Turbo technology has come a long way for passenger cars since SAAB popularised them back in the 1970s. Once fraught with danger, either by revving too high or having fragile components explode, they’re now safe, reliable, more fuel efficient and make driving safer and easier. However, there’s still a stigma attached to turbo charged engined […]Read More Car Review: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Premium Turbo at Drive To Survive.
Mitsubishi’s medium sized SUV has grown considerably since it was released back in the mid noughties. Now looking nothing like the original donor car, the Lancer, it’s gone from a smallish, angular, almost “runt of the litter” look, (with a paltry four speed auto underneath), to a rounded off, handsome, male oriented look with its […]Read More Car Review: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS.
A Wheel Thing was penciled in to drive the petrol version however a slight scheduling rearrangement had us in the diesel instead. A long country drive to the mid south coast of NSW proved an ideal test. Powersource. There’s a range of engines available for the small midsizer SUV, including 1.5L EcoBoost engines. The diesel […]Read More 2015 Ford Kuga Titanium Diesel: Car Review.
It’s slated to be wrapped up as being made in Australia in 2016 but Ford’s Falcon isn’t going down without a fight. An exterior redesign, a light freshen up for the interior, some integrated tech and, in the case of the sports model, the return of the XR8 nameplate. A step down from that is […]Read More 2015 Ford Falcon XR6: Car Review
Small car. Torquey diesel. Scintillating performance. A Wheel Thing gets personal with the 2015 Volvo V40 diesel. Powersource. It’s “just” two litres in size yet manages to twist out 400 torques, from 1750 revs to 2500. Peak power is 140 kilowatts, at 4250 rpm. Sipping from a 62 litre tank at just 4.5L/100 km (claimed, […]Read More 2015 Volvo V40 D4 Luxury review.
Around a decade or so ago, Mitsubishi released, in Australia, the Lancer based Outlander. It very quickly morphed into a bigger, more stylish vehicle than the compact and edgy original, leaving Mitsubishi without a smallish SUV styled vehicle. Some years later, the Lancer based ASX was released (and shared with Citroen and Peugeot). It started […]Read More 2015 Mitsubishi ASX Diesel review.
Kia’s Sportage is, possibly, the one vehicle from the Korean company, that exemplifies just how far they’ve come in a comparatively short space of time. The first Sportage was an average looking, average performing, plasticky mid sizer when released in 1993 and is now a great looking, sensationally performing, non plasticky mid sizer in 2014. […]Read More 2015 Kia Sportage Diesel SLi review.
Good things come in small packages. Our kids are proof positive of that, with their wondrous eyes and unrestrained, infectious enthusiasm for life. It’s that same pep and bubble that Ford has injected into their baby of the range, the Fiesta. Under its pert, sloping, bonnet is a tiny engine that delivers more than you […]Read More 2015 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost review.
Take a 2.0L flat “boxer” four, strap on a hair dryer, wrap it in some slinky and edgy sheetmetal, throw in all wheel drive and you have the latest iteration of Subaru’s legendary WRX. The 2014 model is, currently, available in sedan only, a return to the days before the hatch was also available in […]Read More No Dinosaurs This Rex: Subaru WRX and WRX Premium.
Australian tv broadcast, in the mid 1970s, a program called Aunty Jack. The spoken theme song featured the lyrical lines: “Though you’re ten feet tall” and “You’re big, bold and tough”, lines appropriate for Toyota’s evergreen behemoth Land Cruiser. The Sahara sits at the top of the Land Cruiser family tree, complete with brawny 4.6L […]Read More The Big Desert: Toyota Land Cruiser Sahara