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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 nice to have a different mid-size SUV to choose from, rather than the usual players. Renault’s Koleos is a five-seat, mid-size SUV that competes with cars like the Nissan X-Trail, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, so it sways towards the large end of that category. I test drove the Koleos over a...Read more
When your family has grown beyond two children, to three, four or five, you’ll be looking at seven-seat SUVs, which is where the SsangYong Rexton comes in. It’s made in Korea but this brand isn’t as well known as the other Korean car companies, Kia and Hyundai . It sits in a category with other...Read more
The more I drive wagons, the more I like them. Besides being more spacious (usually) than SUVs, they’re also sleeker and better looking! Would you give up your SUV for a wagon, though? It’s a big call, but the Volkswagen Passat wagon may just convince you. I was in the Passat 206TSI R-Line which is...Read more

We always bang on about "advanced safety features" and rattle off a...Read more

I first appreciated AWD, or noticed the lack of it, when driving in my...Read more

What do you look for in a car when buying one for the family? It's not...Read more

Now, this is a fun looking car. The Subaru XV is known as a SUV version of the ever-popular Impreza, so it’s higher off the road and travels like an SUV but isn’t large, like its big sisters the Forester and Outback. It’s in the small SUV category and competes with cars like the Honda HR-V and...Read more
This week I had the arduous task of driving two hours out of Sydney, just to pick something up, which as you can imagine I wasn’t looking forward to. It was lucky then, I was test driving the BMW X1, a small SUV which seats five people and is in competition with cars like the Audi Q3, the Mercedes...Read more
Small hatches can be good family cars if you’ve got a young family. You might not want an SUV yet (large, cumbersome and more expensive) or you might be looking at a small car as a second runaround that you can zip around in and park easily. The Holden Astra hatch is a five seater that’s in...Read more
The Mini Countryman is an interesting beast, isn’t it? It’s a Mini, but not mini at all. In fact, it’s a five-seater SUV, for those who love the unique styling of a MIni but want more space to fit the family. It still looks like a Mini , just an oversized one, and is in competition with cars like...Read more
Somehow the Mazda3 is a car that caters to families. New ones anyway. True story: Right before I had my first baby, we bought a Mazda3. Weirdly enough, I know a bunch of other couples who also did this. So what is it about this car that makes it work for singles, couples, and new families? This new...Read more
Whether you need a van for work or because you have a large family, it’s about how driving a van makes you feel, ammiright? I was stopped on the street by a complete stranger, a mum with three small boys in tow who said, “do you like your van? My husband wants to buy one but I really don’t know.”...Read more
When you want a Porsche, but don't have the lifestyle for a sports car. When you want a Porsche but you have kids. When you want a Porsche but can't afford the sports car. When you want a Porsche but a sports car isn't practical. When you want a Porsche but, but, but... This Porsche Cayenne gives...Read more
I got quite a few comments driving this Holden Calais Tourer around for a week. Dads stopped me on the school run, “Is that the new Holden ?” Neighbours commented while walking past the driveway, “Is that the new Commodore ?” It seemed everyone was interested because the Calais Tourer looks good...Read more
The small hatchback has come of age. I feel like it’s grown up from being that car you got when you went to uni, and has graduated to the car you get even when you have a family. Because they’re not so small any more. Take this Mercedes A250 for example. I thought it was going to be one of those...Read more
The Toyota Yaris has been a staple on Australian roads for years, but how does this tiddler work as a family vehicle? A small car is never the first thing that springs to mind when you're thinking of a family vehicle , but if your budget sits at around the $17,000 mark, this is not a bad option...Read more
I’ve never been in a Mini and didn’t know what to expect - besides the fact that I knew it was going to be small. I certainly wasn’t expecting to love the exterior so much, and I sure didn’t know how utterly cool the interior was. The whole week was full of nice surprises. I was in the Mini Cooper...Read more
The Kia Picanto sounds fun, right? And it looks fun too. A very small car that has competitors like the Mitsubishi Mirage and Fiat 500, it doesn't exactly scream family car. But if you've already got one larger car, the Picanto could potentially be a second runaround. You know, the back up, when...Read more
The new and improved Mazda CX-5 is here, bringing with it a snazzy new engine, safety gear and the latest in technology that quite frankly, we’ve been waiting on from Mazda. The CX-5 plays in that mid-size SUV space, competing with cars like the Hyundai Tucson, Toyota Rav4 and Honda CR-V. I was...Read more

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