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Trent Nikolic

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2021 MG HS Essence X AWD review
  • Still sharply priced; Generous equipment levels; Cabin fit and finish are to a high standard
  • DCT gearbox a bit of a weak point; Infotainment system can be slow to respond; Real-world fuel consumption is quite high

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7.7 / 10

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2021 MG HS Essence X AWD review

Does a new 2.0-litre turbo engine and all-wheel drive give the MG HS the mechanical support it should have had at launch? Trent finds out!

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2022 Hyundai Tucson review
Rating: 7.610 /10
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2022 Hyundai Tucson review

It's fair to say that medium SUVs remains the segment that Australians love as much as any other – barring maybe dual-cabs. Hyundai's new Tucson hits the ground running aiming to take the fight to Toyota and Mazda.

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$46,850

2021 Mazda MX-5 GT RS review
Rating: 810 /10
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2021 Mazda MX-5 GT RS review

The track-focused MX-5 GT RS isn't just a track weapon. The subtle changes make an already impressive road car even better. And it might be the last of its kind as well.

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$47,020

2021 Skoda Octavia RS launch review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2021 Skoda Octavia RS launch review

The 2021 Skoda Octavia RS is a value-packed, fun sedan to drive daily, with the ability to tackle the corners as well. It cuts a stylish figure on the road too.

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$49,090

2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Sports Car (over $100k)
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2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Sports Car (over $100k)

Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Super Sports Car (over $100k) Finalists: Audi R8 Performance Ferrari F8 Tributo Porsche 911 Carrera Porsche 911 Turbo S After much debate and dissection, the judging team whittled the contender list down to three. No easy feat either, given the quality of the field at this end of the performance envelope...


2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Electric Car
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2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Electric Car

Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Electric Car Finalists: Audi E-Tron Mercedes-Benz EQC Mini Cooper SE MG ZS EV Tesla Model 3 Overall sales numbers are still small of course, but the electric vehicle segment is one that will become more important to Australian consumers very quickly over the next few years...


2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Small Luxury SUV
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2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Small Luxury SUV

Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Small Luxury SUV Finalists: Audi Q3 Mercedes-Benz GLA Volvo XC40 Many Australian buyers are making their first foray into the luxury market via an SUV now rather than a small sedan or hatchback. As such, every luxury manufacturer seemingly wants to get in on the action...


2021 Nissan Leaf e+ review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2021 Nissan Leaf e+ review

Upgraded with a more energy-dense battery pack and extended real-world range, the Nissan Leaf e+ makes more sense for Australian buyers – especially one-car households.

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$60,490

2021 Lexus LS500 F Sport review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2021 Lexus LS500 F Sport review

There’s no doubt Lexus engineers know how to stitch together a premium sedan – it has been their bread and butter from the outset after all.


2021 Hyundai Ioniq Premium EV review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2021 Hyundai Ioniq Premium EV review

Electric cars are gaining momentum all the time, and the revised electric Ioniq positions itself as a quality option with Hyundai build quality and practicality.


2021 Porsche Panamera review: GTS and Turbo S
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2021 Porsche Panamera review: GTS and Turbo S

Subtle revisions and price drops work the Panamera range into an even more enviable position as one of the most competent GTs on the market. In GTS or Turbo S guise, it's fast too.

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$409,500

2021 Porsche Taycan review: Turbo and Turbo S
Rating: 910 /10
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2021 Porsche Taycan review: Turbo and Turbo S

The Porsche Taycan is a seriously impressive first effort from a brand that shouldn't come as any surprise. This time, we get to push the Turbo S on track.

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$339,100

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo review
Rating: 9.110 /10
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2021 Porsche 911 Turbo review

The Porsche 911 Turbo is the latest addition to the current 911 range. And it's a formidable track performer.

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$396,500

2021 Hyundai Ioniq EV Elite long-term review: Introduction

2021 Hyundai Ioniq EV Elite long-term review: Introduction

We've added a Hyundai Ioniq Electric to our long-term test fleet, so that we can take a closer look at living with the full-electric version of Hyundai's clever small car.

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2021 Subaru XV Hybrid L AWD review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2021 Subaru XV Hybrid L AWD review

With some subtle midlife upgrades, the XV Hybrid makes a compelling case for Subaru fans looking for clever tech while enjoying driving dynamics beyond most SUVs.

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$35,490