Road Tests

Outback is up front

2015 Subaru Outback

Stacked with technology, the latest Subaru Outback is the first to be created from the ground up, rather than as a spin-off from the Legacy.

Glorious grunt farewelled

The Holden Commodore SS-V Redline – a standard V8 Commie but with a wealth of sport and luxury appointments.

At a time when the world's motor industry is undergoing fundamental change here comes a V8 Holden Commodore.

What lies beneath gallery

Peugeot's new 308 station wagon offers fairly conservative body styling, but it is still a fascinating car.

From the outside Peugeot's new 308 station wagon looks conservative - but underneath its skin there's a vehicle that is impressively interesting.

A best behaviour drive

Dark knight: You wouldn't call it pretty, but it grabs attention and turns heads wherever it goes.

When you drive a car as noticeable and muscular as the Bentley Continental GT V8 S you start to realise you have certain responsibilities.

A mellow, yellow Yaris

Toyota Yaris ZR.

New ZR version of Toyota's facelifted Yaris range can be purchased in a bright colour that doesn't quite match its performance potential.

Small but perfectly formed gallery

Audi S1 hatch.

One of the outstanding new vehicles of the year is also one of the smallest - the stroppy little Audi S1 hatch.

Best of both worlds gallery

Head-turner: Our BMW i8 literally stopped traffic when it slowed down or was parked, even in seen-it-all Auckland.

BMW's i8 is a supercar, but not as we'd usually know it, using a hybrid powertrain so that it's both blisteringly fast and ridiculously frugal.

Mini hatches a five-door

Mini hatches a five-door

It took 55 years, but the first proper five-door, family-friendly Mini has finally arrived.

BMW i8 - is it a super hybrid?


BMW says its new petrol-electric i8 coupe has superpowers that other sports cars don't yet possess.

Striking NX close to target


Lexus' new compact luxury SUV fulfills its brief almost perfectly.

A true value package


Modest in performance, but big in delivery - that's the entry S model in the latest Honda Jazz lineup.

Golf is in range


You can tell exactly what car Peugeot's new C-segment range is aimed at.

VW's big small car


It has the looks of a little SUV but there's no way anyone with any brains would go cross country driving in this VW.

A day in the very fast lane


Wellington journo Tom Hunt jumps at the chance to test-drive a Lamborghini. And lives to tell the tale.

Skoda at its best


Skoda's Corolla-sized Spaceback embodies all that has made the company an industry leader, when just a few years ago it was a laughing stock.

Mustang sallies forth


Our own Dave Moore has been in LA testing what he believes is the least American Mustang ever made and finds it is better than expected.

Frugal diesel is quick


Mazda3's sporting SP22 diesel is hot-hatch grunt combined with city car consumption and high comfort levels.