Holden: 2015 Astra VXR review

October 6th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

With the V8 Commodore being phased out and Ford bringing a very capable hot hatch (the Focus ST) to the market, Holden needed to launch a car that gives you a temporary facelift when mashing the accelerator to the pedal into the carpet. Of course, the public now wants either an SUV or a small hatch; large sedans are (unfortunately) not so popular and therefore Holden has appropriated the Opel Astra from Europe. Continue reading “Holden: 2015 Astra VXR review” »

Holden: 2015 Astra GTC Sport review

September 28th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

From the back it’s got a bit of Alfa Brera about it. From the side the long front overhang and short rear overhang give it a muscular, long look – much longer than it actually is. The Astra is a car that has some presence, managing to pack some particularly alluring lines into a car that’s conveniently sized for the city. Continue reading “Holden: 2015 Astra GTC Sport review” »

Toyota: 2015 Corolla GX station wagon

September 22nd, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

A hippie chick once told me she lived her life without expectations and I told her that was rubbish because everyone has expectations – you expect you can walk over your lawn without falling into a pit of sharpened bamboo spears, for example. Having expectations frees us from uncertainty and constant worry. Continue reading “Toyota: 2015 Corolla GX station wagon” »

Citroen: 2015 C4 Cactus review

September 21st, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

How do you differentiate yourself in a crowded market? Citroen has decided to attach two oversized pill packets to the flanks of the Cactus and market them as a defence mechanism like a real cactus would have spikes. They’ll protect your paintwork against errant shopping trolleys and inconsiderate door-openers. Continue reading “Citroen: 2015 C4 Cactus review” »

Honda 2015 Civic Euro LN review

September 17th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

Like a trendy club, the hatchback class is full of the good-looking and sharply dressed, but if you take one home, will you regret it in the morning? You could have a Volkswagen Golf, a Mazda3, or a Ford Focus (amongst others) as alternatives to the Honda Euro Civic. What moves does it have to catch your eye? Continue reading “Honda 2015 Civic Euro LN review” »

Toyota: 2015 GT86 review

September 14th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

Effectively a rear-wheel drive two-seater (well, it’s an ‘emergency’ four-seater) you could argue the GT86 only competes with the Mazda MX-5 in its price bracket. If you had another ten grand the BMW 125i looks like a good bet. Continue reading “Toyota: 2015 GT86 review” »

Subaru: 2015 Forester 2.0D SLT review

August 12th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

A big hat, an immense afro and a Barbie-esque neck. These are the only ways you’re going to feel cramped with the Forester’s headroom. And that’s if you have all three together. It’s like driving along in quiet convertible with low grey cloud. Continue reading “Subaru: 2015 Forester 2.0D SLT review” »

Skoda: 2015 Fabia Dynamic Sport review

July 3rd, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

I just bought some bi-fold cupboard doors: $1200 for four pieces of melamine and some hinges. Granted, they are 2.3m tall and 1.8m wide, but I could have had 5 nights in Bali (including the flight) for the same amount. Continue reading “Skoda: 2015 Fabia Dynamic Sport review” »

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