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2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Performance SUV

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2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Performance SUV

Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Performance SUV Finalists: Audi RS Q8 BMW X5M Porsche Macan GTS If many car enthusiasts may be dismayed by today’s proliferation of high-riding sports utility vehicles, they should be able to take some comfort at least from the rise in SUV performance variants...

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2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Light SUV
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2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Light SUV

Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Light SUV Finalists: Ford Puma Hyundai Venue Nissan Juke Volkswagen T-Cross Such is the proliferation of compact SUVs these days that official industry sales split them into two camps: Light SUV and Small SUV. And for 2021, Drive Car of the Year has done the same...


2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best City Car
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2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best City Car

Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best City Car Finalists: Kia Picanto Kia Rio Suzuki Swift Toyota Yaris Volkswagen Polo The city-car segment took the second-biggest sales hit in 2020 – down nearly 40 per cent – though it remains the go-to vehicle type for buyers looking for some of Australia’s cheapest new cars – including many still priced below $20,000...


Why the affordable new car is dead
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Why the affordable new car is dead

In 2011, P-platers or those on the very tightest of budgets were relatively spoiled for choice in the new-car market. For vehicles priced below $20,000, there were 170 variants available across 33 models from 21 brands. Fast-forward a decade, and the market is a fairly depressing sight for the slim-walleted: just 19 variants available for less than $20,000 – covering just nine models and six brands...


2021 Ford Puma long-term review: Introduction

2021 Ford Puma long-term review: Introduction

As a former owner of the original Ford Puma, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to spend six months with the model that has revived the nameplate nearly 20 years after it was discontinued. They’re very different vehicle styles, though. Two decades have transformed buyer tastes, and inevitably the new Puma is an SUV-inspired crossover, whereas the first Puma was a compact sports coupe...

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$35,540

2021 Skoda Scala Monte Carlo v 2021 Hyundai i30 Elite hatch
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2021 Skoda Scala Monte Carlo v 2021 Hyundai i30 Elite hatch

The Scala is Skoda’s biggest play in the small-car segment yet. But how does it stack up against one of Australia’s most popular models?


2021 Porsche Boxster GTS 4.0 review
Rating: 8.810 /10
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2021 Porsche Boxster GTS 4.0 review

Six-cylinder naturally aspirated power has returned to the regular version of Porsche’s compact roadster. We find out why it’s been missed so much with a drive of the Boxster GTS.

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$174,800

2021 Ford Puma ST-Line V v 2021 Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo
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2021 Ford Puma ST-Line V v 2021 Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo

Our favourite Light SUV versus our favourite Small SUV… But is the Ford Puma or Skoda Kamiq is the best mainstream compact SUV overall?


Make mine a triple! The rise of the three-cylinder engine

Make mine a triple! The rise of the three-cylinder engine

How the distinctive off-beat thrum of the three-cylinder engine has been getting increasingly raucous.


2021 Genesis GV80 3.0D v 2021 Volkswagen Touareg 210TDI R-Line comparison
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2021 Genesis GV80 3.0D v 2021 Volkswagen Touareg 210TDI R-Line comparison

Forget Q7, X5, RX and GLE for now. Genesis’s first sports utility vehicle needs to make an impression by defeating our favourite large luxury SUV, the Volkswagen Touareg.


2021 Mercedes-Benz E300 sedan review  
Rating: 810 /10
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2021 Mercedes-Benz E300 sedan review  

The E-Class remains untouchable for sales in its segment, but is the E300 the pick for executives seeking the best $120,000 large luxury sedan?


2021 Genesis GV80 3.0D AWD Luxury review
Rating: 810 /10
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2021 Genesis GV80 3.0D AWD Luxury review

After two executive sedans, Hyundai’s fledgling luxury brand is now targeting large premium SUVs with its GV80. We test it with Genesis’s all-new straight-six diesel.

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$113,600

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T v 2021 Mercedes-Benz E300 comparison
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2021 Genesis G80 3.5T v 2021 Mercedes-Benz E300 comparison

Can the Genesis G80 repeat Lexus’s feat with its 1989 LS400 limo and send the German luxury brands back to the drawing board? We pit the premium Korean sedan against an E-Class to find out.


2021 Volkswagen Touareg 170TDI review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2021 Volkswagen Touareg 170TDI review

VW’s large SUV has a new base model. Can it still pull off the pseudo-luxury vibe?

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$81,490

2020 Toyota RAV4 v Volkswagen Tiguan comparison
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2020 Toyota RAV4 v Volkswagen Tiguan comparison

The Toyota RAV4 and Volkswagen Tiguan are two of the best mid-sized SUVs you can buy right now. But which model appeals the most in entry-level guise?