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Articles by Dan Pugh

Dan Pugh

Dan Pugh

Marketing manager

Dan is CarsGuide’s marketing director by day, with a long-standing passion for anything on four wheels. Like many of us, though, he spends his weekends as taxi driver for his three kids and their friends.

So, if you’re wondering how cars tackle Woolies carparks, battle weekend traffic, ferry the kids to soccer, or act as transport for birthday parties, to local parks, and friends’ houses (all to the tune of a Top 40 hits soundtrack), Dan’s your guy.

Attributes such as boot space, seat folding mechanisms, ISOFIX mounts, USB points and cup holders are more important than the sheer pleasure of driving, but he doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to ride, handling and performance. Dan’s dream garage is vast, but he likes his chances of parking an XP Falcon wagon in his actual driveway, one day.

Superheroes have long been synonymous with the kind of money-is-no-object cars that feature neck-snapping performance, cool looks and a smorgasbord of villain-stopping gadgets. What's more, they are usually completely out of our reach. But fear not. Because for us mere mortals of more modest means...Read more
If you are in the market for a plug-in hybrid SUV in Australia then I’m afraid the pickings are incredibly slim. In fact, outside of the heavyweight prestige brands there’s only one, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. For my weekend test I drove the Outlander PHEV ES 2019 . At $45,990, it’s the...Read more
The Alpina B5 Biturbo might just be the fastest family car you've never heard of. Here's how it fared on weekend duties. Looking for a fast family car but keen to avoid being labelled a show-off by your neighbours? If so, then I might just have the perfect mild-mannered missile for you. Not that...Read more
When it comes to the mid-sized sedan market, the European brands have long held favour with buyers over their Asian counterparts - particularly in the design department. Manufacturers like Mazda , however, are looking to even the score. Enter the Mazda 6 2019 GT sedan . This stylish looking car...Read more
If you’re looking for a practical family hauler that offers a sporty drive - and a hot hatch is outside your price range - then I have some very good news. Kia has given the Cerato sedan and hatch a generous GT makeover, gifting it with more power and sporty styling touches throughout. For my...Read more
When it comes to SUVs these days, it seems anything goes. There are coupe-style ones, box-shaped ones - even convertible versions are now rolling around Australia. So it should come as no surprise to see an increasing number of car makers beefing up perfectly good hatchbacks and calling them SUVs,...Read more
Despite their tough and rugged looks, home turf for many 4x4 utes is actually just as likely to be the sleepy suburbs as it is the top of some soaring mountain. And let me tell you, hauling kids, shopping and pets around on weekends can be as wearing on both car and driver as any off-roading. And...Read more
For parents looking for a little luxury in a family hauler, there are now plenty of premium SUVs to choose from. But there is one obvious downside; your kids will make every effort to destroy it. For my weekend test I’m driving the 2019 Kia Sportage GT-Line . Priced from $47,690, my GT-Line (in...Read more
Buying a car with four rather than two doors shouldn’t mean having to say goodbye to a little driving fun now and then. And for those mums and dads looking for a family taxi with some punch, I have good news. For my weekend test I drove the 2019 Kia Stinger GT. It's the kind of four-door...Read more
The three best-selling vehicles in the USA over the past two years were all pick-up trucks. The Ford F-Series was number one, followed by the Chevy Silverado and the Ram Pickup. And Australia is not far behind the States, what with our love affair with Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger . It appears our...Read more
For the past 10 years, BMW has been answering the call of buyers looking for something unique and different with its X6 and X4. While many considered them bizarre, many more spotted the appeal - and even the beauty - in a coupe-designed SUV. Who knew? So for my weekend test, I‘m driving the next-...Read more
Just like when your dad decides to wear his baseball cap backwards, is...Read more
As a father of three kids under the age of 12, I consider space a luxury...Read more
Aussies love an underdog story, and there are few cars scrapping harder in 2018 than the Holden Commodore. Between staying relevant in the eyes of fickle Australian-made buyers, and SUVs continuing to push sedans into obscurity, it has had a lot of adversity to overcome. For my weekend test I'm...Read more
As father to three kids under 12 years of age, I can appreciate the appeal of high-riding SUVs and their ability to cater to the needs of a growing family. But there is no escaping the fact that, for all their practicality perks, they often fall short in the fun department. So for those parents who...Read more
The humble ute really has come a long way, hasn't it? What was once an equipment-hauling workhorse has now evolved so much that they are often used as luxury chariots for city dwellers. And I do mean luxury, what with Mercedes-Benz now dipping a wing-tipped toe into the swirling waters of Australia...Read more
When one adult and three kids becomes two adults and four kids, transport takes on a whole new dynamic. Thankfully, there are a growing number of vehicles designed to help solve such a problem. Welcome to blended-family life. For this long-weekend test I drove the Kia Carnival 2018 Platinum ...Read more
The job of family taxi can be relentless and hard-wearing on both parent and car. Between the shopping and school runs, trips to weekend sport, birthday parties and the various other destination, you need a family hauler built to withstand this endless punishment. Enter the Isuzu MU-X 2018. For my...Read more
Sedans are fast becoming the last kid to be picked on the schoolyard football team, but car makers seem largely undeterred as they continue to serve them up for our consideration. So are we missing something? For my weekend review, I'm testing the updated 2018 Kia Optima GT. Priced at $43,290, it's...Read more