Lexus: 2016 RX350 review

February 19th, 2016 by Darren Cottingham

In the late ‘90s, Lexus put together an SUV package that had everything, a driver of a slightly mature age would need, being excellent visibility, the latest in safety technology, seating and suspension that is pleasant on the spine, and looks the melt into the background. Continue reading “Lexus: 2016 RX350 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” »

Volvo: 2015 XC90 D5 Momentum review

November 4th, 2015 by Robert Barry

Ironically the week the new XC90 arrived for review, I was involved in a Trans Tasman rugby tournament with six competing teams, so the arrival of a seven-seat premium SUV could not have been better timed. Continue reading “Volvo: 2015 XC90 D5 Momentum review” »

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: 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT review

April 27th, 2015 by Robert Barry

There’s a delicious irony about piloting a high-performance V8-powered Jeep SUV which most self respecting people will never take off road.

The 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT is a long distance cruiser rather than a bush bashing bruiser as witnessed by the availability of a sport and track mode setting on the adaptive damping system. Continue reading “Jeep: 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT review” »

Lexus: 2015 NX300h F Sport Hybrid review

March 10th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

There’s a small gaggle of compact luxury SUVs vying for the attention of the moderately well-heeled, and the Lexus NX300h is waving a green flag. The hybrid is boldly styled with the angular front design featuring a strong grille and deep recesses. Continue reading “Lexus: 2015 NX300h F Sport Hybrid review” »

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