All posts by Mark Davis

Mark is a contributing road tester at PerformanceDrive. With the soul and background of an IT nerd, Mark especially appreciates technology advances, safety, and attention to detail. His first car was a rusty powder blue 1972 Volvo 144 sedan. When he's not road testing vehicles, his daily drive is still a Volvo only now it's able to steer and brake all by itself.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T review (video)

Mar 30, 2021

Luxury limo-style sedans sit in quite a static market in Australia. The big three German brands have always dominated it with the BMW 5 Series, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Audi A6; and many manufacturers...

2021 Toyota HiLux WorkMate 2.7 review (video)

Mar 17, 2021

The ever-famous Toyota HiLux is a ute that covers many bases in the new car market. One of its most important is for use as a workhorse, supporting businesses around the country that keep the...

2021 MG ZST Essence review (video)

Mar 10, 2021

With many price increases on popular models over the last few years, new market opportunities are being created for carmakers where manufacturing and labour is cheap. MG is a perfect example. With ownership and manufacturing...

2021 Ford Puma ST-Line vs Nissan Juke Ti: Compact SUV comparison (video)

Feb 25, 2021

It’s easy to become overwhelmed if you’re on the prowl for a new small SUV in today’s market. So much so that VFACTS recently had to create a new market segment that slots below the...

2021 Kia Sorento Sport+ review (video)

Feb 15, 2021

Kia has certainly been proving itself as the brand to buy in recent times. The South Korean manufacturer has had a busy few years enhancing its reputation for quality, design and reliability. And the sales...

2020 Peugeot 508 GT review (video)

Jan 10, 2021

If there is one sedan that has a chance of bucking the SUV trend, it’s the 2020 Peugeot 508 GT. If you haven’t heard of it before, the new 508 plots itself in the medium...

2020 Peugeot 308 GT Line review (video)

Jan 05, 2021

Competing in the small car market is a tough gig in 2020. Not only is it one of the most competitively fought markets, it’s also shrinking due to the increasing popularity of SUVs. Nevertheless, the...

2021 Toyota Yaris review – petrol vs hybrid (video)

Jan 03, 2021

Throw everything you know about the Toyota Yaris out the window. Any preconceptions you have on the light-sized hatch will be forgotten when you get to know the fourth generation 2021 model. It would have...

2020 Nissan X-Trail Ti review

Dec 21, 2020

Nissan has fermented a fine success story in the medium-size SUV market. Over the years, the X-Trail has become well-known to the people for its primeval design, attractive price, and competitive interior space. The current...

2020 Mazda3 Astina Skyactiv-X review (video)

Dec 01, 2020

The Mazda3 has been a huge success for the Japanese manufacturer. But since the recent price hike with the introduction of the current generation, and as more and more consumers clamber into the SUV arena,...

2020 Ford Focus ST review – manual & auto (video)

Nov 25, 2020

The hot hatch world is sizzling fiercely at the moment and is almost ready to burst through the pressure cooker. That’s great for driving fans because it means there are lots of options to choose...

2020 MINI Countryman JCW review (video)

Nov 21, 2020

It’s got to be one of the most iconic cars of all time. Now worlds apart from then and in use of technology and actual dimensions, the 2020 MINI Countryman JCW stretches the nameplate further...