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” »

Skoda: 2016 Superb TDI 140kW 4×4 sedan review

February 10th, 2016 by Darren Cottingham

The Superb sedan is the first car I’ve driven with Apple Carplay installed. You can connect your Apple phone and some the features of the phone such as music, messages and maps, become available through the touchscreen. Continue reading “Skoda: 2016 Superb TDI 140kW 4×4 sedan review” »

BMW 2015 X1 sDrive20d review

December 23rd, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

Sound is a very important part of a car driving experience. It’s why people spend thousands of dollars on sports exhausts with negligible performance benefits and aftermarket speakers to share their dubious music choices with unwitting pedestrians – near, far, wherever you are, 400W of subwoofer will ensure you are heard. Continue reading “BMW 2015 X1 sDrive20d review” »

Volvo: 2015 XC60 D4 Luxury review

November 18th, 2015 by Robert Barry

The Volvo XC60 SUV has been the Swedish manufacturers best selling vehicle yet since its introduction in 2009, and although it is no doubt due for replacement in the not too distant future, the company has recently updated the choice of engines to the new frugal and powerful Drive-E series. Continue reading “Volvo: 2015 XC60 D4 Luxury review” »

Audi: 2015 Q7 V6 TDI Quattro S-Line

October 15th, 2015 by Robert Barry

Audi has pulled off a master stoke with the new Q7 because here is an all-new model that is some 300kg lighter in weight than its predecessor, and yet it boasts more features and more technology as standard equipment than many others in the segment.

It’s one reason the Q7 made the list of top ten finalists for the New Zealand Car of the Year Award to be announced in December. The list of standard driver assistance features is quite impressive. Continue reading “Audi: 2015 Q7 V6 TDI Quattro S-Line” »

Quick Drive: 2015 Nissan Navara ST-X 4×4 double cab

October 13th, 2015 by Richard Edwards

Being a city apartment dweller may not put me in the best position for testing the Utes that are now dominating the vehicle market – or does it?

Increasingly these vehicles are being sold to those buyers looking for for an urban-lifestyle vehicle than a work horse, and it is models such as this top-of-the-line Nissan Navara ST-X that are catching their eye. Continue reading “Quick Drive: 2015 Nissan Navara ST-X 4×4 double cab” »

Hyundai: 2015 Santa Fe Elite diesel review

July 1st, 2015 by Robert Barry

For nearly a decade I’ve been covering the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek, where Hyundai New Zealand has established a huge presence in the form of their VIP parking area and marquee, as well as being the exclusive vehicle supplier to the agribusiness event. Continue reading “Hyundai: 2015 Santa Fe Elite diesel review” »

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