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2019 BMW M3 CS review
  • Best of the current M3 breed; Sounds great; Handles deftly; Subtle but loaded with menace
  • Stripped of equipment in unusual ways; Ambitious pricing; Only incrementally improved; Sure to be bested by the new M3 very soon

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7.9 / 10

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2019 BMW M3 CS review

Track car, family car, potential future classic. The M3 CS does everything a regular M3 does only better… Mostly.

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Suzuki Jimny: You don’t mess with imperfection

Suzuki Jimny: You don’t mess with imperfection

The CarAdvice Melbourne office has just had not one, but two 2019 Suzuki Jimnys pass through its garage – one auto, one manual. As unlikely as it seems, this tiny little shipping crate on wheels is shaping up to be one of 2019s hottest new releases. Every time we mention it on the site or on social media it attracts a swarm of comments and reactions...

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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV ES ADAS review
Rating: 7.310 /10
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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV ES ADAS review

It may be new and novel today, but plug-in hybrid technology will slowly infiltrate the mainstream. Right now, Mitsubishi holds a place in the early adopter queue with the Outlander PHEV, but is this the next chapter in Australia’s motoring future?


Holden Acadia v Mazda CX-9 v Toyota Kluger comparison
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Holden Acadia v Mazda CX-9 v Toyota Kluger comparison

Seven-seat SUVs are fast becoming Australia’s must-have family utility tool. Station wagons are passé, and the flexibility to add two extra passengers at a moment’s notice is a lure too strong to ignore. To put some of the more urban-friendly family haulers to the test, we’ve assembled the Toyota Kluger and Mazda CX-9 and aimed them directly at the face of the recently introduced Holden Acadia – Holden's new family hero arriving via American subsidiary, GMC...


2019 Ford Ranger XLT 2.0 4x4 auto review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2019 Ford Ranger XLT 2.0 4x4 auto review

Aussies don’t like small engines – at least not in big, tough work utes – so is the new 2.0-litre Ford Ranger hammering the nails in its own coffin? Not just yet it seems.


2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 coupe review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 coupe review

Everything old is new again, and in the case of the Mercedes-AMG E53, the inline six-cylinder engine makes a triumphant return as the supporting act to the brand’s V8 superstars.


2018 Mazda CX-8 Sport FWD review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2018 Mazda CX-8 Sport FWD review

Mazda’s bet-hedging large-SUV policy sees it park two distinct family truckers alongside each other in showrooms, with the CX-8 appealing to diesel fans for whom the petrol CX-9 just won’t do.


Detroit motor show: 10 of the worst concepts from history
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Detroit motor show: 10 of the worst concepts from history

The 2019 Detroit motor show didn’t deliver any concepts to send the world recoiling in horror, but its track record hasn’t always been clean. As a counterpoint to some of the best over the last 20 years, we’ve also dug up a few of the less agreeable stars to grace the Detroit stage...


2018 Peugeot 3008 Active review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2018 Peugeot 3008 Active review

Sharply tailored and a little bit different from the rest of the medium-SUV herd, Peugeot’s 3008 Active provides an intriguing alternative to its less vibrant opposition.


Detroit motor show: 10 past concepts we wish made production
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Detroit motor show: 10 past concepts we wish made production

With head offices for Ford, GM and Fiat-Chrysler, Detroit is to America’s motor industry as Nashville is to country music. It's the homeroom of companies that once laid claim to being industry influencers, so it shouldn't be surprising to hear the Detroit motor show is a whopper. Or at least it used to be. Four new concept cars were officially unveiled at the 2019 show...


2018 Nismo GT-R v Porsche 911 GT3 Touring comparison
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2018 Nismo GT-R v Porsche 911 GT3 Touring comparison

If you placed me in a room with a Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package and a Nissan GT-R Nismo and ordered me to pick just one to live with for the rest of my days, without first letting me drive them, I’d make a terrible decision. Before these two ultimate tourers even arrived at CarAdvice’s Melbourne office, I had a sneaking suspicion I was going to be on Team Nissan...


2019 Kia Sportage Si Premium diesel review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2019 Kia Sportage Si Premium diesel review

Less common than they once were just a few years ago, compact diesel SUVs still have a place in Australia, and Kia stakes its claim with the updated Sportage diesel.


Toyota Mark X GRMN edition returns as a Japan-only taunt
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Toyota Mark X GRMN edition returns as a Japan-only taunt

Toyota has unveiled the latest work of its Gazoo Racing performance division, in the shape of the Mark X GRMN sedan at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the Mark X, though – confined to the Japanese market, this almost Camry-sized sedan fills in for past Toyota mainstays like the Cressida and Chaser nameplates which have come and gone over the years...


2019 BMW X3 M40i review
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2019 BMW X3 M40i review

The 2019 BMW X3 M40i gets its gym gear on and starts stretching, giving buyers a warm-up in preparation for a badder X3 M later this year. Unlike a gym selfie however, the X3 M40i packs in some genuine ability.


2018 Mini Cooper S Countryman review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2018 Mini Cooper S Countryman review

Brand mismatches are the new normal. Mini makes cars that aren’t small, in the same way Porsche makes models that aren't dedicated sports cars. Does that make them any less valid? In the case of the Mini Cooper S Countryman, not one little bit.