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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

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...

Priced At
$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...

Priced At
$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...

Priced At
$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...

Priced At
$28,490