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.

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,...

2019 Kia Sportage GT-Line review (video)

Dec 27, 2018

Car buyers are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a medium-size SUV nowadays. This causes the benchmark to be constantly fought by competitors like Kia with its latest spin on the Sportage. Make...

2018 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLX review (video)

Dec 12, 2018

Mitsubishi continues to focus on the ever-increasing SUV market with an update to the Pajero Sport. With no less than five SUV models on offer, it’s obvious that Mitsubishi has diverted its attention away from...

2019 Mazda CX-9 Azami LE review (video)

Dec 01, 2018

Mazda’s flagship large SUV has received an update just in time for the new year. The 2019 CX-9 is more feature-packed than ever, and debuts a new top-line Azami LE variant. If you’re in the...

2019 Toyota Corolla ZR Hybrid review (video)

Nov 14, 2018

The number one selling car in the world has just been re-invented for the twelfth time. There is just no stopping the Toyota Corolla when it comes to sales, with nearly 45 million examples sold...

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite review (video)

Sep 26, 2018

Hyundai continues to buck the trend for Korean-built cars with 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. It is the latest to hit the busy large SUV market, and brings with it attractive European styling, luxury and quality...

2018 Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design review (video)

Aug 30, 2018

Finally, the new Volvo XC40 has hit Aussie shores. But, it joins an already flourished small SUV market. To mark the occasion Volvo Australia is offering special ‘Launch Editions’ that come jam-packed with the latest...

2018 Mazda MX-5 RF Limited Edition review

Jul 30, 2018

When you think of a car manufacturer that produces everyday cars for everyday people, you’d probably think of Mazda. But what about if you took some pride and enthusiasm behind the wheel, and driving was...

2018 Mazda6 GT turbo wagon review (video)

Jul 21, 2018

As car buyers jump on the SUV craze, family wagon offerings continue to dwindle. While there are a few luxury and expensive European models still available, you no longer have your trusty Camry wagon, or...

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