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” »

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 Jeep Cherokee Diesel Limited review

February 26th, 2015 by Robert Barry

It’s quietly amusing to those of us with long memories, that the marriage of Daimler Chrysler and Mitsubishi ended in a fairly nasty and expensive split while the recent union between Fiat and Chrysler-Jeep seems to have worked rather well thus far. Continue reading “Jeep: 2014 Jeep Cherokee Diesel Limited review” »

Mazda: 2014 Mazda3 SP22 Limited hatch review

January 6th, 2015 by Robert Barry

There have been previous diesel versions of the Mazda3 available in global markets but sensibly the New Zealand distributor held back from local sale until there was an automatic transmission available, as previously only a manual transmission had been available with the oiler engines. Continue reading “Mazda: 2014 Mazda3 SP22 Limited hatch review” »

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