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New car review: 2015 Volvo XC60 D4

Since its introduction in the Australian market in early 2009, the Volvo XC60 has established itself as the go-to SUV for safety-focused Australians.

As a result, it’s currently Volvo’s best-selling vehicle.

New car review: 2016 Volkswagen Polo GTI

Volkswagen has redeemed itself in a huge way with the updated Polo GTI, taking the under-equipped 2015 version and adding a rear camera and adjustable sports suspension for the 2016 model year.

Both these additions make the MY16 Polo GTI a far more convincing package. Combined with the manual gearbox option re-introduced with for 2015, this is the car the Polo GTI should have been in the first place.

New car review: 2015 Mazda MX-5

More than a quarter of a century ago, Mazda reinvented the traditional affordable sports car with the first MX-5.

Now, Mazda has gone and reinvented that car, and we’ve just driven it.

 

New car review: 2015 Ford Everest

Ford has climbed aboard the bandwagon of all-terrain wagons with the launch last week of the all-new Everest seven-seat SUV range, set to go on sale in Australia on October 1.

The Everest competes with the other twin-cab utes-with-a-roof, such as the Holden Colorado 7, the Isuzu MU-X, Toyota’s Hilux-based Fortuna and the recently revealed new Mitsubishi Challenger.

Ford has positioned the stylish Everest as a premium model, and equipped the Australian version with serious off road capability via an advanced four-mode “Terrain Management System”. It’s also being touted as a competitor to the Toyota Prado.

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.