Road Tests

Drool Britannia

On the open road is where the new 'baby Jag' with oodles of balance, poise and grip.

Jaguar introduces the car it has promised and we've lusted after since the famous Mk II sedan was discontinued in the late 60s.

Polish Holdens impress

This VXR may be at the top of Holden's new Astra line-up, but there's also a less-powerful, smaller-engined GTC model if the hot-hatch is too hot for you.

European-sourced Astra VXR and GTC sports-hatches are useful additions to Holden's New Zealand lineup.

Crisply-styled Korean

Crisp, original styling is engaging and easy on the eye. A two-tone colour option is available.

Cute as a button crossover charms on price and could shake up the market as a result.

Little hatch rides on rails

The rear of the Giulietta is clean in its design.

The romantic-sounding Alfa Romeo Giulietta is getting a little long in the tooth now, but it's still a lovely drive.

You haven't changed a bit

Twenty-five years apart, and they're both so much fun to drive.

Congratulations Mazda, and thank you for resisting the temptation to gild this perfect lily of a car, as it moves into its fourth generation.

Steering boosts sporty Lexus

The Lexus RC 350 F Sport, more of a performance wolf under that luxurious clothing.

A special steering package helps make this car the performance version of a pair of Lexus RC 350 coupes available in NZ.

Two views on one nice Merc

The new Mercedes-Benz C200, the entry version of a model range named World Car of the Year.

Two of our motoring writers offer their road test views on the World Car of the Year.

C63 shines at Bathurst fest

Across the top of Bathurst's famous mountain the C63 is very much in charge - for a while.

Recent Mercedes-AMG fest at Mount Panorama showed that one car stood head and shoulders above the rest.

Is the A3 E-tron the future?

It looks like any other A3, but we'd prefer less sporting wheels, truth be known.

Audi blends a conventional but by no means common hatchback with top technology and proves that it can be both easy being green and enormous fun.

Grunty Toyota's last hurrah

The Toyota Aurion, an Australian-built V6 sedan that has just received a final facelift.

Toyota's six-cylinder sedan representative on the NZ new car market has been revamped for a last hurrah before disappearing for good.

World’s fastest go-kart

The extra scoops help give the game away that this is the John Cooper Works Mini.

The new Mini John Cooper Works ushers in a new level of performance for the British BMW subsidiary.

Rolling in luxury

Elegance personified, the Ghost II can be personalised so that it is yours and yours alone.

Dave Moore spent his 65th birthday in the company of what's often known as the world's finest car.

Merc-AMG GT thunders in

Mercedes-AMG GT S, the stuff of nightmares for the 911

We sample the new Mercedes-AMG GT S on road and track, and find it a more muscular alternative to a 911.

Revitalised Volvo worth a look

Ride height is increased by 40mm over the standard V40.

When you consider buying a premium compact you generally think Audi, BMW or Mercedes, but you should include Volvo's V40.

Good oil on the little Mazda

The little Mazda CX-3 Limited parked in front of little RNP-4, New Zealand's oldest producing oil well.

This vehicle may just be the most appealing in Mazda's six-vehicle CX-3 range.

Benz's coupe de grace

The coupe version of the S-class is more than a mere two-door sedan.

Driving Mercedes-Benz's volcanic S 63 AMG coupe is one of those bucketlist automotive experiences well worth waiting for, but watch your dress code.

Passat more than a 'people's car'

There has never been a bad-looking Passat through seven generations of the model.

VW's Passat nameplate has lasted seven ground-up rebuilds and generated 22 million sales and a new eighth-generation version also seems bound for success.

Last of the rear-drive Ones?

The next all-new 1-series will feature a transversely-mounted engine driving the front wheels, so let's enjoy this one while we can.

BMW's recently-upgraded 1 series predicted to join the same front-drive club as the 2 Series Active Tourer.

MX-5 stays in front

It couldn't be anything but an MX-5 and yet not a panel is shared with the previous models.

There are more choices and accoutrements than every before, but the new Mazda MX-5 remains the beguiling two-seat funster it has always been.

Disco Sport starts new era

The Discovery Sport is a clever blend of traditional Land Rover and Range Rover design values with a crisp modern profile.

Land Rover's new Discovery Sport is set to fill the gap between the Japanese and German SUVs perfectly.

A practical pair go head-to-head gallery

Peas in a pod - The styling and packaging of BMW's new Active Tourer clearly apes that of Mercedes' popular B Class.

Here are two Euro-centric offerings for those looking for something practical but not too big, with premium cachet attached.

Car of the Years battle

Similar size and shape for this pair. Imitation helps when trying to upstage the champ.

A pair of former Car of the Year winners, passed through our hands recently. Is there a standout?

Easy Access to Peugeot basics

Peugeot 308 delivers a comfy ride and resolved dynamics.

This Peugeot 308 may lack the nicer things it is not that bad, especially at the price.

Merc's new son of a gun

Designer Mark Fetherston used his love of Spitfire wings to help create the elliptical crease-lines along the CLA Shooting Brake's flanks.

A more compact new CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake is a bit of a chip chopped from entertaining block that is the CLS 500.

Suzuki puts fun in a box

Suzuki's new pint-size high-rise is surprising with its breadth of talent and useful packaging

Suzuki's strangely-named Celerio packs a lot into its square-set dimensions.

Little Mazda SUV an appealing drive

Mazda's little CX-3, a new entrant in the burgeoning compact SUV segment of New Zealand's new vehicle market.

Mazda's new CX-3 is an impressive little car quite capable of being a dominant player in the compact SUV segment.

Maseratis tracking well

Maserati's Gran Turismo Sportline is a classic luxury GT with lots of soul and a sound track that's worth the ticket of entry on its own.

Maserati recently extended its customer track experience schedule to include Hampton Downs and a few fortunate journalists.

Base NX is best of bunch

The NX's folds and shapes can be an acquired taste, but they do grow on you.

It may have polarising styling, but in terms of choice, Lexus' new NX model covers so many market bases.

Drive-E boosts Volvo XC60 appeal

The Volvo SC60 D5 Luxury, a re-engined and very economical SUV.

If this is what Chinese investment in Volvo can achieve, then the future looks very bright for the Swedish brand.

Lotus position worth the effort

The basic design of the Exige has been around since 1996, the year the original Lotus Elise was launched.

Drivers have to fold themselves like human origami merely to get behind the wheel of the latest Lotus Exige S.

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