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Car Reviews

2012 Hyundai Veloster review – Australian launch (video)

Feb 12, 2012

Welcome to the all-new 2012 Hyundai Veloster, Australia’s new entry-level sports car. It isn’t a coupe, nor is it a hatch. Instead, it’s a one-door on one side and two on the other contraption. And...

2012 Ford Focus Sport TDCi review – quick spin

Feb 09, 2012

The 2012 Ford Focus Sport TDCi diesel is, well, sporty. Forget diesel clatter and black smoke, think roaring 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, and very keen handling. The diesel variant sifts through gears faster than most performance...

2012 Hyundai i40 Premium review – quick spin

Feb 04, 2012

It’s not European. It looks like it though, doesn’t it? The 2012 Hyundai i40 Premium is one of the first vehicles to come from the South Korean company to be built specifically targeting the European...

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Sportback review (video)

Jan 24, 2012

Always been a fan of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution but could never persuade the wife that it was ‘practical’? Meet the 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Sportback. It has all the sensibleness you could ever need...

2012 Holden Calais V VE Series II V6 review – quick spin

Jan 18, 2012

The Holden Calais has been an Aussie icon for almost three decades now, since being introduced in 1984. Does the 2012 Holden Calais V VE Series II V6 live up to the nameplate and the...

2012 Honda Accord Euro vs 2012 Suzuki Kizashi Sport AWD: comparison

Jan 08, 2012

If you’re in the market for a sporty, mid-sized family car, these two propositions from Japan should be considered; the 2012 Honda Accord Euro Luxury and the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi Sport AWD. They both promise...

2012 Honda CR-Z Luxury review – quick spin

Jan 03, 2012

Like the Honda CR-X of yesteryear, the 2012 Honda CR-Z Luxury is a compact, front-wheel drive sports coupe. It’s not out to smash quarter mile times or set blistering laps at the local track, it’s...

2012 Kia Optima Platinum review – quick spin

Dec 25, 2011

Here at PerformanceDrive, we like to pride ourselves on giving honest, straightforward reviews. So to kick off this quick spin of the 2012 Kia Optima, let’s get one thing straight: we all know Kia hasn’t...

2012 Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R review – quick spin

Dec 13, 2011

For some, having ute space and four-wheel drive capabilities is vital. The 2012 Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R, representing the third best-selling 4×4 ute in November behind the HiLux and Navara, seems to do a good job...

2011 Peugeot RCZ review (video)

Dec 11, 2011

Australia often misses out on the quirky, niche Euro coupes and hot-hatches, but thankfully the Peugeot RCZ made it here. The 2011 Peugeot RCZ manual 1.6-litre turbo is a real buzz to drive, and like...

2012 Kia Cerato Koup SLS review – quick spin

Dec 01, 2011

On looks alone, the 2012 Kia Cerato Koup SLS will win you over. Step inside, and you think, ‘hmm, not bad for a relatively inexpensive sporty two-door’. In our short time with the Kia Koup,...

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X MR review (video)

Nov 24, 2011

The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X MR might be based on a four year-old car, but it’s still at the top of its game, kicking just about every road car that dares to challenge it...

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