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2018 Toyota Corolla v Volkswagen Golf comparison

The new Toyota Corolla took us aback when it arrived a few months ago. Far from familiar, its maker has driven the market's top-selling passenger car down a bolder path. Its design is edgier, its handling sharper, its safety tech leads the class, and a hybrid drivetrain is available at all specification levels. And it’s more expensive...

Ford Ranger Raptor v Toyota HiLux Rugged X v Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate TDI580 comparison

Australians have always been fond of turning utes into status symbols – once of the two-doored, V8 variety. The market is quite different today, but the fundamental desires for head-turning load-luggers remain. Enter the trio of desirable workhorses you see here: the Ford Ranger Raptor, Toyota HiLux Rugged X and Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate TDI580...

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI v Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD comparison

The medium-SUV segment is now, along with dual-cabs, the 'real Australia' battleground for buyers down under. A well-worn cliché, sure ('real Australia' I mean), but with the demise of the large sedan as the go-to vehicle of choice for Aussies, it's now medium SUVs that serve duty as family transport in suburbs across our wide brown land...

2018 7-Seat SUV Mega Test

People-movers are pretty passé, which explains the continual success of seven-seat crossover SUVs like the group tested here. We’ve assembled what we consider to be six of the best, with the added bonus that all are either new models or at least recently upgraded...

2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI v Renault Clio RS Sport

The Volkswagen Polo is only two years younger than the Golf, yet it took 19 years for Volkswagen to finally determine that its city car would be a good fit for the sporty GTI badge. In between the first Golf GTI of 1976 and the original Polo GTI of 1995, the German brand believed its Passat family sedan and wedge-shaped Scirocco coupe were worthier recipients of the famous trio of capital letters (though there was a supercharged Polo G40 in 1991)...

2018 Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Comfortline v Suzuki Swift GLX Turbo

The Suzuki Swift and Volkswagen Polo account for more than 20 million global sales between them – and that’s not counting the Japanese city car’s 1980s/1990s predecessors that had different names around the world. Swift is the right word to describe the little Suzuki’s rise to six-million units since it became a proper global model in 2005...

2018 Kia Carnival v Mazda CX-9 v Volkswagen Multivan Kombi 70 comparison

MPV. SUV. LCV. Three acronyms. Three different styles of vehicle designed to shift large families. The Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) camp is represented by the Kia Carnival that accounts for about half of all people-mover sales in Australia. Released in 2015 in third-generation form, the Korean eight-seater has been given an update for 2018...

2018 Citroen C3 Shine v Volkswagen Polo Launch Edition comparison

European cars are normally associated with high purchase and running costs, but these days you can get into a Euro vehicle for under 20 grand. The lower end of the passenger car market may not be as big as it used to be – such is the SUV-crazy age these days – but there are some solid options available for not a whole lot of money for those who want something that isn't a Toyota or Mazda...

2018 Renault Koleos v Volkswagen Tiguan comparison

As the current family favourite in Australia, medium SUVs represent the second-biggest slice of the local new car market – hot on the heels of more affordable (and often fleet-favoured) small cars. The choice of available models is broad with 19 mainstream models to pick from, but in this instance we’ve chosen a pair of haulers that can not only live up to the demands of active family life, but do so with a semi-premium Euro twist...

2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test Video, Part 2: Road

Welcome to Part Two of the video feature for our recent 2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test. To recap, we've assembled three all-wheel-drivers and three front-drivers from non-premium marques, with pricing ranging from $43k (i30 N) through to $57,690 (STI Spec R). It's a rich and diverse field with each competitor representing its maker's fastest and most fun-filled efforts...

2018 Mazda 2 GT automatic v Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Comfortline DSG comparison

Not everyone wants the cheapest city car they can afford. To find out which small car is worth spending (relatively) big money on, we pitch the new Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Comfortline against the flagship Mazda 2 GT. If the Volkswagen Polo hasn’t been the biggest vehicle in the city car segment, it has always been one of the most grown-up...