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2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch long-term review, report seven: farewell

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2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch long-term review, report seven: farewell

We've really come to appreciate our Mazda 2 long-termer, but it's time to say goodbye to little Red Rocket.

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2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch long-term review, report six: the road trip
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2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch long-term review, report six: the road trip

The Mazda 2 Neo has been a great urban runabout for the CarAdvice Melbourne team, but one of the things a car like this is likely to undertake at some stage in its life is tackle a more extended drive. When I think about when I was a teenager (some may argue that it wasn't that long ago), I remember doing a lot of long trips in my parents' old 2000 Honda CR-V, and most friends at the same age did the odd road trip or two as well...


2018 Renault Clio RS Cup review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2018 Renault Clio RS Cup review

Renault's Clio RS hyper-compact has had a midlife face lift. We check out the mid-range Cup version to see if a fiddling of pricing and spec can bring some added glow to the heroic hot hatch's halo.

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$32,490

2018 Suzuki Swift Sport review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2018 Suzuki Swift Sport review

Fans of old school hot hatches will be delighted that the new 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport adheres to the borrowed philosophy that always made it so fun: light is right.

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$25,490 - $27,490

Suzuki Swift GLX Turbo v Kia Rio SLi comparison
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Suzuki Swift GLX Turbo v Kia Rio SLi comparison

While SUVs are the flavour of choice in recent years, the humble hatchback continues to be a popular option for first-car buyers, downsizers and those with just no need for anything bigger. Light cars are perfect for urban dwellers thanks to their compact packaging, and the competition remains red hot as manufacturers pump more and more kit into their tiniest offerings...


2018 Honda Jazz review: VTi-L
Rating: 7.110 /10
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2018 Honda Jazz review: VTi-L

We love the Honda Jazz for the unbelievable practicality that it brings to the segment, but at this price point, it doesn't make a lot of sense.


2018 Skoda Fabia 81TSI review
Rating: 7.610 /10
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2018 Skoda Fabia 81TSI review

The MY18 Skoda Fabia offers a competitive, if flawed package in the tightly-contested light car segment...

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$19,890 - $21,040

2017 Volkswagen Polo Urban review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Volkswagen Polo Urban review

The 2017 Volkswagen Polo Urban is really good – for the money, there's not a better city car in the segment.

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$16,990

2017 Mazda 2 Maxx review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Mazda 2 Maxx review

The 2017 Mazda 2 Maxx may be a solid and safe choice in the popular city car segment, but it does lack the interior refinement of its competitors.


2018 Volkswagen Polo review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2018 Volkswagen Polo review

Mini Golf isn't just a fun game. It's also the best descriptor for the imminent 2018 Volkswagen Polo, which takes the company's smallest model (in Australia) to new heights, in terms of space, in-car tech and dynamic sophistication.


2018 Toyota Prius C review
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2018 Toyota Prius C review

The facelifted 2018 Toyota Prius C sees some inclusions, but it remains expensive in its class despite its best intentions.

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$24,040

2017 Mazda 2 Neo sedan review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Mazda 2 Neo sedan review

The Mazda 2 Neo might be the cheapest sedan in the Japanese car maker's range, but it does offer premium quality... mostly.

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$14,990 - $16,990

2017 Mazda 2 GT hatch review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Mazda 2 GT hatch review

The new flagship 2017 Mazda 2 GT will appeal to buyers who want the brand's stylish design and a funky interior, but it falls short in other ways.

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$23,680

2017 Suzuki Swift GLX Turbo review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Suzuki Swift GLX Turbo review

The new Suzuki Swift gets the company's thrummy three-cylinder turbo in flagship GLX trim. Can it cut it at the top end of the light car segment?

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$22,990

2017 Hyundai Accent Sport hatchback review
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2017 Hyundai Accent Sport hatchback review

The standalone 2017 Hyundai Accent Sport takes bits of both of the existing variants, and combines them into a punchy and affordable offering in the light car class. Shame it's feeling its age.


2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch long-term review, report five: team review

2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch long-term review, report five: team review

It's been a couple of months since we took delivery of our 2017 Mazda 2 Neo long-termer, and in that time it's been driven by numerous CarAdvice employees. So far we've covered urban commuting, infotainment, along with interior comfort and practicality. However we haven't really heard from the wider team...


2017 Renault Clio Zen review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Renault Clio Zen review

The recently updated 2017 Renault Clio has doubled-down on its French flair, but is it still a worthy challenger in a hotly-contested segment?


2017 Suzuki Ignis long-term review, report six: farewell
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Suzuki Ignis long-term review, report six: farewell

After six months in the CarAdvice garage, it's time to say goodbye to the Suzuki Ignis – a micro car we've come to love and appreciate for its value, flexibility and funky design.


2017 Suzuki Swift GL manual review
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2017 Suzuki Swift GL manual review

Like the 2017 Suzuki Swift? There are better models in the range than the base version.

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$15,990

2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch long-term review, report four: interior comfort and practicality

2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch long-term review, report four: interior comfort and practicality

Our Mazda 2 Neo has settled in quite nicely at the CarAdvice Melbourne office, proving to be an ideal vehicle to commute to and from the inner city. However, there have been numerous occasions where the Red Rocket has been called on to do more load-lugging duties, and for many buyers of this car you will likely have the odd occasion where a few passengers or luggage will be stuffed in the back of the little hatch...