new car review

New car review: 2015 Hyundai Sonata Elite

Hyundai’s all-new medium sized car has a familiar name, but that’s the only similarity between this new Sonata and its predecessors.

There’s no doubt the medium sized car segment has taken a hit in recent years thanks to the rise of small and medium SUVs, but Hyundai’s new Sonata makes a very strong case for the conventional medium sized car.

New car review: 2015 Volvo V40 T5 R

When Volvo launched its warm little V40 T5 R-Design hatchback two and a half years ago, it was a refreshing new alternative to the line-up of hot hatch usual suspects such as the good but ubiquitous Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Here was a brand new hot hatch with class-leading safety credentials and innovation. It proved safety and driving fun can actually live quite happily together.

New car review: BMW X6 M50d

You can’t ignore the styling of the BMW X6 M50d.

In fact, not mentioning its appearance first in this story would be like walking into the kitchen, seeing an elephant in the corner wearing a pink tutu while standing on its head, then turning around and making a cup of tea. 

New car review: 2015 Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai was a welcome replacement for the Dualis when it arrived on our shores in July 2014, but it did bring with it an obvious first problem: how to pronounce it?

Let’s get that one out of the way for starters. Nissan have said it’s pronounced “cash kai”, so we’ll go with that. You can practice at home if you like.

Underneath that strange name though, is a very good little SUV. So good in fact, that the two wheel drive version won its category in the 2014 Australia’s Best Cars program.

New car review: 2014 Mazda2

We were among the first in Australia to drive the all new Mazda2, and there are some important improvements to this key model in the Japanese car maker’s line up.

This segment has been busy with new releases in recent months, with the Toyota Yaris and Volkswagen Polo among them, so Mazda’s timing was good.