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Wheels (Australia) - - Drives -

1 MAZDA 3

Peo­ple who know their stuff are call­ing the new 3 ” this year’s most im­por­tant car”, and while we’ve driven it in the US, we’re yet to see what it’s like on Aussie roads. Ex­pect a high­erqual­ity cabin with im­proved NVH, plus stan­dard sat- nav and radar cruise even on the base model. If it’s as good to drive here as it looks, life’s about to get tough for the 3’s ri­vals.

2 HYUNDAI KONA EV

The EV on­slaught con­tin­ues for the Korean gi­ant with the ar­rival of a pure elec­tric ver­sion of its strik­ing-look­ing small SUV. Fol­low­ing as it does in the zippy wake of the Ioniq, Hyundai claims the Kona EV has been tested and tuned lo­cally to cope with our ‘spe­cial’ roads. Ex­pect a claimed range of 480km from the 64kwh pow­er­pack. The big re­veal, though, will be the price...

3 RANGE ROVER EVOQUE

Be­fore the Ve­lar blew our socks off, the Evoque was the pin­na­cle of Range Rover style, and this sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion is look­ing to wrest back the man­tle. Big­ger and pre­sum­ably bet­ter in key ar­eas, it will in­tro­duce a 48-volt mild-hy­brid at launch, fol­lowed by a PHEV later. For the av­er­age driver, how­ever, the three diesel and four tur­bopetrol en­gines will be of more in­ter­est. Prices will start at $64,640 for the TD4 150, an $8590 in­crease over the old base model. Ouch.

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