CarAdvice.com.au - Aussie V8 Dyno Shootout. Ford XR8 vs Holden Commodore SS AFM

CarAdvice.com.au drops Ford's FG Falcon XR8 into the box against Holden's VE Commodore SS (equipped with Active Fuel Management (AFM)). The end results are surprising, with one of the two producing healthy power figures. Visit the site to also see how they fared on our performance tests (0-100km/h, 1/4-mile and 100km/h-0 braking).

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2016 Toyota Fortuner revealed
http://www.caradvice.com.au/366660/2016-toyota-fortuner-revealed-in-sydney- ahead-of-australian-debut/?yt_desc - Read the article here. The all-new 2016 Toyota Fortuner SUV has been unveiled at simultaneous events in Thailand and Australia ahead of an October sales debut this year. The Japanese brand’s new rugged off-road model – which is based on the new-generation Toyota HiLux – is to that ute as the Ford Everest is to the Ranger, the Isuzu MU-X to the D-Max … you get the idea. It’s a wagon, based on a ute. Unveiling the new SUV today, Toyota Australia marketing director Tony Cramb described the exclusively seven-seat Fortuner as “an in-demand diesel alternative to the petrol-only Kluger range”. “In demand” may sound like marketing spin, but with Toyota diesel sales topping 127,533 in 2014 – compared to just 34,367 in 2005 – there can be little doubt that the Fortuner has a place in Toyota’s local line-up. And, with diesel SUV sales now heavily biased toward private buyers, the Fortuner could prove popular with families. ------------------------------------------------------------- http://CarAdvice.com.au is focused on getting people into the right car for them. We understand the different needs buyers face when making the decision to purchase a car, and our comprehensive reviews aim to help you make the right decision. Our videos and articles are created by expert and unbiased journalists who are passionate about their work. We welcome the opportunity to answer your questions and encourage discussion. Don’t hesitate to ask us a question about a car and we will try to guide you to the right car for you. Subscribe to CarAdvice for the latest reviews, road tests, comparisons, news and opinions in the automotive world. SUBSCRIBE HERE http://youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=CarAdvice CONNECT WITH US — https://facebook.com/CarAdvice — https://twitter.com/car_advice — https://plus.google.com/+caradvice





2016 BMW X1 Review
http://www.caradvice.com.au/365105/2016-bmw-x1-review/?yt_desc - Read the article here. The all-new 2016 BMW X1 has arrived. It's bigger, it's bolder and it is a lot more grown up. BMW are adamant that the new X1 is very much a proper AWD vehicle. We negotiate a series of off-road simulations to show how the car's capabilities continue to offer a solid amount of lifestyle flexibility. The X-Drive (AWD) models feel great on the road - the front-drive version comes in 2016. The car handles curves in the road like a sporting car - true to BMW's driving enjoyment mantra. The ride overall is very good and we hope that continues when local models arrive in Australia. The interior is well laid out and looks high quality. There's more room and the rear seats fold on a 40:20:40 configuration. We don't know local pricing and specification at this stage, but overall the new BMW X1 looks to be a great little package. Stay tuned for a local review when the car arrives in Australia later this year. ------------------------------------------------------------- http://CarAdvice.com.au is focused on getting people into the right car for them. We understand the different needs buyers face when making the decision to purchase a car, and our comprehensive reviews aim to help you make the right decision. Our videos and articles are created by expert and unbiased journalists who are passionate about their work. We welcome the opportunity to answer your questions and encourage discussion. Don’t hesitate to ask us a question about a car and we will try to guide you to the right car for you. Subscribe to CarAdvice for the latest reviews, road tests, comparisons, news and opinions in the automotive world. SUBSCRIBE HERE http://youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=CarAdvice CONNECT WITH US — https://facebook.com/CarAdvice — https://twitter.com/car_advice — https://plus.google.com/+caradvice





2015 Mazda 2 Genki Review
http://www.caradvice.com.au/318222/mazda-2-genki-review/?yt_desc - Read the article here. The Mazda 2 is consistently a top three seller in the light car segment, battling it out with the Hyundai i20 and the Toyota Yaris. In fact you could argue that among private buyers, it is the most popular car in its segment. And better yet, the 2015 Mazda 2 is a new car, inside and out. Compared to the previous generation, it’s bigger. The wheelbase is 80mm longer, the body is 160mm longer and its 20mm higher – those changes add 20-kilos to the weight. It’s a sporty looking little thing – its Kodo design language and SkyActive Achitecture is shared with the Mazda 3, 6 and CX-5, its just shrunken to suit the 2. There are three variants and this is the flagship Genki model – other offerings are the entry-level neo and then the Maxx. It’s nicely finished inside, with a floating 7.0-inch screen – operated with this multi-function commander control. The MZD Connect infotainment system is well thought out and simple to figure out, it has Bluetooth integration and phone connectivity. With the Genki you get satellite navigation as well as access to internet based radio apps. Six speakers instead of four and auto headlights plus rain sensing wipers. Disappointing not to have a reversing camera or sensors – you have to option them in across the range – and with the rear visibility being as bad as it is, even being so small it makes it trickier to park. You can also option Smart City Brake Support – low speed crash avoidance technology. In the back, this is pretty much class average though as you’d expect from the body dimensions, its bigger than before, a little more head leg and shoulder room. Not a lot of storage though, one map pocket, that’s it. The seats are 60:40 split fold. A smaller cargo space than others in its class, you get 250L back here. The Honda Jazz gets 350, while the Polo offers 280L. A space saver spare gives you quite a deep space though. All of the variants come with a 1.5-litre petrol engine, with a manual and automatic transmission option across all three trim levels. The higher spec Maxx and Genki produce 81kW at 6000 rpm and 141Nm at 4000rpm, the six-speed automatic is a lot better than the old four-speed. It will struggle a little on hills, but shifts down when it counts. It lacks a bit of low down torque, but power delivery at urban commute speeds makes it a great little city car particularly in stop start traffic. Its even got a sport button, to help hold lower gears longer. Electric assisted steering – and its direct. The ride is firm but compliant – comfortable overall - you’ll notice potholes, but smaller undulations not so much. Mazda claim road noise has been reduced 15 percent – but you’ll still notice wind noise. Fuel use is a claimed 4.9-litres per 100km. Priced at $19,990 before on-roads, its no wonder the Mazda 2 is so popular. You’ll get a three-year unlimited kilometre warranty and lifetime capped-price servicing every 12 months or ten thousand kilometres. As standard its missing things like a reversing camera – which is disappointing but overall its well equipped, well appointed and a smooth drive.





2015 Ford Fiesta ST track day review - Sandown Raceway
http://www.caradvice.com.au/363294/?yt_desc - Read the article here. We're back again at Sandown Raceway for another CarAdvice weekend warrior track test. And while we’ve tested turbocharged hatchbacks before, none have been quite as affordable as this… the 2015 Ford Fiesta ST. We’ve already track tested the Kia Pro_cee’d GT, Ford Focus ST and Renault Clio RS, but today we’ve brought along a car that’s been winning fans worldwide since launching in 2013 – the Ford Fiesta ST. Before we hit the track though, let’s take a closer look at this little German-built pocket rocket. Starting at $25,990, the Fiesta ST can be had for little more than a Suzuki Swift Sport and a decent whack less than the Renault Clio RS and the brand-new Volkswagen Polo GTI. Strictly available in Australia with three doors and a six-speed manual transmission, under the bonnet sits a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder churning out 134kW and 240Nm. Both figures can be upped, however, thanks to an overBoost function. Standard, you get fog lights, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and ‘ST’ badges. Righto, tim to get out there. The sportiest standard Fiesta money can buy, the ST claims a 0-100km/h time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 220km/h. And that's good. What's less good is as soon as you get in, you notice that it's got the same problem as the Focus ST, where the headrest is actually pushing the helmet forward. Without a lid on it's not really a problem, but if you've come to do a track day and you need to wear a helmet, it's definitely a bit of a nuisance. On the plus side, these cloth Recaro bucket seats are fantastic. They are very supportive, very well bucketed… they are excellent. Doing a very good job of getting all the power to the ground are these Bridgestone Potenza tyres. And so far on these early laps, these brakes too are doing an excellent job of just keeping the little guy composed and very controlled. On the ST, wheel spin is managed with the help of a torque vectoring system. And basically it brakes the inside wheel to effectively reduce or limit understeer and wheel spin. So far, it's doing a pretty good job I'd say. I have no doubt that you can hear the awesome noise the turbocharged motor is making. It sounds really good from the inside and it's a potent little unit. It's got good pulling power from down low, revs out nice and smooth… It's a great little engine. The steering's excellent too on this car. The beauty of the ST is, while a lot of people say that Sandown Raceyway and tracks like it are best suited for big-horsepower, high-speed cars, it's not actually the case. The Fiesta ST weighs less than 1200kg and around here it's very nimble and very agile. And despite having a solid torsion beam rear axle, the rear end's actually very well behaved. Even on these high-speed corners, the car has really good balance. This gearbox too is another part of the car that's right up there with some of the best of them. It goes into gear nicely, the clutch is light but there's a bit of feedback there as well… It's definitely another strong suit of the car. Even with a little rain, this car is still fun. And when it comes to it, for under $26,000, it really is a fun and entertaining car and there's some serious value to be had here. A barrel of laughs on the road and a dead-set smile machine out there on track, it’s not hard to see why Fiesta ST has become such a fan favourite. ------------------------------------------------------------- http://CarAdvice.com.au is focused on getting people into the right car for them. We understand the different needs buyers face when making the decision to purchase a car, and our comprehensive reviews aim to help you make the right decision. Our videos and articles are created by expert and unbiased journalists who are passionate about their work. We welcome the opportunity to answer your questions and encourage discussion. Don’t hesitate to ask us a question about a car and we will try to guide you to the right car for you. Subscribe to CarAdvice for the latest reviews, road tests, comparisons, news and opinions in the automotive world. SUBSCRIBE HERE http://youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=CarAdvice CONNECT WITH US — https://facebook.com/CarAdvice — https://twitter.com/car_advice — https://plus.google.com/+caradvice




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