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2020 BMW M235i Gran Coupe v Mercedes-AMG A35 sedan comparison review

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2020 BMW M235i Gran Coupe v Mercedes-AMG A35 sedan comparison review

German four-door luxury performance cars have never been more attainable. But should buyers head for the car wearing an M badge or the letters AMG?

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Small SUV comparison review: 2020 Audi Q3 v Volvo XC40
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Small SUV comparison review: 2020 Audi Q3 v Volvo XC40

The Audi Q3 has stepped up in size and tech for its second generation. But can it topple our current benchmark in the premium compact SUV segment, the Volvo XC40?


2020 Toyota GR Supra GT review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2020 Toyota GR Supra GT review

Design and engine controversies aside, the Supra follows the 86 as another Toyota sports car that delivers for drivers. But should you hold off for now?

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$84,900

2020 Honda Civic VTi-S sedan review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2020 Honda Civic VTi-S sedan review

The Honda Civic continues to be one of Australia’s favourite small cars. We find out how it stacks up in $24,990 VTi-S sedan guise.

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$24,790

Is BMW design on the nose?
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Is BMW design on the nose?

Okay, I’ll put it out there: I like the kidney grille on the new BMW 4 Series. At least in photos; it’s always important to reserve final styling judgements for seeing a car in the metal. I also have to allow for an element of surprise influencing my thoughts...


Small SUV comparison: 2020 Mazda CX-30 v Hyundai Kona
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Small SUV comparison: 2020 Mazda CX-30 v Hyundai Kona

Hyundai’s popular Kona small SUV faces a fresh Mazda rival in the form of the CX-30. We find which crossover is the best at a $30,000 pricepoint.


2020 Toyota RAV4 GX automatic review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2020 Toyota RAV4 GX automatic review

Toyota’s latest-generation RAV4 has stormed to the top of the sales charts and is currently our favourite mid-sized SUV. But does it still appeal in its most basic form?

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$31,990

2020 Mazda CX-30 G20 Pure review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2020 Mazda CX-30 G20 Pure review

The entry-level CX-30 is forecast to be the best-selling variant, but is it the pick of Mazda’s new compact-SUV range?

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$29,990

2020 Ford Fiesta ST v Volkswagen Polo GTI comparison
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2020 Ford Fiesta ST v Volkswagen Polo GTI comparison

Same size. Same 147kW of turbocharged power. The new Fiesta ST and Polo GTI are members of a dwindling ‘pocket rocket’ breed of city-sized performance cars. Thankfully, both are great – but for differing reasons.


2020 Jaguar XE R-Dynamic SE review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2020 Jaguar XE R-Dynamic SE review

An MY20 update reinforces the Jaguar XE’s position as one of the finest alternatives to Germany’s compact luxury sedans.

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$65,670

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?


2020 BMW 118i v Mazda 3 G25 Astina comparison
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2020 BMW 118i v Mazda 3 G25 Astina comparison

The most aspirational Mazda 3 model yet is our current mainstream small-car benchmark. Now it faces its toughest test – against the most affordable version of the new BMW 1 Series.


2019 Kia Cerato Sport v Toyota Corolla SX comparison
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2019 Kia Cerato Sport v Toyota Corolla SX comparison

Two popular small cars in mid-range grades, but is the Cerato Sport or Corolla SX our favourite hatchback here?


2020 Mazda 3 review: G25 Astina hatch
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2020 Mazda 3 review: G25 Astina hatch

The latest-generation Mazda 3 is sacrificing volume sales to take the Japanese brand into a more premium area of the mainstream market. We find out whether the flagship G25 Astina is a suitable spearhead.

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$38,240

2020 BMW M135i xDrive review
Rating: 810 /10
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2020 BMW M135i xDrive review

The hottest 1 Series has lost its rear-drive/six-cylinder USP. But can the new M135i xDrive still impress with four pots and four driven wheels?