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Mike Costello

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2019 BMW M340i xDrive prototype review
  • Balance and agility paired with grip; faster acceleration than its rivals; promises to do the daily comfort thing well; modern, high-technology interior
  • Loses power/torque bragging rights to C43 AMG; will purists lament the fitment of AWD?

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8.6 / 10

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2019 BMW M340i xDrive prototype review

BMW's M Division has honed this successor to the anonymous 340i, making it a sharper sub-M3 rival to the Audi S4 and Mercedes-AMG C43. And, shock horror, it's running a variable all-wheel drive system...

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2019 BMW 3 Series review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2019 BMW 3 Series review

The ‘G20’ BMW 3 Series is a wholesale makeover that in many ways restores the Bavarian brand to the top of the mid-sized executive car pile. It’s more agile, comfortable and tech-laden than ever, and a fitting brand hero that we can’t wait to compare against its rivals.


2018 Nissan Juke Nismo RS review
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2018 Nissan Juke Nismo RS review

The Nissan Juke Nismo RS is a pocket rocket crossover with some points of difference. But it's also not very good.

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$37,790

2018 Honda HR-V VTi-S review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2018 Honda HR-V VTi-S review

Honda’s HR-V remains the best small crossover on sale if your priority is finding maximum interior space within minimal exterior dimensions. It won’t make your pulse race, but it’s a master of unpretentious utility.

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$27,990

2019 Volkswagen Touareg: Initial details
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2019 Volkswagen Touareg: Initial details

The new, third-generation Volkswagen Touareg arrives in Australia during the second quarter of 2019. It’ll sit atop VW’s range alongside the sleek Arteon, and like that sleek elongated hatchback is now pitched at the luxury part of the market. MORE: 2019 Volkswagen Touareg review Design: There’s a hell of a lot of Audi in the new Touareg’s design, with a side profile reminiscent of the smaller Q5...


2019 Volkswagen Touareg review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2019 Volkswagen Touareg review

From the second we jumped behind the wheel of the brand new flagship Volkswagen Touareg, it was clear this version is a substantial improvement on its predecessor.


2018 Toyota Corolla v Volkswagen Golf comparison
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2018 Toyota Corolla v Volkswagen Golf comparison

The new Toyota Corolla took us aback when it arrived a few months ago. Far from familiar, its maker has driven the market's top-selling passenger car down a bolder path. Its design is edgier, its handling sharper, its safety tech leads the class, and a hybrid drivetrain is available at all specification levels. And it’s more expensive...


2018 Bentley Bentayga V8 review
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2018 Bentley Bentayga V8 review

If the Range Rover is a bit 'common' for your tastes, the Bentley Bentayga might be up your alley.

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$334,700

2019 Mitsubishi Triton review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2019 Mitsubishi Triton review

A tough design makeover headlines the list of changes on Mitsubishi’s 2019 Triton ute.


Mitsubishi expected to lead Alliance's pickup development
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Mitsubishi expected to lead Alliance's pickup development

It looks like Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) will take a lead role in developing the pickup/ute platform used across the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance on the next-generation Triton (L200), Navara and Alaskan. We already know this ute trio will share a common architecture in (potentially) different states of tune, wearing different designs and with different cabins, but we now know MMC expects to be the Alliance member chosen to run the project...


2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: 100km electric range the target
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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: 100km electric range the target

The second-generation Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, due around 2020/21, will have a significantly longer zero-emissions electric range than the current model, sufficient to make it an electric vehicle ‘95 per cent of the time’ for the average commuter...


Mitsubishi Pajero development on pause
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Mitsubishi Pajero development on pause

Mitsubishi has no Pajero in development yet, and the current version doesn’t have long to live before safety and emissions regulations in a growing number of countries spell the end of the current model’s 20-year run. The global market for big, tough and affordable 4x4s like this is actually battling as people opt for softer crossovers, and the cost of making one that meets all the legal requirements are steeper than ever...


Mitsubishi to lead Alliance PHEV development
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Mitsubishi to lead Alliance PHEV development

Progress hasn’t come as fast as once expected, but Mitsubishi Motors now has more solid and tenable plans to both improve the pure electric range of its plug-in hybrid system, and add the technology to models beyond the Outlander...


Mitsubishi Mirage, Lancer: Company accepts need for passenger cars
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Mitsubishi Mirage, Lancer: Company accepts need for passenger cars

Mitsubishi’s budget Mirage light hatch is almost certain to move upmarket in its next generation, onto an alliance platform shared with the Renault Clio and European Nissan Micra. Additionally, the company hasn't ruled out re-introducing the Lancer, which ceased production for western markets at the end of last year...


2019 Mitsubishi Triton upgrade revealed
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2019 Mitsubishi Triton upgrade revealed

The buffed-up 2019 Mitsubishi Triton – a substantial mid-life update to the existing model – has been revealed in Thailand, ahead of its Australian launch in January next year. Design-wise, it’s a big leap. The ‘dynamic shield’ grille, higher bonnet, pronounced flares over the front and rear wheel arches, new wheels, pronounced sculpting running along the side of the tray and revised tail-lights give this Triton the requisite ‘tough’ look...