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Large Cars Under $70k

  • Generously proportioned rear seat and boot; Thoughtful little interior touches; Right-sized engine outputs; Near-premium Euro polish

  • Wagons are all but invisible against SUVs; Options packs don't seem too necessary; Claimed fuel consumption seems optimistic

Kia Stinger
  • Punchy enough turbo-four; Excellent ride around town; Nicely appointed cabin; Plenty of space... For four

  • Very annoying vocal alerts; Some low-rent materials evident; Punishing middle seat in the back row

Holden Commodore
  • Excellent around town... ; And equally as adept on long highway runs; Turbo 2.0-litre punchy beyond its small displacement; Excellent nine-speed auto

  • Infotainment not the latest and greatest; No sat-nav; Smartphone mirroring glitchy; Dour cabin;

Large Cars Over $70k

Mercedes-Benz E250
  • Bold new styling; potent new twin-turbo V6; impressive fuel economy; good practicality

  • Overly firm and busy ride; new V6 is too quiet; shorter and narrower than E-Class sedan

BMW 5 Series
  • Excellent interior presentation; Decent outputs and performance from the four-cylinder engine; Commendably comfortable ride

  • Showing signs of age against newer BMWs; Value is hard to quantify against the SUV range; Short warranty shows contempt for customers

Volvo S90
  • Safety boxes pretty much all ticked; torque-rich twin-turbo diesel pulls hard; great traction and control in corners – it's actually quite fun to drive; lovely interior finishes and trim

  • The price is high, and servicing is exxy too; option costs a bit silly, including Apple CarPlay for $300 – come on, Volvo!; no drive modes to choose from

Audi A6
  • Stunning design, inside and out; Three massive digital displays inside the cabin; Extremely lively turbo V6 engine;

  • The price is on the high side, even for a luxury car; Remote smartphone connectivity via an Audi app will cost about $400 a year when the warranty expires; Warranty expires after three years, servicing prices aren’t cheap;

Jaguar XF
  • Visually stunning; Pricing undercuts competitors with a range of engines available; Ride and handling impressive, partly thanks to standard air suspension; Great new technology available, including a huge panoramic glass roof

  • The entry-level four-cylinder petrol is a bit quiet for our liking; There's no potent V6 petrol engine available for those after a sporty drive; Leg-room in the second row can be slightly compromised with front seats pushed back