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Paul Maric

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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review
  • Incredibly well equipped with technology and safety equipment; excellent ride and handling; high-quality interior and an efficient diesel offering in the E220d
  • Looks very much like a C-Class or S-Class; COMAND system can be fiddly to use; entry-level petrol engine underwhelming

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8.5 / 10

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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

The E-Class has always been about style — but does the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class step it up enough? We drive it to find out.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class pricing and specifications
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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class pricing and specifications

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has gone on sale in Australia  this week, with the five-model range kicking off from $89,900 plus on-road costs. The range opens with the E200, powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 135kW of power and 300Nm of torque, with fuel figures listed at 6.4L/100km on the combined cycle...


2016 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI Review

It's been out for a while, but does the Volkswagen Touareg still have the goods? We get behind the wheel of the Touareg V6 TDI to have a look.

Priced At
$81,990

2017 Tesla Model X 60D: Australian launch pricing confirmed
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2017 Tesla Model X 60D: Australian launch pricing confirmed

Initial Australian pricing for the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV has been announced today, starting with the Model X 60D. That entry model will be joined by more powerful variants that will include the 75D, 90D, P90D and P90D with Ludicrous Mode. As with the existing Model S sedan, those numbers and letters represent battery energy capacity, all-wheel drive (D for 'dual motor', one at each axle) and P for performance...


Focus RS drift mode: 'no negative feedback', says Ford Performance global boss
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Focus RS drift mode: 'no negative feedback', says Ford Performance global boss

Recent media hype about 'drift mode' in the Ford Focus RS — a feature that assists the driver in performing a perfectly-crafted drift — has led Ford Australia to defend its position on enabling the feature on Australian-delivered vehicles...


Thank you Ford, for Focus RS Drift Mode
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Thank you Ford, for Focus RS Drift Mode

If you ever needed any more evidence that Australia is descending into a nanny state, just look at the coverage media outlets and social commenters are imposing on us this week. It all centres around the new Ford Focus RS. Along with being one of the safest hatches in the world (it comes with a raft of airbags and stability control, amongst other safety features), the Focus RS is built as a car capable of being used on the road and on the race track...


Jaguar's next XJ could rival Porsche Panamera in design and performance
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Jaguar's next XJ could rival Porsche Panamera in design and performance

Jaguar looks to have commenced work on the next generation XJ, with a source close to Jaguar suggesting the brand is in the process of confirming drivetrains and styling for the car ahead of a launch date around 2019 or 2020. The current Jaguar XJ, which has been on sale since 2009, pushed the brand forward in terms of technology — and especially in body construction...


2016 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Weekender

2016 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Weekender

We're right in the middle of winter, and it's around this time that we begin planning summer holidays and escapes from the cold, crispy starts and frosted-over windscreens. Now is also the time to daydream about convertibles and the summer road trips that can be had. We’ve taken the legwork out of that research, by hitting the blacktop in one of the hottest (and few four-seat) convertibles on the market...

Priced At
$66,490

2016 Bentley Bentayga Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Bentley Bentayga Review

A $600,000+ SUV? Is it worth it? We get behind the wheel of the new 12-cylinder Bentley Bentayga to find out.

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$420,600 - $624,400

2016 Tesla Model S 70 Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Tesla Model S 70 Review

We're forever raving on about the fastest Tesla Model S variants, but now we jump behind the wheel of the entry-level Model S 70...

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$111,400

2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport seven-seat model to hit Australia in July
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2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport seven-seat model to hit Australia in July

Mitsubishi Australia is set to announce the addition of a seven-seat variant to the 2016 Pajero Sport range, which launched in Australia late last year with a five-seat offering. Speaking at the launch of the vehicle last year, Shayna Welsh, Mitsubishi's head of corporate communications, told CarAdvice that the company wanted a seven-seat variant locally, but was still working to confirm its availability for Australia...


'Car brands on notice', ANCAP boss says: Greater steps needed to improve road safety
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'Car brands on notice', ANCAP boss says: Greater steps needed to improve road safety

The head of the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has said that "all car brands should be on notice from today", following the audit crash test of Kia's Picanto micro car. ANCAP chief executive officer, James Goodwin, told CarAdvice that brands should not be surprised to learn that more surprise crash tests could be on the cards...


ANCAP: Kia Picanto crashed locally in response to overseas results - UPDATE
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ANCAP: Kia Picanto crashed locally in response to overseas results - UPDATE

UPDATE: Images of the crash test performed by ANCAP have been released. You can see the image below (white car) and in the Photos tab. The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has undertaken an audit test on the Kia Picanto at Sydney's Crashlab facility after alarming crash test results from the related ASEAN NCAP crash testing body...


2016 Mahindra XUV500 Review
Rating: 610 /10
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2016 Mahindra XUV500 Review

We drove it in India, but what is the Mahindra XUV500 W8 automatic like in Australia? We hit the road to find out.

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$31,900

2018 Land Rover Defender SVX, SVAutobiography models under consideration
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2018 Land Rover Defender SVX, SVAutobiography models under consideration

With Land Rover Defender production recently ending, the brand is now looking ahead to its replacement, which is due to be revealed in 2018. The Defender has a cult following amongst its fans - fans that were disappointed with a recent report that suggested the new model will be delayed by a year while the brand gets things right to ensure it will appease buyers...