Road Tests

Our Car of the Year finalists

Skoda Fabia is a practical city car with truly accomplished performance and handling.

Our Car of the Year search is now down to a shortlist of six. We take a look at the contenders.

First drive: Mini Clubman

New Mini Clubman's door configuration not as quirky as previous model - but still pretty strange.

Is Mini's new Clubman a modern-day incarnation of the classic Traveller or a travesty?

New Mazda walking the torque video

The new second-generation Mazda CX-9, due for New Zealand release in the second half of next year.

Top-end performance isn't important: That's the mantra behind Mazda's latest SUV that we are one of the first to drive.

First drive: Toyota Hilux

Hilux is all-new. It needed to be, after a decade of the previous model. This is the flagship SR5 Limited.

The key to getting Hilux back on top is an expanded range of 2WD models.

Mondeo wagon is a safe bet

The Ford Mondeo Titanium wagon, shorter than the liftback but bigger inside.

If you want to identify something special about Ford's latest Mondeo, then look no further than the back seats.

Lexus IS charges ahead

Crisp new 200t engine makes entry-level IS the driver's choice in the range.

The entry-level Lexus IS has downsized its engine and upscaled the entertainment.

Last old-school Holden

Choose your Commodore shape, but the engine to have is the Redline's supercharged 6.2-litre V8.

A look at the 6.2-litre V8 of the VF II Commodore that will bring the curtain down on Australia's car manufacturing with a bang.

Road test: Suzuki Vitara

Top Vitara Limited gets chrome grille and alloys with glitzy finish.

Is a city car really worthy of the Vitara name?

Manfeild, Mini - and Me

The Mini John Cooper Works poses on the Manfeild track.

Things don't get much better than the opportunity punt a performance car around a racetrack. Alone.

First drive: Porsche 911

Revised 911 bumper has larger grilles and active flaps for better aerodynamics.

The new 911 Carrera has lost some engine capacity and gained two turbos.

More Merc AMG muscle for NZ

Mercedes-AMG ups the ante with its new C63 S Coupe.

High-performance coupe that takes the muscle car to new heights is due in NZ in mid-2016.

California dreamin'

Ferrari California T beautifully dressed in red for a test drive in Christchurch.

A two hour fling with a gorgeous curvy racy Italian was the perfect way to enjoy a sunny Canterbury afternoon.

Blue blazers: WRX and SS-V

Subaru WRX in strictly limited-edition Hyper Blue colour scheme.

Yesterday's heroes have been reinterpreted for the modern age by Subaru and Holden.

Meet Merc's all-rounder

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B 240 4Matic.

All good cricket teams need an all-rounder and so it seems does Mercedes-Benz.

BMW 3-series turns 40

The facelifted 3-series: BMW calls it a Life Cycle Impulse (LCI).

The weissbier isn’t exactly flowing for the 40th anniversary of the 3-series. But the drive is as delightful as ever.

Why you need a 12 pot Bentley

Upgraded Continental GT wears new front bumper and a more aggressive grille.

The Bentley Continental GT Speed does exactly what it says on the box.

Road test: Jaguar XE S

Flagship S-version of Jaguar XE identified by subtle badge in bottom corner of grille.

The flagship S-version of Jaguar's XE blends advanced alloy construction with an old-school supercharged engine.

The next best McLaren supercar gallery

The McLaren 675LT.

Our McLaren P1 was "Clarksonned" so we got behind the wheel of McLaren's next best supercar, the hard-core 675LT.

Mazda, Ford in ute fray

The facelifted Mazda BT-50 ute.

NZ's ute market is about to get a lot hotter with new releases from Ford and Mazda, soon to be followed by a new Hilux.

First drive: Mercedes GLE 450 AMG

The Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG coupe.

The 450 AMG isn't the fastest GLE coupe you can buy. But it might be the most special.

Citroen's quirky C4 Cactus

Citroen Cactus features distinctive plastic Airbumps on the doors.

The Citroen Cactus isn't quite as weird as it looks, but it's still not for everybody.

BMW goes to town on X1

New BMW X1 now looks more like larger X3 and X5 models.

The all-new X1 looks tough, but Mini underpinnings mean it's more of a city slicker.

Maserati powers down Quattroporte

Maserati has added an entry-level petrol model to its Quattroporte range, with a 243kW 3.0-litre V6 engine.

Maserati's flagship sedan is now available with a more efficient V6 petrol engine.

The last Aussie-built sedan

The Toyota Camry Atara S with its mesh grille and new-style headlights.

Toyota's Camry is a far more important Australian-built car than many might think.

A normal person drives the 'best car' ever made

Drew Harwell found driving the Model S felt like driving an iPhone.

The first thing I Googled from the driver's seat of this NZ$207,300 Tesla Model S P90D was a plea: "turn off tesla."

Road test: Volvo V60 Cross Country

Volvo has added extra ride height and some chunky styling detail to the V60 to create the Cross Country.

Sticking with an old-school five-cylinder engine is no bad thing for Volvo's latest Cross Country model.

It's what's inside that counts

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado VX Limited features crawl mode for off-road driving.

There's something really important about the new Prado. But you have to look deep to find it.

Honda CR-V as honest as they come

The Honda CR-V Sport, showing off its slightly revamped nose and nice new wheels.

It may not come with a picnic table, but there's a lot to like about the latest CR-V Sport.

This cat has claws

Jag’s new AWD Coupe sticks good, and goes like the clappers.

Does the addition of all-paw drive to Jag’s F-Type R Coupe dull the experience?

Porsche’s new mid-engined marvel

Cayman GT4 – the Cayman we've all been waiting for.

Is the new Cayman GT4 now Porsche’s best sportscar? We take to the track to find out.

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