Road Tests

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?

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.

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