Road Tests

A car out of time

Cascada is simply a drop-top version of the Astra. Looks punch above its humble status, though.

The Cascada still looks the part, but convertibles are falling out of fashion.

Large and still in charge

New GLS more like a GL-facelift, but there are big tech advancements including a nine-speed transmission.

The GLS seven-seat SUV isn't as new as Mercedes would like you to think. But there's no denying the quality.

More than a mere facelift

New Colorado in Lees Valley: still high and mighty, but aspiring to be trendy too.

Holden's revised Colorado is still tough, but now comes with a hint of sex appeal.

Merc hits back with hot A 45

Minor upgrades bring a big change in character for the Mercedes-AMG A 45.

Meet Mercedes-AMG's reply to the Audi RS as the two carmakers continue their high-performance five-door battle.

Bolt takes aim at Tesla

The Chevy Bolt breaks with 104 years of motoring tradition.

Affordable Chevy Bolt glides through rush hour traffic with just one pedal.

Same heart, different beat video

Front and centre: Alfa's Giulietta QV and 4C have the same ''1750'' engine, but in very different configurations.

The same 1750 powerplant propels the mid-engined 4C and the QV hot-hatch. David Linklater drives them both.

Who's driving the E 350d again? video

Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Incredible automated technology doesn't stop the flagship E-class being a great drive.

BMW's hybrid charge starts here video

BMW 225xe is part of a new 'iPerformance' range of plug-in models.

BMW has a new entry point for its plug-in models. The 225xe still isn't cheap, but it's pretty clever.

The SUV that incites the C-word

Haval H6 is already the fifth-best-selling SUV in the world, thanks solely to the size of the Chinese market.

First China, then the world: Haval wants to become an international brand and it's NZ-bound in 2017.

BMW coupe for Clayton's drinkers

More practical 4-series or sportier 3-series? We'd say Gran Coupe is the latter.

Mercedes-Benz kicked off the let's give a family car a swoopier coupe-like roofline thing. Here's BMW's more compact comeback.

Skoda Octavia RS 230: 2min test

Octavia RS 230 has same engine as the Golf GTI Performance Pack: lock and load.

Octavia wagon practicality meets Golf GTI Performance Pack grunt in the new RS 230.

Taming the Godzilla video

The new Nissan GT-R Track Edition, fettled by performance division Nismo so it is the hard-out model - at this stage.

Woo-hoo! We drive the Japanese supercar dubbed Godzilla.

Finally, CX-9 is the real thing

New CX-9 has the SkyActiv look. But now it has the technology to go with it.

The CX-9 used to lag behind on Mazda's technology. Now it leads.

Goodbye GT4. We'll see you soon

This is the Cayman we always wanted: the GT4.

It's farewell to the best Cayman ever made. But there's another one on the way.

Why sedan still beats SUV

Hyundai's small sedan has gained an 'E' since the original Lantra of two decades ago. And a whole lot more.

There are two decades of evolution in Hyundai's new Elantra. So why buy a Tucson SUV?

Prius plug-in better late then never video

One careful refurbishment: Toyota offering plug-in Prius through its Signature Class used-car programme.

The most hi-tech Toyota Prius now available in NZ is actually a used car.

Ram meets Fiat 500 video

Family album: baby Fiat 500 and brutish Ram are made by the same company.

What happens when Fiat Chrysler's largest model meets its smallest?

This estate well suited to visit a stately home

The Alltrack is a jacked-up and more robust version of the VW Passat wagon.

We head off the beaten track in a car called Alltrack.

Levorg the love-child

Your new Subaru Legacy GT wagon is ready. But it's called a Levorg.

The phrase ''parts-bin special'' is often uttered in derogatory tones, but it's just resulted in the fine-driving Levorg wagon from Subaru.

Corolla hybrid a model of consistency video

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

The new petrol-electric Corolla is thrifty for sure. But it's also a quiet achiever in other ways.

Jaguar pumps up the volume video

Jaguar XE S looks low-key, although optional Black Pack and Venom alloys add a sense of menace.

Jaguar's supercharged XE gets better with every interaction. Sounds better too, reports David Linklater.

Jeep Cherokees celebrate 75 years video

New 75th Anniversary lineup includes Grand Cherokee (left) and Cherokee models.

More style than substance as iconic American brand marks 75 years with a bit of bronze and orange.

The world's coolest campervan video

The most awesome awning attachment you can buy: VW's T6 van-based California, in top Ocean specification.

Incredible design and packaging is only the start of the California's appeal.

Little Holden better than a Swift? video

This one is missing the optional Terminator red headlights, but Barina RS still looks the part.

There's one thing that really sets the Barina RS apart from its Swift Sport rival. Actually, six of them, reports David Linklater.

Rolls-Royce chases younger market

A Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge at the start of the run at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

‘'Disruptive’' Rolls-Royce breaks the rules.

Subaru Forester mixes things up

Tall Forester looks pretty conventional against Subaru's other genre-bending models.

Subaru Forester presents a strong case for choosing less for the same money as an Outback.

Golf gets a little naughty at 40 video

Another 33kW under the bonnet of the Edition 40, although you only gain 0.3sec in the sprint to 100kmh.

It's the Volkswagen Golf GTI's 40th birthday. Everybody shout ''overboost!''

The little wagon that can

Lovely little load carrier: Fabia wagon is a practically perfect execution of a shrinking genre.

Kiwis no longer buy little station wagons. The new Skoda Fabia provides a great reminder of the values we're now missing out on.

Ford in a fight over new 'drift' mode 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?

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