Ford: 2015 Mondeo Titanium Ecoboost hatch review

November 16th, 2015 by Robert Barry

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” »

Peugeot 2015 208 Allure review

November 12th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

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” »

Hyundai: 2015 i30 Series II Diesel Elite review

November 3rd, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

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” »

BMW: 2015 i3 review

October 16th, 2015 by Robert Barry

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” »

Holden: 2015 Astra VXR review

October 6th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

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” »

Holden: 2015 Astra GTC Sport review

September 28th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

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” »

Honda 2015 Civic Euro LN review

September 17th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

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” »

Suzuki: 2015 Celerio manual hatch review

July 29th, 2015 by Robert Barry

Sometimes its nice to drive small vehicle without the huge amounts of bells and whistles that come attached to many these days.

It is also nice to drive a car that is a just a plain and simple proposition, where you actually have to think, and look, and react, rather than relying upon some electronic gadgetry within the vehicle to do it for you. Continue reading “Suzuki: 2015 Celerio manual hatch review” »

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