Xtreme DB: Aston Martin DBX Review

These days the luxury SUV market is huge. Countless manufacturers are all clambering to get a piece of the pie. However, in recent years we have seen a new “Super SUV” niche of that market really take off. Maserati, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini have all offered their rendition of a luxury SUV […]

Haval Lotta Value: Haval H6 Ultra Review

If there is one brand out there which continues to surprise us in the specialist motoring press, it would have to be Haval. A few years ago, they were no real threat to the established order of Japanese SUVs, but the Chinese company have pulled their finger out and are inching ever closer to being […]

Great 3008 – 2021 Peugeot 3008 & Hybrid4 review

Peugeot 3008 review NZ

Originally launched a shade over a decade ago as a replacement for the 4007/8, the Peugeot 3008 almost instantly gave the French automobile producer a VIP entry to the very popular compact SUV segment. Two generations later the 3008 has been facelifted, and Peugeot New Zealand let us test a couple of models (3008 and […]

A corker of an EV – Mazda MX-30 review

Mazda MX-30 NZ

Car maker Mazda has come a long way since it first started out producing corks in 1920 (Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd). Over the years it’s created machine tools, rickshaws and three-wheelers, bubble-sized cars, sports cars, SUVs, rotary engines, fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines, even petrol engines that act like diesel engines! Well now, with […]

Fresh faced and effervescent – 2021 Audi SQ2 review

2021 Audi SQ2 review NZ

Launched around 2016, (my how time flies) the compact crossover Q2 brought Audi’s luxury SUV style and pizzaz to the inner city. With strong family ties in terms of exterior design and carrying the brand’s know-how on cabin prestige, the Q2 offered head-turning presence and a flair for fashion. Of course Audi also has a […]

Plugged in to Activity – 2021 BMW X3 30e PHEV review

2021 BMW X3 30e review NZ

It’s fair to say that BMW do SAVs (Sports Activity Vehicles) well and on top of that, the heavily sustainable car maker is damn good at producing EVs too. So let’s face it, a PHEV X3 was always going to be on the cards. The X3 30e is the 3rd PHEV in the brand’s current […]

French hospitality – 2021 Renault Koleos Review

2021 Renault Koleos review NZ

The Renault Koleos boasts heaps of space, heaps of comfort and an inimitable sense of French hospitality – well there’s a new model in town and Renault NZ let me take the Intens AWD model for a spin. Admittedly, it’d been a while since I’d been behind the wheel of a Renault Koleos (which was […]

Robust and Rugged Renault – Renault Duster Review

Renault Duster Review NZ

With a nameplate that dates back to the 80s and a previous generation of experience to draw from, the French/Romanian love child that is the Duster is now in New Zealand and we took a closer look. If we were reviewing the new Duster in the Northern Hemisphere then the badge on the nose would […]

2021 Jaguar F-Pace – First Drive

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

The invitation from Jaguar NZ read ‘launch event 10pm – 12am’ and I assumed it was a typo – but no, thanks to multiple experiences and positive feedback from Hong Kong, a night time launch is apparently the ideal way to experience a Jaguar F-Pace in the environment that it is frequently driven – the […]

One happy mixer – Kia Stonic review

Kia Stonic Review NZ

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 this label, it’s crammed full of modern tech, handles nicely and is easy on the eye so very super. But I do have some reservations about the engine.  Stonic is a […]