Win 1 of 10 double passes to Cuban Fury


Beneath Bruce Garrett's shabby, overweight exterior, the passionate beating heart of a salsa king lays dormant. Only one woman can reignite his Latin fire. Spotlight hits, sweat drips, heels click - Nick Frost IS Cuban Fury.

1987: A 13-year-old natural born dancer with fire in his heels and snakes in his hips is working himself up to explode all over the UK Junior Salsa Championships. But then a freakish bullying incident on the mean streets of London robs him of his confidence, and our young hero finds his life diverted down a very different path.

So it is that 22 years later, an adult Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) finds himself out-of-shape and unloved - trapped in a downward spiral of self-pity, repression and Nando's takeouts. Only Julia (Rashida Jones), his smart, funny, gorgeous new American boss, gives him reason to live. But she's out of his league, so he imagines, with her perfect smile and perfect life. Unknown to Bruce however, Julia has issues all of her own. Luckily for him, she also has a secret passion...

Then there's Drew (Chris O'Dowd), his alpha male colleague and horny king-monkey of the office. With Drew making no secret of his desire to get physical with Julia, Bruce is forced into action. And thus, Bruce is once again brought face-to-face with the darkest and most powerful of his inner demons. Somehow, someway, and with a lot of handholding from loyal sister Sam (Olivia Colman) Bruce must learn how to unshackle his dancing beast, regain his long lost fury and claim the love of his life... and he's going to do it all On The Dance Floor.

Hits cinemas 20 March. Rated: M. Watch the trailer.

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If you’re going to invest in a people mover, the seven-seat Honda Odyssey VTi-L is a winner in anyone’s book. It’s long, wide, and fuel efficient. It’s comfortable and practical. 

Style & Drive

With two small kids, we’re in the market for a family car. Though we’re not quite ready for a people mover ourselves, we can definitely see the appeal of the Honda Odyssey for families of three or more kids. The Odyssey is available as an eight-seat VTi or a seven-seat VTi-L. We climbed aboard the VTi-L and felt like we were boarding an airplane. There was so much space!

The seven-seater VTi-L is cavernous. The roof is high and the floor is low for optimal space and head room. The one-touch power sliding doors on both sides can be operated via the dashboard and key fob. The 2:2:3 design of the VTI-L seats is great, though the kids will be fighting for the luxurious two. Captain’s Chairs in the middle row. A practical highlight is the fact that the middle row rolls back and forth even with car seats installed, as the seatbelts are attached to the seats and not the walls, and both seats are independent so you can have one seat back and one seat forward if you wish.

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2014 Kia Rio SLS

Nimble and nifty, the three-door Kia Rio SLS is a perfect city runabout car.

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The three-door, five-seat Kia Rio SLS was stretched to the limit when we piled in two adults and two small children during our week of test driving. We’re pleased to report that with a rear-facing car capsule and a forward-facing car seat in the back, we all did fit (like sardines) and had a great time zooming around the city in our little dynamo. The Rio turns on a dime, feels solid and safe, and is overall just a really fun car to drive.

The Rio’s interior is well finished and functional. Standard features on the SLS include smart key with push button start, key-free entry, leather-trim seats, and a six-way adjustable driver’s seat. The SLS has a four-speaker stereo system with MP3/AUX/ iPod compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, and SDVC (Speed Dependent Volume Control.) It also has dusk-sensing headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels with a full-size spare wheel, cruise control and climate control air-conditioning.

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The MINI Cooper Paceman
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2014 MINI Cooper Paceman

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As opposed to the low-slung Cooper hatch seat, the Paceman driver’s seat is set high, and the front windscreen is large and wide, so you really do feel like you’re piloting a plane. The hand brake looks like an airplane throttle which only adds to the effect. The handling is excellent and the four-cylinder in-line petrol engine has a lot of power. The sports bucket seats in the front are snug and form-fitting.

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2014 BMW 116i

The 116i is the entry-level model of BMW’s 1 Series. Though it may be the baby of the family it’s still a force to be reckoned with.

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The five-seat eight-speed automatic 116i hatch is powered by a TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder in-line petrol engine with a TwinScroll turbocharger, high precision injection, valvetronic variable valve control and double- VANOS variable camshaft control. Sounds impressive huh? Basically all that tech talk translates to a powerful engine that makes the hatch a pleasure to drive. The start-stop engine takes a while to get used to, but once you’re accustomed to it you can appreciate its excellent fuel-efficiency. The 116i has ECO PRO, Comfort and Sport settings to play with. If you’re after fuel efficiency, ECO PRO is for you. If you’re after some fun, switch to Sport and keep it there.

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Mitsubishi ASX 2.0L Petrol 2WD


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Mitsubishi has blended the best of both worlds with their city-sized 5-seater SVU, the ASX (Active Smart Crossover). The car is small enough to negotiate a crowded Westfield car park without endangering any lives, and you can comfortably take it out of the city without worrying about whether you’re going to make it if you decide to take that bumpy, scenic route to your destination.

I test drove the Mitsubishi ASX 2.0L Petrol 2WD CVT automatic ($28,490) with Luxury Package (+$3,700), and discovered that bigger is not always necessarily better when it comes to an SUV.

Style & Drive
At first glance the ASX looks sleek, smart, and promising… and the drive does not disappoint. It handles well in the city as well as on the highway where you get a smooth ride. In the auto version I test drove, the car slid through the gear changes with relative ease and power while negotiating hills, heavy traffic and highways. The ASX is nimble while attempting to negotiate a tight parking spot (especially with the assistance of the reverse parking camera), and rear vision is good.

The interior is attractive, with a user-friendly dash, plenty of leg room, and comfy seats. The ASX 2WD comes standard with a 110kW/197Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine, cruise control, climate control air-conditioning, and a 4-speaker CD/MP3 player with USB and iPod connectivity. To sweeten the deal, the Luxury pack (for an extra $3,700) includes Bluetooth, steering wheel mounted audio controls, reverse parking sensors, 17” alloy wheels, leather seat trim with heated front seats, power driver seat, an electro chromatic mirror with reversing camera, front fog lamps, and a chrome exterior package (fog lamp bezel, radiator grille surround, belt line moulding). The only thing that seemed cheap was the indicators which required a heavy touch to use, and made a loud clunk while changing gears or operating the windscreen wipers.

The ASX scored a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, and comes with seven airbags, including front, front side, full-length curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. The ASX also boasts Hill Start Control (HSC), Active Stability Control (ASC), Active Traction Control (ATC), an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).

Mitsubishi provides its industry leading warranty on all ASX vehicles, including a comprehensive five year/130,000 km whole vehicle warranty, backed up by its 10 year/160,000 km powertrain warranty and a five year/130,000 kilometre roadside assistance package.

Fuel consumption: 7.7L/100km manual, 7.9L/100km auto.
CO2 emission: 181g/km manual, 185g/km auto.

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Attractive, versatile, nifty.

What are the best things about this car?
It’s an SUV that doesn’t make you feel like you’re plowing a giant tank through the crowded city streets.

What are the downsides of this car?
For an SUV the boot really isn’t all that huge.

What kind of petrol does it use?
Unleaded petrol.

Liked it?
Yes! For an urban soul who occasionally likes to escape for a weekend away it’s a great car that works perfectly for all occasions… Just be careful how much you pack!!


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