Road Tests

Ford's new slide ruler video

Meet Ford's new road rocket: the 257kW, AWD Focus RS.

There's a lot of attention of the Focus RS's Drift mode. But there's a lot more to the car than that.

Road test: Holden Spark LT video

New Spark is one of the smallest models in the segment, but cleverly adopts a big-car stance.

Holden's new city car aims to deliver budget motoring without skimping on technology. Does it succeed in being cheap and cool?

Testing Renault's EV trio

The Zoe hatchback (in white) is a small car. But small is relative when there's a Twizy around.

Renault's electric cars cover a lot of bases: van, hatchback, transportation-pod-thingy. We drive them all.

Road test: Porsche 718 Boxster S

Two flat-four Porsche roadsters, 60 years apart: 356 Speedster and new 718 Boxster S.

The new Boxster has lost two cylinders and gained a turbo. Does it still have that pure sporting spirit?

A window to the world of luxury

Okay, it's not pretty. But it does look like part of the larger Lexus family.

The Lexus ES sedan is for those who want a quiet life.

Alpha Audi is an unholy supercar

Previous R8 looks awkward from some angles. The new one's an instant design-classic.

Audi manages to combine a supercar's technical demands with a minimalist design strategy in the V10 R8.

Autonomous cars like a pregnancy? video

New E-class takes driver-assistance technology to the next level.

The E-class can do a lot of things by itself. But don't call it autonomous, explains Mercedes-Benz's active safety guru.

The 'A' is 4 aspirational

Front-drive A4 TFSI Design gets maximum benefit from Audi's weight-saving measures.

We try Audi's highly revamped comeback to a rival's success in NZ's luxury car market.

Black Edition adds colour to Commodore video

Never mind the red paintwork: this is the Black Edition, with dressed-up exterior and some useful technology.

Never mind the red paintwork, Holden has given its Aussie sedan a fillip with a limited-run Black Edition.

Veloster turbo brings double-take

More aggressive frontal styling for turbo version of Veloster. But all models wear the same 18-inch wheels/tyres.

A dual-clutch gearbox aims to give the strange Veloster a bit more sporting purpose.

Ford's not-so-little pony

It's taken 50 years to get here. The new Mustang is still very American, but has learned to love corners.

The Mustang never really went away – it's enjoyed 50 years of uninterrupted production in the US. Its return to NZ is cause for celebration.

BMW M2 tailor-made for bad behaviour video

BMW M2 in full flight. You be surprised how easy it is to do this.

Ordinary road cars don't feel very good on a racetrack. The BMW M2 is not an ordinary road car.

Sporty Pug 308s duke it out

Diesel GT is the sporty 308 of choice for NZ. It's auto-only, with a generous 400Nm of torque.

Common wisdom says manual gearboxes are irrelevant these days. The Peugeot 308 proves it's time to think again.

New Amarok V6 ute is grunty

The first truly 'premium' one-tonner? Amarok V6 Aventura rivals luxury SUVs for refinement.

The new Amarok Aventura takes the dual-cab ute even closer to luxury-SUV status.

Plug and play in BMW's new X5

X5 xDrive 40e (left) and 225xe (right) are BMW's new plug-in iPerformance wagons.

BMW's plug-in X5 and 2-series models are about to arrive in New Zealand. We unplug and play during a preview drive in Germany.

Smooth mover has power to burn

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Audi A4 3.0 TDI sedan.

One of the outstanding new arrivals of 2016 is the latest-generation Audi A4.

Bruce's dream and the McLaren 570S?

''Baby'' McLaren looks like a supercar, but the intention is to give the owner a sports-car handling experience.

Kiwi hero Bruce McLaren always wanted to build a super-fast, super-sports V8 coupe that you could drive every day.

A family hatch with attitude

Hyundai i30 got a new face last year. But what's under the bonnet of the CRDi is far more interesting.

Think of the Hyundai i30 as Korea's Toyota Corolla.

Holden SUV still has captive audience

Mouthy new grille makes it easy to identify the new Captiva. Same old engines behind it, though.

We should be getting a replacement for Captiva, but instead it's a minor facelift. Doesn't stop Holden's SUV clocking up sales, though.

Birth of a luxury car brand

Hyundai's new Genesis brand aims to compete with top-line Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz models.

The new Genesis G90 might be the best luxury car we'll never see here.

Ioniq aims to push Prius aside

Hyundai has gone a bit Buck Rodgers with Ioniq EV: a silver insert replaces the grille of the hybrid models.

Hyundai has been pretty creative with electricity in its trio of Ioniq eco-cars.

Vitara runs with Swift spirit

Unique grille, red headlight surrounds (if you look closely) and black 17-inch alloys for Vitara turbo.

Suzuki's baby SUV gets boost from new 1.4-litre turbo engine.

Old-school RAV4 still the most enjoyable

Diesel engine and automatic/AWD drivetrain bring character to the RAV4 driving experience.

Even in entry-level specification, the RAV4 diesel has all the right components.

Engine surprise in driving delight

It's been eight years since Ford owned Jaguar, but there's still a bit of Blue Oval under the bonnet of the XF 25t.

Petrol power for Jaguar's sporty sedan comes from an old friend.

I think I drove the new Ford Territory

Edge is 80mm shorter than the current Territory, but taller and wider.

Ford is still in neither-confirm-nor-deny mode, but trust us: the new Edge SUV will replace the Territory in NZ. We drive it.

More polished GT-R still a monster video

Nissan's 2017 GT-R.

Update brings refinement to Nissan's giant-killing supercar.

420i not as fast as it looks

New 420i Gran Coupe is $50k cheaper than 440i, looks almost as good.

If you don't mind giving up some go, the new 420i version of BMW's compact Gran Coupe still offers a whole lot of show.

Mirage still quite a character

Bigger grille, more chrome gives facelifted Mirage a more grown-up appearance.

The facelifted Mirage ticks the important boxes for worry-free urban transport. But there's more to it than that.

Macan is a whole new animal in GTS trim

Macan GTS has extra power, more aggressive suspension setup... and lots more black trim than S model.

The new GTS is not the fastest Macan, but it might just be the most entertaining and desirable.

Alfa is back to its best

Giulia QV is an old-school rear-drive sedan with lots of power. That's why it's so good at doing this.

The good news is that Alfa's Giulia QV is a fantastic super-sedan.The bad news is that it won't arrive in NZ until next year.

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