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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...


Living the High Life: 2021 Toyota Highlander Limited Review

Toyota's big Highlander is back but is it better than before?

Revised Radiance: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Review

What can be said that hasn’t been said already about the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio? So many in the specialist motoring press have endlessly...

Electric Swede: Volvo XC40 PHEV Recharge Review

Everywhere you look, the shift to full electrification in Europe’s biggest premium car makers has, if you forgive the pun, accelerated dramatically. Many have...

SKODA Octavia RS wagon – Bohemian Unicorn

My daily driver is a 2018 SKODA Octavia RS Wagon and here’s a bold shout to start us off... it’s the best family wagon...

Below Par: The VW Golf MK8

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

In Plain Sight- ’21 Kia Stinger GT Review

The Kia Stinger GT is a performance car hiding in plain sight and that's why you need one!

Cannon Fire: 2021 GWM Cannon Ute Review

If any new car segment is bursting at the seams, it would hands down have to the Ute. It seems just about every car...

Debt Worthy- Toyota GR Yaris Review

The GR Yaris is a mind numbing, physics bending freak of nature and that is exactly why you need one in your life.

Beauty and the Boost

You've heard the classic Disney tale of beauty and the beast but what if the beast became boost and both the qualities were wrapped...

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...