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2019 Ford Focus Titanium review
  • Spacious interior; Vastly more sophisticated presentation; Comprehensive safety and support systems; Amenable engine and transmission
  • Underperforming ‘premium’ audio system; A few too many minor interior shortcomings; Questionably low-rent cloth trim; Ford’s struggle to get the Focus noticed

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7.8 / 10

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2019 Ford Focus Titanium review

A more premium take on Ford’s small hatch has arrived in Australia, right as competition in the class heats up. Will the new Focus Titanium get the attention it deserves this time around?

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2019 Ssangyong Tivoli Ultimate review
Rating: 6.710 /10
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2019 Ssangyong Tivoli Ultimate review

Australia’s already bustling small-SUV segment probably doesn’t need another competitor, but the Ssangyong Tivoli has arrived, all the same, to carve out its own little niche. Does it have what it takes to stand out?

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$34,490

2019 Renault Captur review: Intens 1.3t
Rating: 6.910 /10
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2019 Renault Captur review: Intens 1.3t

You won’t spot the changes to the 2019 Renault Captur externally, but jump behind the wheel and a punchy new engine tells its own story.

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$29,990

2019 Hyundai Tucson v Skoda Karoq comparison
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2019 Hyundai Tucson v Skoda Karoq comparison

Both the Skoda Karoq 110TSI and Hyundai Tucson Highlander are built around the same ‘utility vehicle’ philosophy, but despite differences in their makeup, they arrive at very similar conclusions. We’ve put together the highest spec of each available in Australia to see if Europe’s challenger brand, Skoda, has what it takes to topple the might of Hyundai...


2019 Jaguar XE Project 8 review: Track test

2019 Jaguar XE Project 8 review: Track test

Jaguar's had a change of heart regarding the Project 8's availability in Australia, the baddest factory four-door Jag yet. That's great news... for elite collectors, at least.

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$325,000 - $349,000

Fiat 500: You don’t mess with imperfection

Fiat 500: You don’t mess with imperfection

Retro design is one of those styling trends that can make people a little uncomfortable. Slapping an old face on a new car in the hope of eliciting a spending frenzy from nostalgic buyers often comes across as a little lazy. In the early 2000s car brands had hit peak-retro, it seemed...


2019 BMW 320d review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2019 BMW 320d review

Keen dynamics and impressive tech headline the new 3 Series, but does the price-leading 320d still suffer BMW's base-model malaise?

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$67,900

2019 Subaru Forester 2.5i-L review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2019 Subaru Forester 2.5i-L review

You may not look twice at it, and you’re unlikely to give it a second thought. In fact, the Subaru Forester is a touch unremarkable. That’s perfect too – some family cars just need to be family cars, and this one does a really good job of it.

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$35,890

2019 Kia Cerato GT hatch review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2019 Kia Cerato GT hatch review

At long last, Kia has what Aussies want in a hatch with a bit of extra poke: five doors and an automatic transmission. It’s been a while coming, but the new Cerato GT hatch ticks the boxes Kia couldn’t previously.


Geneva Motor Show: 10 past concepts we wish made production
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Geneva Motor Show: 10 past concepts we wish made production

Each year the Geneva motor show provides a testing ground of new ideas and concepts for everyone from established manufacturers to design consultancies and dream-weaving hypercar builders. Sadly some of the very best concepts miss their chance at production, be it due to their outright outlandishness, or perhaps because the brands proudly displaying them simply couldn’t get the sums to add up on some of the more courageous design choices...


Mazda MX-5: You don’t mess with imperfection

Mazda MX-5: You don’t mess with imperfection

Like something of a blank canvas, over the last 30 years the Mazda MX-5 has become the launching point for all manner of modified motoring fantasies. You’ll find them crammed full of GM V8s, Ford V6s, Mazda’s own rotary engines, or a massive variety of turbocharged and supercharged upgrades. Some have been lowered, some have been lifted (yup, off-road and rally roadsters are a thing)...


2018 Mazda 3 Maxx Sport hatch review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2018 Mazda 3 Maxx Sport hatch review

The Mazda 3 is a firm favourite with Aussie buyers, and now with added equipment and a lower drive-away price for the Maxx Sport version, its value is better than ever.


2019 Infiniti QX30 review
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2019 Infiniti QX30 review

A simplified range and much sharper pricing give Infiniti’s small QX30 SUV a much-needed brush-up for 2019. But without any core changes, there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

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$56,900

2018 Mazda CX-3 Akari AWD review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2018 Mazda CX-3 Akari AWD review

Mazda’s popular CX-3 small-SUV range continues to sell in mainstream numbers, but with a somewhat premium premise. To find out just how aspirational the compact soft-roader is, we put the range-topping Akari model to the test.


2019 Ford Endura Titanium review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2019 Ford Endura Titanium review

Some big SUVs come with seven seats; in fact, the vast majority do. The 2019 Ford Endura doesn’t, which may limit its appeal to some families, but might be just the thing for others.

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$67,990