Car Reviews

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 »

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS First Test Review

A couple months ago I was running a Cadillac ATS-V hard up through the canyons of Malibu, California, tailing a BMW M3 and a Mercedes-AMG C63 S as part of a comparison test. I was having a blast in the twin-turbo V-6 monster but couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing: a V-8. It’s safe to say that the ... Read More »

2015 BMW 3 Series review | first Australian drive

Far from having a mid-life crisis, BMW’s refreshed 3 Series is powering ahead with a (slightly) new look, new engines, more technology and more standard kit along with sharper prices on some models. The current generation has been with us for a few years and underwent some tweaking last year countering the arrival of a new Mercedes C-Class. The latest ... Read More »

Maruti Baleno Road Test Review

Those who remember the late 90’s car models in India will surely remember the Maruti Baleno. The Baleno sedan was produced in India from 1999 till the year 2007, when it was replaced by the SX4 sedan. This car was known as the Caltus Crescent in the initial markets with Suzuki selling them from 1995. It was Suzuki’s first attempt ... Read More »

2015 Mazda MX-5 review | road test

The waiting list is not as long as the one for the Ford Mustang, which now stretches beyond customer No. 3000, but the enthusiasm reflects well on a car that should be described as THE new MX-5 and not just A new one. This one is closer to the original from 1989 than the cars that came between — it’s ... Read More »

‘Crazy’ demand for new HiLux is 86-like

Toyota is comparing “crazy” buyer response to its new HiLux utility with the frenzied reception the 86 sports car received when it first went on sale in Australia. And while it’s shying away from predicting sports car-like waiting lists for its new pick-up, it’s acknowledging that after just two weeks on sale demand for some models already stretches into 2016. ... Read More »