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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.

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
The Mazda CX-3 is a small SUV, that category of cars which look little but are actually classified SUVs because of their height. It's in competition with cars like the Hyundai Kona, the Toyota C-HR and the Honda HR-V. A fine bunch of cars for people who want the practicality of an SUV but don't...Read more
There are a few surprises in store when you come across the Peugeot 5008. It's a seven-seat SUV and competes with other five-seat SUVs moonlighting as seven-seaters (you only use the back two seats when the need arises), like the Honda CR-V and Volkswagen's Tiguan Allspace. So how much space is...Read more
There are many seven-seat SUVs out there, but Volkswagen was fashionably late in introducing the new Tiguan Allspace, an extension of the popular five seater Tiguan. It's not a large seven-seat SUV , it sits more around the space that Hyundai's Santa Fe and Mazda's CX-8 occupies, in that it's a big...Read more

Installing child car seats used to be worse than building an IKEA...Read more

This week I cleaned out the garage and collected a bunch of baby stuff to give to my younger cousins who are having babies. Travel cots, car seats and a cute rocking sheep all got stacked in the car while I delivered them around Sydney. I was test driving the new Nissan Qashqai Ti model - it's the...Read more
My family and I are heading overseas next week which is very exciting but there is so much to organise. This week I had to sort out all the children's things, finish all my work and get all of the shopping and cleaning and - oh fine - hair appointments done. It's a lot to organise! I was in the BMW...Read more
There are large seven seaters. Cars like the Mazda CX-9 , Toyota Kluger and Kia Sorento . Then there are five seaters with two extra seats in the back like the Honda CR-V and Mitsubishi Outlander . Then there is the Hyundai Santa Fe . It’s not quite as big as a CX-9 or a Kluger, but it’s not as...Read more
I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Alfa Romeos. There's just something so appealing about the way they look. And now there’s one to fit my children and all their stuff - the Stelvio, a mid sized SUV with typical Alfa looks. It also, just quietly, sounds exactly like my surname: Stelio meet...Read more
This week it was my turn to go out to the markets and do the fruit and veggie shop for the food co-op I’m in, so I needed a big car. And gosh, did I get one! The Hyundai iMax Elite is a huge car - an eight-seater van, no less. I was going to have no trouble with packing boxes of fruit and veg in...Read more
This week it was bucketing down with rain, the roads were full and wet, and the visibility was poor. I was test driving Lexus ’ new seven-seater SUV , the RX 350L Luxury model (second from the top of the rain, sorry, range). It’s in a similar category to the Audi Q7 , Land Rover Discovery and Volvo...Read more
Everyone has a soft spot for MG , the cool British car company who made that uber-cool MG B convertible , remember them? Of course you do. Only now, MGs are not made in Europe anymore. The company's been bought out by one of the world's largest car manufacturers in China, SAIC. I have such fond...Read more
The Skoda Kodiaq is a mid-sized seven-seat SUV that competes with the likes of the Nissan X-Trail , Honda CR-V , Peugeot 5008 and the upcoming seven-seat Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace . I was in the Kodiaq Sportline, which is the top of the range petrol version. Coming from the same company as Audi...Read more
Everywhere you look there’s another luxury car company launching an SUV, because that is what we are wanting to buy these days. It’s hard to go wrong with these cars - it’s like your favourite cake suddenly turning into an icecream (if you’ve ever tried Gelato Messina’s Apple Pie you’ll know what I...Read more
For a small SUV, the Audi Q2 TFSI Quattro holds its own. It’s not your typical Audi in that it’s not a super luxurious sedan, nor a large super practical SUV, and competitors in this class are fierce - it’s up against the BMW X1 and the Mini Countryman. But Audi has used a few unique tricks to...Read more

We Are Kindred's Lizzie Renkert shows us around the Lower North Shore...Read more

It's been a while in between Commodores, for me anyway. So long that I didn't even register this car was a Commodore! It's rather glamorous for a Holden, don't you think? My neighbours thought so too. In fact I got lots of comments this week, I think everyone has a soft spot for the family car we...Read more

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