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2019 Hyundai Tucson Elite petrol AWD v Jeep Compass Limited petrol

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2019 Hyundai Tucson Elite petrol AWD v Jeep Compass Limited petrol

You could say Jeep needs a new Compass. The US 4x4 brand has lost its way in recent years, haemorrhaging sales locally for three successive years. It hasn’t helped that its Cherokee model that launched in 2013 has struggled to fire in the all-important medium-SUV segment...

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2018 Range Rover Sport SE SDV6 review
Rating: 810 /10
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2018 Range Rover Sport SE SDV6 review

Land Rover’s “most dynamic” model landed an update recently, though the changes have a more dramatic influence on the way the Range Rover Sport looks inside than how it drives.

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$114,900

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace v Mazda CX-8 comparison
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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace v Mazda CX-8 comparison

Mazda Australia clearly believes there’s big business in catering for large families. Having successfully lobbied in 2007 to grab a right-hand-drive version of the US-focused CX-9 seven-seater SUV, the company has now diverted the new CX-8 seven-seater from the Japanese brand’s domestic market...


2019 Ford Focus ST-Line wagon review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2019 Ford Focus ST-Line wagon review

The new, fourth-generation Ford Focus brings a first for the nameplate in Australia: a wagon. And it deserves to be more than just the niche seller in the small-car range.

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$30,990

Hyundai i30 N v Renault Megane RS v Volkswagen Golf GTI comparison
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Hyundai i30 N v Renault Megane RS v Volkswagen Golf GTI comparison

Renault and Volkswagen engineers had the great minds to think alike in 1976. Each group took their respective manufacturer’s humble three-door hatchback and beefed up it with go-faster components – creating a whole new breed of affordable performance car for enthusiasts...


Ford Australia not planning to kill passenger cars
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Ford Australia not planning to kill passenger cars

Ford Australia doesn’t intend to follow its parent company’s move to all but axe its entire passenger-car range in the USA, but admits the future of the mid-sized Mondeo is uncertain. The Mondeo’s North American twin, the Fusion, is set to be culled among a raft of models including the Fiesta city car, Focus small car, and Taurus large car...


2019 Ford Focus: New variants, marketing to push sales revival
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2019 Ford Focus: New variants, marketing to push sales revival

Ford Australia is expanding the Focus range with new variants and rethinking its marketing strategy, as it plots a sales revival for its small car. Focus sales have plummeted in recent years, with the model set to record its lowest annual figure since the model replaced the Laser late in 2002...


2019 Ford Endura review
Rating: 810 /10
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2019 Ford Endura review

Many Australians sorely miss the locally built Ford Territory. We’ve had our first local drive of the imported Endura to discover whether that large-SUV product gap has been adequately filled…

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Ford Australia on Endura: Why we didn't name it ‘Territory'
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Ford Australia on Endura: Why we didn't name it ‘Territory'

Public feedback contributed to Ford Australia’s decision to avoid reviving the Territory nameplate for the new large SUV it has released this month. The imported Endura joins the brand’s sports utility vehicle range just over two years after local production of the popular Territory ended. The 4...


2018 Peugeot 2008 Allure review
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2018 Peugeot 2008 Allure review

The 2008 has received a little nip and tuck for 2018, but can the Peugeot make an impression in the fast-growing compact-SUV segment?


Volkswagen Tarok: Australian launch is a 'no'
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Volkswagen Tarok: Australian launch is a 'no'

The Volkswagen Tarok ute isn’t big enough or powerful enough for the Australian market, according to the German brand’s local arm. The Tarok was revealed in early November as a concept virtually ready for production, and ready to sit below the company’s full-size Amarok ute that’s been on sale since 2011...


2018 Medium SUV Mega Test
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2018 Medium SUV Mega Test

Mid-2018 marked another milestone moment in Australian new-car sales. The mid-sized SUV displaced the small car as Australia’s favourite vehicle type in June. It happened again in August, September and October. It was perhaps only inevitable after SUVs started outselling passenger cars in 2017...


2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite CRDi AWD review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite CRDi AWD review

The Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander won CarAdvice’s seven-seater-SUV mega test, but does the mid-range Elite maintain the form or drop the ball?


2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI review

Volkswagen’s hot-hatch icon steps up in performance and equipment as it plots a fightback against tough new opposition.


2019 Mercedes-Benz A200 review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2019 Mercedes-Benz A200 review

The new A-Class establishes itself as the hatchback segment’s most advanced car, though not everything is as sophisticated as it should be.