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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.

Wait, what? Small cars for families? Well, they can be, if you choose the right one. Ford’s Focus has undergone a rather dramatic makeover of late, and this new 2019 model has more interior space than in the past. It’s in a tough category and competes with cars like the Mazda3, Hyundai i30 and...Read more
The thing about traditional 'small' cars is that they’re not so small anymore. Because there are other, smaller cars, and even cars that are masquerading as larger cars, that are also smaller. Confused? Just know that the Kia Cerato hatch is not as small as its exterior would have you believe and...Read more
Mitsubishi's ASX is a small SUV in competition with cars like the Mazda CX-3 and Hyundai Kona. I always have a bit of a strange time in small SUVs, I get a bit nervous. Will it be big enough for my family of four? Will I be able to fit everything in the boot? (I don't know what I think I will be...Read more
There are definite advantages to owning a Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Even if you’ve never thought about going off-road and you’re not really a camping kind of person, a few weeks driving this car will have you planning road trips through rivers and along rocky coastlines and sandy beaches. Or at...Read more
Presenting the Land Rover you can get for $60,255 (before on-road costs). It’s the Discovery Sport, a five-seater SUV that competes with cars like the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3, but unlike those cars, can be optioned up to a seven-seater should you so desire. It’s features punch well above its price...Read more
I got a fair few comments driving the Prado this week. Mostly about the size. From, “Gosh it’s big!” and “How can you park it?” to “I love big cars!” and “I can’t stand big cars.” It’s a personal thing, right? You either want/need a large car or you don’t. And you’re clearly on this page because...Read more
Don't you sometimes sit around wishing for a more considerate, clever car? There are some car companies out there who spend productive days dreaming up clever, considerate ways cars can be more of service than just driving from point A to point B. Skoda is one of those companies. I test drove the...Read more
There are definitely times when you appreciate extra space in the car, even if you only have two kids (let alone when you have three or four and the extra space is a daily necessity). The Holden Acadia is the new seven-seat SUV to enter the market and I got to review it on the week I needed space...Read more
The Kia Sportage sits neatly in the mid-size SUV category, competing against cars like the Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson. Is it as beautiful as the CX-5? As practical as the Tucson? Where does it sit in the mid-size SUV scale? There are pros and cons to every vehicle, which is why we drive them for...Read more
It’s the standard size car most families with two kids and a dog are looking for. The mid-size SUV. It’s the one that you can most easily drive without it impinging on your lifestyle or cramping your actual style (sorry, no more sports cars for mums and dads, the sensible SUV is what you’ve got now...Read more
The small SUV appeals to those who want something in the way of height for their car, but they don’t want a huge truck to drive around. They want more space than their hatchback perhaps, but not so much space they can’t fit into parking spots in the city. The thing about this middle ground however...Read more
Looking at this car you’d be forgiven for thinking it was particularly fun to drive. And you’d be right. It conjures up words I’d never normally think about using, like ‘snazzy’ and ‘funky’ and ‘hip’. But they really encapsulate the feeling you get in a Hyundai Kona. It’s the cool looking small SUV...Read more
Some small SUVs are exactly that - small. If you’re after a slightly larger small SUV, you’ll have to sift through the usual suspects and find your way into a car like the Holden Trax. It’s one of those small SUVs that actually has height on it, as in, a decent amount of height, which is rare in...Read more
Small SUVs are for those families who want some of the height of an SUV, but don’t want all the bulk that comes with it. However there are a fair few that fall short when it comes to delivering enough space for families. The Ford EcoSport is one of those small SUVs that has more space than its...Read more
Yes, the Honda Jazz is a small car, and yes, I know this is a family review, but not every family is large, and not every family wants a large car. If you're a single parent or you have one child, a small car is a viable option. The Jazz is in a category with other small cars like the Mazda2 ,...Read more
The first thing you notice when you look at a Suburu Forester is that it’s a solid looking car. It doesn’t have time for fancy bells and whistles. The Forester looks like it gets the job done, safely and reliably. And thank goodness for that! This week was school holidays and if there was ever a...Read more
If you’ve got three or more children or you just like large SUVs, Mazda’s CX-9 should be high on your look-list. It’s been Mazda’s flagship vehicle for a good few years now, and is a proper seven seater, not an in-betweener, in the same category as the Toyota Kluger and Kia Sorento. It was...Read more
Mazda added the CX-8 to its SUV line-up this year. It sits in between a five-seater CX-5 and the large seven-seater CX-9, in that it has seven seats but it’s not as big as a CX-9. It’s smaller, so a bit easier to manoeuvre. It’s in the same category as the Tiguan Allspace and Hyundai Santa Fe...Read more
Families have a fair few things to think about when buying a car. You want enough space for everyone to fit comfortably plus the boot space to lug the stuff around that accumulates when you have kids. You want it to drive well. You want it to be as safe as possible. And of course, you want it to...Read more

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