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2019 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider review
  • Exotic carbon-fibre tub and baby-supercar looks; Riotous handling; Dramatic performance; Decent ride comfort; Roof-off experience
  • Steering’s on-centre feel and heaviness; Tramlining tendencies; Gearbox’s low-speed refinement; Drivetrain response at low revs; Roof fiddly to stow and reposition; Expensive servicing

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7.4 / 10

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2019 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider review

Giulia and Stelvio are the vital models for the Italian brand, though its 4C Spider is still around for those who reminisce about open-top Alfas – or want to own a scaled-down, budget-priced carbon-fibre supercar.

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2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport SD4 HSE review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport SD4 HSE review

Ahead of the MY20 Discovery Sport’s arrival in late 2019, we find out if it’s worth taking up a deal on the outgoing model with a trip to the snow.


2020 McLaren GT review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2020 McLaren GT review

McLaren takes a break from battling Ferraris and Lamborghinis to enter the grand-touring arena.

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$399,995

McLaren: “We will not build an SUV”
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McLaren: “We will not build an SUV”

McLaren will not follow its sports car rivals by adding an SUV to its stable. The British supercar maker has just released its most practical model yet, the GT. It’s a McLaren aimed at the grand touring segment and, despite its mid-engine layout, offers a luggage capacity of 570L via a specially created cargo bay above the lowered V8 that combines with the front compartment familiar from the company’s other models...


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?


Mazda MX-5 old v new: 1990 Limited Edition v 2019 30th Anniversary Edition

Mazda MX-5 old v new: 1990 Limited Edition v 2019 30th Anniversary Edition

Bookmakers may well have offered odds of a million-to-one that a 20-year-old budding American motoring writer could single-handedly convince a Japanese car maker to build a new sports car. Especially when the manufacturer already had one. Yet Bob Hall’s brainchild for a lightweight roadster that revived the spirit of 1960s British MGs, Triumphs and Austin-Healeys not only made it into production but has gone on to surpass more than a million sales...

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$49,990

2019 Range Rover Evoque v Jaguar E-Pace v Lexus UX v Volvo XC40 comparison
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2019 Range Rover Evoque v Jaguar E-Pace v Lexus UX v Volvo XC40 comparison

As Land Rover lobs the second generation of its style-led Evoque into the Australian market, we look at how it measures up against a trio of other fashionable offerings.


2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric review

The Kona Electric might be getting all the attention lately, but Hyundai also has the Ioniq Electric on offer. Can it spark your interest?

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$48,990

2019 Ford Focus Active v Subaru XV v Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comparison
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2019 Ford Focus Active v Subaru XV v Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comparison

High-riding hatches, pretend SUVs... whatever you want to call them, the look is taking off around the world. Which of these three is most deserving of your attention?


2019 Volvo XC40 T4 Inscription review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2019 Volvo XC40 T4 Inscription review

Minimalist dimensions. Stylish form. Great functionality. The Volvo XC40 T4 Inscription is a compact luxury SUV that epitomises Scandinavian design.


2019 European performance sedan comparison
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2019 European performance sedan comparison

If you’re looking for the most visceral journeys, short or long, from a practical mid-sized performance sedan, should you look to Alfa Romeo, Audi Sport, BMW M or Mercedes-AMG?


2019 Mazda CX-3 Maxx Sport diesel review
Rating: 7.610 /10
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2019 Mazda CX-3 Maxx Sport diesel review

The CX-3’s popularity in the compact-SUV segment is all down to the petrol version, but are buyers missing out on the less-loved diesel variant?

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$29,050

2019 Holden Equinox v Kia Sportage comparison
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2019 Holden Equinox v Kia Sportage comparison

SUVs have been pushed front and centre of Holden’s response to a downturn in sales. And the Equinox, considering it sits in what is now the most popular vehicle segment in Australia, faces the most pressure to perform. The Holden’s first full year on sale, 2018, was a solid start with all but 5000 units...


Range Review: 2019 Volvo XC40, XC60, XC90
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Range Review: 2019 Volvo XC40, XC60, XC90

Volvo Cars registered record sales in 2018, making it Australia’s fastest-growing luxury brand. That was with a showroom comprising 10 vehicles, yet the Swedish brand expects to sell more models in 2019 with just four vehicles after a major culling process. Gone from local (though not most overseas) showrooms are the S90 large sedan, V40 hatchback and its higher-riding twin, the V40 Cross Country...


2019 Ford Focus v Volkswagen Golf comparison
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2019 Ford Focus v Volkswagen Golf comparison

When it comes to small cars, Australians have consistently shown their affinity for Japanese models – especially the Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3. And in the last decade or so, the love has spread to Korean cars – notably the Hyundai i30. That’s left European contenders such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf – models that perform so outstandingly in their own market (and the UK) – to conduct their own private, best-of-the-rest sales war...