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Lexus GS450h Road Test

Lexus GS450h Road Test

Lexus GS450h – Road Test Test Model: Lexus GS450h (that’s “h” for hybrid) Options fitted: Absolutely none and none required. Recommended retail price: $121,990 On road price: Around $131,000 Warranty: Standard Lexus 4 year/100,000km Where the car sits: believe it or not, it’s not top shelf in the GS range...

Priced At
$111,900

2007 Toyota Camry Sportivo Road Test

2007 Toyota Camry Sportivo Road Test

2007 Toyota Camry Sportivo – Road Test Test model: Toyota Camry Sportivo with five-speed automatic transmission Options fitted: Leather trim $1500 – It’s nice and supple and at this price you might consider it if you had small kids Moonroof $1650 – Again, this is on the low side as far as electric roofs go, and adds another level of luxury to the car Recommended retail price: $34,500 (without the options above) although you can get the Sportivo with a manual transmission for $33,000 On road price: Around $37,800 but Toyota plays in the volume game with Camry, so it would pay to shop around...


2006 Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart Road Test

2006 Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart Road Test

2006 Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart – Road Test Test Model: 2006 Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart Options Fitted: The only option is Metallic Paint $300.00 – otherwise your only choice is white, which doesn’t look too bad with its black highlights. Accessories to consider: Ralliart has a bunch of very cool accessories available which are specific to the Ralliart Colt and my pick of these are: Metal (racing look) fuel cap: $240...

Priced At
$16,490

2006 Hyundai Santa Fe Road Test

2006 Hyundai Santa Fe Road Test

Hyundai Santa Fe - Road Test Test Model: 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite Options fitted: None Recommended Retail Price: $42,990 On Road Price: Around $47,200 although the range starts at $35,990 Where it sits: The five seat Elite is the top luxury spec and from what dealers tell me, the best seller...

Priced At
$36,990

 2006 Peugeot 407 Touring SV HDi Road Test

2006 Peugeot 407 Touring SV HDi Road Test

2006 Peugeot 407 Touring SV HDi - Road Test Test Model: 2006 407 Touring SV HDi – 2.7 litre Twin Turbo V6 Diesel! Options fitted: The only option on this car: Metallic paint! At a not unreasonable $700, and with absolutely everything else standard, I’d have no hesitation in ticking this box...

Priced At
$8,400

Volvo V50 T5 AWD Road Test

Volvo V50 T5 AWD Road Test

2006 VOLVO V50 T5 AWD ROAD TEST Test Model: 2006 Volvo V50 T5 AWD with Six-speed manual transmission. Options fitted: Body kit – no price as yet – it looks natural, so maybe, depending on price Laminated side windows - $490 – yes, but should be standard kit on this car Metallic Paint -$1350 – probably, but I’d take a look at the four no-cost colours first...

Priced At
$42,990

Volvo XC90 V8 and D5 Review

Volvo XC90 V8 and D5 Review

THE ULTIMATE “SAFEHOUSE” JUST GOT BETTER First Drive: • Volvo XC90 V8 - $84,950 launched late October 2006 • Volvo XC90 D5 - $72,950 In showrooms now Volvo Car Australia recently gave the automotive media some time behind the wheel of two new model variants of their biggest seller, the XC90 SUV...


2006 Volkswagen Golf R32 Road Test

2006 Volkswagen Golf R32 Road Test

2006 Volkswagen Golf R32 Road Test Test model: 2006 Volkswagen Golf R32, five-door with DSG Options fitted: Electric glass sunroof - $1621.00 – OK, I’d think about it Satellite navigation system with CD changer - $2436.00 – No, I’d buy a portable touch screen unit for less than $1000...

Priced At
$21,490

Pagani Zonda Review

Pagani Zonda Review

The following review was provided to us courtesy of Adam Kaplan from Hunter Holden Driving the Zonda is a surreal experience. You expect it to be difficult, after all, supercars are supposed to be quirky. They're supposed to be difficult to see out of. They're supposed to have hideously offset pedals and be claustrophobic and built for Italians with long arms and short legs...


2006 Mitsubishi Colt Review & Road Test

2006 Mitsubishi Colt Review & Road Test

Mitsubishi Colt Review Road Test Test Model: Mitsubishi Colt VRX 1.5L MIVEC CVT Automatic (06MY VR-X Hatchback 5dr CVT 1sp 1.5i) Options Fitted: None Recommended Retail Price: $21,990 On Road Price: Around $25,000 but definitely shop around Where it sits: There are three models in the Mitsubishi Colt range starting with the manual only ES, followed by the LS with a five speed manual or CVT Automatic...


2007 Toyota Camry Altise Road Test

2007 Toyota Camry Altise Road Test

To me, the Toyota Camry has always been quite a bland, conservative and boat like vehicle. It was never able to handle anything like its Aussie competitors and was always styled to appeal to a broad range of people – of whom many were bowls goers. Well, there has been a massive shake-up in Camry-land...

Priced At
$30,490

2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Road Test

2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Road Test

2006 SUZUKI GRAND VITARA ROAD TEST Test Model: Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.0L 5 Door with five speed manual transmission. Options Fitted: None Recommended Retail Price: $28,990 On Road Price: $31,996 A stylish and competent member of the small to medium 4WD family with genuine off-road ability and one of the better buys in the class...

Priced At
$24,990

2006 Volkswagen Passat TFSI Road Test

2006 Volkswagen Passat TFSI Road Test

My booking with the Volkswagen Passat TFSI was re-jigged a couple of times prior to picking up the car, so after that slight scheduling disaster I finally had my bottom planted on the leather-clad driver’s seat. I left without hesitation, just in-case there was another scheduling hiccup that I was yet to be made aware of...

Priced At
$38,990

2006 Saab 9-3 SportCombi Linear Road Test

2006 Saab 9-3 SportCombi Linear Road Test

I was meant to go straight out of the Peugeot 307 Touring and straight into an auto 9-3 Saab Aero V6 Sedan. The auto Aero V6 was taken off the press fleet for an un-explained reason (this usually means that one of the journo’s broke it!). So instead, I was put into a 9-3 Linear SportCombi for just over two weeks. I guess you could call it our first ‘long-termer’...

Priced At
$3,800

2006 Saab 9-3 SportCombi Aero Road Test

2006 Saab 9-3 SportCombi Aero Road Test

I don’t often get excited by family-friendly station wagons. It also didn’t help that this particular one was a Saab; my image of a stereotypical Saab driver was some rich pompous businessman who bought a European car simply because they thought it would mean fantastic build quality and superb ride and handling...

Priced At
$3,800