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 GV80 3.0D review (video)

Jul 13, 2021

Hyundai’s upmarket spinoff brand has released its most important model so far in Australia, the 2021 Genesis GV80. It’s important because it is a large 7-seat SUV; the craze many of us are jumping to...

2021 Citroen C3 Shine review (video)

Jul 01, 2021

If you’re the type of person who has little interest in conforming to the conventional, the mainstream, or the boring, then you’re a candidate to be a future 2021 Citroen C3 Shine owner. Many cars...

2021 Toyota Yaris Cross GXL Hybrid review (video)

Jun 18, 2021

Toyota has put its best foot forward with the all-new 2021 Yaris Cross, feeding increasing consumer demand for compact SUVs. The new model becomes the smallest of a seven-strong SUV fleet from the Japanese brand,...

2021 Mitsubishi Pajero GLS review (video)

Jun 12, 2021

There are two ways to look at the 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero: a dated, heavy, uneconomical off-road wagon, or a down-to-earth, 7-seat fourbie that will venture deeper into the bush than most new-age SUVs can. Yes,...

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line review – Australian launch (video)

Jun 03, 2021

If there is one car that can save the extinction of the humble family sedan in Australia, it would be this. Hyundai Australia have been oh-so-kind to release the 2021 Sonata to Australian shores for...

2021 MG HS Core review (video)

May 27, 2021

The re-invented MG brand continues to spearhead the competition, wedging into the mid-sized SUV market with the MG HS. It nerves its rivals with unbeatable pricing, elegant looks, and a substantial seven-year warranty. In case...

2021 Hyundai Palisade V6 review (video)

May 18, 2021

‘Big’ must have been the one word Hyundai bosses emphasised to their designers when it came to the development of its largest SUV yet, the Hyundai Palisade. It is huge. Originally developed to appeal to...

2021 Honda CR-V review – VTi X and VTi L (video)

May 06, 2021

The Honda CR-V has been the SUV of choice for many growing families for the past 25 years. 2021 brings with it a freshened lineup, minor design changes, and a more comprehensive feature list for...

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander GSR PHEV review (video)

Apr 23, 2021

Fuel-saving technologies are finally on the rise in Australia. Hybrid vehicle sales increased by 94 percent from 2019 to 2020. But the increase is modest for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), with just an 18 per...

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...