All posts by Mark Davis

Mark is a contributing road tester at PerformanceDrive, and is an expert in technology and efficiency. He has had a passion for cars since before he can remember. 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.

2013 Ford Kuga Trend TDCi review

Oct 26, 2013

The newcomer in the SUV market from Ford is finally in line with the rest of the world. The Ford Kuga was first introduced locally in 2012 to replace the relatively boring and underperforming Ford...

2013 Toyota RAV4 review – Cruiser and GXL

Oct 04, 2013

Watch out SUVs of Australia. Kingmaker, Toyota, has released an all-new version of the highly popular RAV4. With it comes three additional variants in diesel form, and a new four-cylinder petrol, taking the smorgasbord to...

2013 Volkswagen Polo GTI review (video)

Jul 08, 2013

Since its inauguration in the early 1990s, the Volkswagen Polo GTI has been the benchmark for pocket-sized sports cars. Let’s see if Vee-Dub still has the winning formula....

2013 Opel Corsa OPC review (video)

May 24, 2013

As the demand for hot hatches increases, we start to see brand new models pop up to attempt to take a chunk of the pie. The new 2013 Opel Corsa OPC is a first in...

2013 Ford Mondeo Zetec EcoBoost review (video)

May 08, 2013

The Ford Mondeo Zetec EcoBoost is a pioneer, and it has set the benchmark in many ways over the years. It’s also been one of Ford’s key catalysts for its new EcoBoost engine family. With...

2013 Volvo V40 D4 Kinetic review (video)

Apr 16, 2013

Forget almost everything you know about the brand Volvo. When you step into the new 2013 Volvo V40 D4, you’ll be one very proud Volvo driver. As we touched on in the Australian launch review...

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander review – LS 2.4 petrol and Aspire Di-D

Apr 02, 2013

The midsize soft-roader market is getting tougher and tougher, and with the launch of the new 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander, first seen at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show, the popular model is now more appealing...

2013 Honda CR-V VTi-L review

Feb 24, 2013

Does the all-new 2013 Honda CR-V finally live up to the quality and refinement that the brand has built up over the years? We test the top-spec VTi-L version to find out. 2013 HONDA CR-V...

2013 Toyota Corolla Levin ZR review (video)

Jan 15, 2013

The world’s most popular small car is about to become a whole lot more popular. Toyota has just reinvented its unbeatable Corolla hatch with improvements in every aspect important in a small car. So how...

2013 Mitsubishi ASX 2WD review

Dec 19, 2012

Even though we all want/have a high performance build sitting in the garage, sometimes we also need a reliable, practical, and somewhat fun runaround vehicle. Could the 2013 Mitsubishi ASX 2WD five-speed manual be the...

2012 Toyota 86 GTS review (video)

Sep 09, 2012

As we’ve seen with the Toyota 86 GT, the new base model coupe is the perfect platform for building up a track car, or even a tuned street car project. So how does the top-of-the-range...

2012 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design Polestar review

Aug 22, 2012

The 2012 Volvo V60 T6 Polestar has to be one of the best sleepers on the market. Can you believe this rather innocent wagon pumps out 242kW of power? It’s the ultimate traffic-light humiliator. 2012...