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Welcome to the ROAD TEST section of the Motoring Channel. Here you will find hands-on impressions of new cars, where our team of motoring journalists road test vehicles, giving their view on some of today's hottest products.


Honda Jazz Hatchback : Test Drive & Review on Web Wombat Honda Jazz Hatchback - Road Test

Both the Honda Jazz VTi and VTi-L are extremely smooth and comfortable cars to drive. The 1.5L engine combined with the CVT transmission produced power and acceleration that belies the engine size. It is also a very safe and extremely economical small Hatchback. Read More ...

 

Honda City VTi-L CVT Sedan : Test Drive & Review on Web Wombat Honda City VTi-L CVT Sedan - Road Test 

The Honda City has more than enough power to do everything you need and, with the Sequential Drive with paddles in the VTi-L, it gives it a bit of a sporty flavour. If you can afford the few extra thousand consider the VTi-L for its extra features. Read More ...

 

Honda City VTi CVT Sedan : Test Drive & Review on Web Wombat Honda City VTi CVT Sedan - Road Test

The Honda City is a smooth, comfortable, safe and extremely economical medium sized sedan. It falls within a very attractive price range and would be suitable for a first car buyer, small family, older empty nester family or as that second car. It has more than enough power to do everything you need. Read More ...

 

Toyota Corolla Ascent Sedan : Test Drive & Review on Web Wombat Toyota Corolla Ascent Sedan - Road Test 

The Toyota Corolla Sedan is an extremely good looking car which continues the tradition of comfort, looks, style, reliability and economy, all at a respectable price. We enjoyed driving both the Ascent immensely and believe it will continue to maintain its appeal and top selling status in Australia for some time to come. Read More ...

 

Dodge Journey : Test Drive & Review on Web Wombat Dodge Journey - Road Test

The Journey is a welcome addition to the SUV market. It is a smooth, comfortable and safe to drive and has more than enough power to do everything you need. Externally it looks a bit dated but internally it has just about everything you need and at a reasonable price. Read More ...

 

Jeep Cherokee Longitude : Test Drive & Review on Web Wombat Jeep Cherokee Longitude - Road Test

All in all, the Jeep Cherokee Longitude is an extremely comfortable, quiet and easy to manage vehicle to drive. It comes with numerous features that add to making driving a pleasing experience. There is also numerous optional extras from which to choose to further enhance the driving experience. Read More ...

 

Nissan X-Trail ST : Test Drive & Review on Web Wombat Nissan X-Trail - Road Test

This iteration of the Nissan X-Trail is smooth, comfortable and quite and has power to boot. It has taken a noticeable step towards soothing out some of the sharp edges and moving away from its more traditional 4x4 heritage. As Nissan claim, this release is designed to "family-proof" the vehicle. Although, from our perspective, unless you really have the numbers stick to the five seater. Read More ...

 

Holden VF Commodore SV6 : Test Drive & Review on Web Wombat Holden VF Commodore SV6 - Road Test

The Holden VF Commodore SV6 is the Evoke but a tad longer and with more muscle and a few extra bells and whistles. it does look stylish, it rides extremely well and has a large, comfortable and well fitted out interior. Read More ...

 

Toyota Corolla Sedan ZR : Test Drive & Review on Web Wombat Toyota Corolla  ZR Sedan - Road Test

The Toyota Corolla ZR Sedan is an extremely good looking car which continues the tradition of comfort, looks, style, reliability and economy, all at a respectable price. We enjoyed driving this model immensely and believe it will continue to maintain its appeal and top selling status in Australia for some time to come. Read More ...

 

Chrysler Grand Voyager Test Drive Review on Web Wombat Chrysler Grand Voyager - Road Test

The Chrysler Grand Voyager is a comfortable, economical and safe MPV that can accommodate seven people with ease or, with some seat adjustment, carry a very large load. Although it may be getting a little long in the tooth it may have a few more years in it although it does have a few short coming in our opinion. Read More ...

 

Holden Cruze Z-Series Test Drive & Review on Web Wombat Holden Cruze Z-Series - Road Test

The inclusion of these Cruze Z-Series models into the Series II mix broadens the choice and adds some small additional features to the Holden Cruize line. This is a solid and functional vehicle that provides a comfortable, smooth and safe driving experience. Read More ...

 

Toyota Landcruiser Prado Test Drive Review on Web Wombat Toyota Landcruiser Prado - Road Test

This iteration of the Toyota Landcruiser Prado, with all it's improvements enhancements and additional features, retains its solid reputation, recognisable looks, steady performance and workhorse brawn. Read More ...

 

Fiat Abarth 595 Test Drive & Review on Web Wombat Fiat Abarth 595 - Road Test

This Abarth 50th Anniversary model is an eye catching, sporty looking vehicle. It's zippy, easy to drive and packs a bit of a punch, especially in Sport mode, although it provides a very firm ride with a bit of noise in the cabin. Read More ...

 

Toyota Kluger Test Drive Review on Web Wombat Toyota Kluger - Road Test

The Toyota Kluger is a large, classy looking seven seater SUV. There is little to differential the models where it comes to engine, suspension and transmission configuration, safety features and body dimension and external looks. The differentiators are the additional features added to the GXL and top of the range Grande to enhance the looks of the vehicle and increase driver comfort. Read More ...

 

Mitsubishi ASX Aspire Test Drive & Review on Web Wombat Mitsubishi ASX Aspire - Road Test

The Mitsubishi ASX Aspire is a smooth, comfortable and quiet vehicle to drive. There are enough enhancements and inclusions in this iteration of the model, including the addition of the 2.2L diesel automatic to the range, to make it well worth looking for an SUV in this price range. Read More ...

 

Alfa Romeo MiTo Test Drive Review on Web Wombat Alfa Romeo MiTo - Road Test

The MiTo is a classy small hatch which is a safe, easy to drive and responsive vehicle to boot, particularly if you engage Alfa's DNA system. We enjoyed taking it over all types of terrain to test its mettle and it came up trumps in most situations. Read More ...

 

Suzuki S Cross GLX Test Drive & Review on Web Wombat Suzuki S Cross GLX - Road Test

The Suzuki S Cross is a neat little hatchback that is economical to drive and the GL starts at a very affordable price point. If you have a little more cash to put towards your purchase then consider the GLX AWD as you'll get a lot of those little extras you expect a car to have these days. Read More ...

 

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Test Drive Review on Web Wombat Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - Road Test

The Mitsubishi Outlander Aspire PHEV is a smooth, comfortable and quiet vehicle. The sophistication of the electric drivetrain demonstrates how far hybrid vehicles have come and what the future may hold. With a truly amazing claim of 1.9L / 100k and with the correct driving technique it could result in a highly economical vehicle to drive. Read More ...

 

Chrysler 300S Test Drive & Review on Web Wombat Chrysler 300S - Road Test

The aggressive, dark retro style body, big black wheels and huge proportions put me in a negative frame of mind. However, as I got more used to using the display screen the more I became more appreciative of its features and ease of use. Overall it was easier to come up with the definite “pros” than “cons” with this car. Read More ...

 

BMW 316i Sedan Test Drive Review on Web Wombat BMW 316i Sedan - Road Test

The BMW 316i provides an excellent entry level to a classy, prestige brand that provides safety, comfort and economy and, if you are happy to forgo some of those little cabin luxuries (sometimes extravagant) and some of the grunt offered in the more expensive models, then arrange test drive of this one. Read More ...

 

Honda CR-V Diesel Test Drive & Review on Web Wombat Honda CR-V Diesel - Road Test

This iteration of the Honda CR-V introduces two diesel models to complement the range. The DTi-L and DTi-S continue the Honda tradition of style, comfort and looks and, with these diesel models, provides even greater fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. Read More ...

 

Nissan Pathfinder Test Drive Review on Web Wombat Nissan Pathfinder - Road Test

The Nissan Pathfinder is a large luxuriously appointed SUV. It has more than ample power, is quiet and comfortable to drive and with more than enough room to comfortably seat seven people. Read More ...

 

Suzuki Swift Navigator : Road Test Suzuki Swift Navigator - Road Test

The Suzuki Swift Navigator is a neatly packaged small car. It is easy to drive and while it doesn't pack a lot of power into its 1.4 litre engine it is zippy enough to provide all that's needed in most driving situations. Read More ...

 

BMW X5 Test Drive Review on Web Wombat BMW X5 - Road Test

The BMW X5 is a stylish, large SAV which provides excellent power, economically and safely and, for the diesel models at least, does it in an environmentally friendly way. It has excellent cabin space and is brilliantly laid out with a very user friendly and intuitive communications and entertainment systems. Read More ...

 

Škoda Octavia Elegance : Road Test Škoda Octavia Elegance - Road Test

The Škoda Octavia Elegance is a sleek, mid-sized sedan which provides sufficient power to do most of what you want efficiently, economically, safely and in an environmentally friendly way. It has ample passenger space and brilliantly laid out and very user friendly and intuitive communications and entertainment systems. Read More ...

 

Mitsubishi Pajero GLX-R Test Drive Review on Web Wombat Mitsubishi Pajero GLX-R - Road Test

The Mitsubishi Pajero is a solid, powerful, polished performer. Not the sort of vehicle to drive down to the shopping centre or to church on Sundays, although you can, it is more at home working hard, pulling a boat or navigating off-road. This is where it has well and truly proved its worth. Read More ...

 

Ford WZ Fiesta ST : Road Test Ford WZ Fiesta ST - Road Test

The Ford Fiesta ST is a small, stylish and powerful sports style hatchback. Built in Germany it is a road hugging, high performing fun car to drive. With three doors and a relatively cramped back seat area, its not your family car by a long shot, but for someone with a sporting bent, who likes a lot of power under the bonnet. Read More ...

 

Honda Odyssey VTi-L : Road Test Honda Odyssey VTi-L - Road Test

The Honda Odyssey VTi-L is a comfortable and easy to drive vehicle with many enhanced and improved mechanical, technical and design features incorporated into this latest model. If you transport people (children to school, sports or activities or family or club members this is a vehicle fit for that purpose. Read More ...

 

Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV : Road Test Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV - Road Test

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV is a comfortable, nippy, safe vehicle to drive with a bit of wallop under the bonnet. And, to top it off, it's looks pretty sexy too. You'll always pick it an Alfa by it's distinctive grill configuration and it's world recognised emblem. Read More ...

 

Audi A4 Quattro - Road Test on Web Wombat Audi A4 Quattro - Road Test

The Audi A4 Quattro is a comfortable, economical (depending on your preferred drive mode), safe vehicle to drive. it does have a bit of power under the bonnet and you really notice it when you plant your foot. Read More ...

 

Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV : Road Test Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV - Road Test

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV is a comfortable, nippy, safe vehicle to drive with a bit of wallop under the bonnet. And, to top it off, it's looks pretty sexy too. You'll always pick it an Alfa by it's distinctive grill configuration and it's world recognised emblem. Read More ...

 

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution - Road Test Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution - Road Test

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a powerful little beast. This is what the popular Lancer model has evolved to, and it's something special. From a sleek low profile to black leather interior and with grunt to spare. Drives well, looks good and sounds great. Read More ...

 

Holden Colorado 7 : Road Test Holden Colorado 7 - Road Test

The Holden Colorado 7 is a large solid SUV with a spacious cabin area. It is easy, comfortable and safe to drive both on suburban roads or if you want to get lost somewhere off the beaten track. Read More ...

 

Ford EcoSport Titanium - Road Test Ford EcoSport Titanium - Road Test

The Ford EcoSport Titanium was a neat, fun car to drive with a surprising amount of zip given its one litre engine. Designed more for the younger market it performs well, is safe and is an economical vehicle. Read More ...

 

BMW 530d GT - 5 Series : Road Test BMW 530d GT - 5 Series - Road Test

The BMW 530d Gran Turismo 5 Series is a powerful, comfortable, safe and surprisingly economical car to drive. It is packed with just about every piece of technology to entertain, inform, monitor and allow communication to and from the outside world. Read More ...

 

Volkswagen Golf GTI - Road Test Volkswagen Golf GTI - Road Test

The Volkswagen Golf VII deserved all the awards bestowed upon it. The RRP of the top of the range GTI is $41,490 , which, even at that price, Money Magazine award it their Best Value for Money vehicle.  Read More ...

 

Holden Malibu CDX - Road Test Holden Malibu CDX - Road Test

Will the Holden Malibu range replace the Commodore range when Holden is no longer producing cars in Australia from 2017? If so, then will there be sufficient time to fine turn the car even more to Australian conditions. Read More ...

 

Holden VF Commodore Evoke - Road Test Holden VF Commodore Evoke - Road Test

The Holden VF Commodore Evoke is a solid family sedan. It's roomy with a zippy engine and smooth transmission and it's a comfortable drive. It's a shame to think this latest rendition of the Commodore could be the last.  Read More ...

 

Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium MY14 - Road Test Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium MY14 - Road Test

The Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium is a great vehicle to drive. It's comfortable with loads of features. It is high on safety and drive-ability. Although it's promoted as an off-road vehicle for country driving and the like, it fits equally well into the city dwelling lifestyle. Read More ...

 

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Van - Road Test Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Van - Road Test

We found the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Van to be a comfortable, easy, safe and economical vehicle to drive. It is a commercial vehicle well suited to the tradesperson or as a delivery van.  Read More ...

 

Citroën DS3 Cabrio - Road Test Citroën DS3 Cabrio - Road Test

We thoroughly enjoyed driving the DS3 Cabrio from Citroën. Whether with the roof open or closed it was a smooth, quiet, easy to manoeuvre vehicle. Read More ...

 

Citroën DS5 DSport - Road Test Citroën DS5 DSport - Road Test

The Citroën DS5 DSport is a classy vehicle with smooth lines and a distinctive look. It has ample interior space, it is clean and easy to drive and has loads of features.  Read More ...

 

MINI Cooper Paceman - Road Test MINI Cooper Paceman - Road Test

The Paceman is a stylish addition to the MINI range. If you are looking for something a little different, with a bit of kick and have a taste for the slightly nostalgic then this maybe the one. Read More ...

 

BMW X1 - Road Test BMW X1 - Road Test

The X1, updated with the latest generation of engines, has had detailed exterior style improvements and comes with a more functional - yet issue-laden - interior set-up.  Read More ...

 

VW Beetle Road Test VW Beetle - Road Test

The new Beetle harks back to its heritage and shares remarkable design similarities to both the 1938 original and the New Beetle of 1998. Read More ...

 

Volvo V40 D4 Cross Country - Road Test Volvo V40 D4 Cross Country - Road Test

Packed with an incredible array of features and world leading safety innovations, the V40 Cross Country is available in two models, the T5 AWD and the D4 2WD.  Read More ...

 

Honda Trax LTZ Road Test Holden Trax LTZ - Road Test

With small SUV sales booming by up to 20 percent in 2013, the Trax is a welcome addition, sure to spice up the competitive segment. Read More ...

 

Toyota LandCruiser 200 GX - Road Test Toyota LandCruiser 200 GX - Road Test

We took the grunt-loaded beast off-road in Melbourne's North West for some serious testing. What a fun week indeed!  Read More ...

 

Honda Accord Road Test Honda Accord - Road Test

The 2013 Accord range that hopes to add considerably to that tally includes the; VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L and the V6L. Today we will look at both the base mode VTi and the top of the line 3.5 litre V6L. Read More ...

 

VW Golf 7 - Road Test VW Golf 7  - Road Test

The Golf 7 is lighter, more fuel efficient, comes packed with more features as standard throughout the range and it somehow remains extremely price competitive and affordable.  Read More ...

 

Nissan Pulsar ST Road Test Nissan Pulsar ST - Road Test

It's been a long break between innings for the Nissan Pulsar to grace Australian roads. 7 years to be exact. Nissan are now hoping to once again reclaim a slice of the Small Sedan Market. Read More ...

 

Toyota RAV4 - Road Test Toyota RAV4 GXL FWD  - Road Test

Toyota have re-entered the competitive medium-SUV market with its improved and sporty all-new Rav4.  Read More ...

 

Ford Kuga Road Test Ford Kuga - Road Test

The Kuga range includes the entry level "Ambiente", the mid level "Trend" and the top level "Titanium". Read More ...

 

Holden Cruze - Road Test Holden Cruze  - Road Test

Slated as "the best value for a locally built small car to date", expectations were high as we hit the tarmac. Let's see if these expectations were met (or even exceeded).  Read More ...

 

Peugeot RC-Z Road Test Peugeot RC-Z - Road Test

Maintaining the driving dynamics of the outgoing model, Peugeot bring a host of new and innovative changes to the all-new RCZ. Read More ...

 

Opel Insignia Select Sports Tourer Diesel - Road Test Opel Insignia Select Sports Tourer Diesel - Road Test

There's a reason Opel claim it to be the best car they have ever built. Winner of the 2009 European Car of the Year, the Insignia is a well balanced, finely engineered machine. Read More ...

 

VW Touareg V8 TDI R Line Road Test VW Touareg V8 TDI R-Line - Road Test

The enjoyment gained from driving a car like this, combined with the extent of goodies on offer, should outweigh any qualms. Read More ...

 

Opel Astra GTC Hatch - Road Test Opel Astra GTC Sport  - Road Test

More of a hot hatch than it's 5-door hatch sibling, the GTC sport falls into the same category as the Ford Focus ST and the VW Golf GTI.  Read More ...

 

Honda CR-Z Road Test Honda CR-Z - Road Test

It may not be category leading in the speed-stakes (or even the fuel economy stakes for that matter), but it does both quite well, without being extraordinary. Read More ...

 

Holden WN Caprice V - Road Test Holden WN Caprice V  - Road Test

With vast improvements to the vehicle, it's simply staggering that Holden have managed to reduce the price by so much. It now retails for $59,990.  Read More ...

 

Mitsubishi Outlander Road Test Mitsubishi Outlander MY13 - Road Test

The Outlander range begins with the base model ES, followed by the mid-range LS models and ends with the top of the range Outlander Luxury Aspire. Read More ...

 

Lexus IS250C F Sport - Road Test Lexus IS250C F Sport - Road Test

A competent on road performer and a stylish, modern convertible, the F Sport version is definitely targeted at a unique, cashed up, smaller market.  Read More ...

 

Honda Civic Hatch DTi-S Road Test Honda Civic Hatch DTi-S - Road Test

Is there a car that balances impressive performance with superb fuel usage better than the Honda Civic Hatch DTi-S? If there is, please let us know. Read More ...

 

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