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Facelift-R – 2024 VW Touareg first drive

2024 VW Touareg review NZ

It’s not often that VW’s biggest SUV the Touareg is fettled with, and in fairness why would they. Originally launched in 2002, (and developed alongside the Q8, Bentayga and the Urus), the Touareg has sold over a million units and has become a key player in the brand’s impressive line-up. Well the 3rd generation is […]

Trucking Stylish – New VW Amarok Style review

2023 VW Amarok Style review NZ

By now you would be fully aware (I hope) that there’s an all-new VW Amarok in New Zealand, what’s more, there are three models to choose from, talk about being spoilt. Anyway, to help us figure out which Amarok would suit us best, VW New Zealand has given us almost the whole set to work, […]

Checking ID – VW ID.4 and ID.5 first drive NZ

VW ID.5 first drive NZ

According to Chanelle McDonald, General Manager Volkswagen Passenger Vehicles New Zealand, their new ID range (commencing with the ID.4 and ID.5) is ‘pivotal for the success of the brand’, and it’s a statement that underlines VW’s move to being a sustainable, emissions-free organisation. The New Zealand launch of the ID.4 and ID.5 was somewhat of […]

All-new VW Amarok – first drive

All-New VW Amarok review NZ

The long-awaited and much-anticipated new VW Amarok has finally arrived on New Zealand shores and we couldn’t be happier. It’s bigger, bolder, more refined, better connected and more capable. Not only did the NZ launch have us test the all-new ute’s mettle on an challenging off-road trek, but the weather gods opened up the floodgates […]

Racy ‘Roc – VW T-Roc R review

2022 VW T-Roc R review NZ

With a sharpened exterior design, enhanced technical, safety and infotainment features and a refined interior, much has been done to VW’s ‘facelifted’ compact SUV, the T-Roc. But of NZ’s three new options (Life, R-Line and R) it’s the introduction of the ‘Roc’ into their R performance segment that’s really piqued our interest – lucky for […]

Family-sized racecar – VW Tiguan R review

VW Tiguan R review NZ

Volkswagen has a racing history that spans back over half a century. Formula Vee or Formula Volkswagen is a popular low-cost, open wheel, single-seater junior motor racing formula that has seen some very well-known race drivers compete in, even NZ’s own Scott Dixon. Why am I telling you this? Well VW has expanded its R […]

Gleeful Golf – 2022 VW Golf R review

Golf R Review NZ

Every now and then, a car comes along that not only does what it says on the tin, but simply blows it out of the water. Quite frankly, the new VW (Mk 8) Golf R is just such a car. It’s technologically advanced, extremely fun to drive and cements itself as THE goto hot hatch. […]

2021 VW Tiguan Review

2021 VW Tiguan Review

Having recently attended the New Zealand launch of the new 2021 VW Tiguan, I was (needless to say) very keen to get some additional alone time with it – as luck would have it Volkswagen NZ was happy to oblige. The statistic that kept bouncing around my head from the launch was that a VW […]

A Roc in a hard space – VW T-Roc review

VW T-Roc review NZ

The small SUV market is a highly contestable segment of the automotive landscape, not only here in New Zealand but overseas too. It’s loaded with brands and even more loaded with models, however, VW has thrown their hat in the ring with two models, both are good but the T-Roc fits the segment to a […]

VW’s Crafty Crafter turns 45


The Volkswagen Crafter is celebrating its 45th anniversary, having first been revealed to the world in Berlin in April 1975. Launched as the big brother to the Transporter, the Crafter has gone on to sales success and multiple award wins across four generations. With a requirement for a van that could carry heavier loads, Volkswagen […]