All posts by Mark Davis

Mark is a contributing road tester at PerformanceDrive, and is an expert in technology and efficiency. He has had a passion for cars since before he can remember. 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.

2019 Mitsubishi Triton GLS Premium review (video)

Jun 11, 2019

Australian drivers expect manufacturers to design cars that can do everything these days – whether it be carrying the full family, going off-road, being full of technology or carrying a heavy load. Today’s utes like...

2019 Volvo XC40 T4 Inscription review (video)

May 31, 2019

Since hitting Australian shores in mid-2018, the Volvo XC40 has been making head waves. The new small SUV from the suave Swedish company has lifted the bar in this segment. Volvo has been struggling to...

2019 Jaguar XF 300 Sport review (video)

May 23, 2019

Jaguar has freshened up its luxury XF sedan lineup for MY2019 with the addition of the 30t 300 Sport. The current generation XF has been out for a number of years now. And although it...

2019 Hyundai IONIQ review – Electric & Plug-in (video)

May 15, 2019

It’s a race to the top to release an all-electric car which does away with those costly petrol station stops. Ever since high-profile Tesla vehicles began to roll out, there has been a market opening...

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti review (video)

May 05, 2019

Alfa Romeo has entered a new territory with the Stelvio. It’s the prestigious Italian carmaker’s first ever SUV. Yes, the brand has the soul and design of ultimate driving machines not usually achievable in excessive...

2019 Lexus UX 250h F Sport review (video)

Apr 22, 2019

Lexus, understandably, wants in on the fastest-growing SUV segment; the small SUV. The Japanese brand adds the UX under the NX range, pitching against the likes of the Audi Q2, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and...

2019 BMW X4 xDrive30i M Sport review (video)

Apr 08, 2019

Prospective SUV buyers are spoilt for choice when it comes to BMW’s extensive range. The German company now offers no less than seven SUVs. That’s right. Seven. The X4 we’re reviewing here slots itself in...

2019 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport 2.0 petrol review – quick test (video)

Mar 06, 2019

In what could be considered the biggest game changer in years, the latest, twelfth-generation Toyota Corolla is rustling the automotive industry’s feathers. As explained in our full review of the Corolla ZR hybrid here, the...

2018 Honda Civic RS Hatch review

Feb 23, 2019

When it first launched a couple of years ago, the Honda Civic RS blew the market away with its hugely practical cabin, clever features, and brisk new 1.5-litre turbo engine. So we thought we’d sample...

2019 Mazda CX-5 GT 2.5 turbo review (video)

Feb 17, 2019

Mazda’s flagship mid-sized SUV has finally succumbed to the benefits of turbo power with a petrol engine. The CX-5 is now available with a boost from the 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine seen in the Mazda...

2019 Holden Acadia review – LT & LTZ-V (video)

Feb 07, 2019

Holden’s SUV lineup has been a lucky dip over the past few years; you never knew where the next model would come from, or what it’d be called. You’d be forgiven if you haven’t heard...

2019 Kia Picanto GT-Line review (video)

Feb 01, 2019

From the wonderful world of Kia comes yet another hot number. The pint-sized Picanto shows the micro-car segment how it’s done, accounting for more than half of all sales in the segment in 2018. Now,...