Road Tests

Audi A3 loses some backbone

Audi's 1.4-litre A3 range has been consolidated into a single sub-$50k model.

Audi NZ has trimmed its second-best-selling model range down in size. There's a good (and interesting) reason for that.

Abarth Spider has X-factor

Abarth looks like great value at $6000 more than Mazda's flagship MX-5.

Abarth's new roadster succeeds in offering a very different driving experience to the Mazda MX-5 on which it's based.

Chevy Tahoe deserves a NZ shot

Hunky-looking Tahoe body is basically a short-wheelbase Suburban. But still 5.1 metres long.

It's a shame that none of Holden new SUV models being sourced from all over the globe will be based on the Chevrolet Tahoe.

Civic RS Turbo a tasty treat

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It seems such a shame that the new Honda Civic is a sedan.

Four doors make coupe desirable

Up front look is pretty much identical to the rest of the 3-Series and 4-Series fleet.

This BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe may not be the most powerful Beemer around - but its one of the prettiest.

Spark lights up NZ's micro-car scene

The new Holden Spark, which is sparking a rise in micro-sized cars in New Zealand.

Holden's new Spark deserves it place as the first-ever micro car to be considered for NZ Car of the Year honours.

Baby supercar still scares you silly video

Entry-level 540C has cleaner look than 570S, with smaller spoilers and side sills.

British brand's new entry-level model still boasts extreme performance.

Back-seat driver is all about safety

Facelift has given the Mazda3 a new grille featuiring a lower positioned brand symbol and bolder wings. All this is ...

Mazda's newly facelifted Mazda3 has a great story to tell - and it speaks out while on the road.

Testing the supersized Superb video

Yes, the wheelbase really is that long. Good thing there's 206kW and 4WD to hustle it along.

The Skoda Superb is very traditional but hugely appealing, writes David Linklater.

Hyundai's Russian doll Tucson

Tucson or Santa Fe? It's not easy to tell.

It's not easy to tell different Hyundai SUVs apart, but that's all part of the plan.

Save $100K - buy a Merc video

C 63 S coupe is the latest Mercedes-AMG model to use the company's new 4.0-litre biturbo V8 engine.

The Mercedes-AMG C 63 S coupe's engine gets you into the GT S club for $100K less.

The attraction of Vitara traction

Plenty to identify the turbo model - special grille, black wheels - but nothing to say this is the 4WD version.

The Vitara isn't really an off-road vehicle. But get the 4WD model anyway, David Linklater says.

A supercar, a journo and a bee video

Honda's first production model of its new NSX supercar goes under the hammer at auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the US.

First production model of $240,000 Honda supercar reportedly crashed by bee-stung journalist.

The ludicrous SUV convertible video

Land Rover claims this is the world's first "premium" SUV convertible. If you say so, chaps.

The idea's just weird but the execution's impressive with Range Rover's Evoque convertible.

Little bro steals Sorento's thunder

Kia's Sorento seven-seater remains the quiet achiever in the large-SUV segment - in quality, if not in sales.

Kia's large SUV isn't exactly a big deal in New Zealand. We reckon people are missing out.

Baleno spacious, not swift video

Advanced construction means Baleno weighs as little as cars two sizes smaller.

Kiwis shortchanged by new Suzuki Baleno which has potential but isn't the safest.

Renault Trafic III: 2min test video

Just because you're having a van, that's no reason to miss out on high style. And driving enjoyment.

The appeal of Renault's third-generation Trafic van stretches far beyond its ability to carry stuff.

Impressive debut for Mirai video

The Toyota Mirai, an hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, is displayed on media day at the Paris auto show, in Paris, France, ...

The world's car companies are all reaching for the same holy grail in cars. Has Toyota done it?

More freedom to test self-driving cars

Nissan Motor Co. General Manager Tetsuya Iijima gets his hands off of the steering wheel of a self-driving prototype ...

A US state proposes more freedom in testing self-driving cars on public roads.

Ferrari 488: Thunder in blue sky

Roof-up, Spider still looks sensational. But you can't look at the engine like you can with the GTB coupe.

Some blue-sky thinking has resulted in another magic mid-engined Ferrari.

F-Pace is in your face

It could all have gone so wrong, but Jaguar's sleek styling cues really work on the tall F-Pace SUV.

Jaguar could have blown it with the F-Pace SUV. It has in the 35t model, but only in a good (supercharged) way.

Is this Holden's new hero?

Latest Camaro SS is essentially an HSV convertible.

Ford's Mustang's huge success in NZ helped by the absence of its usual foe – the Chevrolet Camaro. What would happen if we had both here?

A French, Japanese, Korean SUV

Renault Koleos is a medium-SUV that owes a lot to the Nissan X-Trail.

Don't worry about where the Koleos comes from - just enjoy the ride.

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.

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