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Large Cars Under $70k

ŠKODA SUPERB
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  • Strong petrol engine offers excellent performance; Dual-clutch auto rewards with snappy shifts; Amazing space on offer in the second row; Huge boot; Lots of clever features in the cabin

  • Some hesitation at low speeds from drivetrain; Not purebred sporty, but sporty enough because there's no RS badge

Holden Commodore
  • That noise... both inside and outside the cabin; Stacks of room in the first and second rows; Brakes hold up even after several laps of the race track; Ride and handling not compromised by FE3 suspension or low profile tyres

  • Infotainment system now getting quite dated compared to the rest of the segment; We won't be seeing a V8 in the next-generation Commodore; Some dealers asking big dollars for remaining stock

Hyundai Genesis
  • V8 engine offers plenty of power and brilliant refinement; eight-speed auto makes for great cruising; interior fit and finish is German beating; rotary dial makes media interaction easier

  • Ride and steering of the US car cannot match the level of the Australian tune; transmission can be clumsy during hard driving; poor pedal calibration

Toyota Aurion
  • Recent update increases equipment levels; acres of interior space; engine, gearbox, and brakes all strong points

  • Recent update increases price; dated and drab cabin looking and feeling its age; firm, fidgety ride plus heavy and dull steering, and lacklustre dynamics make for a confused and unexciting driving experience

Peugeot 508
  • Diesel engine and six-speed automatic are a great combo; cabin execution and insulation is excellent; pricing is very competitive

  • Cabin storage needs to be better and smarter; visibility fore and aft is compromised by heavy pillars; real world fuel use was heavier than we expected

Large Cars Over $70k

BMW 5 Series
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  • Effortless diesel performance; Understated but classical cabin design; Sufficient infotainment and safety tech; Ride comfort and handling compromise

  • Increased pricing; Lacks the Mercedes E-Class’ overt glamour; We understand the rationale of extra-cost options, but some here should be standard

Mercedes-Benz E250
  • Bold new styling; potent new twin-turbo V6; impressive fuel economy; good practicality

  • Overly firm and busy ride; new V6 is too quiet; shorter and narrower than E-Class sedan

Volvo S90
  • Safety boxes pretty much all ticked; torque-rich twin-turbo diesel pulls hard; great traction and control in corners – it's actually quite fun to drive; lovely interior finishes and trim

  • The price is high, and servicing is exxy too; option costs a bit silly, including Apple CarPlay for $300 – come on, Volvo!; no drive modes to choose from

Audi A6
  • Classy, elegant and great looking; good sporty performance; refinement, superb ride quality and seat comfort; excellent fuel economy; lots of standard kit; dynamically strong

  • Some low-down turbo lag

Jaguar XF
  • Visually stunning; Pricing undercuts competitors with a range of engines available; Ride and handling impressive, partly thanks to standard air suspension; Great new technology available, including a huge panoramic glass roof

  • The entry-level four-cylinder petrol is a bit quiet for our liking; There's no potent V6 petrol engine available for those after a sporty drive; Leg-room in the second row can be slightly compromised with front seats pushed back