The facelifts

Was it worth all the ef­fort?

Wheels (Australia) - - DRIVES -

MAZDA CX-9 WHAT’S NEW?

Use­ful stuff, like im­proved ac­cess for the third row, USB ports back there, and a hands­free tail­gate across the range. Plus a larger in­for­t­ain­ment screen, now 9.0-inch.

HAS IT WORKED?

We’ll make that call when we drive it, and feel the ef­fects of GVC Plus, which is in­tended to min­imise un­der­steer and im­prove mid-cor­ner sta­bil­ity via sub­tle brake in­ter­ven­tion.

HONDA CIVIC WHAT’S NEW?

Most sig­nif­i­cant is the up­graded safety pack for VTi and RS, but there’s also the pre­dictable changes to bumpers and grille, plus new wheel de­signs and, for the RS, wider Miche­lin rub­ber.

HAS IT WORKED?

You re­ally don’t want to ask that ques­tion of the safety stuff, be­cause it means you (nearly?) crashed. But it is use­ful that Honda has rid us of the touch­screen icons for the four core dis­play func­tions; they’re now hard keys.

FIAT 500 WHAT’S NEW?

This range re­struc­ture aims to keep the age­ing baby vi­able un­til the all-new model is un­veiled later this year. Base-spec Pop is gone; new top-spec Club rolls in. Atmo 1.2-litre four and trans­mis­sions un­changed.

HAS IT WORKED?

Doesn’t mat­ter. Wait for the new model, which will come as an EV, as well as a five-door Giar­diniera wagon. Bella.

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