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2019 Kia Optima GT review
  • A fulsome list of standard features; Sharper pricing; No shortage of squirt from the 2.0-litre turbo engine
  • Actual updates thin on the ground; Urgent throttle calibration makes it a chore to drive leisurely; Suspension is overly firm

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7.5 / 10

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2019 Kia Optima GT review

Kia has face-lifted and tickled the spec on its Optima GT mid-sized sedan. But is it enough to lure buyers away from big-selling Camrys and Mazda 6s?

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2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S review

The mid-cycle update mightn't bring extra power or performance to the Mercedes-AMG C63 S range, but the much-loved biturbo V8-powered range does have some new and clever tricks up its sleeves

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$165,000

2018 Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Comfortline review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2018 Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Comfortline review

Volkswagen's latest Polo has proven itself a compact bundle of goodness. But can two reviewers agree on what's good and what misses the mark?

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$22,990

2018 BMW X3 sDrive20i review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2018 BMW X3 sDrive20i review

Does the lack of output and trinkets rob BMW's entry point into the X3 range, the sDrive20i, from a properly premium experience? We live with it for a week to find out.

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$66,900

2018 McLaren Senna review: Autodromo do Estoril track test
Rating: 9.110 /10
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2018 McLaren Senna review: Autodromo do Estoril track test

The McLaren Senna promises to be most outrageous, exotic and challenging race car barely fit for registration on Aussie roads. The $1.2million question is: does it live up to the name? Let alone the hype...

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2018 Holden Commodore RS Liftback v Subaru Liberty 2.5i Premium sedan comparison
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2018 Holden Commodore RS Liftback v Subaru Liberty 2.5i Premium sedan comparison

Commodore RS takes on Liberty 2.5i Premium in the fight for the best four-cylinder family car for around $36K


2018 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLX review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2018 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLX review

Mitsubishi has updated its 2018 Pajero Sport with more kit, so we're out in the base GLX version to see if the off-road-savvy SUV's buck-banging pitch suits the urban jungle.

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$45,500

2018 Ford Mustang GT review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2018 Ford Mustang GT review

New styling, new tech, new transmissions and more power, but is the vastly revamped 2018 Ford Mustang GT a better muscle car icon?

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$62,990

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk review

Our Aussie introduction to the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk wasn't a long one, but it was amply explosive. Does the seat-of-the-pants on-track experience live up to the hype?

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$134,900

2018 Honda CR-V VTi-L v Nissan X-Trail ST-L comparison
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2018 Honda CR-V VTi-L v Nissan X-Trail ST-L comparison

The all-new Honda CR-V and significantly updated Nissan X-Trail – two big nameplates in one hugely popular mid-sized SUV segment – arrived in the second half of 2017. And in November, we kicked off comparing these two revised protagonists’ ranges by pitching petrol-powered, all-wheel-driven, five-seater flagships in the form of Honda’s VTi-LX and Nissan’s TI versions against one another...


2018 Hot Hatch comparison video, part 2: Road
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2018 Hot Hatch comparison video, part 2: Road

Welcome to Part Two of the video feature for our recent 2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test. To recap, we've assembled three all-wheel-drivers and three front-drivers from non-premium marques, with pricing ranging from $43k (i30 N) through to $57,690 (STI Spec R). It's a rich and diverse field with each competitor representing its maker's fastest and most fun-filled efforts...


2018 Hot Hatch comparison video, part 1: Track
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2018 Hot Hatch comparison video, part 1: Track

We pit five of the best turbo hot hatches - and one wildcard sedan - against one another to find out which is the fastest and most fun small rocketship for under $60k. In this video we test outright performance and lap times


Best hot hatch: 2018 Ford Focus RS v Honda Civic Type R v Hyundai i30 N v Peugeot 308 GTi v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R
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Best hot hatch: 2018 Ford Focus RS v Honda Civic Type R v Hyundai i30 N v Peugeot 308 GTi v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R

Is there a more vibrant and diverse segment on the market right now than that labelled 'hot hatch'? In fact, is it technically a segment at all, but rather a broad net cast wide enough to include a $25K compact-sized Suzuki Swift Sport at one extreme and larger, circa-$80K Audi RS3s and Merc-AMG A45s at the other? And that’s just hatchbacks...


2018 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso petrol review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2018 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso petrol review

When the better half planned an Easter getaway to the Mudgee wine country, in regional New South Wales, she’d imagined four days of exploration nestled into something with two doors, three pedals, a convertible roof – preferably – and the word ‘sport’ made in every reference by the vehicle’s maker. Then I fronted up for the long weekend kick-off in 'a van'...

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McLaren: No to SUVs, yes to an electric hypercar
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McLaren: No to SUVs, yes to an electric hypercar

McLaren Automotive won’t follow key sports car-making rivals Lamborghini and Porsche in producing an SUV any time soon, but it does plan to introduce more hybrids and eventually offer a fully-electric model...