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New Zealand Car Reviews

Welcome to the heart of Tarmac Life - car reviews for Kiwis, by Kiwis. Driven, written and shot right here in New Zealand.



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, thanks to...

Below Par: The VW Golf MK8

Golf puns and more as a VW Golf owner reviews the MK8!

Mint SUV fills the hole – VW T-Cross review

Polo mints, (the mint with a hole), have been refreshing breaths since 1948 and the Polo car has been refreshing driving since 1975, so...


One happy mixer – Kia Stonic review

A close friend of mine suggested that I title this piece Super-Stonic and in many ways Kia New Zealand's plucky new compact hatch fits...

Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 review – Sweet and Spicy

There’s something about the combination of sweet and spicy that really gets my mouth watering. Whether it’s chilli chocolate or a tangy chicken dish,...

2021 Audi Q5 review – lights fandango

‘We skipped the light fandango’ is the opening line from Procol Harum’s classic whiter shade of pale and although the rest of the tune...

Hyundai Palisade, a high flying flagship

Hyundai New Zealand already has quite the range of SUVs in their line up, from the small Venue to its segment leading Santa Fe,...

Cool new cat – Ford Puma ST-line review

A Puma is a mountain lion that weighs in around 50-100kgs and can run at up to 80km/h. It’s a secretive cat that is...

Escape Vroom – 2021 Ford Escape ST-Line X review

Initially made ‘infamous’ in twisted horror movie plots, escape rooms are essentially problem solving games where a team (or just a group of people)...

Return to Sorento

Kia has been updating their lineup recently and now it's the Sorento's time to shine! So, does it?

From visage to veloz – the 2021 Ateca

Born in Barcelona and welcomed into the comforting arms of the Volkswagen Audi Group in 1990, the Spanish car giant SEAT (and its performance...

This ain’t no shopping cart – GR Yaris Review

The Yaris is a much loved, city-dwelling compact car that’s very much at home in a shopping mall or inner suburban backdrop, well it...

Land Yacht- Mercedes GLS400d

'Land Yacht' usually creates negative connotations but the Mercedes GLS is here to show you the other side of that term.