Road Tests

Mucking about in Holdens video

Addition of Holden's 1.4-litre turbo engine has perked the Trax up considerably.

Join us for an SUV-skid at Holden's Lang Lang proving ground.

Honda adds fifth element

Not a lot to choose between hatch and sedan in terms of driving dynamics. It's a matter of style and practicality.

Hatch completes Kiwi Civic range. We test the new RS Sport model.

Fastest BMW is a limo video

Nothing beats the M760Li to 100kmh in BMW's road-car lineup. Few cars as expensive either: $347,000.

New model puts the M-touch into luxury 7-series - with extreme results.

Prius PHV insults are rude

Prius and a ferry terminal: let's talk commuting.

Feel free to ask about our plug-in Prius. Just don't ask for a lift.

This Volvo goes old school

Volvo V90 CC has all the design cues and tech of the XC90 SUV, but it's 235mm lower. Way cooler too?

Latest CC recalls Volvo's past. But there's nothing old-fashioned about it.

A Merc at home on rural roads video

The Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 is quite at home on rural roads.

We get "offroad'' in a city sense with the smallest Mercedes-Benz SUV.

Maxed-out Mini proves practical

Countryman is a Mini, but it's also an SUV - and not particularly small compared with rival SUVs.

Countryman is the Mini for every-person thanks to its enlarged dimensions. But does it retain the personality that defines the brand?

Early play in new Holden SUV video

Holden engineers still tweaking Acadia for local consumption. We won't see it on sale until 2018.

There's a lot that's secret about Holden's new seven-seater. But we've sampled it anyway.

A go fast day-to-day sedan

Veloce still looks the part, despite $55k saving over Quadrifoglio. Still goes fast too: 0-100kmh in 5.7 seconds.

This Alfa is a lot cheaper than the Quadrifoglio, but still a cut above the competition.

Big Merc makes driving easy

Key to E 400's appeal is the combination of a V6-petrol engine and all-wheel drive system.

At $149,900, the Mercedes-Benz E 400 4matic isn't a car for everyone. However, buyers sure get a lot of car for their money.

X-Trail is a surprisingly big deal

New V-shaped grille gives familiar X-Trail more of a Nissan-2017 look.

World's largest-selling SUV (yes, really) gets a little tweak for 2017.

G-Professional is snow joke

New Zealand and Australia are the only countries where the G-Professional is available for public sale. But they are to ...

New Mercedes-Benz ute is the perfect answer to one of New Zealand's wildest, wettest and coldest winters.

The Audi e-tron takeover

Q7 and A3 are the first two of many Audi e-tron models to come.

Soon, Audi will offer a plug-in version of every model. The upgraded A3 and new Q7 e-trons are just the start.

Cat's out of the bag: Rangie Velar

On top of ol' Roaldshornet. It might be an on-roader, but clever traction systems in Velar got us all the way up here.

Velar is Range Rover's sportiest-ever model - with a little help from Jaguar. We take it for a spin.

Funky car's connectivity clanger

C-HR surely one of Toyota's most youth-oriented efforts. One of the better-handling ones, too.

The C-HR is turbo-powered and funky-looking, so what's not to like? It could be more cellphone-friendly.

Kia Rio: Shift or self-shift?

New Rio is slightly larger than the old, and very well specified for its price.

Six-speed manual or four-speed auto? We test the Kia Rio hatchback.

Lexus sedans deserve the love

A view of the IS300h Limited's interior.

We drive two versions of the Lexus IS sedan which are fighting a competitive - and shrinking - market sector.

Why Range Rover when you can Disco?

If it looks like a Range Rover, maybe it kind of is. Disco has stepped up in terms of on-road dynamics and luxury.

The Discovery might be a functional machine, but it's also a staggeringly smooth operator.

Equinox a more captivating Holden SUV video

Equinox is Holden's replacement for the Captiva. It was revealed earlier this year... so you can ditch the camo, guys.

Mexico makes a much better Holden SUV than Korea.

Hot coupe is steer-by-wire

Q60 coupe is the newest model in the Infiniti lineup. Most hi-tech too, with a steer-by-wire system.

New coupe has computer-controlled steering, but still puts lots of power to the back wheels.

Golf still just ahead of the hatch pack

To ensure Golf maximises its time in the sun, VW has created a dress-up version called the R-Line.

New VW Golf doesn't exactly respect the R-brand. But it's a great small-car all the same.

Beautiful coupe now wows NZ video

The sensuous-looking Lexus LC500 coupe poses at Highland Park motorsport track at Cromwell.

Lexus launches one of the most radical vehicle designs yet seen in New Zealand.

New GTS the perfect 911 for a commute to the circuit

Porsche's GTS models bridge the gap between road and track. This is the $264,600 911 Carrera 2 version.

There's yet another new 911 model on sale. Confused? Us too. But we still love the road-to-racetrack GTS.

All in with $400k Bentley video

Would you do this with a $285k SUV? Actually, this optioned-up Bentley Bentayga is more like $350k.

The super-expensive Bentayga SUV will seldom go off-road. Shame, because it can.

The first 1000km in our Toyota Prius PHV

Prius PHV at a racetrack. That's "at" a racetrack, not "on" a racetrack. Let's not be silly.

It's not pure-of-EV-heart, but our plug-in Prius is still proving to be an extremely green choice.

Saddle Rd upgrades to begin

Saddle Rd was under snow on Thursday. From Saturday, it will be under repair.

The road will be taken down to one lane or closed for hours each day while the work is done.

Small drop-top a big surprise

Yes, it has image-issues. But SLC's hydraulic steering and strong engine make it a serious sports car.

The SLC is the cheapest and oldest open-top car in the Merc range. But it might be the most fun.

Cheapest Kodiaq still loaded for bear

This very big SUV has a very small engine: 1.4-litre, with front-drive.

The 1.4-litre, front-drive Kodiaq Ambition might just be all the SUV you need.

Did Toyota get complacent?

Corolla is remarkable for its continuing sales success. But is there anything else?

New Corolla lacks pizzazz to add proof that popularity can cause developers and planners to become lazy.

Giulia is Alfa's second coming. Or have we done this before?

In the red corner... oh, never mind. Less frantic Veloce (left) still looks the part next to super-fast Quadrifoglio.

Italian brand is reborn... again. We hot the road in the Giulia Veloce and Quadrifoglio.

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