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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.

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
“So, this is a big car,” was my first thought when spotting the Nissan Pathfinder Ti in the garage, waiting for me to take it for the week. I’ve never been particularly interested in big cars for my family of four. Didn’t see the need in all that … metal, taking up space on suburban roads. How...Read more
It sounds festive, doesn’t it? The Santa Fe. I have visions of driving along the Californian coastline with Mexican hats and pinatas in the back, downing a few Coronas when we get to our palm-tree lined, tropical destination. Unfortunately in reality, this week I was going on a family camping trip...Read more
There are cars. And then there are CARS. The Toyota Kluger Grande is the latter kind. Big. Bolshy. Uncompromising. Clearly, I was judging the book by its cover here. And so it was with some trepidation that I approached it for this week’s family car review. Would it be too big? Too stiff? Too heavy...Read more
When you think ‘family car’, a hot red convertible is not the first thing that comes to mind. But when the Audi S5 popped into my driveway, I wasn’t about to complain. Especially over the holidays. What better car to cruise along the coast in over summer than a bright red convertible with the roof...Read more
Reasons I wanted to try out a Tesla: 1) It's an electric car with no engine. 2) It’s seriously fast (one of the fastest cars on the planet). 3) Elon Musk, natch. All good reasons, and then I found out they made an SUV version. Hold me back and tackle me down, I couldn’t WAIT to try it. I’d always...Read more
This week I drove the Toyota RAV4 GXL AWD 2.5L petrol SUV for my family car review, and there wasn’t a whole lot to complain about. But there wasn’t a lot to sing about, either. It’s one of those average cars which just… works, as it’s intended. This model is the middle of a range of three, and I...Read more
We moved into our new house two years ago now, and you know how you do a big wardrobe clean-out every time you move? Well, there have been seven garbage bags full of clothes, toys and books sitting in the garage since we moved in, waiting for me to do a market stall. My husband was stoked (not)...Read more
Everyone had something to say about this car. From the moment I picked it up, to the moment I dropped it off a week later, I got comments from just about everyone who saw it - family, friends, neighbours, my physio, even the garbage men who saw us shooting this video and just had to come over and...Read more
There comes a time, in every car reviewer’s life, where she gets to drive the brand new Range Rover. For a whole week. This was my first foray into Rangie territory, and I tested the new model, the Velar . It’s bigger than the Evoque , but smaller than the Sport , and I got the middle of the range...Read more
The thing about being a parent is that you have to sacrifice a lot. All your time, going out at night, maybe your work and definitely your sleep. Do you have to give up your funky car, too? I tried to hold onto my coolness long after I had one baby but then I got pregnant again and the penny...Read more
I’d heard so much about the revered Mazda CX-9 before I drove it that I had some seriously high expectations. You know when people talk up a movie they love and then you go and see it and it’s just never as good as the hype? That’s what I thought would happen here. I was spending my weekend...Read more
Stepping into a Ford is like stepping back in time for me. My family had a big Ford Falcon while I was growing up. We've all been in one! But Ford has come a long way since then. The Ford Escape is a five-seat, mid-sized SUV that much like all Fords , really does what it sets out to do: transport...Read more
I'll admit I was intrigued when I was booked in to review this car for families. I'd seen a few around and thought, 'that's an interesting choice of vehicle'. Because it is... interesting. It's something to look at. Coupled with the fact I've never driven a Citroen before and I couldn't wait to see...Read more

Some days you look into your car and, well, try and turn a blind eye....Read more

Things have been hectic to say the least. Between deciding what to cook for Christmas lunch, organising activities for the kids while we’re still at work and they’ve finished school, and trying to get everything done before the end of the year, it’s like juggling five differently weighted balls...Read more
You could have all the fancy toys in the shop when you’re two years old, but your favourite toy will always be the brown box the washing machine came in. That’s what the X-Trail is like - it has far more bells and whistles than your average cardboard box, but it’s not the swankiest thing on the...Read more

Looking for gifts for the family this Christmas? We’ve scouted high and...Read more