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Trent Nikolic

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2019 Hyundai Elantra Active review
  • Engine and gearbox work together nicely to deliver a smooth drive; Local suspension tune, as always a bonus; Standard equipment makes for even better value for money
  • Safety kit that we'd recommend is a $1700 option; Competition in this segment is unbelievably tough; Fuel usage was a little higher than we'd like around town

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8.4 / 10

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2019 Hyundai Elantra Active review

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra enters an ever more competitive segment with more standard kit, and an even more compelling buying proposition.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio review: Quick track drive

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio review: Quick track drive

The Stelvio Q is yet another hot SUV that's more performance oriented than it is off-road focused. It looks stunning, but it's mighty fast too.

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$149,900

2019 BMW X7 review
Rating: 8.610 /10
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2019 BMW X7 review

Following the success of the Audi Q7, it's reasonable to assume that the BMW X7 will make some headway in the Australian luxury SUV market. Here, we look at the two petrol variants at the global launch.

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$119,900 - $169,900

2019 Kia Rio GT-Line review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2019 Kia Rio GT-Line review

While you might not think of the Rio as an option if you're looking for a sporting drive, the GT-Line might just surprise you. It's affordable too.

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$23,090

2019 BMW X7 pricing and specs
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2019 BMW X7 pricing and specs

The 2019 BMW X7 will launch in Australia with a two-model lineup, both powered by diesel engines, and the most affordable variant available from the get-go. It's a change from recent policy, where BMW would launch a more expensive, mid-grade variant and then add the price leader after the initial launch...


2019 BMW X7 to launch in Australia with two diesel models
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2019 BMW X7 to launch in Australia with two diesel models

The 2019 BMW X7 will launch in Australia with surprisingly sharp pricing, and two diesel models initially. In a departure from recent new – or refreshed – model launches, BMW Australia has announced the entry-level model will be available from launch, starting under $120k, rather than launching with higher-spec models and parachuting the entry-level model in later...


Honda officially closes UK manufacturing operations
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Honda officially closes UK manufacturing operations

It’s not just vehicle manufacturing in Australia that has felt the strain in recent years, with Honda officially announcing this morning it will close its UK plant in the English town of Swindon. While claiming the closure has ‘nothing to do with Brexit’, chief executive Takahiro Hachigo did confirm 3500 jobs would be lost...


2019 Ford Mustang GT v Chevrolet Camaro 2SS comparison
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2019 Ford Mustang GT v Chevrolet Camaro 2SS comparison

While we’ve said goodbye to the Commodore and Falcon, the muscle car war hasn’t died off completely. For the first time, it’s the traditional US rivals that square off Down Under, with the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS now on sale (albeit in limited numbers) alongside the 2018 Ford Mustang GT...


2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE P300 review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE P300 review

There is little doubt the Velar is a beautiful example of what Range Rover stylists can do. Problem is, it's headed into a market with so many options across the pricing spectrum. There's plenty to like about it, though.


2019 Mazda 3 review
Rating: 810 /10
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2019 Mazda 3 review

The new 2019 Mazda 3 has a tough task ahead of it in a competitive segment that continues to grow at pace. New Corolla, i30 and Cerato to name a few, will form the backbone of the competition facing Mazda's redesigned small car.

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$24,990

2018 Nissan Pathfinder N-Sport review
Rating: 7.310 /10
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2018 Nissan Pathfinder N-Sport review

Yet another version of the Pathfinder has rolled into the CarAdvice garage, this time the N-Sport. Does the extra black detailing equal a more compelling buying proposition?


2018 Mercedes-Benz V250d Avantgarde review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2018 Mercedes-Benz V250d Avantgarde review

Moving more than two passengers in style and comfort is the subject of much debate in the motoring world. If you need to move more than five, though, the V250d really is tough to topple.


2019 Toyota Corolla range review
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2019 Toyota Corolla range review

Believe it or not, I’m pretty excited at the prospect of this 2019 Toyota Corolla range review. Not so long ago, you’d have thought I was mad for making that statement, but stay with me for a minute… The Corolla looks better than it has for a long time, it’s more accomplished than it’s ever been in an engineering sense, and there is more than one engine variant worth considering – one an excellent hybrid drive system...


Negotiating Christmas in the 2018 Hyundai iLoad

Negotiating Christmas in the 2018 Hyundai iLoad

Double demerit points, largely desolate roads and barely any traffic leave me wanting one thing over the Christmas break – a commercial vehicle that isn't likely to encourage me to get into any trouble. The CarAdvice Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series wasn't quite ready to go from its first round of mods and with the requirement that I lug my huge 80-litre Engel fridge/freezer around over the break, the 2018 Hyundai iLoad presented itself as the perfect solution...


2018 Mazda MX-5 1.5 review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2018 Mazda MX-5 1.5 review

The Mazda MX-5 continues to set the affordable roadster standard as the years roll on. Here we test the 1.5-litre to find out whether it's as much fun as the engaging 2.0-litre engine.