Car Reviews

2015 MERCEDES-BENZ C250D REVIEW

The C250d is equipped with a 2.1-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, a time-proven unit that has powered a long list of Mercedes models including the E, the outgoing GLK, the new GLE and even the Sprinter van. In this application, it sends 201 horsepower and a generous 369 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that can ... Read More »

Pick up a Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian – it’s a workhorse and family car rolled into one

  Mitsubishi’s truck impressed on MPG The tools of my trade are a laptop, pen and a notebook. And a brain jammed full of statistics, like the time the last Triumph Spitfire rolled off the line (August 1980) and whether a limited-slip differential is an option on a Porsche Cayman or not (it is). A roofing contractor, on the other ... Read More »

Most Read Car Reviews of the Week: October 4 – 11

The truck has added a new 2.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel to its lineup, making it more formidable than ever before. But is it enough to take the top sales spot from the Toyota Tacoma? Read the review for our thoughts. Our take on the 2017 Audi A4 is up second. With new skin and loads of new technology, the Audi ... Read More »

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Manual

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro’s story is one of proximity. With a platform shared with the Cadillac ATS, there’s an implied closeness to that BMW 4-series competitor. Prod the gas pedal of the Camaro SS, and the Corvette Stingray’s syncopated exhaust note tickles the eardrums, drawing parallels with America’s sports car. And being smaller than its predecessor, the interior envelops the ... Read More »

Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Style

Will Toledo is a 23-year-old songwriter who sometimes sounds like he’s 30 and sometimes sounds like he’s 17. At all times, he sounds like he needs to unplug his computer and get out of the bedroom in which he presumably wrote most of the songs onTeens of Style, the Matador debut from his solo project-turned-band, Car Seat Headrest. Under that moniker, Toledo has ... Read More »

2015 Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo review | road test

It’s part hot hatch, part sports coupe, making the Veloster all things to all people. An identity crisis isn’t causing any confusion for buyers of the Hyundai Veloster. Simply put, the Veloster is part hatch and part coupe, with a regular driver’s door and a pair of ports on the passenger side. This dual nature gives it an edge over ... Read More »

2016 Lexus GSF review | first drive

To picture the new Lexus GSF, imagine an HSV made from better stuff. This big, V8-powered, rear-drive sports sedan from Japan is hefty but surprisingly agile, just like the cars from Holden’s performance-car arm. Its 5.0-litre engine roars power and its looks scream speed, just like an HSV. But the GSF is also a product of Toyota’s quality-obsessed and technology-loving ... Read More »

Porsche Cayman 2015 Review

Porsche’s Cayman GTS won our Australia’s Best Driver’s Cars award earlier this year, and the base model and mid-range Cayman S are worthy stablemates. But there’s trouble brewing for Porsche’s small sports car, which is anticipated to adopt turbocharged four-cylinder power next year. At that time it’s speculated the Cayman will be repositioned below the Boxster, having relinquished its performance ... Read More »

Volkswagen Golf GTE: car review

After the scandals in sport, food and banking (doping, horse meat, Libor and the rest), only a fool would have bet against the motor industry not cheating the system, too. But no one would have fingered Volkswagen as the culprit. A byword for trust and decency for more than 75 years and the jewel of the German automotive industry, all ... Read More »

​Volvo teases new compact car in 2017, fully electric model by 2019

Swedish automaker Volvo on Thursday unveiled a new compact car design for 2017 and announced plans to build a fully electric model by 2019, continuing its total brand overhaul. Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) will be similar in design and construction to the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) that underpins its XC90 and the upcoming S90 large sedan, but for ... Read More »