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Kia Sorento GT-Line V6 petrol FWD v Kia Sorento GT-Line diesel AWD comparison

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Kia Sorento GT-Line V6 petrol FWD v Kia Sorento GT-Line diesel AWD comparison

Petrol versus diesel; what is the best choice when it comes to Kia's big family SUV?

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2019 Kia Sorento GT-Line long-term review: Infotainment and technology

2019 Kia Sorento GT-Line long-term review: Infotainment and technology

We get down to brass tacks with the Sorento GT-Line's interior bells and whistles.


2019 Toyota HiLux Workmate 4x4 review
Rating: 810 /10
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2019 Toyota HiLux Workmate 4x4 review

Now boosted with advanced safety tech, is Toyota's HiLux the pick of single-cab work utes?

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$37,865

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM3 Tyre review

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM3 Tyre review

Why go to the effort and expense of removing your standard 4WD tyres for some new ones? Because they're better. Not in every sense, but in the ones that count. After a big few days getting an ARB GVM upgrade, bullbar and winch, along with the Norweld tray and canopy installed onto our 2018 Toyota LandCruiser 79 Series, it wasn't long until it was booked in to Solve Offroad in western Sydney, the preferred dealers and specialists in BFGoodrich tyres...


2019 Kia Sorento GT-Line long-term review: Interior space and comfort

2019 Kia Sorento GT-Line long-term review: Interior space and comfort

You'd expect Kia's bells-and-whistles Sorento GT-Line to make all of the right noises inside, where the family will spend its time. Let's have a closer look in our long-termer.


2019 Mazda CX-9 Azami v Holden Acadia LTZ-V comparison
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2019 Mazda CX-9 Azami v Holden Acadia LTZ-V comparison

Buyers of large family SUVs are spoilt for choice these days, and most options are loaded with gizmos. The Acadia and CX-9 are two options, but which one stacks up best?


2019 Volvo XC90 D5 R-Design long-term review: Highway driving

2019 Volvo XC90 D5 R-Design long-term review: Highway driving

Can a big family SUV with a relatively small diesel engine be a consummate highway tourer? We slide behind the wheel of our long-term Volvo XC90 to find out. 


2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited review

Is Jeep's ageing Grand Cherokee still an enticing proposition for 2019? Sam Purcell finds out

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$67,950

2019 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed v Isuzu MU-X LS-U 4x4 comparison
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2019 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed v Isuzu MU-X LS-U 4x4 comparison

Out of these two best-selling 4X4 wagons, which one is the best bet? Sam Purcell takes them on-road and off, to find out.


2020 Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior review: Suspension test mule

2020 Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior review: Suspension test mule

Sam Purcell takes a first spin in Nissan's new Navara variant aimed right at the top shelf of today's hero utes.


2019 Subaru XV 2.0i-S review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2019 Subaru XV 2.0i-S review

The Subaru XV, a popular jacked-up Impreza hatch, has plenty going for it - but do its downsides spoil the appeal?

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$35,780

2020 Hyundai Veloster review: Turbo Premium automatic
Rating: 810 /10
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2020 Hyundai Veloster review: Turbo Premium automatic

Is Hyundai's new 2020 Veloster, its funky take on a warm hatch, enough to cut the mustard?

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$41,990

Mitsubishi Triton Old v New: 2016 GLX+ v 2019 GLS Premium

Mitsubishi Triton Old v New: 2016 GLX+ v 2019 GLS Premium

How much has changed, beyond the new look? We steal the keys to the CarAdvice Triton for a comparison!


2019 Ford Ranger Sport review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2019 Ford Ranger Sport review

Extra gear and extra value in this new middle-range specification. What's not to like?

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$55,140

A brief history of the Land Rover Defender

A brief history of the Land Rover Defender

Few vehicles shake up a motor show like a new Land Rover. Look at the new Defender which stole the show recently at Frankfurt. Funnily enough, the original Land Rover did something similar 71 years ago.  The new Land Rover Defender is incredibly important for the brand. It represents a huge redesign for the iconic model, which will be under lots of pressure to sell...