Lexus IS sedan 2021 review

Nathan Ponchard reviews the heavily facelifted 2021 Lexus IS sedan range, available in turbocharged four-cylinder, hybrid four-cylinder and six-cylinder forms.

Genesis G70 3.3 Sport 2021 review

The fast and lithe Genesis G70 has been facelifted to align with this Korean luxury brand’s new image. For the most part, the G70 convinces.

Audi RS Q3 2020 review

Good points Punchy, rapid turbo five-cylinder Communicative and fun chassis Functional and high-quality cabin Needs work Particulate filter robs exhaust of rally car pops and crackles Ultimately not quite RS3-agile If every SUV were as fun to drive as the ...

Audi SQ5 TDI 2020 review

Audi has brought the diesel-fed SQ5 TDI back for a limited time, with 240 units of the outgoing SQ5 shape arriving in Australia with a diesel V6 offering mountains of torque.

Audi SQ2 2021 review

As well as having a character all of its own, the Audi SQ2 perfectly fills the gap between Audi’s everyday small SUVs and the ultra-rapid, six-figure RSQ3.

BMW X5 M Competition 2020 review

Good points V8 is refined, hugely powerful Playful, engaging handling Opulent and comfortable cabin Needs work Stiff ride largely liveable, but it does induce rattles Short three year warranty If what you want from a large luxury SUV is big ...

Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2021 review

Good points Symphonic, old-school V8 engine Affable grand touring quality Sheer sex appeal inside and out Relative value for money Needs work German rivals go further with cabin heating Oddly lacks up/down lumbar adjustment Considerable thirst for petrol It would ...

Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary 2019 review

Good points Weapons-grade acceleration Relative bang-for-buck Almost usable every day! Needs work Needs a racetrack Near-$10k additional spend Cheap-looking rear decal Hero car. It’s a term correctly applied to just a few models through history, but the Nissan GT-R perhaps ...

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio 2020 review

Good points Lusty Ferrari-derived engine Sharp handling, liveable ride Practical, as an SUV should be Needs work Short three-year warranty Some dodgy interior materials General thirst for premium fuel Yes, you know the old stories about Alfa Romeo reliability. You ...

BMW M3 and M4 Competition 2021 track review

There’s no missing the new BMW M3 and M4 siblings: their provocative grilles make sure of that. But behind that face, this is a pair of remarkably talented performance cars that improve on their predecessors in almost every way.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk 8 2021 review: 1,000km test

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is famous for a reason: it’s the Swiss Army Knife of cars. Big enough to be useful, small enough to be truly agile, the new GTI delights in many ways, while frustrating in just a few.

Toyota Yaris GRMN review: a view to Toyota’s GR future

Good points Rorty supercharged engine Playful, fun handling Successful chassis upgrades Needs work Limited low-end torque Heaps of tyre and wind noise Expensive (at least in Europe) Toyota are developing a range of high-performance vehicles under the Gazoo Racing sub-brand ...

BMW 4 Series Coupe 2021 review

BMW’s latest 4 Series is further removed from the 3 Series sedan than ever before – it’s longer, lower and sharper to drive. But the styling of the new two-door will either suit your tastes, or make you feel ill

Lexus RC F Track Edition 2020 review

Good points Bellowing, free-breathing V8 Stellar braking, good grip Improved looks, quality cabin Needs work Trails rivals, point-to-point Strong appetite for 98RON petrol Cabin arguably remains too plush Hallelujah. For a brand once known best for beautifully made but staid ...

BMW M2 CS 2021 review

The greatest BMW in a generation has been all but snapped-up here in Australia, with just two examples of the M2 CS remaining on sale.

BMW Z4 2019 review: 20i, 30i and M40i driven

Good points All three engines impress Light, agile, balanced handling Comfortable, cohesive interior Needs work All grades feel 10% overpriced Steering lacks overt directness Apple CarPlay plan lasts one year Small, light, low-slung roadsters: this is a formula that we ...

Kia Cerato Sport+ 2021 review

Wearing a new face and the brand’s shiny new badge, the Kia Cerato has swung in for a subtle facelift that brings a few key upgrades and enhances an already capable package.

Ford Mustang Mach 1 2021 review

Ford has boldly claimed that the new Mach 1 is the best-handling factory produced Mustang ever to come to Australia – we put that claim to the test.

2019 Mazda MX-5 review

Good points Beautiful, enjoyable dynamics 2.0L now similar to sweet 1.5L Broader standard safety tech Needs work Targa RF’s excessive wind noise CarPlay/Android Auto not here yet Two-litre still a little coarse If you asked us what our idea of ...

Volkswagen Crafter 4MOTION 2019 quick review

Good points Seamless AWD integration Car-like cabin layout Light, easy steering Needs work AWD costs an extra $4.5k Blind spot monitoring optional For most van operators in Australia, the need for all-wheel-drive likely hasn’t been a front-of-mind consideration – but ...

Kia Carnival Platinum Diesel 2021 review

The new Kia Carnival wants to talk family buyers out of purchasing a large SUV – so they’ve amped up the cool factor everywhere you look.

2018 Volkswagen Crafter van review

Good points Familiar, comfortable cabin Easy and smooth to drive in town Highly customisable range Needs work Excellent auto an extra $3k Integrated navigation optional No six-cylinder on offer It’s rare for me to start a review with a personal ...

Toyota Supra 2019 review

Good points All-round dynamics Robust performance Relative value Needs work Lack of cabin storage Fussy fake styling vents No manual option It’s now 17 years since the last new Toyota Supra graced this earth – abandoned during a sports-coupe purge ...

Skoda Karoq 2022: restyled Czech SUV due March next year

Skoda has unveiled a new look for the Karoq SUV overnight with sharper styling and more cabin features, and it’s due in Australia by March 2022

Tesla’s Shanghai gigafactory to get $263 million update, Australia likely to benefit

After a year of record sales, Tesla is looking to boost its production capacity across the board

New Ford Ranger accessories revealed, partnership with ARB to continue

Ford fans will be able to spec their new Ranger with a wide array of ARB accessories when the new ute goes on sale in mid-2022

Nissan Navara PRO-4X Warrior 2022: more grunt to rival the Amarok would be possible, but at what cost?

The new Navara flagship has arrived in the form of the Aussie-developed Pro-4X Warrior by Premcar, but it still has the same outputs as a regular Navara ute

Mitsubishi relaunches Ralliart nameplate for the Pajero Sport and Triton in Thailand

After being missing in action for over 10 years the Ralliart nameplate has returned – just not in the way you might expect

Genesis G70 Shooting Brake arrives in Australia, priced from $79,000

The wagon version of the Genesis G70 has now arrived in Australia with every feature the brand could throw at it – except for the biggest engine

Genesis G90 2022: new-gen super saloon revealed, not for Australia

The redesigned Genesis G90 is going up against the Mercedes-Benz S Class in the fight of the ultimate super saloons

This week on Chasing Cars: Ranger Raptor and Mazda CX-60 spied, GT4 RS unleashed!

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Volkswagen Amarok 2022 set to retain V6 grunt thanks to Ford Ranger partnership

As part of a collaboration between Volkswagen and Ford, the Amarok is all-but-confirmed to retain a V6 diesel engine

BMW Concept XM previews marque’s first electrified M model

It’s big, it’s bold and it will soon be revealed in a production form to become the most powerful vehicle M has ever built

Which Australian Cities Have the Worst Rush Hour Traffic?

The traffic jam is alive and well in Australia.

Ampol invests in EV chargers and hydrogen to cover all bases

On the way to net zero by 2040, fossil fuel giant Ampol has begun its plans to roll out EV chargers and hydrogen mobility on forecourts

Honda Odyssey discontinued for Australia due to closure of Japanese factory

After more than a quarter of a century in Australia, the Honda Odyssey badge will cease to exist locally in the coming months due to the closure of its production facility

Mazda CX-5 2023: hybrid firms for popular midsize SUV

With the announcement that a hybrid drivetrain will be offered in the US-market 2022 CX-50, the likelihood of a hybrid CX-5 grows stronger

Chrysler to pull out of Australia amid electrification push

As Chrysler’s sole remaining right-hand-drive market, the iconic American brand has now officially pulled out of Australia

Tough new American crash tests see only Mazda CX-5 score well, while two SUVs tested poorly

The IIHS test saw only the Mazda CX-5 scoring well while the Honda HR-V and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross received poor ratings. Side impacts accounted for almost one-in-four of all passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2019

Nissan to launch 23 EVs and hybrids by 2030

Doubling down on an already concerted push into the electric vehicle space, Nissan has outlined some ambitious goals for its future

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