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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.

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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,...

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...

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...

EVERYTHING SINCE TIME BEGAN

Bond; unbreakable bond – 2021 Toyota Hilux Launch NZ

Attack helicopters, powerboats, a flying shark, dramatic waterfalls and some fridge raiding is all in a day’s work when it comes to...

Mission accomplished – Porsche Taycan Turbo review

One of the joys of getting a little longer in the tooth (there aren’t that many to be honest) is that, based...

When lockdown is a good thing – 2021 Audi RSQ8 review NZ

In so many ways, Lockdown has become the swear word of 2020. It’s cut us off from travelling overseas and stopped us...

Oh it’s really Swift!

It’s always been the case that some cars are simply more fun than others and one of the perennial Kiwi “fun car”...

Look a Wrangler UTE – 2020 Jeep Gladiator Review

There are several ways to describe the new addition to the Jeep family, huge Jeep, goliath off-roader, even Wrangler UTE, but all...

Audi A4 Avant – The Excellent Executive

Audi has come out all guns blazing with their updated A4 Avant. The latest facelift brings more than just a few updated...

BIG – 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 400d review

When asked ‘what is my all-time favourite movie’ one that nearly always springs to mind is Big. I won’t spoil it for...

Deuce Coupe – BMW M235i Gran Coupe review

Ok, so when the American surfer band the Beach Boys sang about a Deuce Coupe they were referring to a different car...

Mini EV-olution – 2020 Mini Cooper S EV review

With a history that dates back over six decades and a list of accolades and awards that far exceed the vehicle’s height...

Top Twins – BMW X5M and X6M Competition review NZ

It’s fair to say that the Topp Twins are arguably New Zealand’s most beloved set of twins. Their style of humour is...