Fiat Abarth 500 Esseesse. If a test of a car’s ability to stand out is people taking photos as you pass by, then the Abarth 500 Esseesse (pronounced ‘S.S’.) passes with flying colours. See more at www.racq.com/carreviews.
Calling Kia's Pro_ceed GT a ‘hot hatch’ might be overselling it, but it’s certainly the Korean maker’s most sporting offering to date and well worth considering. Read the full review at www.racq.com/carreviews
Mercedes-Benz CLA200 (2014). Take an A200, re-skin with an attractively curvaceous sedan body, add nine grand to the price and throw in a couple of extra trinkets and, hey presto, it’s the CLA200, the entry point into the CLA range. Read the full review at www.racq.com/carreviews
Hyundai IX35 Active FWD. Series II of Hyundai’s popular ix35 features changes inside and out and importantly a number of mechanical upgrades. This includes new, direct-injection petrol engines. See more at www.racq.com/carreviews
BMW 528i Sedan Luxury Line. One of the first things you notice when you drive the 528i is how refined and smooth it feels, especially its 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine and eight-speed auto. See more at www.racq.com/carreviews
Skoda Octavia Ambition Plus Sedan. The Ambition Plus sits mid range in Skoda’s new seven-strong Octavia line-up, an offering of sedan and wagon variants that share three of the Volkswagen group’s latest engines and MQB modular platform, as used in the latest generation Golf (VII) and Audi A3. See more at www.racq.com/carreviews.
Renault Megane GT-Line Wagon. Meet the Renault Sport-inspired Megane GT-Line wagon, which is 264cm longer and 76mm taller than the hatch and boasts one of the biggest cargo areas in its class. See more at www.racq.com/carreviews.
Subaru BRZ S. After previously being sold exclusively online in Australia, due to limited production availability from Japan, Subaru’s acclaimed BRZ is now available through dealerships. See more at www.racq.com/carreviews.
Proton Preve GX. Proton’s new Prevé four-door sedan is the first of its make to come with five years’ free servicing. It also boasts a five-star ANCAP safety rating and a five-year warranty. See more at www.racq.com/carreviews.
BMW 320d Gran Tourismo. On a long road trip, a good travelling companion and plenty of good music are ‘musts’. Just as important, though, is the car you do it in, and our 320d GT test car acquitted itself admirably, dispatching 2600km of touring through coastal and country New South Wales with ease and aplomb. See more at www.racq.com/carreviews.