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Kia Optima Platinum 2014

Kia Optima Platinum (2014)

by John Ewing ,
reviewed June 2014
Three years on from its original release here, Kia’s Optima range has, in Kia’s words, been ‘fluffed and buffed’.
Jaguar F-Type V6S 2014

Jaguar F-Type V6S (2014)

by John Ewing ,
reviewed June 2014
The stunning looks of Jaguar’s new F-Type gets heads swivelling to admire it. 



Holden Barina RS

Holden Barina RS (2014)

by Barry Green ,
reviewed June 2014
Featuring the same 1.4-litre, 103kW/200Nm petrol engine as the locally-made Holden Cruze, Barina RS comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission with sports-oriented gear ratios, or an optional six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select. 



Suzuki S-Cross GL FWD

Suzuki S-Cross GL FWD (2014)

by John Ewing ,
reviewed June 2014
Suzuki’s new S-Cross is the company’s successor to the SX4 and even carries a discreet SX4 badge on its rump, hidden amid the new moniker.


BMW 528i Sedan Luxury Line 2014

BMW 528i Sedan Luxury Line (2014)

by John Ewing ,
reviewed April 2014

One of the first things you notice when you drive the 528i is how refined and smooth it feels, especially its 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine and eight-speed auto.

Holden Malibu CD Turbo Diesel 2014

Holden Malibu CD Turbo Diesel (2014)

by Barry Green ,
reviewed April 2014
Malibu, Holden’s 2013 replacement for its Epica mid-sized sedan, is available in two specification levels, CD and CDX, with either a 2.4-litre, DOHC petrol engine or – for a $4000 premium – optional 2.0-litre, common rail turbo-diesel.
Skoda Octavia Ambition Plus Sedan 2014

Skoda Octavia Ambition Plus Sedan (2014)

by Barry Green ,
reviewed April 2014
The Ambition Plus sits mid range in Skoda’s new seven-strong Octavia line-up, an offering of sedan and wagon variants that share three of the Volkswagen group’s latest engines and MQB modular platform, as used in the latest generation Golf (VII) and Audi A3.
Nissan Pathfinder AWD TI 2014

Nissan Pathfinder AWD TI (2014)

by Barry Green ,
reviewed April 2014
Nissan’s previous generation Pathfinder was an honest and capable offering, though ‘a bit old school’ (our 2011 road test summary).
Hyundai ix35 Active FWD 2014

Hyundai IX35 Active FWD (2014)

by John Ewing ,
reviewed April 2014

Series II of Hyundai’s popular ix35 features changes inside and out and importantly a number of mechanical upgrades. This includes new, direct-injection petrol engines.

BMW 320d Gran Turismo 2014

BMW 320d Gran Turismo (2014)

by John Ewing ,
reviewed February 2014
On a long road trip, a good travelling companion and plenty of good music are ‘musts’.

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