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Articles by Nedahl Stelio

Nedahl Stelio

Nedahl Stelio

Family reviewer

Nedahl has been a journalist for two decades, spending five years as editor of Cleo magazine and has been an editor at Cosmopolitan, Good Food and the Fairfax ‘Health’ section. She’s written across various topics for a range of high-profile food, health, travel and fashion-focused titles. She’s also appeared on The Today Show, Sunrise, A Current Affair, various radio programs and has been a guest judge on Australia’s Next Top Model.

Since having two children, you’ll more likely find her at the beach with the family than at a fashion show, doing a bunch of yoga classes, or cooking healthy food while drinking a glass of wine. And of course, the right family car is critical to keeping it all moving smoothly. A roomy cabin, plenty of boot space and stylish interiors rate high on her priority list. She also believes pink is the new black (except when it comes to cars) and that we should ditch single-use plastics.

Volkswagen has gone from having no small SUVs, to having two in its line-up. This one is the T-Roc. It’s a small SUV but slightly larger and more fancy than the Polo based T-Cross which is its other offering. There is but one model in the range for now, which costs $40,490, before on road costs and...Read more
Want a good looking car? You’ve come to the right review. The Audi A5 Sportback is one of those cars people ask me about on the street. Is the A5 a family car, though? It can be, if you want to ditch your bulky SUV for a much sleeker Sportback. I test drove the A5 45 TFSI quattro , which is in the...Read more
The new Kia Sorento is causing a lot of buzz and it’s not hard to see why. A new interior design with a much more streamlined, better looking tech system and new exterior as well, and this seven-seat SUV has a lot to sing about. It costs around $3000 more than the old Sorento, but it does boast...Read more
It’s always nice to review a sedan because I think they’re often overlooked as a family car. In my experience, they’re usually the 'dad' car while the mum gets the SUV to cart the kids around. But step inside a sedan and things start to change - you included. It feels classic, yes, but also fun,...Read more
The new Audi A4 wagon, the Avant, has had a similar makeover to the A4 sedan for 2021, but a wagon always comes with extra benefits, especially boot space. It looks like it’s going to be more accommodating and while the sedan does have good space, the wagon feels more like a family car . I test...Read more
Before doing car reviews, there was probably no way I would look twice at a people mover-style van, but since driving a few I’ve become accustomed to the size and convenience. Also, there’s nothing my children love more. It's the real deal, and this Kia Carnival is good because it feels like a car...Read more
It looks small on the outside, but once you're in it the Toyota Corolla is a zippy little thing, designed to be easy to drive and nifty to get around in. It works for families as a second car, and even if you want to use it as your primary car it certainly has its benefits, especially if your...Read more
Who would have thought I’d be admiring a Toyota RAV4? It used to be a real box on wheels, but not anymore. The current RAV4 has a cooler, more modern shape and this particular model is the Cruiser Hybrid AWD, with hybrid power, utilising Toyota’s hybrid technology. If you’re not into that, there...Read more
Interested in a compact SUV and want something slightly more prestigious than a Japanese or Korean car but don’t want to extend all the way to European models? Enter the Jeep Compass . It slots neatly in line next to a Mazda CX-3 or Hyundai Kona but hails from North America, bringing with it the...Read more
The Toyota Prius has been around for 20 years and the concept hasn’t changed a lot in that time. It was pioneering for its day and indeed for the first decade, but how does it compete in the hybrid/electric motor field today? I was interested because I’ve never driven a Prius before and I’m a fan...Read more
Here's something new! A compact SUV with seven seats from Mercedes. It's for those people who don't necessarily want to buy a huge car but still want the practicality of seven seats. The Mercedes GLB 250 costs $73,990, before on road costs and extras, and while its closest competitor is the Land...Read more
I asked for a big car this week because it’s my turn to do the fruit and veggie shop for our local food co-op. Normally you’d picture a large SUV , but when I found out I was test driving the Skoda Superb my mind was at ease. It’s a wagon , but the boot is biiiiiig . Big enough for 16 boxes of...Read more
Wouldn't it be grand if more cars started offering a hybrid or electric motor? Clearly Volvo Australia thinks so, it now has a plug-in hybrid offering on each of its SUVs. This week I test drove the new 2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid, which is the brand's most eco-friendly compact SUV. It...Read more
The new Nissan Juke has had a complete makeover, but seeing as I didn’t drive the last one I can’t compare the two, so my mission (and I did choose to accept it) was to see how the Juke fares for a family. It’s a small SUV and there are plenty of good ones in the market, the Juke is in competition...Read more
The Audi Q3 has been revamped for 2020, and it’s full of new technology and a sleek exterior that Audi hopes will catapult it to the top of the category. It’s a small SUV so if there are five or less in your family, this size car will work for you, or it will fit four adults nicely. I test drove...Read more
Small SUVs are great for those who want the height and shape of an SUV, without any of the actual heft and size of larger SUVs. They’re good for small families or couples/singles without kids who want something a bit more than your usual city hatch, and still want the convenience of fitting into...Read more
After a small SUV? They’re a very handy size, the small SUV. It’ll fit a family of four - five at a stretch. You won’t have bucketloads of room but there’s more space than a hatch and it’s higher, too. This week I test drove the Kia Seltos , which is a new entrant to the market and a pretty good...Read more
It's a big car, solid looking. And it's a Jeep so you know it can handle big drives, towing a van or driving through the snow, right? The Jeep Grand Cherokee's reputation precedes it, but with no less than eight models in the Grand Cherokee range, priced from $47,500 for the base model all the way...Read more
There are few cars on the road in this category that look quite as good as the Mazda CX-5. Those curves! That shape! The angles! Which is lucky for Mazda, because it’s in quite a competitive category. The mid-size SUV is basically known as 'the family car for those that have two kids or less.' It’s...Read more

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