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2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long-term report three – Infotainment

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2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long-term report three – Infotainment

Our 2017 Mazda 2 Neo long-termer certainly has a lot of strengths, including its cute looks, zippy drivetrain, and its comfortable driving experience. However, one major drawback  of the entry-level model is its infotainment system – or lack of...

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2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report five – engine, gearbox and efficiency
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2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report five – engine, gearbox and efficiency

Five months with a car in your personal garage pretty much tells you everything you need to know about its foibles and individual characteristics. That’s even more the case when the vehicle in question encourages you to drive it as often as we drove the 2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX – as I’ve written in previous updates, my partner and I tend to favour the Ignis above just about every other test vehicle...


2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long term report two – The daily grind

2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long term report two – The daily grind

It's been a month now since we took delivery of our 2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch long termer, and for this update we're going to focus on one of the most important jobs a city-sized car will ever do – the #DailyGrind. While that term can mean many things to different people, the daily commute for the average person is the trip to and from work, which the little 'Soul Red' Mazda 2 has been tasked with just about every day since it arrived...

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$16,990

2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report four – around town practicality
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2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report four – around town practicality

Those of you wondering whether I like micro cars should probably know that I own a late first-gen Smart Fortwo – yes, I’m a little partial to the idea of a useful city car. That could be part of the reason I ended up as custodian of the 2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX… We’ve had the Smart for nearly three years now, and on a weekend, it almost always gets used more than any big dollar press car...


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

The 2017 Renault Clio range has been rejigged, with a new 'luxurious' model at the top of the range. This is it – the new Clio Intens.

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$22,990

2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report three – country driving

2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report three – country driving

I’ve warmed like a late Spring afternoon to the 2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX, our long-termer tester that seems to have spent most of CarAdvice’s custodianship in co-conspirator Trent Nikolic’s pocket – perhaps literally – outside of the rare opportunity to occasionally “take her around the block”. Brief impressions, then, but good ones...

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$18,990

Toyota Yaris v Mazda 2 comparison
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Toyota Yaris v Mazda 2 comparison

Light cars are a strange category in Australia. While sales are on the nose, buyers still flock to this segment in the hunt for a first, or last car. With both models recently benefitting from an update, we lined up two favourites to see which is most worthy of your hard-earned dollar. It’s the Mazda 2 Genki head-to-head against the Toyota Yaris ZR...


2017 Kia Picanto S review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Kia Picanto S review

The 2017 Kia Picanto S offers an attractive combination of price and features, punching above its weight when it comes to drivability, too.


2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report two – infotainment
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2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report two – infotainment

Now, you’d think that providing infotainment that works, is just as crucial as providing that infotainment system in the first place? Sadly, after a few weeks behind the wheel of our long-term 2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX, it seems Suzuki hasn’t quite gotten this crucial element right. The specifications would indicate reason to rejoice – especially given the sub 20k starting price...


2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long-term report one – Introduction

2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long-term report one – Introduction

My #firstcar! Well, sort of. Here's the latest addition to CarAdvice's long term fleet: the 2017 Mazda 2 Neo, finished in the Japanese company's signature Soul Red paint. Starting at $14,990 before on-road costs, our tester is equipped with the optional six-speed automatic transmission ($2000), and the aforementioned special paint ($300), bringing the as-tested price to $17,290 plus ORCs...

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$16,990

2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report one – introduction

2017 Suzuki Ignis GLX auto review: Long-term report one – introduction

Despite members of the small car segment being decidedly bland, the micro car segment (which sits beneath it) always seems to offer up some quirky, different and appealing alternatives to the mainstream boredom. And perhaps the best of them at the moment is the 2017 Suzuki Ignis, and in top-spec GLX guise, it’s an absolute steal at $19,990 drive away...

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$18,990

2017 Kia Picanto S review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Kia Picanto S review

The "all-new" third-generation Kia Picanto has landed in Australia... with the old generation powertrain. Do new styling, promises of improved refinement and added equipment conspire towards a big step forward? Or is this new Picanto S merely more of the same?

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$14,190 - $15,690

2017 Kia Rio SLi review
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2017 Kia Rio SLi review

Kia's flagship small car is approaching premium territory, at least in terms of price. Can it play with the big boys at the higher end of the light car segment?

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$16,990 - $22,990

2017 Suzuki Ignis GL review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Suzuki Ignis GL review

It's the happiest looking car on the market, but does the entry-grade Suzuki Ignis still have enough to make it a real city-car character?

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$16,990

2017 Kia Rio Si review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Kia Rio Si review

The all-new 2017 Kia Rio Si picks up where its predecessor left off, but a dated powertrain and transmission combo spoil what is otherwise a very solid package.

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$16,990 - $22,990

2017 Mazda 2 review

2017 Mazda 2 review

The 2017 Mazda 2 hatch and sedan have arrived, adding AEB and G-Vectoring across the range, alongside a brand new GT flagship variant. But the big-selling Japanese offering also must face a stronger competitor set than ever, so does this running change do enough?


2017 Mazda 2 review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Mazda 2 review

The 2017 Mazda 2 hatch and sedan have arrived, adding AEB and G-Vectoring across the range, alongside a brand new GT flagship variant. But the big-selling Japanese offering also must face a stronger competitor set than ever, so does this running change do enough?

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$14,990 - $23,680

2017 Toyota Yaris SX review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Toyota Yaris SX review

The updated 2017 Toyota Yaris light hatch may be plain as original chips, but it's surprisingly lovable and fun to drive.

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$17,330 - $18,860

Audi S1 Sportback review: Long-term report one

Audi S1 Sportback review: Long-term report one

We've added a few cars to the CarAdvice stable in the past year, but this little monster was the first: the Audi S1 Sportback.


2017 Suzuki Ignis review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Suzuki Ignis review

The 2017 Suzuki Ignis brings a breath of fresh air to the city car market...

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$15,990 - $18,990