Review Wrap: The best of July, 2018

Facelifts and new-gen models headline the seventh month of 2018.
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Missed out on a review this month? Keen to catch up on all the exciting CarAdvice review content from July?

We're here for you. Here are five reviews this month that either drew a lot of attention or are simply, in our view, standout stories.

2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante review

What better way to review an Aston Martin than with the top down the whole time? The stunning DB11 is hunting all other GTs and doing it with style and panache – Trent Nikolic

The Aston Martin DB11 can now be had with open-top thrills, and it's still just as beautiful.

Read the full review here

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe review

The design is a huge departure from the previous Santa Fe, but maybe a big refresh is what it needed all along – Paul Maric

Hyundai is moving upmarket with its new Santa Fe SUV, which now has more tech, more space, and a dearer ticket price on most variants.

Read Paul's local launch review here

2019 Subaru Forester review

Flashiness takes a back seat to thoughtfulness in the 2018 Subaru Forester. It won’t set your pulse racing, but it's as honest, practical and unpretentious as ever, and still happy getting off the beaten path every once in a while – Mike Costello

Mike Costello got to drive the all-new Forester in Japan ahead of its Australian launch in September.

Read his thoughts here

2018 LDV T60 Luxe 4x4 review: Owner loaner

Australia’s love affair with utes shows no signs of slowing, presenting a prime opportunity for new entrants like the LDV T60 to slot in. While the Chinese brand is far from a household name right now, it could be just one convincing product away from success – Kez Casey

LDV's local distributor, Ateco Automotive, hasn't been able to make a T60 ute available to CarAdvice for testing. Luckily, reader and T60 owner Brian was more than happy to loan us his ~12,000km ute for a week.

Read Kez's review here

2019 Kia Sportage review

While it's hard to spot the differences, Kia has loaded the new Sportage with standard equipment and safety kit – Paul Maric

The Sportage is consistently Kia's second-best seller in Australia, and the medium SUV segment is one of the most popular locally. Paul Maric took the refreshed model for a spin at its local launch this month.

What did he think? Find out here

2019 Ford Focus review

There's a newfound maturity to the Ford Focus, which enters the hotly contested hatchback segment with its most resolved offering yet – Rob Margeit

It's been a long time coming for the new-generation Focus, which arrives Down Under in November. For the first time, they're bringing the wagon too – hoorah!

Read Rob's international launch review here