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2020 Volkswagen Passat review: 140TSI Business Wagon
  • Excellent ride comfort; Spacious, upmarket interior; Large boot; Strong, flexible engine
  • Standard features good but not outstanding; Higher-than-average servicing costs; Lack of wireless smartphone charging; Not the wagon pick for keener drivers

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8.4 / 10

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2020 Volkswagen Passat review: 140TSI Business Wagon

Volkswagen’s classy and practical Passat wagon is back to give executives and families a more affordable alternative to the load-luggers from luxury brands.

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2020 Nissan Juke ST-L review
Rating: 7.610 /10
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2020 Nissan Juke ST-L review

Nissan’s boldly designed compact SUV is back in an all-new form, but can it make more than a styling statement on the road?

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$33,940

2020 Audi Q3 Sportback v Mercedes-Benz GLA comparison review
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2020 Audi Q3 Sportback v Mercedes-Benz GLA comparison review

Second-generation versions of the Q3 and GLA have both turned up in 2020. We find out which is the better German compact luxury SUV.


Small car value review: 2020 Toyota Yaris v Toyota Corolla comparison
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Small car value review: 2020 Toyota Yaris v Toyota Corolla comparison

The Toyota Yaris has upped its game but also its pricing – in a big way. Does the city car now make any sense for buyers over a comparably priced Corolla?


2020 Mazda CX-30 G20 Touring review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2020 Mazda CX-30 G20 Touring review

The interior of the Mazda CX-30 Touring impresses for a $35,000 compact SUV, but does it justify a circa-$4000 premium over the equivalent Mazda 3 hatch on which it’s based?


Hot 'hatch' review: 2020 Audi RS Q3 Sportback v Mercedes-AMG A45 S comparison
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Hot 'hatch' review: 2020 Audi RS Q3 Sportback v Mercedes-AMG A45 S comparison

Audi’s high-performance crossover takes on Mercedes-AMG’s hyper-hatch in a battle of racy compacts.


The original Ford Puma

The original Ford Puma

The Puma is Ford’s new contender for the baby SUV segment, yet it isn’t a new nameplate. CarAdvice contributor and former owner Jez Spinks recalls the brilliant – but very different – original.


Small SUV review: 2020 Nissan Juke v Toyota C-HR comparison
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Small SUV review: 2020 Nissan Juke v Toyota C-HR comparison

It’s an automotive version of Zoolander as the second-generation Nissan Juke and Toyota C-HR adopt ‘blue steel’ poses in a battle of style-focused compact crossovers.


2020 Ford Puma ST-Line review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2020 Ford Puma ST-Line review

It’s goodbye EcoSport and hello Puma, as Ford revives an old badge for its crucial, new baby crossover.


Family SUV review: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB v Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace comparison
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Family SUV review: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB v Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace comparison

Mercedes’s boxy new GLB seven-seater SUV squares up to the biggest version of Volkswagen’s popular, premium-mainstream Tiguan.


Small SUV review: 2020 Kia Seltos GT-Line v Mazda CX-30 Astina comparison
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Small SUV review: 2020 Kia Seltos GT-Line v Mazda CX-30 Astina comparison

Kia’s flagship Seltos compact SUV takes on Mazda’s top-trim CX-30 crossover in a battle of $40K-something high-riders.


Cars that fit three or more ISOFIX child seats
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Cars that fit three or more ISOFIX child seats

The ISOFIX child seat anchorage system has been legal in Australia since 2014, giving parents here the benefits of the simpler installation set-up appreciated by families for years in the UK, Europe and United States (via the related LATCH system). ISOFIX helps minimise the chances of incorrectly securing child seats, which studies have revealed to be highly common when parents have been using car seatbelt installation...


2020 BMW 330i v Jaguar XE HSE comparison review
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2020 BMW 330i v Jaguar XE HSE comparison review

Can the new BMW 3 Series reclaim its Best Mid-sized Sports Sedan crown from the Jaguar XE?


2020 Peugeot 5008 GT-Line review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2020 Peugeot 5008 GT-Line review

Ahead of an updated 5008 coming in early 2021, we find out if it’s worth striking a deal on Peugeot’s seven-seater SUV.

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$51,990

2020 Peugeot 3008 GT-Line review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2020 Peugeot 3008 GT-Line review

A facelift may be coming in early 2021, but Peugeot’s 3008 already sets the interior benchmark for mid-sized mainstream SUVs.

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$47,990