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2000 Toyota HiAce review
Rating: 6.210 /10
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2000 Toyota HiAce review

The Toyota HiAce, stalwart van of choice when it comes to tradies, couriers and the self employed for decades. That's not to say that there are not better offerings out there right now, but for the year model we're reviewing (2000 so to say), the Toyota HiAce would be the top pick...


2005 Toyota Corolla Sportivo review
Rating: 710 /10
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2005 Toyota Corolla Sportivo review

The facelifted 2005 Corolla Sportivo was the final hurrah of not only the Sportivo badge in the Corolla range, but also the 2ZZ-GE engine in the Australian market. I bought the Corolla not long after driving a friend's pre-facelift model where my interest began in these little pocket rockets...


2012 BMW X3 xDrive 30d review
Rating: 8.610 /10
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2012 BMW X3 xDrive 30d review

I've always wanted a BMW, ever since visiting the BMW outlet in Munich, Germany... it was just a matter of what model. And when. I have always hunkered for an M3 – but the practicalities versus cost equation did not add up. When the F25 X3 model was released, I grabbed a brochure and stuck a few photos on the fridge... this was in 2012...


2017 Holden Commodore SV6 review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Holden Commodore SV6 review

I’ll admit, I’m slightly disappointed. You see, this review was originally intended to feature another car. None other than the Holden Commodore SS-V Redline VF Series II. It was to be my first, and potentially my last, blast in one of Aussie motoring’s V8 icons. (I’ve always been more of a Ford man)...

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$40,490

2015 Volkswagen Polo 81 TSI Comfortline Review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2015 Volkswagen Polo 81 TSI Comfortline Review

The light car segment is fiercely competitive, and at eight years old, the current Volkswagen Polo is one of the oldest in its class. Despite an extensive facelift in 2014 it is still the same car underneath, so the question remains: should it still be on your shopping list? As you will read, that answer is, yes...


2003 BMW 525i Sport review
Rating: 910 /10
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2003 BMW 525i Sport review

Depreciation is both a gift and a curse, depending on who you speak to. For the first owner of this 2003 BMW 525i Sport (series E39), I think she might be the latter. For a car approaching 15 years old, it has lost over 90 per cent of its value, or over $90,000! I would be pretty upset myself. But I am not, as I am on the other side of this capitalist construct...


2011 Suzuki Kizashi XL review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2011 Suzuki Kizashi XL review

I bought this car for the power and economy and also for the very stylish body shape. The technology is adequate but not a point I worry about too much as long as it gets up and goes when I plant my foot which, oh boy, it does. I cant understand where some say it needs bigger donk. The Kizashi finds 100km/h in less than six seconds which is at odds with the specs I have read...


2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i (AWD) review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i (AWD) review

I previously owned a 2013 Subaru BRZ with manual transmission. I owned it for the last three years and loved it. I was quite happy about everything with the stock model and didn't make any modifications. Now, the time has come, and I had to replace my car with something practical for my baby. I sold my BRZ for $26,000 and didn't want to spend extra money to buy a new car...


2016 Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2016 Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint review

I bought this car as I was in a position to get one. Being the last ever Falcon and the fact I've always bought Falcons, I just wanted one. And the R&D put into the Sprint made it worthwhile. To be honest, it's not a daily drive, rather my weekender. The space inside is typical Falcon – big and plenty of legroom...


2016 Mazda 6 GT Safety review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Mazda 6 GT Safety review

Bought this brand new in 2016 to replace an increasingly unreliable Peugeot 407 coupe. I decided on a wagon for the extra versatility. It certainly looks good – slightly aggressive and imposing but with a rakish rear. Space-wise, it is large enough for the three of us in my family. As many testers have said, the noise suppression is not as good as it should be for a 'premium' car...


2017 Holden Colorado Z71 (4x4) review
Rating: 9.110 /10
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2017 Holden Colorado Z71 (4x4) review

This is my second Colorado as the first was very reliable. I went for the Z71 as I am swapping out of my GU Patrol. The appeal for the Z71 was the leather interior and the tech equipment. I love the auto headlights; saves me remembering to turn them off on dull rainy days. The rear-view camera is great and works in combination with the parking sensors...


2010 Toyota Aurion Touring SE review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2010 Toyota Aurion Touring SE review

I have a 2010 Touring purchased second-hand in May 2016 for $11,990 with 90,000km on the clock. It now has 11,2000km and is still running perfectly. At the time of purchase, I was considering buying a new Kia Cerato to replace my 2004 Camry Altise. However, sitting in the used car section was the Aurion with far more space and features over the Cerato for $8000 less...


2015 Suzuki Kizashi Sport Touring review
Rating: 8.810 /10
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2015 Suzuki Kizashi Sport Touring review

I've always lusted after the Kizashi ever since it was launched. But, the new car price was out of my reach at the time. Finally, I've been able to buy a recent model from a dealer a few weeks ago and so far I'm delighted. My previous car was a 2010 turbo-diesel sedan with a normal six-speed automatic so it's taking me a little while to adjust to the different driving dynamics...


2016 Audi S1 Sportback 2.0 TFSI quattro review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2016 Audi S1 Sportback 2.0 TFSI quattro review

I have owned my Audi S1 Sportback for two years. At the time of purchase, its natural competitor set included the Subaru WRX, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Volkswagen Polo GTI,  Ford Fiesta ST and the Renault twins, Clio RS and Megane RS. The Audi S1 comes equipped with the 2.0L EA888 Gen 3 with the Golf GTI turbo. From a reliability standpoint at the time, the Audi S1 was very appealing...


2017 Suzuki Vitara RT-S review
Rating: 8.910 /10
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2017 Suzuki Vitara RT-S review

I traded my 2016 Toyota Corolla for this 2017 Suzuki Vitara RT-S for two reasons: One, I took the Vitara for a test drive and ; Two, the all-round vision and lack of blind spots. In city driving, you can see over nearly any other car, and in the country this thing just rolls along the road in a way that the never Corolla did...

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$21,990