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2018 Kia Carnival v Mazda CX-9 v Volkswagen Multivan Kombi 70 comparison

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2018 Kia Carnival v Mazda CX-9 v Volkswagen Multivan Kombi 70 comparison

MPV. SUV. LCV. Three acronyms. Three different styles of vehicle designed to shift large families. The Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) camp is represented by the Kia Carnival that accounts for about half of all people-mover sales in Australia...

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2018 BMW M5 v Mercedes-AMG E63 S comparison
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2018 BMW M5 v Mercedes-AMG E63 S comparison

It’s a great Did You Know factoid that AMG wasn’t involved in the first express-spec E-Class. When Mercedes decided five years was long enough for the original (1985) M5 to have had its own way in the mid-range sports sedan arena – longer if you count the M535i – the Stuttgart brand sought the help of close-neighbour Porsche to create a muscled-up, V8-powered version of the W124 sedan...


2018 Mazda CX-5 v Volvo XC40 comparison
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2018 Mazda CX-5 v Volvo XC40 comparison

A mainstream mid-sized SUV versus a premium compact sports utility vehicle… Well, who said cross-shopping is always about comparing direct rivals? This comparison between the 2018 Mazda CX-5 Akera and new Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design stems from a CarAdvice reader’s request – yes, we listen to you! – and it throws up some tantalising questions we also wanted to answer...


2018 Maserati Levante S GranSport review
Rating: 7.310 /10
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2018 Maserati Levante S GranSport review

Maserati’s first SUV wasn’t entirely convincing when it debuted with a diesel engine. Can a Ferrari-built twin-turbo petrol V6 transform the high-riding Italian?

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$179,900

Slingin' mud in the Yamaha Wolverine X4

Slingin' mud in the Yamaha Wolverine X4

Bungee jumping, skydiving, stunt boats, black-run heli-skiing… There’s legitimacy to the claim that New Zealand’s Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world. It’s certainly a fitting venue for CarAdvice’s introduction to a developing breed of transport that aims to offer recreational fun for families, as well as serving as a utility vehicle for farms and commercial businesses...


2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i v Volvo XC60 T6 R Design comparison
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2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i v Volvo XC60 T6 R Design comparison

You’ve got about $80,000 to spend on a mid-sized luxury SUV, but is it best to go the traditional German route or take the alternative Swedish path?


2018 Maserati GranTurismo review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2018 Maserati GranTurismo review

Maserati made its name on the road with sexy and capable GT cars. The reputation remains intact with the ageing GranTurismo that is staving off retirement with a 2018 update.

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$295,000

2018 Lexus NX300 Luxury AWD review
Rating: 710 /10
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2018 Lexus NX300 Luxury AWD review

Is the most popular variant of the Lexus NX300 a worthy buy?

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$60,800

2018 Holden Commodore RS Sportwagon 2.0 petrol v Mazda 6 Touring Wagon comparison
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2018 Holden Commodore RS Sportwagon 2.0 petrol v Mazda 6 Touring Wagon comparison

What’s the difference between a medium and large wagon? More in size than price if you use the Mazda 6 and Holden Commodore cargo-haulers as examples. While the new, German-sourced Commodore stretches nearly 19cm beyond the Japanese 6, their respective RS and Touring variants are split by just $900...


2018 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg review
Rating: 8.610 /10
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2018 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg review

The crest of VW’s home city is back with the Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg, bringing some key extras to the higher-riding version of the Passat wagon.

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$54,990

2018 Mazda 2 GT automatic v Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Comfortline DSG comparison
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2018 Mazda 2 GT automatic v Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Comfortline DSG comparison

Not everyone wants the cheapest city car they can afford. To find out which small car is worth spending (relatively) big money on, we pitch the new Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Comfortline against the flagship Mazda 2 GT. If the Volkswagen Polo hasn’t been the biggest vehicle in the city car segment, it has always been one of the most grown-up...


2018 Hyundai i30 N v Volkswagen Golf GTI 5-door comparison
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2018 Hyundai i30 N v Volkswagen Golf GTI 5-door comparison

Trent Nikolic: Traditionally, boxing’s heavyweight division is the one that gets the most attention. Something to do with the big boys and their savage, one-punch-knockout power. Middleweight, however, has always been the glamour division. With fast, nimble, deceptive all-rounders – it’s the division the purists love to watch...


2018 Holden Equinox LTZ-V review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2018 Holden Equinox LTZ-V review

The Equinox is Holden’s crucial new mid-sized SUV. We find out how it stacks up in its most expensive form – the flagship LTZ-V variant.

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$46,290

2018 Holden Commodore VXR review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2018 Holden Commodore VXR review

Rear-wheel drive and V8 power are gone. So, is there any compensation for keen drivers to be found in the new V6 AWD Holden Commodore VXR that replaces the SS-V as the flagship Holden?

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$55,990

2018 Holden Commodore RS Sportwagon 2.0 petrol review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2018 Holden Commodore RS Sportwagon 2.0 petrol review

Australian families continue to swarm towards SUVs. We find out if the new Holden Commodore wagon is worthy of stopping them in their tracks.

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$39,490