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2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric review
  • Quick, smooth and effortless performance; Good steering; Comfortable ride; Practical front cabin; Adjustable regen’ braking
  • Round trips longer than 230km will need careful route planning; Shallow boot; Facelifted model due later in 2019

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8.3 / 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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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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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...


2019 Hyundai Ioniq range review
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2019 Hyundai Ioniq range review

You can’t accuse Hyundai of rushing into hybridisation or electrification. The carmaker first teased a model featuring an electric motor back in 2012. There’s a badge link between that show car and the showroom car Hyundai finally released in Australia in early 2019: both are called Ioniq (though the concept was written i-oniq)...


2018 Renault Megane RS280 Cup manual review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2018 Renault Megane RS280 Cup manual review

Will keen drivers be the big winners with the Cup version of Renault’s Megane RS hot hatch?

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2019 Ford Endura v Mazda CX-8 comparison
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2019 Ford Endura v Mazda CX-8 comparison

Ford Australia has had a hole in its product line-up since October 2016. A 4.89-metre hole to be exact, and it went by the name of Territory. There’s been the Everest, of course, but ute-based SUVs still don’t drive like a car-based SUV, and the Ranger-derived Everest is notably more expensive than the Territory was. A solution, however, has arrived from the US...


2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 SE review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 SE review

It’s one giant leap for Jaguar with its first electric vehicle, but is the mid-range I-Pace a viable step for a buyer with $130,000 to spend on a luxury SUV?


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...


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.


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...