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The Shortlist: diesel SUV under $30,000 with AWD, leather seats and a big boot

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But..

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2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium mountain bike adventure
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2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium mountain bike adventure

I have to 'fess up early. I quite like Subaru. I owned a 2004 Forester for six years as my daily commuter, outdoor gear hauler and surfing wagon. Like the Forester I owned, the 2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium is a wagon design. It's a beefed-up version of the Subaru Liberty wagon, with greater ground clearance and slightly more off-road moxie...


2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain local pricing revealed ahead of June launch
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain local pricing revealed ahead of June launch

Australian pricing and initial details for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain have been announced this week, with the jacked-up wagon to kick off from $109,900 before on-road costs. The E220d All-Terrain will be the only wagon-bodied E-Class available locally, and will take on the likes of the $112,855 Audi A6 Allroad and $99,900 Volvo V90 Cross Country...


2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country: Australian pricing and details revealed online - UPDATE
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2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country: Australian pricing and details revealed online - UPDATE

Update - Manufacturer's list pricing for the Volvo V90 Cross Country has been revealed online. See article for details Although not yet announced, initial pricing and specifications for the new 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country have surfaced online. The new off-road styled wagon will start from $99,900 before on-road costs, or $110,060 drive-away - the latter coming from Volvo's Australian online car configurator...


Don't expect to see Aston Martin take on Germany's latest power wagons
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Don't expect to see Aston Martin take on Germany's latest power wagons

Wagonistas the world over got a little hot under the collar at the 2017 Geneva motor show, as both Mercedes-AMG and Porsche took the covers off two super-brisk, super-practical estates – the E63 S Estate and Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo. But alas, British sports car brand Aston Martin says it is unlikely to enter that particular fray...


2017 Ford Mondeo Trend wagon review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Ford Mondeo Trend wagon review

Dave jumps into the 2017 Ford Mondeo Trend Wagon to find out why the model is a hard car to hate, but an even harder one to love.

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$42,340

2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo revealed, available to order now
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2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo revealed, available to order now

The hotly-anticipated Porsche Panamera wagon has been revealed ahead of its global debut at the Geneva motor show this month, and it's coming to Australia before the end of the year. The new wagon - dubbed Sport Turismo - joins the Panamera line with five different variants, including the hi-po 404kW Turbo, and will be the first Panamera to feature three rear seats...


2017 Peugeot 508 Touring review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Peugeot 508 Touring review

When the Commodore heads into the sunset, the Peugeot 508 will have precious little competition in the large wagon segment. Here, we test the base Allure grade.

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$48,990

2017 BMW 5 Series Touring revealed, confirmed for Australia - UPDATE
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2017 BMW 5 Series Touring revealed, confirmed for Australia - UPDATE

Update - BMW Australia has confirmed the 5 Series Touring will be offered locally in the second half of 2017. See bottom of article for details The 2017 BMW 5 Series Touring has been revealed, adding a more practical option to the 5er line-up when it arrives in European showrooms this June...


2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg Edition on sale in Australia
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2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg Edition on sale in Australia

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg Edition is now on sale in Australia, bringing some extra equipment and style to the German brand's high-riding family wagon. The newly added Wolfsburg Edition version of the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack sees the addition of new 19-inch Albertville alloy wheels (an inch larger than the standard rims), while the newly added LED headlights are said to offer a "unique light signature"...


2017 Alpina B3 Touring review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Alpina B3 Touring review

James finds himself a unicorn – a 301kW BMW 3-Series wagon. We drive the 2017 Alpina B3 Touring.

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$160,900

2017 Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-line Wagon review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-line Wagon review

Is the new flagship Passat wagon the most premium vehicle the so-called 'semi-premium' carmaker from Wolfsburg currently produces? We hit the road for 2500 kays to find out.

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$59,990

2018 Ford Focus wagon spied in the snow
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2018 Ford Focus wagon spied in the snow

A prototype for the next-generation Ford Focus wagon has been spied this week during the early stages of its development. Most will notice that this vehicle looks remarkably similar to the current 'LZ' Focus, however the familiar panels hide the new-generation car's running gear underneath – the perfect camouflage, almost...


2016 Subaru Levorg 2.0GT review
Rating: 710 /10
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2016 Subaru Levorg 2.0GT review

Dave jumps into the 2016 Subaru Levorg 2.0GT to find out if the entry-level model can appeal to Subaru enthusiasts and others alike.

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$42,990

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain review

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain crossover should be making Audi and Volvo nervous...


2017 Skoda Octavia RS230 review
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2017 Skoda Octavia RS230 review

Read the full article here. The 2017 Skoda Octavia RS230 finishes off what is, without doubt, one of the most practical, family-friendly and sporty ranges on the market today. The Octavia RS is the quirky Czech brand's best-selling model. Not just in the Octavia range, but in general. More people know Skoda for the Octavia RS than anything else...


Alpina officially launches in Australia: B3 and B4 BiTurbo now on sale
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Alpina officially launches in Australia: B3 and B4 BiTurbo now on sale

German tuning company Alpina is now officially on sale in Australia, with its BMW 4 Series-based B4 BiTurbo the first model in its range to be homologated for our market. Local distributor, The In Motion Group, officially launched the range at a special event late last week, with the first dealerships to sell the bespoke models being BMW Doncaster and Bundoora...


2017 Hyundai i30 Tourer wagon spied in Germany
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2017 Hyundai i30 Tourer wagon spied in Germany

The next-generation 2017 Hyundai i30 Tourer wagon has been spied testing in Germany this week, giving us a first look at the Korean company's competitor to the Volkswagen Golf wagon. Despite the heavy camouflage, it's almost certain the new wagon will wear the same face as the recently-revealed 2017 i30 hatch, which previews the company's new design direction...


2017 BMW 5 Series Touring spied with lightweight camouflage
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2017 BMW 5 Series Touring spied with lightweight camouflage

The next-generation 2017 BMW 5 Series Touring has been spotted again, this time with even less camouflage. Following the recently-revealed 'G30' 5 Series sedan, the new wagon wears the same face, though its more practical rump is still concealed under large amounts of swirly disguise...


Medium wagon comparison: Hyundai i40 v Mazda 6 v Volkswagen Passat
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Medium wagon comparison: Hyundai i40 v Mazda 6 v Volkswagen Passat

At the risk of flogging the proverbial horse, we often wonder why more people don’t buy mid-sized wagons over medium SUVs. We understand the appeal of the latter body type’s high riding position, with its greater visibility, ease of access and feeling of safety. But with some equanimity we'd counter that passenger car alternatives often offer more, for less...