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2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long-term report five – Team review

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2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long-term 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...

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2017 Holden Colorado Z71 review: Long-term report four – interior

2017 Holden Colorado Z71 review: Long-term report four – interior

Facelifts are a wonderful thing. Not only in the cosmetic sense – but more so when it refers to a car being updated, bringing it to the forefront of current technology and style. The Holden Colorado’s facelift back in Q3 2016 was a huge leap forward for the model, but one major area where it’s feeling a lot fresher is inside the cabin...


2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline review: Long-term report four – off-road weekend

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline review: Long-term report four – off-road weekend

I slide into the dark coloured Volkswagen Tiguan under a cobalt blue sky and head as quickly as possible out of Sydney, doing my best to avoid the never-ending snake-like peak hour traffic rolling ever forward at the mind boggling speed of 12km/hour. It pays to have a comfortable car in Sydney and I'm thankful the Tiguan is just that, with a sturdy sports-esque manually adjusted cloth seat that has just the right amount of support...

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2017 Suzuki Ignis review: Long-term report six – farewell
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Suzuki Ignis review: Long-term 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.

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$18,990

2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report two – interior

2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report two – interior

If there’s a brand known for cockpit practicality, it’s this one. And up until this generation, the Honda Civic hatch was the standard bearer in the small car segment. But that’s no longer the case, as the 2017 Honda Civic hatch has done away with its brilliant Magic Seat system that allowed you to store anything from pot plants to pushbikes in the back seat area...

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2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long-term report four – Interior comfort and practicality

2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch review: Long-term 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...

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2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report six – farewell
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report six – farewell

After a few months of hard labour, we're ready to set our 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute free. It's sad to see it go.

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2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report one – introduction

2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report one – introduction

This new-generation 2017 Honda Civic hatch is a big deal. It could be a step too far to suggest that Honda Australia’s future depends on it being a success, but the Japanese brand is sure as hell hoping for big things from it. It’s such a big deal, in fact, we decided to get one for a few months to see if it lives up to the hype...

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$32,290

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline review: Long-term report three – infotainment

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline review: Long-term report three – infotainment

There’s a lot to like about our long-term Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline. Since lobbing in our long-term garage in April, it’s been smooth sailing with barely a fingernail-down-the-blackboard moment of irritation. Simply, there’s not a lot it does wrong. And that rings true of its infotainment system, too...

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$41,490

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report five – off-road

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report five – off-road

As we made clear in our load-lugging piece on the 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute, the thing is a beast when it comes to getting away from the blacktop. I mean, consider this: 70 per cent of these hardcore Toyota trucks are sold in regional areas, and the real percentage of regional users is probably higher than that, because farmers, miners and other customers might have a particular city dealer that they’ve remained loyal to for a while...

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

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. Unlike higher-spec versions of the little hatch and sedan, the Neo grade misses out on Mazda's MZD Connect infotainment system, which incorporates a 7...

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$16,990

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report four – towing

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review: Long-term report four – towing

You may be more likely to see a horse float or heavy machinery on a trailer behind a 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute, but we thought we’d buck the trend and tow a big, brand new boat. The LandCruiser cab-chassis has a maximum braked towing capacity of 3500 kilograms which, on paper, doesn't out-rate a dual-cab Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara, Holden Colorado or Isuzu D-Max...

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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 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline review: Long-term report two – interior space and comfort

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline review: Long-term report two – interior space and comfort

Our long-term Volkswagen Tiguan has already proved its mettle as a city-focused medium SUV in many ways, which we’ll detail in later instalments. Here, though, the focus is on the Tiguan’s utilitarian interior. The 132TSI Comfortline model we have in our garage sits in the middle of the Tiguan range and will set you back around $41K before on-road costs...

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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 Holden Colorado Z71 review: Long-term report three – off-roading
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2017 Holden Colorado Z71 review: Long-term report three – off-roading

The last time we checked in with our 2017 Holden Colorado Z71, it was getting kitted-out for off-road adventures. Now, we didn’t go all-out throwing the full ARB catalogue at it just yet – but as I’m sure you’ll agree, it does look the part. So, it can talk the talk, but now it’s time to put its extra kit into practice off the beaten track...


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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2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback review: Long-term report four – the track day

2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback review: Long-term report four – the track day

Our long-term 2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback has been with us for three months. And what better way to celebrate than by hitting the race track…...

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$57,490

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review long-term report three – load lugging

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute review long-term report three – load lugging

Sometimes you have to load in a lot of stuff. It could be a large volume of stuff, or a big mass of stuff. Either way, the 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ute is made for it. We wanted to find out just how well our 79 Series cab-chassis dealt with stuff, so we, er, stuffed it with a few different things. First up was a pallet of ballast from our mates over at Crown Forklifts...

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$66,490