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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.

This week I was teaching my six-year-old to ride her bike without training wheels, a tough job that needed a family car. I was testing the Holden Equinox LS+ which is second from the bottom in Holden’s new Equinox line-up. If you’re in the market, you’ll also be looking at a Mazda CX-5 , Ford...Read more
There’s something about Jeeps, isn’t there? They carry the image of open-topped freedom and big wheels, bouncy rides through desert roads and endless summers. Jeep’s newer fleet still seems to carry these same memories. So, testing the Compass this week, which is Jeep 's not-quite-small, not-quite-...Read more
Getting into a BMW is kind of like putting on a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses. Instant. Cool. There's something seamless and understated about these cars that's almost a bit smug - and everyone wants one. The new X2 launch has been widely anticipated as it's their first foray into the small SUV...Read more

Here's the situation. Somehow, you've locked the kids in the car. You...Read more

Now that traditional luxury car manufacturers are entering the SUV market , it’s not hard to see why everyone is clamouring to get a look in. I mean, here we have a Maserati . That’s an SUV. Together in one! Does this combination work or is it just a waste of a good engine? I drove the Maserati...Read more
Having recently tested the Tesla Model X which is an SUV , I was interested to see how the Model S would stack up for a family. I'm a fan of electric cars purely because they're emission free , but am well aware of the shortcomings of such a young industry in Australia. I was in the 75D which is...Read more
As far as family cars go, hatchbacks aren’t really considered one of them. You might have a hatchback while pregnant with your first baby, but things quickly escalate and before you know it, you’re signing papers for a seven-seater Toyota Kluger . The question is, do you really need a bigger car?...Read more
You’re after an SUV that's big enough for your family, but you don’t want it too small, either. Boot space is important, but you don’t want to be driving around in something as big as a Kluger. Small SUVs don’t cut it though - there’s just not enough space for your growing family. Enter the SUVs...Read more
I'm going to put this out there: I've never been a wagon fan. It's not even a mum car, it's a proper dad car. It must be a hangover from the '70s when those Kingswood station wagons dotted the streets and felt as retro as this next word does: daggy. But wagons have come a long way since then. Case...Read more

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You’re about to buy a car so you, A) do your own research but get a bit...Read more

You’ve got a $25k budget for a new car. Is it possible to get an SUV? Ford says yes, with its EcoSport five-seater. A small SUV in competition with the likes of a Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V and Nissan Qashqai, the EcoSport is a nifty car that will get you around town on a hatchback budget. In Australia...Read more
It’s back to school this week which means pick-ups, drop-offs, play dates and the rest of the joyous driving which comes with being a parent. I got around town in a Kia Sorento GT line, which is top-of-the-range in a diesel. It’s a seven-seater and if you’re after those seven seats, you’d also be...Read more
The Honda CR-V is normally a five seat, mid-size SUV. But the model I drove for a week, the VTi-L, has two personalities. In its day job, it’s a five seater, and it does that job really well. But in those moments of need, when you really wish you had two extra seats in your car, when you’re...Read more
I’ve spent the last month squashed into the back of five seaters, literally stuffing my shoulders in between my children’s car seats, because my sister-in-law is visiting from overseas and I have been deemed 'the smallest adult in the family' (read: the only one who can fit in the backseat with the...Read more
Summer for our family always means trips to the beach. And going to the beach means bringing a whole load of things with you, from boogie boards to tents and an abundance of towels. So, with a family of four, does that mean I need an SUV? Or what about a wagon ? It’s been a while since wagons have...Read more
Size versus swiftness. What would you choose? The swift factor is strong in the Nissan Qashqai Ti. It's a zippy little thing, classified as a small SUV but I found it big enough for my family of four. Sure, any more kids and you'll probably be squished, but it's the perfect size if you're pregnant...Read more
I had originally planned a very low-key party for my daughter’s 4th birthday. But what started out as a few friends in the park, drinking a morning coffee while the kids amused themselves, suddenly blew out into 22 kids, 14 adults and a stressed out mum - that is, me. When you have an event like a...Read more