Road Tests

The art of Lexus hybrid driving

Small enhancements have added polish to the IS300h - including a less "challenging" front fascia.

If you can't trust diesels to do the right thing anymore, where do you turn? The new Lexus IS300h is worth a look.

Audi RS 3, TT RS pack a bunch of fives

Here's a bunch of fives: same new five-pot turbo engine powers TT RS coupe (front) and RS 3 sedan (rear).

New five-cylinder Audi RS models prove more than the sum of their parts.

Holden boxes clever with branding of Astra sedan

No body panels shared with hatchback. Astra sedan comes in three variants: LS, LT and LTZ.

New Astra three-box sedan looks and feels very different to the hatchback. We explain why.

Echoes of past in new baby SUV video

Toyota would like to think C-HR represents a revolution, like the first RAV4 or Echo supermini. We're not so sure.

Baby SUV has plenty of extras, but it needs a bit of work on the basics.

A3 e-tron cheaper, still a high-living hybrid

Audi has dropped the price of the A3 e-tron by $5000, despite adding more equipment.

You still have to be a plug-in devotee to buy Audi's smaller e-tron.

Electric Audi shows off power video

New Q7 is electric, but also unapologetically a full-size SUV, with strong performance and big towing ability.

Electric SUV does almost everything the conventional model can. Except make you feel guilty.

This Merc is born to run

New E 63S doesn't shout about its performance. At least until you start it up.

The new Mercedes-AMG E 63S is the world's fastest four-door. We drive it.

Driving the world's fastest supercar

The Bugatti Chiron is powered by a 16-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes a massive 1,500 horsepower.

The Chiron is a preposterous vehicle, a car so achingly gorgeous it's set to become one of the most desired Bugattis ever.

Driving Hyundai's first true hot hatch

Top-specification Performance Pack will have special N-mode tailored for circuit driving.

We're in South Korea for a squirt in Hyundai's first road-going N performance car, the i30N.

Jeep's new blackout 'hawk'

Blackhawk package adds, well, black to a Grand Cherokee Laredo. And 20-inch alloys.

There's an appealing new appearance package available for the Grand Cherokee. We're just not so sure about the name.

Astra R is a high-quality bargain

The R is the entry-level Astra, but also the only truly all-new one: it has a very modern 1.4-litre alloy engine.

You get what you pay for, right? Not always. The cheapest Holden Astra is also the best.

Three's a treat for Suzuki Swift

Styling is a lot more striking than previous generations. But it still couldn't be anything other than a Swift.

Suzuki has been much bolder with the new Swift. But it's a tiny three-cylinder engine that really makes it a star.

Small Mazda plays it safe

Different grille garnish, mirrors, wheels. Don't get excited. But there's important stuff happening underneath.

It's not immediately obvious, but the new Mazda2 has gained some important driver-assistance and safety technology.

This is a feel-good SUV video

Top Style version of Kodiaq comes with adaptive chassis technology that includes an off-road setting.

Never mind all the clever features. Is the Kodiaq any good as a thing to drive?

Skoda fashionably late to SUV party

Kodiaq is Czech brand's first seven-seat SUV. But it has Korea's high-riders in its sights.

Skoda used to be the butt of many jokes but no more. The Kodiaq SUV will also satisfy.

Nearly a glowing review of the Soul turbo

Turbo gets unique front styling detail and high-intensity gas-discharge headlights.

The Soul turbo has lots to offer. But a sporty character isn't on the list.

Little Audi big on options

Fully dressed-up Q2 looks pretty striking. But then it can also be very expensive: this one is nudging $70k.

Small SUV is a polished act all-round. But keep the calculator on hand when ordering.

BMW i3 leads the e-charge

BMW i3 was designed as an electric car from the ground up. Pure-battery version does 200km on a charge.

When it released the first i3, BMW NZ swore that there was no market here for the pure-electric version. Things have changed.

A big fat Porsche

Panamera more refined yet more sporting than previous model. And more expensive: $380k for this example.

Porsche's super-luxury limo is still chock full of driver appeal.

BMW's highly desirable foil to luxury SUVs video

Yes the 530d is on a beach. Yes it's all-wheel drive. No, it's not an SUV (it's better).

Adding an estate body shape and xDrive to the 5-series transforms both image and the driving experience.

Luxury length in E-class coupe video

Models from this E 300 upwards get air suspension. AMG styling kit standard across the range.

New two-door isn't sensible, but it is about pleasing the sense.

Isuzu MU-X no longer mysterious

Most visible exterior change is this new nose with its different grille, LED lights and daytime running lights. ...

We drive Isuzu's upgraded MU-X which is probably the most straightforward SUV around.

Another luxury AMG to desire

Pseudo-coupe body style brings sex appeal to GLC. But it's nothing compared with the excitement the 43-badge brings.

Kiwis have suddenly gone quite mad on Merc-AMGs and here's another that ups the fun factor.

The world's most outrageous people mover video

Tesla Model X is based on same platform as Model S sedan. But strange things happen when you open the doors.

Electric performance and weird doors really give the Model X wings.

Fantastic car for Kiwi roads

Chrome-wearing RS-V is the flagship of the new Astra range.

Holden's new Astra hatchback is an international car in a most confusing way.

BMW 540i is hi-tech but old-fashioned video

Elegant, but it's unlikely the new 5-series will wow you with its styling innovation.

New luxury sedan looks like a heritage model, but it's one of the most hi-tech cars in the world.

The day I drove an electric racing car video

Feels like a real racing car in the corners. Just not that fast in a straight line...

Electric racer proves there's more to circuit cars than straight-line speed.

Superb Sportline sweet but not super-sharp

Sportline package dispenses with the chrome in favour of black exterior detailing.

A big family-car favourite has taken up sports.

Real plug-in driving in NZ video

Plug-in version hardly distinguishable from regular Prius. Unless you count our car's fetching silver stripes.

We're spending the next few months in an electric Prius. For now, we've just spent time in a traffic jam.

Optima GT needs more spice

Optima GT looks the part. But what you're mostly paying for is under the bonnet: a 180kW 2.0-litre turbo engine.

There's nothing outstanding about the way Kia's Optima GT operates, but plenty to appreciate.

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