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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.

It’s hard to go past a big green van, isn’t it? It just looks like so much fun! The Volkswagen Multivan is exactly that. It’s a seven-seat people mover and looks like it’s just begging to be driven up the coast with some boards on the roof. I’m test driving the Comfortline Premium which is the base...Read more
This is a first. An all electric SUV for Audi! The e-tron. This is the Sportback 50 quattro model, which is the base Sportback. It also comes in a regular SUV shape, but I think this one looks pretty snazzy. And I mean, if you’re going to drive an all-new electric Audi , why not make it fire engine...Read more
Is it a wagon? Is it an SUV? No! It’s neither! It’s both! It’s a Subaru Outback and this is the new 2021 model. Half wagon, half SUV, how does it work with a real life family? To put it to the test, I drove the base model Outback which costs $39,990, before on road costs, and competes with cars...Read more
The small SUV category has exploded over the last few years. An SUV ticks a few boxes over a regular small car - extra height, for one. But, is a small SUV big enough for families? It depends on your expectations of course, but that little bit of extra height does wonders when you’re out there...Read more
When I picked up the new Kia Carnival I was pleasantly surprised. I mean, look at it. Does this look like a boring old van to you? Hint: it’s not a boring old van. Granted, this is the top of the range, Kia Carnival Platinum, worth $64,680 before on road costs. It will fit eight people and competes...Read more
The new Ford Escape has undergone a complete transformation. No more bulky back end or awkward angles, this newly designed Escape looks much more refined and also has been designed to use more interior space without the exterior seeming large. I test drove the Ford Escape ST-Line FWD , which is in...Read more
When you want a large SUV for a family, the Mazda CX-9 is right up there, traditionally combining style with size and comfort. This 2021 refresh of the CX-9 is no different. I test drove the CX-9 GT SP which is a new model that’s been added to the range of six, and it’s third from the top. This GT...Read more
The new i30 sedan looks a lot more mature than I was expecting. It’s a proper car, in a decent size. Not a hatch, it’s very grown up looking, with a lot more room than you’d think a sedan in this category could offer. I was in the i30 Elite which is in the middle of the range and costs $30,790,...Read more
The Hyundai Santa Fe is one of those cars that really ticks the boxes for a family, while being good value. It’s all about the size - it’s on the smaller end of a large SUV, plus it has two spare seats in the back, making it ultra practical. I test drove the base model, simply called the Santa Fe...Read more
Every so often a car comes along that transcends boundaries, and the Hyundai Palisade is one of them. It’s an eight-seater SUV - yes, eight-seater, which is as many as you can fit into a people mover van, but this is an SUV. So it will fit one extra person compared with cars like the Mazda CX-9 and...Read more
I was super excited to jump into a Jeep. I mean, I’ve driven a Jeep before, but never a Wrangler. The company’s flagship car brings up all kinds of nostalgic feelings even though I’ve only glanced at them from afar. So, does it live up to your fantasies? And is it really a family car, or does it...Read more
At first glance, I thought this was a Bentley. I mean, that colour (matt 'Brunswick Green') is a total head turner. But it’s actually a Genesis GV80, from parent company Hyundai, and I was not disappointed, at all. It’s my first time in a Genesis luxury SUV . This one is the 3.5T which is the top-...Read more
Somewhere between a small SUV and a mid-size SUV sits the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. It’s a family car contender thanks to the extra space it has over small SUVs, and competes with cars like the Honda HR-V, Kia Seltos and the Nissan Qashqai, all of which offer good space for their size. This is the...Read more
A sporty car isn’t exactly the first thing that springs to mind when looking for a family vehicle, but when you get in one - especially after having driven SUVs for years - you do forget how good a car this shape, this low to the ground, can feel. This is the Kia Stinger , it’s the base model 200S...Read more
Here’s a mid size SUV you should make time for. It’s the Honda CR-V and it ticks a number of boxes that may be on your priority list when looking for a new car. There are seven models in the new CR-V range and this is the VTi L7 which is near the top, and is a seven seater . It costs around 43...Read more
The great Aussie road trip has become more of a reality this year than ever, which means a large SUV with off road capabilities is suddenly looking even more attractive. Enter the 2021 Toyota LandCruiser Prado , a seven-seat 4WD SUV that will fit the whole family. I test drove the Prado Kakadu for...Read more
Welcome to the new version of the Land Rover Defender. It's the old off-roader, remodelled into an awesomely huge, luxury five- or seven-seat AWD SUV. And it's enormous. Giant wheels. Huge doors. It's a beast of a car. Just by looking at it you know it was born to be far off-road, but how does it...Read more
Is there anything more convenient than a small hatchback? Something you can just jump into, easily fit into most parks and use minimal fuel? Sure, it’s not the biggest size for a family but if you’ve got young children you will fit no trouble. I test drove the 2021 Hyundai i30 , which is the newly...Read more
You want lots of space in a family car with extra room for when you go away? Enter the ute. This one is a Mazda BT50 and while I know I am not any kind of ute expert, I am here to review the BT50 from a family perspective. You won’t hear about how it tows and how good it is off road - there are...Read more