Road Tests

Mercedes-Benz E 200: 2min test video

The E 200 is the least expensive E-class on the market. But it still looks the part.

The E 200 dips under $100,000 but doesn't skimp on the future-tech.

E 43 refines AMG theme

It's undeniably fast, but doesn't always feel it. Exhaust has an interesting (but restrained) gurgle.

The performance flagship of the E-class range (for now) impresses as much for its comfort as its speed.

New i20 Cross has highs and lows

Looks the part, but i20 Cross won't be going off-road. Or anywhere fast, really.

Has Hyundai focused too much on low-tech rivals with the new i20?

New lessons for old-school supercar video

Aventador S is the new flagship Lamborghini: more power, more sophisticated steering and chassis. Still scary.

There's no way Lamborghini is giving up tradition with its flagship model. But it has added some intriguing new technology.

Traffic-jam dream cars

It's what's inside the Tesla Model S that counts: massive screen, internet, free data.

Here are the cars we reckon are the best in the world... for being in while stuck in traffic jams.

Highlander gets a taste of Lexus

The "nose ring" grille has gone. But the big change for Highlander is under the bonnet. This is the entry GX model.

Smooth new engine and transmission will make for sweet ride to the ski field.

For a better Korean small car, you might go to Rio

New Kia Rio shares platform and powertrain with Hyundai i20. But it's also very different.

Kia is the junior sibling of Hyundai in a global sense, but it's outdone big brother when it comes to superminis. By Damien O'Carroll.

Four unlucky number for i20 Cross

Cross version of i20 rides 20mm higher and wears chunky body bits. Same underneath, though.

Hyundai's new baby-SUV is an appealing car that desperately needs another gear and another Ancap star.

Audi aims to amp up sales

New Q2 is simply an A3 served up in a different way. Anything wrong with that?

A compact crossover and a revised performance car should expand Audi sales at both ends of the luxury car market.

Aussies make a better Ram video

Ram is actually twice-made for NZ: one in Mexico, again for RHD in Melbourne.

For the few who must have an American-sized pickup, the Ram 2500 is here.

SUV is perfect for attention seekers

Hello high style, goodbye rear headroom, bootspace... and another $9k. But buyers love Merc's SUV-coupes.

Women obviously see both something-sexy and something-safe when they view machines like the GLC 250 coupe.

Jeep Grand Cherokee added to Trail mix

Air suspension is standard on Trailhawk; gives up to 275mm of ground clearance.

The hero model of the 2017 Grand Cherokee range is the rugged Trailhawk. Jeep wants you to get it dirty. No, really.

Holden's Trax gets a makeover

Pert styling was always a feature of Trax. With turbo engine now standard, you get pert performance as well.

Small SUVs are the hottest thing since Viagra. Enter the new turbo-petrol Trax.

Testing Holden's Korean Astra

Astra hatch (right) came straight here from Europe. Korean-sourced sedan has had more time at Holden prep school.

Can Holden's Korean Astra sedan really cut it next to the European Astra hatch?

A Hilux for townies video

Blacked-out grille and nudge bar look the part - and they do counter the Hilux's unfortunate boat-shaped nose.

Safe to say this isn't going off-road: meet Toyota's dressed-up Hilux, the TRD.

Muddy thinking around S-Cross

More upright front section adds visual height to S-Cross, although it's actually no taller. Unless you lie down.

It's not easy living in the shadow of a glamorous sibling. Just ask the Suzuki S-Cross.

Up and down for Porsche SUV

New bookends for Macan range: $110k four-cylinder (left) and the $180k Turbo Performance Package (right).

Porsche has made its Macan both much more accessible and a tiny bit bonkers. But not in the same package.

Flawed Maserati still bella, bella

Is Levante the only ''proper'' Italian SUV you can buy in NZ at the moment? We think so. But more are coming.

Maserati's luxury SUV will sell well despite a few flaws.

Discovery no longer Marmite car video

Let it hang here and you can still open/close doors and operate the tailgate. Yes, we tried it.

UPDATED: The new Discovery has taken a big step up in sophistication, but the price has gone with it.

Audi's swiftly smooth S4

S4 Avant: Audi people do love their high-performance wagons.

Want a new-generation RS4? Sorry, you'll have to wait another two years. Until then, the new S4 is the fastest of the range.

Great car, shame about the diesel

Mazda6 is a class act on the road. But like so many diesel cars in NZ, it's not as clean as the same model in Europe.

Will emissions concerns prevent us buying cars as good as this Mazda6 Limited diesel?

Another Audi SUV, as is the fashion

Audi calls Q2 an urban SUV. So yes, it's front-drive. But quattro is coming.

Think Audi SUVs are a bit staid? Maybe you'll like the fashion-forward Q2.

Corolla hybrid a struggle

Mild-mannered Corolla on the outside, mild-mannered petrol-electric hybrid on the inside.

You can have Prius power in your Corolla for an extra $3000. But the break-even point is a long way away.

New Barina, but no RS?

Do not attempt this at home with showroom-specification Barina LT. At least that's what they told us.

The Barina has taken many forms, but it matured into a decent car in 2011. Does the 2017 upgrade go far enough?

Flagship Mitsi ute a wannabe SUV

Top Triton picks up luxury equipment and the VRX badge. Does that make it an SUV?

Mitsubishi's top Triton ute picks up luxury equipment and the VRX badge. So who needs an SUV?

Does Optima GT have enough sting? video

Optima GT represents a step towards a serious sporting sedan from Kia. Indent order-only for Kiwi market.

The GT is Kia's first try at a sports sedan with substance.

Luxury SUV almost nails sporty video

Undeniably impressive around corners, but will the Levante's ride be too firm for some luxury-SUV buyers?

Maserati's first SUV has enough sportiness to be convincing. But it's a tricky balance.

Electric car test run frayed nerves video

The new Hyundai Ioniq - by far the least expensive fully electric new vehicle in New Zealand.

The car panicked and we panicked as "range anxiety" hit on 170km test drive of Hyundai's new Ioniq electric car near Queenstown.

Countryman's a big deal

Refined on the road when you want it to be, but that Mini-ride is firm by most family-SUV standards.

The new Mini Countryman has given up any pretense of being small. It's just a fun family SUV now.

Cer8to, Cerato still scores

You get all the fruit with the Kia Cerato (well, except Apple CarPlay).

What's the best car you can buy for less than $40k? Kia may have the answer.

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