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Trent Nikolic

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2017 Mazda CX-3 2WD sTouring review
  • Mazda build quality and fit and finish is impressive; infotainment system and controls are excellent; peppy engine rewards enthusiastic driving
  • Even with the price reduction, it's still too expensive; ride is harsh over poor surfaces; tight cabin given the Mazda 2 platform

OUR RATING
7 / 10

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2017 Mazda CX-3 2WD sTouring review

The Mazda CX-3 range is extensive, with a model grade for seemingly everyone. Here, we've tested the sTouring grade to weigh up whether the higher price makes sense.

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2017 BMW M140i review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 BMW M140i review

As far as sporting surprises go, the BMW M140i is right up at the top of the pile. Its all-round sporting ability is matched by daily practicality and a fly-under-the-radar persona.


2017 Lexus RX450h F-Sport review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Lexus RX450h F-Sport review

The RX450h follows the Lexus theory of packing as much standard gear into the starting price as possible. At 100 grand though, the F-Sport variant is pushing into serious money territory.


2016 Skoda Superb 162TSI review
Rating: 910 /10
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2016 Skoda Superb 162TSI review

Skoda's Superb has hardly put a wheel wrong since its launch in Australia. Now it has the style to match the substance, while still retaining all the solid points that make it such an impressive large sedan.

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$39,990

2016 Toyota HiLux SR5 Double Cab review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Toyota HiLux SR5 Double Cab review

Despite remaining atop the sales charts, the HiLux is no longer the best dual cab 4WD in Australia. It's still as tough as it has always been though, not that many owners of brand new SR5s would ever know.


2016 Mazda 3 Maxx review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Mazda 3 Maxx review

In Maxx trim, the Mazda 3 presents a compelling value proposition for buyers on a tighter budget that can't stretch to the SP25 grade. There's a lot to like about Mazda's small hatch.


2016 Toyota LandCruiser 200 GXL Diesel review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Toyota LandCruiser 200 GXL Diesel review

The LandCruiser 200 makes the most sense in GXL specification as tested here. It's still not cheap but it's an incredibly capable, seemingly bulletproof off-roader.


Sampling Silvercar Hire in Los Angeles

Sampling Silvercar Hire in Los Angeles

Ever had problems with a hire car company? Ever wished you could access a hire car that wasn’t beaten to death, grubby and devoid of any of the comforts of your own car back home? We recently sampled a new service in the United States that might just seem to you like a dream come true...


Mazda Australia will load its new CX-5 with more standard features, more levels
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Mazda Australia will load its new CX-5 with more standard features, more levels

The all-new 2017 Mazda CX-5 will hit Australia in the first half of next year, and you can expect Mazda to build on the sales and marketing model that has seen the mid-sized SUV sell so successfully here since launching in 2012. At an end-of-year wrap for what has been another successful 12 months for the brand in Australia, Mazda committed to improving upon the CX-5's standard offering...


The Audi of 2030 will be an "electrification company": Q5 technology boss
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The Audi of 2030 will be an "electrification company": Q5 technology boss

Audi, already at the forefront of integrating hybrid electric technology with its fleet of luxury vehicles, is a company that is firmly looking to the future. Specifically, an electric future, with more and more research and development focussed on emerging powertrain technology...


2017 Audi Q5 gets new ‘quattro ultra’ drive system
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2017 Audi Q5 gets new ‘quattro ultra’ drive system

When it comes to Audi's quattro brand, there are two camps among fans and observers. Traditionalist gearheads prefer the ‘old-school’ rear-biased Torsen quattro system, while vehicles based on the MQB platform have a front-biased Haldex system. But now, Audi has muddied the waters a little more, with a new system the German brand is calling quattro ultra...


Hasta luego: Australia's 2017 Audi Q5 will come from Mexico
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Hasta luego: Australia's 2017 Audi Q5 will come from Mexico

You might wonder why Audi chose Mexico for the international launch of it’s all-new 2017 Q5 SUV. Even we wondered. After all, Mexico is not the obvious choice of location for a German manufacturer to present an all-new SUV to the world’s press - aside from the Baja peninsula being a bloody nice place to spend some time...


2017 Audi Q5 2.0 models to land next year, 3.0 TDI to follow: SQ5 still to be confirmed, but likely
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2017 Audi Q5 2.0 models to land next year, 3.0 TDI to follow: SQ5 still to be confirmed, but likely

The new 2017 Audi Q5 will land in Australia with a pair of petrol and diesel 2.0-litre engines first, followed by a more powerful 3.0-litre TDI engine, the company's local arm has confirmed. There’s no confirmation yet as to whether we’ll get the performance-oriented SQ5 and there has been no global announcement of a 3...


2017 Audi Q5 review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Audi Q5 review

Redesigned and enhanced for 2017, Audi hopes the Q5 can continue its incredible sales success in Australia. Clever tech additions as well as styling tweaks ensure the new model stays fresh.


2017 Audi Q5: What’s changed?
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2017 Audi Q5: What’s changed?

As the segment sales leader in Australia from 2009 to 2015, there’s serious pressure on the new 2017 Audi Q5 to continue the momentum the current model has managed to achieve over a prolonged period. Audi has made widespread and significant changes to its medium SUV, which was a favourite around the world...