Road Tests

Another Audi SUV, as is the fashion

Audi calls Q2 an urban SUV. So yes, it's front-drive. But quattro is coming.

Think Audi SUVs are a bit staid? Maybe you'll like the fashion-forward Q2.

Corolla hybrid a struggle

Mild-mannered Corolla on the outside, mild-mannered petrol-electric hybrid on the inside.

You can have Prius power in your Corolla for an extra $3000. But the break-even point is a long way away.

New Barina, but no RS?

Do not attempt this at home with showroom-specification Barina LT. At least that's what they told us.

The Barina has taken many forms, but it matured into a decent car in 2011. Does the 2017 upgrade go far enough?

Flagship Mitsi ute a wannabe SUV

Top Triton picks up luxury equipment and the VRX badge. Does that make it an SUV?

Mitsubishi's top Triton ute picks up luxury equipment and the VRX badge. So who needs an SUV?

Does Optima GT have enough sting? video

Optima GT represents a step towards a serious sporting sedan from Kia. Indent order-only for Kiwi market.

The GT is Kia's first try at a sports sedan with substance.

Luxury SUV almost nails sporty video

Undeniably impressive around corners, but will the Levante's ride be too firm for some luxury-SUV buyers?

Maserati's first SUV has enough sportiness to be convincing. But it's a tricky balance.

Electric car test run frayed nerves video

The new Hyundai Ioniq - by far the least expensive fully electric new vehicle in New Zealand.

The car panicked and we panicked as "range anxiety" hit on 170km test drive of Hyundai's new Ioniq electric car near Queenstown.

Countryman's a big deal

Refined on the road when you want it to be, but that Mini-ride is firm by most family-SUV standards.

The new Mini Countryman has given up any pretense of being small. It's just a fun family SUV now.

Cer8to, Cerato still scores

You get all the fruit with the Kia Cerato (well, except Apple CarPlay).

What's the best car you can buy for less than $40k? Kia may have the answer.

Peugeot 2008 aims high video

Ride height of 2008 wagon - sorry, SUV - has been raised 165mm compared with the closely related 208 hatchback.

French maker hopes you will look up to its tiny wagon as an apres-off-roader.

Lexus IS keeps boxing on

Bit fussy, perhaps? Intricate new front bumper marks the facelift Lexus IS sedan.

Even as buyers move to SUVs, Lexus hopes there's potential for the IS to grow again.

Price is right for Impreza

Recognisably an Impreza, but all-new model is longer, lower and sharper-looking than previous generation.

The price for the latest Impreza is as sharp as the car, reports David Linklater.

Mazda puts a lid on MX-5

Roof adds just 47kg to overall weight of MX-5. Chassis has been tweaked to compensate.

Mazda makes its own rules. It certainly has in creating a hard-top version of the MX-5.

1000kms in a hot Mercedes

The C 63 S looks understated, but the coupe version isn't nearly as shy about its performance potential.

The C 63 S coupe makes a welcome return to our showrooms, and is more stunning than ever.

Kia's hybrid-SUV tonic video

Niro hybrid is based on an all-new eco-car platform, designed from the ground up to carry batteries.

New crossover from Korea aims to be small-SUV first, hybrid second. If you want one, tell Kia NZ now.

Saucy Alfa is undercooked

Smooth roads like these are the 4C's friend. There are not many roads like these in NZ.

The Alfa Romeo 4C is the most exciting car from the serpent-brand for yonks. But it would be better if it was finished.

Cruising in an Astra sedan

Holden's new 'Astra sedan' is really a new-generation Cruze. You can tell, although it still looks sharp.

New four-door is a global model, but Holden is thinking local when it comes to the name. We drive it.

A diesel Bentley you say? video

The Bentley Bentayga, now available with diesel power.

Once, even the idea of a diesel Bentley would have been greeted with angry harrumphs.

Volcanic 4WD adventure

The Ranger has received a number of improvements including upgrades to its powertrain.

We take a Ford Ranger into countryside with a violent volcanic past.

Renault's Koleos deserves better

The Renault Koleos, showing off its distinctive frontal styling.

This Renault stands in the shadow of its better-known Nissan cousin.

Big cat takes on Corvette video

Head-to-head: The Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport v Jaguar's F-Type SVR.

Which of these sports cars is worth your money?

Nurburgring: The ultimate test drive video

RSR Nurburg offers enthusiasts a chance to drive performance cars on the Nurburgring.

Renting the world's top performance cars to drive the mighty Nurburgring.

More character for Cayman video

Compact size, mid-mounted turbo-four engine and lots of 911 bits to make it go faster: meet the 718 Cayman S.

The new 718-series puts more distance between Cayman and 911. That makes the smaller car even more desirable.

The leading F1 car gallery

Mercedes-AMG GT S doing its day job: lively and in livery.

Damien O'Carroll finds his inner bogan in a Mercedes-Benz that has made a success of the F1 safety car concept.

Mini more summery, less sporty video

The Mini Cooper S convertible is still quite small, whereas the boats are far away. Okay?

Ain't she cute? The drop-top Mini is having its moment in the sun, but there's a price to pay.

Bentley on road less travelled video

Bentayga is Bentley's first-ever SUV and first-ever diesel. Tradition be damned.

Luxury marque Bentley is breaking with tradition all over the the place with its new diesel-SUV.

Mazda3 full of tricks

Top-specification Mazda3 Limited is nudging $50,000. But we reckon the price is justified.

Left-foot-braking had its origins in NASCAR and other motorsport. The Mazda3 now does this for you.

BMW divides Seven into Five video

New 5-series might share much with flagship 7-series - but it's still a sporting sedan at heart.

The new Five owes plenty to BMW's flagship limousine. Does it still have its own character?

DB11's aero and graces video

Never mind the grille, the DB11 is the first in a whole new generation of Aston Martins.

How to enjoy a $390,000 Aston Martin? Just go with the airflow.

Slip-sliding in new Toyota 86 video

A freshly facelifted Toyota GT86 in action on the Taupo motorsport track.

Toyota's enthusiastic little 86 sports coupe has had its first facelift, and all the revisions subtly change things for the better.

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