Charging through the bends

A recently announced finalist for 2021 New Zealand Car of the Year honours, the Mercedes-Benz EQA is put through its paces by David Thomson. What’s new?It’s a rare thing indeed for the same car maker; Read More

Megane magnificence

David Thomson takes Renault’s Megane RS Trophy 300 hot hatch for a drive and returns impressed. What’s new?In the arena of high-performance front-drive hot hatchbacks, there’s nothing hotter right no; Read More

Stunning style and pace

The new Ioniq 5 represents a stepwise advance for Hyundai’s EV ambitions. David Thomson plugs into the electric vibe. What’s new?Hyundai introduced the world to its Ioniq sub-brand back in 2016, usin; Read More

Getting in the swing

It’s not a plug-in, but the hybrid version of the latest Honda Jazz is still a clever piece of kit, as David Thomson discovers.What’s new?For well over a decade now the Honda Jazz has been every ; Read More

Mercedes saloon refined yet again

David Thomson catches up with the updated iteration of Mercedes-Benz’s fifth generation E-Class saloon. What’s new?With the inexorable rise in popularity of SUVs, luxury saloons have become far less ; Read More

Civic best sports drive of year

Five years after it broke cover to rave reviews, the current iteration of Honda’s Civic Type-R has reached the end of its production run and is now sold out. David Thomson takes it for a first and final fling. What; Read More

Ford mid-size SUV delivers

David Thomson takes Ford’s latest mid-sized SUV for an extended run on local roads. What’s new?Sitting between the Puma and Everest, the Escape is Ford’s current mid-sized SUV option. Offered in both; Read More

Hybrid Volvo shows intent

Volvo is laying the foundations for a very different motoring future, and the new XC40 model is part of its grand plan. David Thomson explains. What’s new?The addition of a plug-in hybrid to Volvo’s ; Read More

V8 Touareg’s final hurrah

As Volkswagen moves towards an electric future, Richard Bosselman takes the Touareg V8 diesel for a spin. Volkswagen Group will have 70 all-electric models globally by 2030 — 20 are already signed off — plus about 60 hybri; Read More

Supra up-styles platform

After a long wait, David Thomson finally gets to slip behind the wheel of the reborn Toyota Supra on Otago roads. What’s new?Regular readers may already know the backstory of Toyota’s quest to reimag; Read More