been well worth the wait...


2017 Subaru Forester XT Premium review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Subaru Forester XT Premium review

The Subaru Forester XT Premium range-topper is getting on in years, but remains a compelling package for those after a tough and practical crossover with some punch off the line.

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$48,290

Mini Countryman PHEV on Australian radar
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Mini Countryman PHEV on Australian radar

Mini Australia is yet to make up its mind on local potential for the Countryman PHEV, citing an iffy business case as the cause of its indecision. The new Countryman is the first Mini to offer a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain, in a variant called the Cooper S E All4. It couples the familiar 100kW 1...


Tesla Supercharger site opens in Ballarat
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Tesla Supercharger site opens in Ballarat

Tesla keeps on expanding its Supercharger network in Australia, this week opening a new site in the key regional Victorian city of Ballarat, about 120km from Melbourne. The six-bay charging station is billed as the first connection from Melbourne to Adelaide, and was opened by City Councillor Jim Rinaldi...


Five brands swimming against the tide in Australia, growing sales
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Five brands swimming against the tide in Australia, growing sales

The 2017 sales year is off to a bit of a slow start, with cumulative numbers down 3.8 per cent to 173,935 units, over last year’s all-time record. We’ve seen declines in passenger cars, SUVs and light commercials alike, suggesting this year might see the market cool off ever-so-slightly...


2017 Mini Countryman review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Mini Countryman review

The 2017 Mini Countryman crossover is more convincing than before, offering a cool alternative to the Audi Q2 or a higher-grade Mazda CX-3.

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$39,900 - $51,500

Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI Highline R-Line v Subaru Forester XT Premium comparison
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Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI Highline R-Line v Subaru Forester XT Premium comparison

You've decided you need a mid-sized crossover. But at the same time, you don't want some boring econobox with snooze-worthy performance. You want something with at least the pretence of being a little dynamic, because you're still a car-lover. In another era you may have owned a hot hatch or nimble coupe...


Australian insurer commits to genuine parts message
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Australian insurer commits to genuine parts message

The peak body for Australia’s new-car distributors has commended insurance company IAG for opting to urge repairers to use manufacturer-specified, genuine new parts. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has been railing against the proliferation of 'non-genuine' components for some time, citing tests that demonstrate the inferiority of some...


2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-L sedan review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-L sedan review

The new Subaru Impreza offers familiar sensible styling, but there's a lot of new features to like beneath the skin, as well as some staples such as AWD.

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$24,490

2017 Subaru XV crossover revealed
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2017 Subaru XV crossover revealed

The new-generation Subaru XV small crossover has been revealed in Geneva ahead of its Australian launch around the middle of 2017. Subaru's new XV is obviously based on the latest Impreza hatch, and thus sports almost entirely new parts over its predecessor, including the company's new modular platform. However, the signature design remains...


Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept revealed
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Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept revealed

The 2017 Geneva motor show keeps on delivering the goods. Here’s the surprising (and daftly named) Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept, a glimpse at the sort of vehicles the iconic British-German luxury brand wants to offer into next decade...


2018 Volvo XC60 revealed, Australian debut due later this year
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2018 Volvo XC60 revealed, Australian debut due later this year

The brand-new 2018 Volvo XC60 mid-sized luxury crossover has now made its public world premiere at the 2017 Geneva motor show. The second iteration of the Swedish brand’s rival to the Audi Q5 looks to be a big step forward on its nine-year old predecessor, which accounts for around 30 per cent of Volvo’s global sales...


Hyundai i30 'Fastback' spied - UPDATE
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Hyundai i30 'Fastback' spied - UPDATE

The Hyundai i30 Fastback four-door derivation is deep into development, with European spy photographers capturing the car, in disguise, for the first time. Looking conceptually something like a cut-price Audi A5 Sportback, or smaller Kia Stinger/Skoda Superb, the ‘four-door coupe’ version of the i30 is clearly an attempt to woo younger buyers to the brand’s volume staple, in lieu of the axed three-door option...


2017 Renault Kangoo Compact SWB review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Renault Kangoo Compact SWB review

The updated Renault Kangoo Compact gets a new turbo-petrol engine and better safety equipment in return for a price increase.

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$23,490 - $26,490