Toyota 2016 RAV4 GX AWD diesel

March 24th, 2016 by Darren Cottingham

The original 1995 Toyota RAV4 was a short wheelbase, two-tone roller skate. I spent many a kilometre bouncing around in one, and ruing the fact you couldn’t hide anything in the pitiful-sized boot. Then there was a long wheelbase version which was just a roller skate for a bigger foot. Continue reading “Toyota 2016 RAV4 GX AWD diesel” »

Toyota: 2016 Hilux 4WD SR Extra Cab/chassis

February 11th, 2016 by Robert Barry

Shortly before Christmas, we spent a week in the new Toyota Hilux 4×4 SR Extra cab/chassis variant, that retails from $53,990.

That may sound like a fair bit of the folding stuff for a rough and tumble pick-up, but there are more specifications and comforts built into every Hilux variant than there were in previous generations. Continue reading “Toyota: 2016 Hilux 4WD SR Extra Cab/chassis” »

Jeep: 2015 Grand Cherokee Overland CRD review

June 28th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

I’m sitting in Wellington airport as I write this review, listening to a woman talking loudly on the phone next to me advising her client how not to go bankrupt. What’s more distracting is that her client’s name is Darren, so every time she mentions his name it’s doubly attention-grabbing. The conversation pulls my focus away and proves how difficult it is for me to do two things at once. Continue reading “Jeep: 2015 Grand Cherokee Overland CRD review” »

Jeep: 2014 Cherokee Trailhawk review

January 6th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

That grille and the menacing eyes simply scare difficult terrain out of the way. Underpinning the seriousness of Jeep’s commitment to dominating the road less paved, you can wade through water up to 508mm deep due to additional electrical and body seals plus a high air intake, there’s 224mm of ground clearance, the approach angle is almost 30 degrees, the departure angle is 32 degrees and the ramp breakover angle is almost 23 degrees. Continue reading “Jeep: 2014 Cherokee Trailhawk review” »

Ford: 2014 Ranger Wildtrak Review

September 26th, 2014 by Darren Cottingham

The Ranger Wildtrak is the top-of-the-range ute for when you have to look like you need a ute, but you’re not going to be doing hard-core driving that will damage its many accessories and prominent livery.

We first drove the Ranger back in 2012 (read review here). It was the XLT which is the model down from the Wildtrak and we said it set a new benchmark in utes as it was a huge leap forward from what the likes of Mitsubishi and Nissan were offering. Continue reading “Ford: 2014 Ranger Wildtrak Review” »

Toyota: 2014 Land Cruiser Prado VX V6 review

May 13th, 2014 by Darren Cottingham

toyota-land-cruiser-prado-2014-rear-quarterOne of those ads out there says that big is good. This Land Cruiser is so big that each one they build has a bottle of champagne cracked across its bow and is released from the factory down a slipway. Continue reading “Toyota: 2014 Land Cruiser Prado VX V6 review” »

Skoda: 2014 Superb Ambition Hatchback vs Elegance Wagon Review

May 8th, 2014 by Darren Cottingham

skoda-superb-tdi-125-elegance-wagon-rear-seatsIf you live in America and you know a man aged between 20 and 40 who is 7 feet tall (2.13m) there’s a 17 percent chance that they play professional basketball in the NBA right now. That means 1 in 6 males 7 feet tall or over in that age group play professional basketball. Continue reading “Skoda: 2014 Superb Ambition Hatchback vs Elegance Wagon Review” »

Road Tests/Car Reviews: 2014 Range Rover Sport SDV8

April 15th, 2014 by Darren Cottingham

range-rover-sdv8-2014-front The Range Rover Sport is a sleeker, meaner entry point into the Range Rover experience. When you want a Range Rover with all the frills, but you want it forty grand cheaper than an actual Range Rover, the Sport fills that gap.

Continue reading “Road Tests/Car Reviews: 2014 Range Rover Sport SDV8” »

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