Lexus Nexus – Lexus UX300e review

Lexus UX 300e review NZ

In many ways, the new Lexus UX300e is a true example of the meaning of Nexus. For not only is it a great crossover that connects the hatch and compact SUV markets, but now, thanks to being a full BEV, it boldly connects the (already low emitting) brand to its and NZ’s zero-emissions goal – […]

Hybrid HS – MG HS PLUS EV PHEV review


As some of us will still remember, the MG Motor company was formed back in 1924. It was founded in what I like to think was a tin shed in England by car designer Cecil Kimber who (under the MG badge) went on to make some iconic British sportscars. The ‘new’ iteration of the MG […]

Escape PHE-Vroom – 2021 Ford Escape PHEV review

2021 Ford Escape PHEV review NZ

With life as it is right now, many of us have been feeling that our own homes are becoming some strange version of an Escape room. Sure the clues and ways to get out of the house are there, but is the will strong enough? Well Ford NZ’s new addition to their Escape range may […]

Shockingly seductive – Audi e-tron S Sportback review

Audi e-tron S Sportback NZ

By definition, seduction is something that attracts or charms, it can be subtle or direct, visually stimulating or quite simply just felt. It’s an art that’s been currently expressed in the shape of the new Audi e-tron S Sportback and Audi New Zealand threw me the keys so I could fall under its spell. E-tron […]

Sound as a pound – 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 review

Mustang Mach 1 review NZ

As many of you may well know, in Britain, the phrase ‘sound as a pound’ can be used to describe something as being particularly good or great, but as I found out thanks to Ford New Zealand it can be aptly used to describe the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 – and SOUND is the operative […]

2021 Audi S3 Sportback review – Setting new standards

2021 Audi S3 Review NZ

At the turn of this new millennium (and while the computer nerds were panicking about the Y2K bug), German automaker Audi took it upon themselves to create an up-specced version of their popular A3 compact. Calling it the S3, it opened the sporty premium compact market segment by offering more power, more athleticism and more […]

Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 revisited

Mercedes-Benz EQA review NZ

In what seems like a lifetime ago (lockdowns remove all concept of time for me) I attended the NZ launch of the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250. Just like the small EV SUV itself, the one day event had an environmental theme and gave me a great taste of what the EQA had on offer but left […]

Hammer time – 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S review

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S review NZ

For those of us that remember, the 80s was a time of great music, long lunches, dubious fashion and big shoulder pads (for women and men). But It was also a time of big performance engined sedans and Mercedes-AMG released one of the biggest – The ‘Hammer’. Well, now Mercedes-AMG NZ has launched the latest […]

2021 VW Passat Alltrack NZ review

VW Passat Alltrack review NZ

The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack is billed as ‘an adventurous all-rounder’ and with its 173mm ground clearance, 4Motion AWD system and 2L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine it’s easy to see why. However, unfortunately the day after I took possession of the valiant Vdub, Auckland was thrown into level 4 lockdown (seriously not my fault). If I’m honest, […]

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class – first drive

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class review

Mercedes-Benz has just released their sixth-generation C-Class and with it their best selling Sedan has been significantly overhauled. It’s bigger than before, sleeker in style, comes with a full range of mild-hybrid enhanced powertrains and a suite of technical goodies that are straight out of their flagship limo S-Class. In fact, it sounded so good […]