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Sam Purcell

Sam Purcell

Off-road Editor

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2019 Suzuki Jimny manual review: Off-road
  • Great off-roader at a good price; Stacks of fun and character; Feels really well bolted together; Great off-road ability
  • Poor safety rating; Lacking refinement on the highway; Poor warranty offering

OUR RATING
7.8 / 10

Most Recent reviews

2019 Suzuki Jimny manual review: Off-road

The latest in a long line of proud off-roaders has a big dose of retro charm. But what's it really like on- and off-road?

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Turning the CarAdvice Nissan Navara into an off-road weapon

Turning the CarAdvice Nissan Navara into an off-road weapon

It'll come as a shock to absolutely no one, that the 4x4 ute is rapidly rocketing up the charts in Australia as the go-to family chariot. In 2018, 15 per cent, or one in every six or seven new vehicles sold in Australia, was a 4x4 ute. That sort of dominance was only bested by the small car and small SUV segments, both capturing 17 per cent of the market...


2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk v Land Rover Discovery Sport Si4 comparison
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2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk v Land Rover Discovery Sport Si4 comparison

Going off-road is great fun. Something off-road capable can open up a lot of doors to places you were otherwise unable to visit. It changes a vehicle from being a conduit between A and B, into a ticket to adventure. But, having a proper 4WD does come with compromises. Take it from me: while great off-road, my own 4WD is abhorrent to park, loud and noisy, and is eons away from being a capable commuter...


Camping in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo

Camping in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo

Camping is awesome, a great Australian pastime, cheap, relaxing and family-friendly. And I reckon if more people did it, the world would be a better place. One thing I like about camping is it’s all about simplicity. However, getting a good little camping setup is beset on all sides by unnecessary gear, extensive research and potentially expensive modifications...

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$69,990

2019 Ford Ranger Raptor review
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2019 Ford Ranger Raptor review

Big wheels, big shocks, big wheel track and big presence. Too bad the engine's a tad underdone.


(Almost) 2000 kilometres in the 2019 Audi Q8

(Almost) 2000 kilometres in the 2019 Audi Q8

While the CarAdvice office shuts down (mostly) over the Christmas break, those few weeks are a great opportunity to thoroughly road test cars. With a longer loan period and the inevitable road trips planned, you start to really live with a car and pile on kays in all types of conditions. I count myself pretty lucky in that I’ve been able add almost 2000 kilometres to the odometer of a 2019 Audi Q8...


2019 Mercedes-Benz X350d v Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate 580 comparison
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2019 Mercedes-Benz X350d v Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate 580 comparison

The fact that Mercedes-Benz has taken the time and effort to join the ever-growing fray of 4WD utes available in Australia tells you how important and potentially lucrative this competitive segment is. It’s a landscape that is changing at breakneck speed, and moving away from those humble working origins into something more of a segment defined by lifestyle, prestige and an outdoorsy intent...


2018 Ram 1500 Laramie review: Tow test
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2018 Ram 1500 Laramie review: Tow test

'Eats utes for breakfast', they say. But does it have the appetite to tow one?


2019 Toyota HiLux Rugged X off-road review
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2019 Toyota HiLux Rugged X off-road review

To see if it can walk the walk that its looks talk up, we head off-road in Toyota's tricked-up HiLux Rugged X.


2019 Honda HR-V VTi-LX review
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2019 Honda HR-V VTi-LX review

Is a mild update enough to keep Honda's HR-V relevant amongst a bunch of eager competitors?


2019 Range Rover Sport SVR review
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2019 Range Rover Sport SVR review

The stately Range Rover brand gets a dose of delirium, starting with a 423kW supercharged V8.


2019 SsangYong Tivoli review
Rating: 6.710 /10
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2019 SsangYong Tivoli review

It's an old design, but new to the Australian market. Can it take on the small SUV segment?

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$23,490 - $33,990

To Mod or Not To Mod? That is the question

To Mod or Not To Mod? That is the question

There isn’t another country on the planet as obsessed with 4WDing as Australia. We’re buying more 4WDs, in the shape of both utes and SUVs, than small cars these days and that trend doesn’t look like slowing down. Sure, a good chunk of those SUVs (and even some of those 'lifestyle' utes, even the ones with all-wheel drive capability, are unlikely to ever see a patch of dirt let alone hardcore off-road tracks...


The Ford Ranger Raptor is worthy of kudos, not contempt
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The Ford Ranger Raptor is worthy of kudos, not contempt

Ford Ranger Raptor. Quite often, it feels underpowered. Yep, it’s true: sometimes it feels like you could really use a bit more motor. And yes, I know, it’s hard to get particularly excited about a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel, regardless of how many turbos it has. Many have come out in their hordes to deride the Ranger Raptor, purely because of what lies under the bonnet...


2019 SsangYong Rexton review
Rating: 7.610 /10
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2019 SsangYong Rexton review

Diesel engine, seven seats, off-road capability, lots of tech and sharp pricing. How does the SsangYong Rexton stack up against the competition?

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$39,990 - $52,990

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