The Focus Titanium truly represents the race to ubiquitous premium spec. We’ve crossed the event horizon towards the black hole of ever-increasing technology and complexity up to the point where every day cars will soon be driving themselves. But we’re a little way off that being in your mid-priced family hatchback. Continue reading “Ford 2015 Focus Titanium EcoBoost review” »
It was a case of better late than never when the new generation of Ford Mondeo arrived on New Zealand soil in April this year.
The car made it’s U.S debut as the Fusion in 2012, but European production, where cars for right-hand-drive markets are sourced, was moved from the previous factory in Genk, Belgium to a more modern facility in Valencia, Spain. Continue reading “Ford: 2015 Mondeo Titanium Ecoboost hatch review” »
If you were in the UK you would see the 208 everywhere. Peugeot sells more than 30,000 of them a year so they’re ubiquitous, but they’re not common in New Zealand. This refreshed and facelifted model aims to change that and is going to be appealing to people who might consider a Mini, but don’t want quite so much quirkiness. Continue reading “Peugeot 2015 208 Allure review” »
The i30 has been given a mild cosmetic update to freshen up its appeal in the showroom, plus some mechanical updates to increase power from 94kW to 100kW and improve fuel economy from 5.6l/100km down to 4.9l/100km. Continue reading “Hyundai: 2015 i30 Series II Diesel Elite review” »
Let me preface this review of the new i3 with the following disclaimer.
I fell in love with this electric car from the BMW stable. I loved the design, the lightly coloured interior, the technology, the driving characteristics, the carbon fibre and plastic construction and the ability to run on renewable energy and not go near a petrol station too often. Continue reading “BMW: 2015 i3 review” »
With the V8 Commodore being phased out and Ford bringing a very capable hot hatch (the Focus ST) to the market, Holden needed to launch a car that gives you a temporary facelift when mashing the accelerator to the pedal into the carpet. Of course, the public now wants either an SUV or a small hatch; large sedans are (unfortunately) not so popular and therefore Holden has appropriated the Opel Astra from Europe. Continue reading “Holden: 2015 Astra VXR review” »
From the back it’s got a bit of Alfa Brera about it. From the side the long front overhang and short rear overhang give it a muscular, long look – much longer than it actually is. The Astra is a car that has some presence, managing to pack some particularly alluring lines into a car that’s conveniently sized for the city. Continue reading “Holden: 2015 Astra GTC Sport review” »
Like a trendy club, the hatchback class is full of the good-looking and sharply dressed, but if you take one home, will you regret it in the morning? You could have a Volkswagen Golf, a Mazda3, or a Ford Focus (amongst others) as alternatives to the Honda Euro Civic. What moves does it have to catch your eye? Continue reading “Honda 2015 Civic Euro LN review” »