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SUV sales may have boomed over the years, but high-performance variants remain a relatively rare breed. Mainstream brands have largely ignored such spin-offs using their known sports badges...

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The Volkswagen Golf GTI is currently, and has long been, one of the best and most popular examples of the hot-hatch formula – as much as many would like to argue the point. With its front-wheel-drive layout, punchy engine and compact dimensions, the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI is not only supremely competent, it’s also vastly entertaining...


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The new-generation Mini is all grown-up. So can the Cooper S cut it against one of its toughest rivals?


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The Mazda 2 and the Suzuki Swift continue to be favourites with Australian consumers despite being two of the older members of the city car class. The duo accounts for one in four sales in the segment – impressive considering the pint-sized Mazda launched way back in 2007 and will be replaced by an all-new model early next year and the Suzuki, released in 2010, is also about halfway through its life...


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Van v ute comparison: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter v Renault Master

Moving house is a painful, frustrating, time-consuming and tedious process that is best left to the professionals – unless you have the right tools for the job … and some willing helpers. I had both during my recent relocation from inner-west Sydney to the lower Blue Mountains, and after having secured a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Renault Master - along with some willing family members - we set about loading up and lugging a few loads out along the M4...


Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS265
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Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS265

Rewind two decades and the Subaru WRX was the affordable performance king, its launch immaculately timed with the rise of Playstation rally games and the temporary demise of hot-hatches. By the end of the 1990s the Peugeot 306 GTi had died, while the Volkswagen Golf GTI had become a softie. Not long into the new millenium, though, a hot-hatch reprise was led by a reborn Golf GTI, and the tables turned...


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Audi A3 sedan v Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class : Comparison Review

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Audi S4 v Volvo S60 Polestar : Comparison Review

Performance sedans come in various degrees of hardcore, and the Audi S4 and Volvo S60 Polestar aim to play in a middle ground sweet spot. They are more premium than our home-grown FPV and HSV sports sedans, yet aren’t quite as focused as the German trio of BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and Audi’s own RS5 Sportback...


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Jaguar F-Type Roadster v Jaguar E-Type Roadster : 21st century sports car v icon

Heritage can be both an asset and a burden for a modern-day motor vehicle, and for the Jaguar F-Type launched in 2013 the lineage doesn't come much more famous than the E-Type of the 1960s. We've already pitted the Jaguar F-Type Roadster against its contemporary rivals, but it seems only fitting to see how it compares with a model that in its time was regarded as one of the most beautiful sports cars in the world...


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Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class v Range Rover Evoque : Comparison Review

Australians are turning to premium cars at an increasing rate, and particularly premium SUVs. Mercedes-Benz forecasts that boom to continue dramatically beyond 2020 and has an expansion plan to match, but here and now the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is its belated first shot at the premium compact SUV class...


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People Mover Comparison : Citroen Grand C4 Picasso v Honda Odyssey v Kia Rondo v Toyota Prius V

People movers are unlikely to rate a mention when manufacturers talk of ‘niche’ products. Yet seven-seater medium-sized vans sell only 10 per cent the volume of similarly priced SUVs in this country, so they really are the alternative option for families needing to move more than five...


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Audi A5 v BMW 4 Series : Comparison review

The mid-sized sedan segment remains the most intensively competitive in the world of luxury cars, but a fascinating off-shoot is provided by the likes of the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series. And these two luxury coupes are now even matched in naming approach, with BMW changing the name of its 3 Series Coupe to take on Audi’s two-door that’s based on the A4...


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Family SUV Comparison : Toyota Kluger v Nissan Pathfinder v Jeep Grand Cherokee v Ford Territory v Holden Captiva 7 v Kia Sorento v Mazda CX-9

In 2013 large SUV models formed the fourth most popular segment in the country. Fast forward to first quarter 2014 and the large SUV class is now the second most popular, overtaking utes and light cars. Australians clearly love big, high-riding practical cars, purchasing more than 10,000 large SUVs each month. Seven of the top 10 selling large SUV models are tested here...


Holden Colorado 7 v Isuzu MU-X: Comparison review
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Holden Colorado 7 v Isuzu MU-X: Comparison review

Holden's rugged SUV feels more at home off the road than on it, as Matt Campbell finds out.