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Articles by Emily Agar

Emily Agar

Emily Agar

Contributing Journalist

Emily discovered her interest in cars early through her mum’s passion, and quickly found herself researching the cool cars her mum’s S15 Nissan 200SX passed on the highway. 

Emily's readiness to engage and have a chat wound up opening her first door in the media, spending time as a freelance events and news photographer for her local paper while undertaking a Creative Writing degree at the University of Wollongong.

After graduating, Emily helped to build the family real estate business. Not satisfied with the high-octane environment of sales, Emily signed a book deal for her YA fantasy novel and has successfully published the first novel in the series. 

Always one to be busy (sometimes to her chagrin), she wrote the novel and then completed the edits while pregnant with her cheeky five-year-old boy. As if growing a little human wasn’t exhausting enough! 

But her natural curiosity of ‘what’s that car?!’ and 'why don't they do it this way?!' continued throughout and it didn’t come as a surprise to her family when she was drawn into the automotive world professionally as a Contributing Journalist with CarsGuide.

Aside from her passion for what makes a good family car, Emily has a soft spot for Nissan Skylines, big utes and any muscle cars that make the heart thump. 

This week I'm road-testing the new GWM Haval H6 Ultra Hybrid, which is the flagship model, and it offers the convenience of a hybrid engine and the space of much larger SUVs, despite only being mid-sized. But that's not what should worry rivals like the ever-popular Toyota RAV4 hybrid , Nissan X-...Read more
Kia hits all of the right notes with the 2024 flagship Sorento GT-Line. This week I'm in the diesel variant and the large SUV sees some tweaks with updated technology and a long features list that may spoil you for future cars. With its seven seats, it's a real family mover and proves to be a...Read more
The XC40 Recharge Twin Motor is the flagship model for the segment leading small electric SUV from Volvo. Well positioned in terms of price, specifications and driving range, it continues to prove itself a fierce rival to the Mercedes-Benz EQA , Lexus UX and newcomer BMW iX1 . Read more about 2025...Read more
Going electric has never been cooler and Kia has beefed up the line-up of its mid-sized EV6 so buyers have the same number of options as its fiercest competitor - the Tesla Model Y. On test this week is the Air, which is the entry-grade model but it still boasts the same battery size and excellent...Read more
This week I’m family testing the new Mazda CX-5 Akera G35 and the top-grade model is well-equipped. But it faces stiff competition in the mid-sized SUV market with rivals like the Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage and the ever-popular Toyota RAV4. Read more about Too many SUVs? New 2024 Mazda CX-70,...Read more
The SsangYong Musso XLV Ultimate is one of, if not the , most affordable part-time 4x4 ute on the market at the moment a recent facelift sees some improvements to its design, features and ride comfort. Read more about Toyota's HiLux and Ford's Ranger better watch out! SsangYong confirms 2024...Read more

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I’m family testing the updated Genesis G70 this week, which has seen some tweaks to its technology and safety systems. The G70’s release also sees the line-up trimmed to one highly-specified Sport Luxury grade, available as a four-cylinder Shooting Brake wagon or the V6 sedan on test here. Read...Read more
The ZST is essentially an upgraded version of MG's popular small SUV, the ZS. The ZST sees some tweaks to the overall design and some added standard safety features. So, if you like the original, there's a good chance you'll like the ZST and I've been driving the top-grade Essence variant with my...Read more

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Audi has launched the Q8 60 TFSI e, which is a plug-in hybrid and might initially confuse you on where it sits in the Q8 line-up. The PHEV model is closely related to the petrol and diesel Q8 but not the electric e-tron which has only just adopted the Q8 name. So, it’s best to think of the 60 TFSI...Read more
The Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Elite is a part of the brand relaunch for Chery and it showcases the brand's commitment to safety with its five-star ANCAP rating, awarded in 2023. The medium SUV market is well and truly saturated with options and the Tiggo 7 Pro has rivals like the GWM Haval H6, Hyundai...Read more
Volvo is a brand that has some strong images associated with it. High-end safety, five km/h below the speed-limit-driving-styles, sitting close to the steering wheel, sweater-sets, ‘bloody Volvo driver’ expletives… ahem (present company excluded, of course). Those who are watching the brand closely...Read more
The SUV equivalent of Mercedes-Benz's newest electric sedan, the EQE, is here. It brings a softer kerb-appeal than its sedan sibling but maintains all of the luxury trimmings. Even though it’s most closely related to the GLE , this SUV doesn't sit on fuel-based underpinnings. It’s been designed as...Read more
The Kia EV9 has landed and it’s a big bruiser-looking thing; all squared edges with a healthy dose of swagger thrown in. It’s an upper-large SUV that can comfortably host a family of seven and features trimmings to rival a Christmas tree but it’s also the most expensive Kia to ever launch in...Read more
Hyundai has facelifted its popular i30 sedan and you get tweaks to the engine, design and safety features. It competes against other small sedans like the Kia Cerato , Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla . Read more about Hyundai i30 2024 review: Sedan Hybrid Hyundai i30 2022 review: Sedan N Hyundai i30 2021...Read more
First launched in 2008, the BMW X6 created history (and a new car category) with its coupe styling on an SUV framework. It was a polarising effort but one that opened up the SUV market for those wanting the size and presence of an SUV without compromising on the sporty styling of a smaller car. The...Read more