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Sam Purcell

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2019 Nissan Patrol Ti-L review
  • Smooth, quiet and powerful engine, combines well with full-time 4WD and seven-speed auto; Huge, comfortable interior; Great off-road capability
  • Heavy on fuel around town; Dated interior design and infotainment; Third row feels cramped

OUR RATING
8 / 10

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2019 Nissan Patrol Ti-L review

It doesn't sell nearly as well as the LandCruiser, but the Patrol still makes a strong case.

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2019 Iveco Daily 4x4 review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2019 Iveco Daily 4x4 review

Is this the biggest and baddest 4x4 money can buy?

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$105,600

Is the new 2020 Land Rover Defender destined to fail?
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Is the new 2020 Land Rover Defender destined to fail?

I didn’t know what to call this piece for a while. I just called it ‘Land Rover rant’ most of the time, as I wrote a little, forgot about it, revisited, jiggled, hated it, left it alone, and returned once more. It’s a story that comes from a personal place for me, and something I have been grappling with over the past year or so...


2019 Kia Sorento GT-Line diesel long-term review: Introduction

2019 Kia Sorento GT-Line diesel long-term review: Introduction

Which direction should you turn for a family-friendly seven-seater SUV? The Kia Sorento is one of your options, which is the latest addition to the CarAdvice long-term garage.


2019 Mahindra XUV500 W10 review
Rating: 6.810 /10
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2019 Mahindra XUV500 W10 review

Does Australia's cheapest seven-seat SUV stack up?

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$31,990

2019 Volkswagen Touareg v Toyota LandCruiser Prado Kakadu comparison
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2019 Volkswagen Touareg v Toyota LandCruiser Prado Kakadu comparison

Is Volkswagen's new Touareg enough to take down the segment's best seller?


The 79 Series LandCruisers of the Melbourne 4X4 Show

The 79 Series LandCruisers of the Melbourne 4X4 Show

We'd wager a bet that the 79 Series LandCruiser is the most modified vehicle in Australia.

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$71,740

2019 Mitsubishi Triton GLX review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2019 Mitsubishi Triton GLX review

No side steps, no chrome and no sports bar. But is the base foundation Triton any good?

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$39,990

2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon v Toyota LandCruiser v Suzuki Jimny off-road comparison
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2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon v Toyota LandCruiser v Suzuki Jimny off-road comparison

Here we have the new 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, Suzuki Jimny and Toyota LandCruiser 79 Series 'Troopcarrier'. Which is most capable and our favourite off-road?


2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon off-road review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon off-road review

How hard can you really push a Rubicon off-road? Strap on your rock sliders, ’cos we're going to find out.

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$63,950

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Active diesel review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Active diesel review

How does the base-spec Active scrub up, without all of those bells and whistles?


2019 Volkswagen Touareg Launch Edition review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2019 Volkswagen Touareg Launch Edition review

It's all new, and loaded with features inside and under the skin. Is the new Touareg enough to topple the order of large SUVs?

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$89,990

2019 Jeep Wrangler Overland review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2019 Jeep Wrangler Overland review

Does Jeep's all-new short-wheelbase Wrangler keep the tradition alive, while still appealing to the modern buyer?

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$58,450

Buying and Modifying a Toyota LandCruiser 79 Series: Part 3

Buying and Modifying a Toyota LandCruiser 79 Series: Part 3

While 4x4 utes need no introduction to the Australian automotive landscape these days, tastes are changing. Once upon a time, the only guys who were fitting trays to their 4WDs were folks needing to shift hay bales and pallets around the place, and a simple flat bed of steel or timber was often the easiest and best solution...

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$71,740

Buying and modifying a Toyota LandCruiser 79 Series: Part 2

Buying and modifying a Toyota LandCruiser 79 Series: Part 2

Why pull out new suspension and spend your own hard-earned money to replace it with some aftermarket gear? Good question, right? The answer comes down to customisation, and setting up your vehicle to perform well where it counts. While the standard suspension system of the LandCruiser is quite stout and a decent performer, there is definite room for improvement...

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$71,740