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2006 Mitsubishi 380 VRX Road Test

2006 Mitsubishi 380 VRX Road Test

Since the release of the Mitsubishi 380 late last year, I have written road tests on the LX and GT variants, both of which didn’t excite me as much as I had hoped they would. Suffice to say; I had a seemingly predisposed opinion, prior to even setting foot in the car...

Priced At
$4,400

2006 Toyota Tarago GLI 4cyl Road Test

2006 Toyota Tarago GLI 4cyl Road Test

Ever since I can remember, the Toyota Tarago has been the iconic people mover. Not a single day goes by without seeing a Tarago ferrying a bunch of people around. As an enthusiast of anything loud and fast, I can’t honestly say that I was looking forward to driving the Tarago, but I had a task ahead of me; which was to find out what the Tarago was all about...

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$48,990

2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Road Test

2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Road Test

When the new Volkswagen Jetta was driven out to me I stared at it dead on for a moment, soon before shuffling through my diary to confirm which vehicle I was booked in for. From front on the new Jetta looks the exact same as a chromed up Golf, it wasn’t until I stepped to the side to look at the side profile that I noticed the difference...

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$26,490

2006 Volkswagen Polo GTI Road Test

2006 Volkswagen Polo GTI Road Test

Don’t be fooled by the rather placid looks. When compared to the Polo TDI there is very little difference. It all comes into its own when you turn the key, grab the gear and stab the throttle. Some of the words I used when that turbo spooled weren’t exactly G-rated; in fact they were far from it. The Polo GTI only comes with two doors, which is both cool and annoying at the same time...

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$16,990

2006 Lexus IS250 Sports Road Test

2006 Lexus IS250 Sports Road Test

Before signing the papers I was given a run down of how to lock, unlock, start and stop the car – who would have thought it would be so hard! We head inside to get the papers signed and I receive a challenge from the fleet manager. He tells me that he would be surprised if I returned the car with any more than 10L/100KM fuel average...

Priced At
$55,800

2006 Volkswagen Polo TDI Road Test

2006 Volkswagen Polo TDI Road Test

It’s a nice sunny Melbourne day and I roll into the petrol station in a small, red…Diesel. The gentleman next to me in his V8 SS Commodore has a quick chuckle when he hears the truck like idle of the Polo, quietly wishing his car wasn’t purchased to compensate for something else... So, I feel like a bit of a cheapskate, not only am I in a small car but it’s also a Diesel...

Priced At
$16,990

2006 Hyundai Grandeur Limited Road Test

2006 Hyundai Grandeur Limited Road Test

Just as we were all soaking up the success of the Hyundai Sonata, in comes its big brother, the Hyundai Grandeur Limited. When the car was backed out of the garage at the Melbourne based Hyundai press depot, I couldn’t believe just how good it looked. My ride was featured in Ebony Black and looked very sleek and easy on the eyes...

Priced At
$2,900

2006 Hyundai Getz vs Toyota Yaris Road Test
Rating: 710 /10
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2006 Hyundai Getz vs Toyota Yaris Road Test

Toyota Yaris - Paul Right before getting into the Yaris, I handed back the Landcruiser Sahara I was driving the week before. As you can imagine, the size difference was alarming and took a bit of time to get used to! The Toyota Yaris has flooded advertising slots, boasting clever thinking and stacks of features...


2006 Toyota Rav4 Cruiser Road Test

2006 Toyota Rav4 Cruiser Road Test

Many moons ago the Toyota Rav4 started life in a niche market, most people would have chuckled at the fact that it was only really a ‘half-way’ 4WD. Compare that to today and there are soft-roaders everywhere. They have evolved from being small and nearly useless off-road to much larger means of transport...

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$28,490

2006 Toyota Landcruiser LC100 Sahara V8 Road Test

2006 Toyota Landcruiser LC100 Sahara V8 Road Test

The Landcruiser Sahara isn’t big as much as it is massive. The Sahara takes tasks such as parallel parking and turning corners to a whole new wayward level. But, you don’t buy a large road hog like the Landcruiser Sahara for zipping around the city and picking up the kids from school – well normal people don’t...

Priced At
$100,990

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX Road Test

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX Road Test

I don’t even know where to begin with the new Mitsubishi Evolution IX. It’s a car that takes the laws of Physics and simply throws them out the window. With every corner you take, it simply mocks the hard work of Sir Isaac Newton and proves that even cars that look like taxis can turn more heads than John Howard rallying at an ‘Against War Protest’...

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$19,990

2006 Hyundai Tucson City Review

2006 Hyundai Tucson City Review

The Tucson City, yet another addition to the ‘softroader’ market… But hold on, is it? It certainly looks like one; however this car is only Front Wheel Drive. I guess that explains the name. But what is the point of having a car that looks like an offroader but only making it a Two Wheel Drive? Well I suppose with the current culture of Four Wheel Drives in the city (that never leave the city), it is valid, yet ridiculous...


2006 Mazda 6 Sports Luxury Road Test

2006 Mazda 6 Sports Luxury Road Test

The Mazda6 Sports Luxury is a car that I could simply stare at for days on end. It just oozes style, poise and substance. The Gun Metal Grey colour, along with the styled front end and 17” alloy wheels tease other drivers, in a bid to make them envy you. The styling is discreet, yet manages to grab your attention...


2006 Mitsubishi Lancer VR-X Road Test

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer VR-X Road Test

I stepped out of a Canary Yellow Mitsubishi Evo IX and straight into a Bright Red Mitsubishi Lancer VR-X. At first, I barely even noticed that I changed vehicles. The VR-X carried the same pedals, interior look and doors as the Evo IX. I soon found out that this was why the VR-X was so appealing to people. You get the chance to drive an Evo look-a-like for half the price...

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$19,990

2006 Mitsubishi 380 GT Road Test

2006 Mitsubishi 380 GT Road Test

Last year I drove the Mitsubishi 380 LX. Although I was impressed by the new Mitsubishi offering, it really didn’t offer any ground-breaking features or anything that really set it apart from its competitors. Unfortunately the Mitsubishi 380 GT is much the same. Apart from being Dark Blue in colour and sporting a black leather interior, Bluetooth phone capability and darker interior accents it was identical to the 380 LX...

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$4,400