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Sam Purcell

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave revealed

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave revealed

It's a desert-dashing Raptor Rival with specialist hi-po suspension...

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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan 110TSI Trendline review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan 110TSI Trendline review

The new entry-level Tiguan promises good value at a starting price just under 35-large.

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$34,490

2020 Volkswagen Amarok Canyon review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2020 Volkswagen Amarok Canyon review

It's undoubtedly long in the tooth, but the Amarok can still swing a solid punch. That diesel is actually more like an uppercut ...

Priced At
$57,990

2020 Volkswagen Amarok V6 manual arrives in showrooms priced under $50,000
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2020 Volkswagen Amarok V6 manual arrives in showrooms priced under $50,000

Volkswagen's new six-speed manual V6 Amarok will cost from $48,990 drive-away, according to its website, which has published details ahead of the local launch next month. This is the less than the list price of $49,590 before on-road costs and also includes an accessory starter pack...


Great Australian Companies: The story of ARB

Great Australian Companies: The story of ARB

It’s a story with humble beginnings: one man with a penchant for backyard fabrication that steadily grew into a publicly listed giant with a huge international footprint. Today, ARB is massive. With more than $1.5 billion in market capital and a presence in every corner of the globe, this specialist 4X4 brand has become a household name...


2019 Mercedes-Benz V250d Avantgarde review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2019 Mercedes-Benz V250d Avantgarde review

What does a hundred grand in van get you these days? Quite a bit, in fact. 


2019 Toyota LandCruiser Prado GXL review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2019 Toyota LandCruiser Prado GXL review

Toyota's perennial golden goose continues to dominate the sales charts, amongst plenty of updated competition. Is it still the smart choice?


2020 Lexus RX350 Sports Luxury review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2020 Lexus RX350 Sports Luxury review

The revamped Lexus RX benefits from new infotainment, updated standard features, and a host of small tweaks under the skin. Can it take on the segment leaders?


2019 Audi S3 sedan review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2019 Audi S3 sedan review

There’s no more mental Audi RS3 on sale, with its angry five-cylinder motor thrashing out 294kW and 480Nm. You could argue, however, that the smart money wouldn’t splash out the $85K required. Rather, it would plump for what we have here: the less ludicrous yet impressively quick 2019 Audi S3...


2019 LDV D90 review: Executive 4WD
Rating: 7.310 /10
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2019 LDV D90 review: Executive 4WD

At 43-grand drive-away, is LDV's seven-seat 4WD more than the sum of its impressively long spec sheet?


2019 Kia Sorento GT-Line long-term review: City driving

2019 Kia Sorento GT-Line long-term review: City driving

Despite being an all-wheel-drive SUV, and having that alluring ‘4x4 Lock’ button near the gearstick, buyers of this Kia Sorento will more than likely spend 99 (or more) per cent of their time in the city. That's certainly been the case for our long-term Sorento, which has been getting shared around the CarAdvice office on a variety of urban assaults...


2020 BMW X1 XDrive25i review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2020 BMW X1 XDrive25i review

This range-topping X1 combines warm performance and all-wheel drive for BMW's entry-level SUV. Is there enough substance in the specification?


2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review

Mitsubishi's plug-in hybrid SUV has a promising mix of electric drive and petrol flexibility, but is it any good?


2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV pricing and specs
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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV pricing and specs

Mitsubishi has announced an update for their 2020 Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV), which includes a new driveline, and updated specifications and pricing.  It’s a simple range, starting at $50,990 drive-away for the Outlander ES. This has heated cloth seats, and eight-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and DAB radio...


A quick drive in Norweld's heavily modified Toyota 79 Series LandCruiser

A quick drive in Norweld's heavily modified Toyota 79 Series LandCruiser

If you're the man running sales and marketing at Norweld, one of Australia’s better known tray and canopy manufacturers, chances are you aren’t going to leave your Toyota 79 Series LandCruiser stock. In fact, there’s a fair chance you are going to throw the kitchen sink at it...