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2018 Jaguar F-Type four-cylinder review
  • Best front-end response of any F-Type; Engine’s mid-range muscularity; Great roadholding doesn’t compromise comfort; Makes F-Type more attainable; Still looks handsome – especially coupe’s rear;
  • Still heavy for its size; Rivals are faster; V6s and V8s sound more thrilling; No manual gearbox option; Limited cargo capacity in both; coupe and convertible;

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8.3 / 10

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2018 Jaguar F-Type four-cylinder review

Since its release, the Jaguar F-Type has sung to the sweet tune of V6 or V8 engines. Will a four-cylinder turbo dilute the sports car experience?

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2018 Honda Civic Type R review: road test
Rating: 8.710 /10
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2018 Honda Civic Type R review: road test

We loved the bewinged, turbocharged Civic Type R at the track, but is this hot Honda easier to live with than its predecessor?


Holden Colorado SportsCat By HSV review
Rating: 810 /10
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Holden Colorado SportsCat By HSV review

HSV has modified another Holden… but this time it’s a Colorado dual-cab ute, and this time there’s no extra performance. We drive a pre-production version to see if tougher styling and upgraded underpinnings improve this Ford Ranger Wildtrak/Raptor rival.


Holden Colorado SportsCat By HSV revealed as new product era begins
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Holden Colorado SportsCat By HSV revealed as new product era begins

Holden Special Vehicles has unveiled the first product in its new, post-Commodore-V8 world: the Colorado SportsCat by HSV. The “enhanced” version of the Holden Colorado goes on sale in February, and is indicative of the more diversified portfolio as HSV enters a new era after decades of high-performance muscle cars...


HSV: Chevrolet Camaro confirmed for Australia
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HSV: Chevrolet Camaro confirmed for Australia

The Chevrolet Camaro will be converted to right-hand drive by HSV, giving Holden a response to Australia’s best-selling sports car. HSV this week confirmed long-running rumours that the Camaro would bring its rivalry with the Mustang from America to local showrooms, giving Holden fans a V8 option following the demise of the home-grown Commodore in the process...


HSV: Chevrolet Silverado coming to Australia
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HSV: Chevrolet Silverado coming to Australia

The Chevrolet Silverado full-size ute will become an official member of the Holden/HSV stable in the second quarter of 2018. HSV is converting the renowned American ‘truck’ to right-hand drive, along with the Camaro muscle car, as part of a new partnership with Holden...


HSV ZB Commodore ruled out as SUVs and dual-cabs take priority
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HSV ZB Commodore ruled out as SUVs and dual-cabs take priority

A new HSV 'ZB' Commodore is not part of the local design and engineering division’s future product plan, the company has confirmed. Holden Special Vehicles this week unveiled the Colorado SportsCat By HSV, and the dual-cab due in February is more indicative of the vehicle segments the company plans to go for viable business cases...


2018 Jaguar F-Pace 25t R-Sport v Porsche Macan (4cyl) comparison
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2018 Jaguar F-Pace 25t R-Sport v Porsche Macan (4cyl) comparison

You could pitch an XJR against a Panamera, or an F-Type against a Boxster or Cayman. Yet the absolute domination of SUVs in today’s sales numbers suggests the most relevant Jaguar versus Porsche comparison pits the F-Pace against the Macan. Many automotive purists would prefer neither existed, believing them to be a slight on two brands with impeccable sporting pedigrees...


2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition track review
Rating: 8.710 /10
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2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition track review

A track day in a range of sporty Focuses culminates in discovering whether the addition of a torque-biasing front diff and stickier rubber makes the Ford Focus RS Limited Edition an even greater hot hatch.


2017 Audi SQ5 review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2017 Audi SQ5 review

The new Audi SQ5 is slower, thirstier and costlier than before, yet it's better.


2017 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI v Porsche Macan v Jaguar F-Pace 25t R-Sport comparison
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2017 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI v Porsche Macan v Jaguar F-Pace 25t R-Sport comparison

SUVs are such a widely accepted part of the automotive landscape these days that few batted an eyelid when Jaguar, after 80-odd years of racing cars, and manufacturing sporty coupes and sports sedans, released the F-Pace soft-roader in 2016. (And this, after years of denying it would tread on sister company Land Rover’s toes, of course...


2018 Range Rover Velar P380 First Edition review
Rating: 810 /10
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2018 Range Rover Velar P380 First Edition review

The Range Rover Velar is further evidence that Land Rover has no intention of being an ironic note in automotive history as a dedicated 4WD brand that missed a beat during the SUV craze.


X-Class deserves a premium price, says Mercedes-Benz
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X-Class deserves a premium price, says Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class deserves to be the ute segment’s most expensive vehicle, according to the German luxury car maker. Mercedes-Benz Australia has yet to confirm local pricing for the company’s first ever cab-chassis and dual-cab model, though in Europe it’s already carrying a significant price premium over competitors...


2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class review

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class enters with a host of changes to make it a proper tri-star offering, but is it really much more than a tarted-up Navara? We head to Chile to find out.


2018 Skoda Octavia RS wagon review
Rating: 810 /10
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2018 Skoda Octavia RS wagon review

The Skoda Octavia RS wagon offers the perfect blend of practicality and sporting intent. No wonder then, it is the hero of Skoda showrooms across the country.