Category: New Releases


Mercedes-Benz GLE 2020 Review

September 2, 2019

The brand new Mercedes-Benz GLE has what it takes to give stiffer competition to BMW’s ubiquitous X5. It looks and feels a million bucks, something we never thought about the old model. Mercedes-Benz has long had the wood over nemesis BMW in Australia’s sales race, but the battle between their GLE and X5 large SUVs has long been an exception. The Bimmer has outsold its GLE competitor by 40 per cent since the start of 2016. Luckily it’s...

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What makes a good off-road vehicle?

August 9, 2019

What makes a good off-road vehicle?   There are myriad things that make a good off-road vehicle including low-range-gearing, drivetrains, diff locks, wheel travel, underbody protection, and more. Despite what a lot of SUV advertising and macho Youtubers try to tell everyone, a true off-road vehicle needn’t look like a go-anywhere tank and it does not need to be driven fast and aggressively to get through sand, dirt, mud or up a rocky hill. In...

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5 tips for safe driving over the school holidays

July 7, 2019

A boot packed to the brim, mountains of snacks, toilet stops every 30 minutes and an inevitable “Are we there yet?” from the backseat – school holidays are synonymous with road trips. Unfortunately, they’re also among the most dangerous times to be on Australian roads. With more cars, more congestion, more fatigue and more drivers on unfamiliar streets, our roads are accidents waiting to happen. Driving in the school holidays can be risky, but there...

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2019 Ford Ranger Sport

July 7, 2019

2019 Ford Ranger Sport The XLS-based Ranger Sport 4×4 brings more technology at a sharp drive-away price. Ford has revealed the limited-run Ranger Sport, designed to sit between the XLS and XLT in the hotly-contested 4×4 dual-cab ute segment. On sale throughout July, the Ranger Sport brings equipment usually reserved for the more expensive XLT to the XLS 4×4. With more upmarket equipment at a friendlier price than the $56,090 before on-road XLT, the XLS should help drive...

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ANCAP Safety Ratings Explained

June 5, 2019

Cars are rated from 1 to 5 in terms of safety, with a 5-star rating the best. The stars are awarded under the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). ANCAP crash tests cars in specially built facilities in scenarios that are designed to simulate real world situations. The stars indicate the level of safety for occupants and pedestrians in a crash, as well as an indication of a car’s ability to avoid a crash altogether through technology...

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9 Interior Must-haves For Your Family

June 5, 2019

What do you look for in a car when buying one for the family? It’s not like before children (shall we call that BC?) when all you wanted was two seats and a roof that goes down. No, these days, your desires are much more practical. Well, your priorities are anyway. Here’s the checklist while you’re car shopping to make sure all your prerequisites are ticked off before you buy. Interior Space For you in...

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4WD Camping in the Ford Everest

June 5, 2019

We clocked up about four hours of driving to reach the start-point proper of this two-day adventure; it’s about 195km to Goulburn, then a further 92km to Canberra and then a 58km run to Brindabella NP. But you won’t catch us whinging because a bit of drive time is almost always the case if you want to get off the beaten track: you first have to get a fair few kms under you, on bitumen,...

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SsangYong Musso XLV 2019 review

June 5, 2019

The SsangYong Musso XLV 2019 model is big news for the brand. It’s just plain big in general, in fact. The new longer, more work-ready Musso XLV version of the brand’s dual-cab ute is set to offer buyers more for their money. It’s bigger and more practical than the existing SWB version, yet is still a heavy hitter when it comes to value for money. If you’re wondering what the “XLV” bit stands for, it’s...

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Ford Endura 2019 Review

April 8, 2019

Ford Endura 2019 Review It’s just over two years since the Ford Territory went out of production, and Australia’s only ever locally built SUV has been sorely missed. World-class driving manners, a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, (eventually) an alternative turbo diesel option to the staple 4.0-litre straight-six, clever storage solutions, and a spacious cabin that could accommodate up to seven people. So, enter the Endura – a vehicle known as the Edge elsewhere in the world...

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2018 Jeep Compass scores five-star ANCAP safety rating

April 8, 2019

2018 Jeep Compass scores five-star ANCAP safety rating The 2018 Jeep Compass has been awarded a five-star safety rating by independent local crash-testing authority, ANCAP. Scoring 35.93 out of 37, the Jeep Compass achieved full marks for the side impact and pole tests, along with a best-possible ‘good’ rating for whiplash protection. The Jeep Compass is the fourth model in Jeep’s line-up to score a five-star rating, following the Renegade, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. “At Jeep we are committed to safety and are pleased with...

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