Mercedes Road Tests

Mercedes GLC - comfort as well as class

Mercedes GLC - comfort as well as class

In 2015, Mercedes-Benz finally wrested annual luxury car sector leadership from perennial title squabblers Audi and BMW.

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Sublime saloon - Mercedes AMG C 63S

Sublime saloon - Mercedes AMG C 63S

The downsizing from 6.3 to 4.0 litres hasn't cost AMG's Mercedes-Benz C-Class rocketship anything in the way of performance, or old-fashioned muscle-car charm. David Thomson reports in after a memorable spell behind the wheel.

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Luxury, performance in Mercedes' new Shooting Brake

Luxury, performance in Mercedes' new Shooting Brake

Popping the most powerful four-cylinder petrol engine in the world under the bonnet of one of the world's smallest wagons is an act of madness that makes a surprising amount of sense.

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Benz covers the bases with GLE

Benz covers the bases with GLE

Three months to go and just a handful of registrations separate the big three of the prestige sector.

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Power, style and luxury from Mercedes-Benz

Power, style and luxury from Mercedes-Benz

One is a conventional luxury estate, the other is something else again. David Thomson puts two very different members of the Mercedes-Benz wagon range though their paces.

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Memorable machine - the Mercedes GLA 45 AMG

Memorable machine - the Mercedes GLA 45 AMG

Part performance SUV and part hot hatch, the GLA 45 AMG steers Mercedes-Benz into previously uncharted waters at a breakneck pace. David Thomson straps in for the ride.

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High refinement in Mercedes CDI

High refinement in Mercedes CDI

Devotees of Mercedes-Benz will be familiar with the CLS. A rakish four-door, coupe-style take on the E-Class saloon, it was launched back in 2004 and a second-generation version appeared in 2010.

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Mercedes hits mark with new C-Class

Mercedes hits mark with new C-Class

Mercedes-Benz has high ambitions for its latest C-Class. David Thomson tests the C200 variant to see if the new machine delivers.

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Mercedes sharpens up with C-Class

Mercedes sharpens up with C-Class

For the past decade, two German brands - neither of them Mercedes-Benz - have taken turns at dominating the prestige sector: The new C-Class compact sedan reminds why those protagonists need to start watching their mirrors.

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Mercedes smartens up snappy off-roader

Mercedes smartens up snappy off-roader

How's this for a curious twist: to best tailor the only version of its GLA small sport utility that has off-roading potential to New Zealand conditions, Mercedes-Benz adds as standard an ''off-road pack'' equipment enhancement that is optional in most places.

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Good looks, athleticism from Mercedes­-Benz GLA

Good looks, athleticism from Mercedes­-Benz GLA

Sports utilities are not what they used to be, we all know that.

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Technology drives Mercedes E-Class to new levels

Technology drives Mercedes E-Class to new levels

Heavy traffic to the left, to the right, immediately in front and behind - just another morning on the M2, the major motorway threading through Melbourne.

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Technology drives Mercedes E-Class to new levels

Technology drives Mercedes E-Class to new levels

Heavy traffic to the left, to the right, immediately in front and behind - just another morning on the M2, the major motorway threading through Melbourne.

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New M-Class a cleaner, thriftier Mercedes

New M-Class a cleaner, thriftier Mercedes

Driving from Dunedin to Auckland on a tank of fuel would be quite an ask of even an eco-optimised small car, so should be a challenge well beyond a two-tonne luxury sports utility.

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Updated Mercedes a classy performer

Updated Mercedes a classy performer

Mercedes-Benz has just given its C-Class a midlife update. David Thomson checks out the changes.

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Mercedes E500: Remarkably refined

Mercedes E500: Remarkably refined

After an absence of a decade and a-half, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is back. David Thomson slips behind the wheel for some open-top winter motoring.

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E500 AvantGarde: Class leader Merc's executive express

E500 AvantGarde: Class leader Merc's executive express

A return run to Christchurch provides an ideal opportunity for David Thomson to test the mettle of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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Mercedes CLC brings style without financial stress

Mercedes CLC brings style without financial stress

When it comes to the sales potential of the new CLC, Mercedes-Benz should be ruing the fact that times have been tough in the real estate game.

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Mercedes GL500 New Merc makes off-road ability top priority

Mercedes GL500 New Merc makes off-road ability top priority

In an automotive world obsessed with making premium off-road and soft-road machines handling like regular saloons, the new Mercedes GL-Class is a breath of fresh air. While no slug on the highway, the GLClass defiantly puts offroading capability ahead of on-road finesse. It's an approach Land Rover has long taken with its premium Range Rover model.

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