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” »

Citroen: 2015 C4 Puretech hatch

July 16th, 2015 by Robert Barry

For the 2015 model year Citroen importer Sime Darby Automobiles has taken the unique step of rationalising the C4 range to a model choice of one at a retail price of $34,990 plus on road costs. Continue reading “Citroen: 2015 C4 Puretech hatch” »

Skoda: 2015 Fabia Dynamic Sport review

July 3rd, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

I just bought some bi-fold cupboard doors: $1200 for four pieces of melamine and some hinges. Granted, they are 2.3m tall and 1.8m wide, but I could have had 5 nights in Bali (including the flight) for the same amount. Continue reading “Skoda: 2015 Fabia Dynamic Sport review” »

Alfa Romeo: 2015 Giulietta Distinctive TCT QV Line review

June 30th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

The Giulietta name was first seen on an Alfa Romeo in 1954 which is also the year that Elvis Presley began his recording career. Owning an Alfa Romeo is a good talking point, but the purpose of this review is a little less conversation, a little more action, and more action is definitely what’s been provided in the 2015 model, especially if you get the Quadrifoglio Verde model with the 1.75-litre engine out of the beautiful 4C coupe. Continue reading “Alfa Romeo: 2015 Giulietta Distinctive TCT QV Line review” »

BMW: 2015 125i M Sport review

June 17th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

We gave it a good thrash from Auckland to Whangarei and back where it amply demonstrated its overtaking potential – 6.2 seconds to 100kph is plenty for most occasions. Through the Brynderwyns the 1-Series handled with aplomb. Lowered suspension and some nice wide 245s on 18-inch wheels at the back and 225s at the front keep it flat and planted on the road, although when the surface was rough, you could really feel that sports suspension, and that’s not even in Sports or Sports Plus modes which firm it up more. One of my passengers (female former vintage Porsche owner, sitting in the front in the bucket seats) loved it, and the other in the back didn’t. Continue reading “BMW: 2015 125i M Sport review” »

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