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Isuzu D-Max LS-U+ Crew Cab 4×4

The up-market offering in the D-Max range. 8.4/10Score SCORE BREAKDOWN Things we like Healthy payload The right mix of luxury and rugged 4×4 charm Fuel economy despite 3.0-litre displacement Not so much Electric roller hard cover restricts loading capacity Grey roof liner doesn’t quite match black leather interior Isuzu’s updated 2022 D-Max line-up features the […]

Mazda BT-50

Mazda BT-50: Extended Off-Road Experience Lloyd spends more time exploring remote places in pursuit of the perfect wave than staring at bright city lights – he’s also an avid reader of 4X4 Australia – so he was the perfect choice to saddle up in a top-spec Thunder variant as part of our ‘50 Days with […]

Nissan Y62 Patrol versus Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Out on the rough and tough stuff – which one for you …. Evan Spence pits Jeep’s new-generation Grand Cherokee L against the proven and popular Y62 Nissan Patrol. It has been a long time coming, but Jeep has released the first seven-seat Grand Cherokee, dubbed the ‘L’. It’s not just a longer version of […]

New Ford Ranger revealed

Talk about a hard act to follow. Here’s what to expect from the new Ranger 8.7/10Score SCORE BREAKDOWN Things we like Silky 3.0 V6 and much improved 2.0-litre biturbo Bigger tray now carries a Euro pallet V6’s slick all-wheel drive system Clever towing and off-road assist systems Not so much Styling may take some time […]

Mazda CX-60 PHEV

   A Step up in More Ways than One The Europeans are in their sights. 8.5/10Score Things we like Quality interior Excellent economy Sheer punch Decent electric range Not so much Ride a little firm Pricing may take some getting used to Quite heavy Needs top Takumi trim to feel really special It doesn’t look […]

LCT (Luxury Car Tax) modified for 2022-23

Fuel-efficient vehicles attract a higher threshold. Snapshot ATO increases Luxury Car Tax for 2022-23 financial year Fuel efficient vehicle threshold up by 6.6 per cent, other vehicles increased by 3.9 per cent Changes to come into effect from July 1 The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has increased the Luxury Car Tax (LCT) threshold for the […]

The Prime Minister’s BMW

A beast of a bomb-proof BMW 7 Series offers incredible protection. President Joe Biden has ‘The Beast’; Pope Francis has the ‘Popemobile’, and the Australian Prime Minister has this: a 3.6-tonne blast-resistant BMW 7 Series High Security – also known as ‘Commonwealth 1’. In actual fact, there are nine of these battle-ready 7 Series on our shores – all […]

New Ford Escape. Details & Pricing

A hybrid model tops the offerings Snapshot Ford’s first electrified vehicle finally arrives in Australia Expands Escape’s line-up to six variants Prices start at $53,440 before on-road costs UPDATE, May 20, 2022 Ford has confirmed the new Escape plug-in hybrid has arrived on Australian shores, going on sale across the country this month. The Escape […]

The case for hydrogen to fuel combustion engines

Toyota, Yamaha and others are using hydrogen for ICEs   Hydrogen as a fuel source faces an uphill battle when it comes to road cars. While it has clear benefits in the long-range logistics and transport industry, along with aerospace, using hydrogen to replace unleaded fuel for the cars we all love is a tough […]

2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid – the latest

The Hybrid Sorento can be ordered with either 2WD or 4WD Snapshot 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid goes on sale in Australia Available in GT-Line guise only, with FWD or optional AWD Front-wheel drive priced from $66,750 before on-road costs, all-wheel-drive incurs $3000 premium UPDATE, April 29: Kia Sorento Hybrid now on sale from $66,750 The 2022 […]

VW Polo ANCAP safety rating

A tech update has gained qualification Snapshot Polo was first tested in 2018, scoring five stars at the time Recent retest comes after safety upgrades were made for 2022 Becomes the second vehicle to be retested for a five-star rating The 2022 Volkswagen Polo has been handed a five-star safety rating, with an ANCAP retest of the […]

Paint protection for your 4WD

For a lasting shine, there are a range of products available to help protect exterior paint from the unforgiving elements and deposits As the song goes, “you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone” – the paint on your 4×4 is a bit like that, you don’t really give it much thought until you […]