Trends in SUVs and vans

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?

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.

Hilux back on top of Kiwi sales charts... for now

Toyota Hilux has scored a win in the big battle of the utes, knocking Ford Ranger into second place in August sales.

There's been change in the battle of the utes. Here's what's happened.

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.

China's upscale SUVs hit NZ

H2 carries some big-SUV styling cues, but it's a city-car at heart.

Can China's "premium" SUV brand cut it in New Zealand?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Expect more on-road Range Rovers video

Land Rover's chief design officer Gerry McGovern with the Evoque, the first truly city-friendly Range Rover.

Urban jungle is the focus for many new Land Rover models.

Outlander plugged into the future

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, New Zealand's most popular electrified vehicle.

Here's a stepping-stone to a fully electric future.

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.

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.

Wow factor now populist

This is the first example of the eagerly awaited Civic Type R in NZ. With a 2007 model hot on its tail!

Some of the most exciting enthusiast cars of 2017 as are based on ordinary hatchbacks and sedans.

Our top 10 vehicles list almost carless

Toyota's Hiace van sells big to tradies and the rental industry.

What is going on? Just one conventional car in the top 10 of vehicles sold in New Zealand so far in 2017.

We are in love with SUVs

Coming soon - the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Queen sang about the car being the "machine of a dream" but for Kiwis that vehicle is the SUV.

Not all in-car tech is Apple or Android

Every car's cabin is different, but an Apple CarPlay display will always look pretty much like this.

It seems carmakers can't afford to to ignore Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But one small group is going to try.

A sad year for Aussie cars

This is the new Toyota Camry, which will arrive in New Zealand early next year.

Right now is a bitter-sweet time for the motoring scene in Australasia.

'Old' hybrids here to stay

Hybrids are helping, not hindering, the plug-in cause.

It's evolution, rather than revolution in the NZ electric-car market. So don't ignore hybrids in the mean-time.

Merc ute revealed, NZ-bound early-2018 video

Entry-level Pure is the most rugged and functional of the three X-class models.

First-ever one-tonner from German maker aims to cover all of the bases, from fleet to luxury-lifestyle.

New car brands hit NZ

Infiniti Q50 first car in the world with "steer by wire": no physical link between steering wheel and front wheels.

Kiwi appetite for all things SUV has helped bring three new brands to NZ this year.

Utes are becoming luxury cars

Want to talk work-life balance? Modern pickups can do everything. As they should: they cost a lot.

Like so many country properties, the pickup-truck is being gentrified big-time.

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.

Subaru fits all-new XV into 40

All-new XV is loaded and larger than previous model - but now priced to compete exclusively in sub-$40k market.

New small-SUV aims to be a giant in the hottest segment in the country.

Kiwi prices, spec for Spanish Seat SUV

Seat Ateca SUV is based on same platform as VW Tiguan; it's shorter and sportier, though.

New but strangely familiar SUV will be launched in NZ in September.

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.

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