Road Tests

Lexus LC has bang for bucks

LC is still a heavy car, but undeniably fast and fluid. Spend $5k and you can sharpen it up with a handling pack.

Lexus LC looks a million bucks, so you're really saving $785,000.

Eclipse Cross shades other Mitsubishi SUVs

Ignore the promo number plate: we're driving this Eclipse Cross right here in NZ, around Porirua Harbour.

We catch an early drive of Mitsubishi's coupe-style SUV on Kiwi roads.

Volvo scales up SUV effort with latest XC60

New XC60 SUV is based on same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) as XC90.

Swedish maker's new-gen design template makes it to mid-size SUV.

A mainstream Merc?

Mercedes-Benz's A 180 costs about the same as a Ford Focus Titanium or Mazda3 SP25 Limited.

Has Mercedes-Benz produced a luxury car that costs less than $50k? Kind of.

The best little SUV around

The facelifted Mazda CX-3 Limited, now chock-full of safety specification.

Review - The facelifted Mazda CX-3 range has dropped the diesels, but gained plenty of safety specification.

More Allure in this Pug

Allure sits in between entry Active and flagship GT models. Looks more premium than $45k price suggests.

The mid-range model is the sweet spot for French maker's new medium-SUV.

Long-term Prius PHV report, with special guest star Lexus LC 500h

Both Prius PHV and Lexus LC 500h have Lithium-ion battery drivetrains. But only one can use EV Transit lanes.

Lexus LC coupe can't match city-speed of Prius for one very good reason: no plug.

Little Kia has growing pains

Third-generation Picanto city-car has gone big on design detail. This is the even-more-dressy GT-Line model.

Kia's new city-car is strong on safety and technology. But shouldn't it be fun as well?

Okay to get emotional about E-class coupe

Yes, that is a matte-finish. Mercedes calls it Cashmere White Magno.

A two-door E-class doesn't make a whole lot of sense. That's the point.

Spain's Leon Cupra plain good fun on Kiwi roads

Hot Leon Cupra is Seat's hero car: think VW Golf R power at GTi money. It's a fun, fun drive.

We get a first taste of Seat's hot-hatch.

Peugeot puts 'swish' into SUV

Out-there styling is still a feature of new 3008. But the packaging is much more conventional.

Can the European Car of the Year cut it in New Zealand?

Old-school Subaru triple treat

Top of the facelifted Subaru performance range: the WRX STi.

We head to Hampton Downs for fast laps with "cars that you can actually drive".

Cactus dials back prickles

Latest Cactus is slightly cheaper, smoother to drive  - but still an extrovert.

A few key changes have made this Citroen less of a shock to the system.

Civic gets Type R super-suit video

Pretty it ain't. The aero is functional, but we're not sure Type R had to look quite so outrageous.

We know the Type R is brilliant on-track. But it's also a talented road car in some surprising ways.

My time in a Tesla video

Stuff reporter Jackson Thomas had 72 hours in possession of a Tesla Model S.

Tesla gave one lucky Stuff journalist the keys to a $270,000 car for the weekend.

A strangely normal wagon

Twin-lamp restyle for Octavia is weirdly retro. But if does give you these cool angular indicators/running lights.

It's the kind of car Kiwis used to love, but don't really talk about any more.

Something special for F-Type

Special-edition F-Type 400 Sport isn't just for show: chassis has had a real giddy-up.

Don't mind the Lego-alike badging: the 400 Sport might be the best F-Type you can buy.

Petrol pressure on EVs video

Next-generation SkyActiv platform aims to replicate human movement in its chassis. Yes, really.

Carmaker combines petrol and diesel tech to claim a result that can be cleaner than plug-in power.

Sci-fi SUV pushes boundaries video

Nearly a quarter of a million dollars gets you a silent SUV that will romp away from supercars at the traffic lights.

We let Tesla's Autopilot 8.1 do its thing in the always-connected Model X.

VW graduates from art class

VW says Arteon signals its intent to move upmarket in all kinds of ways. Kiwi R-Line model is $74,990.

Making headway in the sedan market means going upmarket with the new Arteon, says VW.

Mazda's NZ snow show video

New CX-5 has both i-Activ AWD and G-Vectoring Control; CX-9 lacks the latter, but that changes this month.

Sliding around in SUVs on top of Mount Pisa, near Queenstown.

Farmer fears roading decision

Ahititi farmer Tony Pascoe

Those who decide on what route the bypass of Mt Messenger takes can walk away, those who live there can't.

Switching on to the plug-in Prius

Looks like that too-familiar Prius, but this has has a proper lithium-ion battery and plug-in capability.

The Toyota Prius and Paul Owen have never been the best of bedfellows. He finally finds one that he likes here.

Holden tunes ZB Commodore for local roads

Four-pot powerful and smooth, with nine-speed auto. Holden claims 0-100kmh in "just over" seven seconds.

We drive next year's European Commodore in 99-per-cent-finished form.

Little Citroen a happy car video

It's a little bit SUV-ish, but new Citroen C3 sticks to traditional supermini dimensions.

After years of so-so product, Citroen has the package right with the new C3.

Merc's SUV bookends

Not your average cab-chassis: G-Professional is essentially a military-spec farm vehicle.

They're both SUVs made by Mercedes, but this pair couldn't be more different.

Little Mazda does it manually

The facelifted Mazda2 GLX, which is available with a choice of six-speed manual and six-speed automatic.

Classy little hatchback is a fun car with extra driver involvement required.

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.

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