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Justin Hilliard

Justin Hilliard

Head of Editorial

Justin’s dad chose to miss his birth because he wanted to watch Peter Brock hopefully win Bathurst, so it figures Justin grew up to have a car obsession, too – and don’t worry, his dad did turn up in time after some stern words from his mum.

That said, despite loving cars and writing, Justin chose to pursue career paths that didn’t lend themselves to automotive journalism, before eventually ending up working as a computer technician. But that car itch just couldn’t be scratched by his chipped Volkswagen Golf R (Mk7), so he finally decided to give into the inevitable and study a Master of Journalism at the same time.

And even with the long odds, Justin was lucky enough to land a full-time job as a motoring journalist soon after graduating and the rest, as they say, is history. These days, Justin happily finds himself working at CarsGuide during the biggest period of change yet for the automotive industry, which is perhaps the most exciting part of all.

In case you’re wondering, Justin begrudgingly sold the Golf R (sans chip) and still has plans to buy his dream car, an E46 BMW M3 coupe (manual, of course), but he is in desperate need of a second car space – or maybe a third.

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And so the time has come to say goodbye to ‘my’ Nissan X-Trail e-Power Ti. It’s been four months since I collected keys and it’s been a memorable ‘ownership experience’, with the 'Scarlet Ember' test vehicle subject to the trials and tribulations of urban life. It’s been about two months since I...Read more
I’m now two months into ‘owning’ a 2024 Nissan X-Trail e-Power Ti and it remains one of the most interesting vehicles I’ve driven. In the first instalment of this long-term EVGuide review, I explained what makes this mid-size SUV so interesting, so be sure to click on the link below to read all...Read more
The 2024 Nissan X-Trail ePower might just be the most interesting vehicle that I’ve been tasked with reviewing to date. That’s a bit of a weird thing to say about a mainstream mid-size SUV , right? Well, despite its family focus, this new-generation model has a lot under the bonnet to wrap your...Read more
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I’ve been fortunate enough to have driven a lot of electric vehicles, but this EV, the 2023 Volvo C40 Recharge Twin Motor, is already one of my favourites. And in good news for me and my family, I’ve got the keys to one for the next three months. So, what exactly is a C40 ? And fair enough, too, if...Read more
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I’ve now ‘owned’ my 2023 Nissan Qashqai ST-L for two months, and I’ve genuinely found myself appreciating it more and more every day. After all, as far as I’m concerned, it’s ‘no nonsense’ motoring in the best way possible. But as promised, in this second instalment of my long-term UrbanGuide...Read more
I've spent a lot of time behind the wheel of the previous-generation Nissan Qashqai. No, seriously, there's no other car I've spent more time in over the years. And for what it's worth, I always rated the second generation of the small SUV, mainly because it was surprisingly practical due to its...Read more
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Welcome back for the second instalment of my UrbanGuide long-term review of the Mazda CX-3 Akari LE AWD! Month two was a quieter one for me, with less time spent behind the wheel, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t started to form stronger opinions on the best-selling light SUV . As promised, in this...Read more
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I cannot believe my three months with the Citroen C4 Shine have come to an end. I will certainly miss it, largely because of what it stands for. You see, Citroen isn’t exactly a high-volume brand in Australia. In fact, it’s on the low end of ‘low volume’. So, its models really have to stand for...Read more
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Bonjour! Please welcome the next long-term addition to my garage, the Citroen C4 Shine. That’s right; France’s latest quirky model will be put to the UrbanGuide test over the next three months. Now, with most models, it’s pretty clear what they are. A Ford Ranger is a ute , and a Toyota RAV4 is an...Read more
And so my time with the Suzuki Ignis GLX has come to an end. After nearly three months of 'ownership', the funky 'light SUV' has been returned to its actual owner. And I've got to say, I'll actually miss it. Yes, the Ignis is far from modern, but it has a certain charm to it that warmed the cockles...Read more
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and to my eyes, the Suzuki Ignis GLX is an ‘interesting’ proposition. After all, the exterior design certainly is distinctive. After two months of ‘ownership’, my partner reckons it’s “cute”, and one of my work colleagues thinks it looks like a turtle. Needless...Read more

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