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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite CRDi AWD review
  • Comfortable ride; Smart-looking interior; Good cabin space and third row viable for average-height adults; Satisfyingly punchy diesel engine; Loaded with useful safety and convenience features
  • Intrusive lane-keep assist system; Some great tech available only on the flagship Highlander; No top tether points for third-row seats; Limited curtain airbag protection for third-row passengers

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8.3 / 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?

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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.

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$45,490

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.

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$47,200

2019 Nismo Juke RS pricing and specs
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2019 Nismo Juke RS pricing and specs

Nissan Australia has completed its triumvirate of Nismo performance models after raiding the last production run of the Nismo Juke crossover. The Nissan Juke Nismo RS is a different proposition to the GT-R Nismo and 370Z Nismo sports cars, but aims to capitalise on the stampede towards SUVs...


2018 Nismo Juke RS review
Rating: 6.710 /10
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2018 Nismo Juke RS review

The Nismo team took the GT-R supercar and 370Z sports car to another level of appreciation. Our first drive of its third effort – a performance version of the pint-sized Juke crossover – suggests it hasn’t achieved a Nismo trifecta.

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$37,790 - $40,490

2018 Mazda CX-5 Akera petrol review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2018 Mazda CX-5 Akera petrol review

Mazda’s updated flagship CX-5 leaves little on the table in terms of technology to make for a more affordable alternative to luxury SUVs.

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$46,190

2018 Porsche Cayenne S review
Rating: 8.610 /10
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2018 Porsche Cayenne S review

The mid-range Porsche Cayenne S steps up in performance, though the large SUV’s biggest progress is made inside rather than underneath.

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$155,100

2018 Renault Koleos Life review
Rating: 7.110 /10
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2018 Renault Koleos Life review

Renault’s best-selling model offers good value to go with plenty of interior space, but there’s much room for improvement in the way the Koleos Life drives.

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$30,990

2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI v Renault Clio RS Sport
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2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI v Renault Clio RS Sport

The Volkswagen Polo is only two years younger than the Golf, yet it took 19 years for Volkswagen to finally determine that its city car would be a good fit for the sporty GTI badge. In between the first Golf GTI of 1976 and the original Polo GTI of 1995, the German brand believed its Passat family sedan and wedge-shaped Scirocco coupe were worthier recipients of the famous trio of capital letters (though there was a supercharged Polo G40 in 1991)...


2018 Skoda Octavia Sport Wagon 110TSI review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2018 Skoda Octavia Sport Wagon 110TSI review

It’s no cut-price Octavia RS, but the Sport Wagon 110TSI effectively blends the mid-size Czech car’s renowned value-packed practicality with sporty looks.

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$31,490

2018 Holden Trailblazer LTZ v Isuzu MU-X LS-U comparison
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2018 Holden Trailblazer LTZ v Isuzu MU-X LS-U comparison

Does any brand punch heavier above its weight in Australia than Isuzu? At the time of writing (early September 2018), Isuzu Ute is the 13th most popular of 50-odd brands locally. With just two products, it outperforms big names including Audi, BMW, Jeep, Land Rover, Renault and Suzuki...


2018 Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Comfortline v Suzuki Swift GLX Turbo
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2018 Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Comfortline v Suzuki Swift GLX Turbo

The Suzuki Swift and Volkswagen Polo account for more than 20 million global sales between them – and that’s not counting the Japanese city car’s 1980s/1990s predecessors that had different names around the world. Swift is the right word to describe the little Suzuki’s rise to six-million units since it became a proper global model in 2005...


2018 Mini Cooper S 5-door hatch review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2018 Mini Cooper S 5-door hatch review

The third-gen (New) Mini goes a bit Rule, Britannia for its first major update. We drive the five-door Cooper S to find out whether that’s a good thing... or will buyers need to adopt a stiff upper lip?

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$44,595

2018 Kia Cerato S automatic review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2018 Kia Cerato S automatic review

Kia aims to spice up its best-selling model with visual ties to the Stinger halo model.

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$23,790

2018 Mazda 2 GT automatic review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2018 Mazda 2 GT automatic review

The Mazda 2 GT is no grand tourer, of course, though the badge does represent the Japanese brand’s poshest city car.