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New Zealand Car Reviews

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BMW’s ultimate touring machine – M340i xDrive Touring review

It’s not often that ‘performance’ and ‘comfort’ can be uttered in the same sentence, but that’s exactly what comes to mind when,...

Fits U-in-it – new Skoda KAMIQ review

Czech born vehicle maker Skoda has recently added a new vehicle to its family and now it’s available in New Zealand. The...

Born NOT to be mild – Mercedes-AMG A45 S review

Aside from those in the ‘supercar’ area, on the whole, vehicle manufacturers create models to appeal to some sort of mass-market, especially...

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BMW’s ultimate touring machine – M340i xDrive Touring review

It’s not often that ‘performance’ and ‘comfort’ can be uttered in the same sentence, but that’s exactly what comes to mind when,...

Born NOT to be mild – Mercedes-AMG A45 S review

Aside from those in the ‘supercar’ area, on the whole, vehicle manufacturers create models to appeal to some sort of mass-market, especially...

Trick Pony

It is a turbocharged Mustang but this old horse has learnt some new tricks

Sophisticated Thug – Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S review

Admittedly, there are a fair number of vehicles I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of this year, however, the 2020...

And. All. That… Jazz – Honda Jazz RS review

It’s probably very cliched, however, from the moment Honda New Zealand called to see if I would be interested in taking the...

Coupe with a Sportier Seoul – new 2020 Hyundai Veloster

From EVs to SUVs, Sports cars to Compacts, Hyundai New Zealand’s list of vehicles is as broad as it is long, but...

RAM just got bigger – new RAM 1500 Express Crew Cab review

It’s fair to say that when it comes to NZ roads, there’s not much that can top the RAM in terms of...

The Darkside Difference – VW Amarok Darkside Edition review

Launched in 2010, the VW Amarok burst into the Ute/truck scene to critical acclaim. VW group build quality, Euro styling and (the...

Fastback flashback – Hyundai i30N Fastback review

I am lucky enough to be of an age that when I learnt to drive in the UK a manual gearbox was...

Sport’s BACK – 2021 Audi Q3 Sportback review NZ

Last weekend saw NZ take a huge step on its road to post COVID recovery, with sport (and in particular, the nation’s...