Top 5: CarAdvice Podcast episodes of 2018

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What a jam-packed year for the CarAdvice podcast. We enjoyed producing the best and latest automotive content over 44 episodes, including nine special episodes. Thirteen panel members covered over 200 news items, 60 reviews, and 20 comparisons. We also spoke to over 50 special guests and 14 owner reviews, and we took the podcast out of the studio 13 times to broadcast from different locations.

So, there's a lot of listening to be done – if you've just discovered the podcast (that's alright, we won't take offence) it's hard to choose the best parts. That's why we've done all the hard work for you, and picked our favourite five episodes.

Episode 90

Highlights: Our head website developer, Brett Gullan, spoke about how disappointed he was with infotainment systems, and Holden lead vehicle dynamics engineer, Rob Trubiani drove the ZB Commodore VXR around the Holden Proving Ground.

News: Ford Mustang pricing and specs, Toyota Supra race car confirmed for Geneva motor show, Ford said focusing on the Ranger Raptor's cylinder count is “missing the point”, Holden launched an online sales pilot, and the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 and C-Class were unveiled.

Review: 2018 Audi RS3

Comparison: 2018 Suzuki Swift and Renault Clio RS

Owner review: 2017 Mitsubishi ASX

Episode 97

Highlights: Broadcast from our hot hatch mega test at Winton Motor Raceway, where Australian racing driver Andrew Jones took the Hyundai i30 N for a hot lap.

News: 2019 Ford Focus teased, Toyota 86 Racing Series extended, Volkswagen Amarok V6 power boost, Mercedes-AMG C63 successor to be hybrid, and proposed ACT P-Plate changes

Review: 2018 Abarth 595 Competizione

Comparison: Hot hatch mega test

Episode 100

Highlights: Broadcast from Mercedes Me, the $100,000 challenge, and CarAdvice CEO and Founders face-off.

News: BMW Concept iX3 and 2019 Lexus ES revealed, Mercedes-Benz A-Class L sedan and Mercedes-Maybach Vision Ultimate Luxury unveiled, Infiniti confirmed a new electrified platform, global sales on the rise for Nissan Leaf, while Ford and the ACCC reached a settlement over PowerShift

Opinion: Hyundai’s i30 N is a proper hot hatch and a Golf GTI beater

Long-term review: 2018 Volkswagen Polo

Episode 112

Highlights: How vibrations in cars can make you sleepy, autonomous Ford Mustang at Goodwood, and why we can't have left-hand drive new cars on our roads

News: Holden announced Dave Buttner as its new managing director, 2019 Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 got a four-cylinder engine, Volkswagen Caddy Beach Camper confirmed for Australia, and studies found half of new car buyers don't prioritise safety

Comparison: 2018 BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 S

Episode 119

Highlights: Broadcast from Tasmania as part of our 'be a motoring journalist event for a day' reader event, August VFACTS, and professional driver Karl Reindler

News: 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC was revealed, Apple reported its first self-driving crash, the Ford Endura ST-Line was confirmed for Australia, and Lexus UX was confirmed for launch without Apple CarPlay Down Under

Review: 2018 Holden Colorado LT

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