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2020 Mazda 3 review: G25 Astina hatch
  • The most upmarket small-car cabin in mainstream class; Astina brimming with driver aids; Excellent infotainment system; Satisfying dynamics
  • Front-end jolted by bigger, sharper bumps; 10,000km servicing intervals; Rear-vision restrictions; Boot size and rear legroom not exactly generous;

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8.4 / 10

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2020 Mazda 3 review: G25 Astina hatch

The latest-generation Mazda 3 is sacrificing volume sales to take the Japanese brand into a more premium area of the mainstream market. We find out whether the flagship G25 Astina is a suitable spearhead.

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2020 BMW M135i xDrive review
Rating: 810 /10
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2020 BMW M135i xDrive review

The hottest 1 Series has lost its rear-drive/six-cylinder USP. But can the new M135i xDrive still impress with four pots and four driven wheels?

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$64,990

2020 Hyundai Ioniq v Toyota Prius comparison
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2020 Hyundai Ioniq v Toyota Prius comparison

It’s taken two decades for the world’s most famous hybrid to face a direct rival. Can the Prius hold its ground against Hyundai’s first petrol-electric play, the Ioniq?


Finally we can say "Oh what a feeling!"
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Finally we can say "Oh what a feeling!"

My brother-in-law owns a 2008 TRD HiLux 4000SL, which acts as a regular reminder of Toyota Australia’s attempt more than a decade ago to tempt newer and younger customers to the brand. Or, as the company might as well have also said: to eradicate the disparaging “white goods on wheels” comments associated with its cars...


2020 BMW Z4 sDrive20i v Toyota GR Supra GT comparison
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2020 BMW Z4 sDrive20i v Toyota GR Supra GT comparison

They’re twins under the skin and both famous nameplates. But if you’re after the best driver’s car for about $90,000, do you pick the German roadster or Japanese coupe?


2020 BMW M135i xDrive v Mercedes-AMG A35 v Audi S3 comparison
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2020 BMW M135i xDrive v Mercedes-AMG A35 v Audi S3 comparison

Three German performance hatchbacks with one shared formula: turbocharged four-cylinder power and all-wheel drive. But which car nails it?


2020 Mazda 6 Atenza wagon review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2020 Mazda 6 Atenza wagon review

Australians buy about 50,000 Mazda SUVs every year, but should more families consider the Japanese brand’s sole conventional wagon – especially in fully loaded flagship guise?

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$51,190

11 reasons Australians are among the worst drivers in the world
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11 reasons Australians are among the worst drivers in the world

If you haven’t driven in Europe yet, don’t bother. You’ll only come back home to be even more frustrated at the standards of driving in Australia. Before we delve into the worst driving habits witnessed in the (Not So) Lucky Country, mitigating circumstances should be presented for the defence...


2020 Hyundai i30 N Line Premium v Peugeot 308 GT
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2020 Hyundai i30 N Line Premium v Peugeot 308 GT

For keen drivers who want a full-sized small car but can’t stretch to a full-tilt hot hatch, Hyundai and Peugeot offer ‘warm’ hatches for less than $40,000. We find out whether the i30 N Line Premium or 308 GT is the pick.


2020 Hyundai Venue Active v Kia Rio GT-Line comparison
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2020 Hyundai Venue Active v Kia Rio GT-Line comparison

The traditional city car is potentially under threat of extinction from pint-sized SUVs. We pitch Hyundai’s new, Accent-replacing Venue against Kia’s established Rio to see whether the sports utility vehicle or hatchback is best equipped for a life of urban motoring.


2020 BMW X1 sDrive18d review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2020 BMW X1 sDrive18d review

BMW has updated its popular compact luxury SUV for 2020. We find out if the lone diesel variant makes sense.


2019 Lexus UX200 Sports Luxury review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2019 Lexus UX200 Sports Luxury review

UX stands for ‘urban crossover’, but as a user experience the baby Lexus SUV is hit-and-miss.


2020 Peugeot 508 GT v Mazda 6 Atenza comparison
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2020 Peugeot 508 GT v Mazda 6 Atenza comparison

Peugeot’s back in the big-car game with its striking new 508 GT. But can the wagon version beat one of the best load-luggers in the mainstream segment, the Mazda 6 Atenza?


2020 Volkswagen Polo review: Style 85TSI
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2020 Volkswagen Polo review: Style 85TSI

A new, tech-laden variant of Volkswagen’s city car will make you think twice about buying an entry-level Golf.


2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 review

There’s a difference between a faster A-Class and a proper AMG hatchback, but which one is the A35? We get our first chance to find out on local roads.