Return of the King – 1968 Lotus Cortina MK2 Review

Every time one thinks of the Lotus Cortina, images of the legendary Jim Clark three wheeling around Brands Hatch on his way to win yet another British Touring Car Championship race spring to mind. The combination of Ford money and Lotus engineering talent came together not once, but twice in the history of the Ford’s […]

The Trident Goes Hybrid – 2022 Maserati Ghibli GT Hybrid Review

Since launch about seven or so years ago, the Ghibli has worked wonders for Maserati, bringing in new buyers into the family of il Tridente. It allowed a greater selection of people to say “I have a new Maserati.” Now to signify the brand’s intentions to go greener throughout the range, Maserati have incorporated hybrid […]

Driven To XSE – 2022 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid Review

With more and more consumers feeling the bite of rising fuel costs, getting a hybrid makes more sense than ever. Toyota know this which is why their family favourite, the RAV4, has been given an extra boost of hybrid power. This boost comes in the form of hybrid variants of the range topping Adventure and […]

Back in Black – 2022 Mazda CX-30 MHEV Blackout Edition Review

The Mazda CX-30 has only been with us for two years, but already this midway step between the CX3 and CX5 has emerged as one of the most popular cars in Mazda’s range. There is a good reason for this too, it happens to be a very good package on many levels. Now Mazda have […]

Fur Elise – 2022 Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition Review

Doesn’t time fly when you enjoy yourself. Such is the case with the Lotus Elise. It seems like just yesterday when the pet project of Lotus engineers Julian Thompson and Richard Rackham was unveiled in 1996 to a stunned public. Called the Elise, after then Lotus and Bugatti chairman Roman Artioli’s daughter, it sparked a […]

RAV-ishing : 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure Hybrid Review

Toyota’s Hybrid family seems to be growing all the time. As part of the brand’s quest to bring down their overall carbon footprint, it seems like there is a new model, or a familiar one, which gives buyers a new optional hybrid powertrain, or replaces the solely petrol option altogether. The incorporation in 2019 of […]

EV RemiX: 2022 BMW iX xDrive40 Review

The BMW iX is BMW’s first attempt at a purpose built all electric SUV. It also promises a great deal, with BMW even going so far as to say “the future is here.” Is it a case of “don’t believe the hype?” Let’s see. The iX family consists of my test car, the base xDrive […]

A New Sport-Age Dawns – 2022 Kia Sportage X-Line Diesel AWD Review

If there is one entrant into the mid-sized SUV segment which has raised its game in recent years, it has to be the Kia Sportage. The previous generation was much improved over generations past and the sales reflect these improvements by the Sportage becoming a very popular option with the buying public. For 2022, there […]

Core Value: 2022 MG3 Core Review

Whatever you may think of MG’s new car range under Chinese ownership, you can’t look past the fact that every single model offers some degree of value for money. However, with the smallest new MG, the MG3, value is top of the list. The entry level MG3 Core is now New Zealand’s most affordable new […]

Luxury Underdog: 2022 Lexus ES300h Limited Review

The Lexus ES300h has been something of a dark horse for the premium Japanese brand. For some time it has been in the shadow of SUVs in the Lexus family but still manages to soldier on. There is a good reason for this too. I think the ES is one of the most underrated cars […]