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8 Alfa Romeo Giulia 9 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 10 Aston Martin Vantage 11 Audi A1 12 Audi A4 13 Audi A5/S5 14 Audi RS5 15 Audi A6 16 Audi Q3 17 Audi Q5 18 Audi Q7 19 Audi Q8 20 Bentley Continental 21 Bentley Bentayga 22 BMW 1 Series 23 BMW M2 24 BMW 3 Seri
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BMW M2 From $102,900
BMW’s M division cars have been somewhat hit and miss in recent years — epic on a track, but not so enjoyable in day-to-day driving, where their overreliance on electronics produces a remote, uninvolving driving experience amplified by artificially w
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Honda Hr-v From $25,490
Honda’s HRV, a compact five-door SUV, combines extraordinary interior flexibility with a punchy drivetrain and handsome styling inside and out. The base 1.8-litre petrol/continuously variable automatic (CVT) VTi model costs $25,490. Then it’s the sam
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Kia Rio From $18,090
Kia is a brand heading in the right direction, due to ever-improving products and that hard-to-resist and market-leading seven years/unlimited kilometres warranty. Its fourth-generation Rio five-door hatchback faces strong competition, though. It has
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Mazda6 From $34,490
Mazda’s mid-size 6 is available as a sedan and wagon. Prices start at $34,490 for the 140kW/250Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol/six-speed automatic Sport sedan. The Touring is $38,690. GT, with a 170kW/420Nm 2.5-litre engine, is $45,990 and the top-
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Mercedes-benz Gle From $105,089
Mercedes-Benz fourth generation GLE range opens with the 300d at $105,089. It’s powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder, with a healthy 180kW of power sand 500Nm of torque. The GLE 450 at $117,034 is powered by a 3.0-litre turbopetrol in-li
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Porsche Taycan From $190,400
There is perhaps no other car company on the planet with as much to lose in the global shift to electric powertrains as Porsche. Let’s not beat around the bush here. The German powerhouse has been responsible for some of the finest petrol-powered per
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Subaru Xv From $29,240
Subaru’s XV is the only compact SUV with allwheel drive as standard, so it’s as capable and confident on a dirt road as it is on the bitumen. XV prices start at $29,240 for the 2.0i. The 2.0i-L is $31,610 and the Premium is $33,420. The 2.0i S, teste
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Toyota Kluger From $44,850
The Toyota Kluger dominates its seven-seater SUV segment with a combination of pricing, packaging, performance, ease of operation and long-term peace of mind. Priced from $44,850, the entry GX, which accounts for the lion’s share of sales, includes s
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Alfa Romeo Giulia From $63,950
Alfa Romeo’s Giulia is aggressively priced and generously equipped. It deserves more attention against its German rivals. Start money is $63,950 for the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbopetrol Giulia Sport, with 147kW of power and an eight-speed automati
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BMW 3 Series From $68,900
BMW 3 Series prices start at $68,900 for the 135kW/300Nm 2.0-litre turbopetrol 320i, with a standard eight-speed automatic. It’s available in M Sport or Luxury Line specification. The 330i sedan is $74,900. The 330i Touring is $78,900. Both are also
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Honda Civic From $22,590
This Civic is the 10th generation since 1973 of Honda’s signature model. We’re testing the 1.8-litre VTi-S sedan which, at $25,290, sits one step above the base 1.8-litre VTi model, priced at $22,590, and below three 1.5-litre turbo variants: the $28
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Kia Cerato From $21,490
Kia’s Cerato hatch range opens with the 112kW/192Nm 2.0-litre petrol S, with a six-speed manual, priced at $21,490. A six-speed auto adds $2800. Sport is $23,490/$26,260 and Sport+, with the auto as standard, is $29,340. The 150kW/256Nm 1.6-litre tur
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Mazda Cx-3 From $22,710
The CX-3 gives Mazda an offering in the hotly contested compact SUV segment. Powered by a 110kW/195Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, the CX-3 is up against more than 20 contenders including Honda’s HRV, Nissan’s Qashqai and the Renault
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Mercedes-benz Gls From $147,100
With its third generation GLS, Mercedes has turned luxury up a notch – and the vehicle has grown in every dimension to behemoth proportions. It now has one of the largest cabins and cargo holds in the class. Prices start at $147,100 for the 270kW/500
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Porsche 718 Boxster From $115,900
The 718 moniker is used by Porsche to tie the Boxster and Cayman to the famous fourcylinder 718 racers of the late 1950s–early 1960s. Nervous that the current Boxster roadster and its Cayman coupe sibling, launched in 2017, would meet a lessthan-glow
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Subaru Forester From $34,690
Subaru’s fifth generation Forester is the biggest yet and a genuine family-sized SUV. The 2020 range kicks off at $34,690 for the 2.5i. The 2.5iL is $36,940, the Premium is $39,940 and the 2.5iS is $42,990. All are powered by a 136kW/239Nm 2.5-litre
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Volkswagen Polo From $19,290
The sixth-generation VW Polo starts at $19,290 for the 70TSi — as in 70kW of power — 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo, five-speed manual Trendline. The seven-speed twin-clutch DSG transmission variant is $21,790. We’re testing the 85TSi — the same eng
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio From $65,900
Remember when there was no such thing as a beautiful SUV? SUVs were spacious, sure. And capable. Even occasionally sporty. But they were never, ever beautiful. But clearly something has changed, because we defy anyone to gaze upon Alfa Romeo’s new St
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BMW 5 Series From $95,900
BMW’s seventh-generation 5 Series range opens with the $95,900 520i, with a 135kW/290Nm 2.0-litre turbopetrol four, matched with an eight-speed automatic. At The $115,900 530i, tested here, has a 185kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbopetrol four. Six cylinder p
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Honda Civic Type R From $54,990
The Honda Civic Type R received an update in 2020. Priced at an ambitious $54,990, you can have any transmission you like as long as it’s a six-speed manual. Improvements include more responsive adaptive damper electronics, stiffer suspension bushing
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Kia Picanto From $14,690
Kia’s top selling Picanto starts at $14,690 with a 62kW 1.25-litre four cylinder/five-speed manual. GT Line, with extra equipment and sporty bling, is $16,140. The auto adds $1600 to S and X-Line. Picanto GT, with a 74kW 1.0-litre turbo triple/five-s
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Mazda Cx30 From $29,990
Mazda’s CX30 shares architecture, front wheel drivetrains and dash layouts with the 3 sedan and hatch, so you could accurately describe it as a Mazda3 wagon. Prices start at $29,990 for the G20 Pure, with a 114kW 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol
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Mg Hs From $29,990
It has an MG badge, so even though it’s a mid-sized SUV, it should be on the sporty side, right? Guess again. Now owned by Chinese-State giant SAIC Motor, the MG badge is just that: a badge. There’s no pukka Brit sports car DNA in the HS-not a shred
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Porsche Cayman From $113,100
The Porsche 718 Cayman repeated the success of its predecessors by scooping World Performance Car of the Year in 2017, marking a trio of wins since it became the hardtop companion to the Boxster in 2005. It was thoroughly deserved and came despite —
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Subaru Outback From $37,440
Subaru’s 2020 Outback 2.5i petrol is $37,440 and the turbodiesel 2.0D is $40,040. Premium 2.5i, which we’re testing here, is $43,940; Premium 2.0D is $46,940. Subaru’s 3.6-litre six-cylinder engine is fitted to Outback 3.6R, priced at $50,440. Premiu
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Volkswagen Polo Gti From $32,890
Hot hatches are growing up. Not only are they getting bigger, they’re becoming more refined. The 2020 VW Polo GTI is as big as a 10-year-old Golf and shares much of the latest tech with its bigger brother. VW has installed the decadeold 2.0-litre tur
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Aston Martin Vantage From $278,900
Even Aston Martin admits that for most of existence it has made Russian dolls – one car in several different sizes. But all that changed with the 2017 DB11 grand tourer, the first product of a range renewal plan, and is confirmed by the Vantage. Vant
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BMW X1 From $46,900
The second-generation BMW X1 shares much of its core technology, including its basic structure, with the latest versions of the Mini (a brand that is owned by BMW) as well as BMW’s 2 Series Active Tourer. The range opens with the sDrive 18i, at $46,9
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Honda Crv From $30,490
Honda’s CR-V, the world’s top-selling SUV, lost its way for a while but is now back in serious contention with the fifth generation since 1997. Priced from $30,490 for the Vi front-drive auto, the latest version has expanded its repertoire with seven
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