Focus a fast and agile delight

After a testing bevy of SUVs in recent weeks, David Thomson is pleased to get behind the wheel of a sporty hatchback, the new Ford Focus ST.What’s new?The fourth-generation Ford Focus hatchback m; Read More

Dignified, smooth, exceptional

After a four-year absence, the Defender has returned to the Land Rover Range. David Thomson tests this all-new take on the original theme on local roads and trails. What’s new? When Land Rover reti; Read More

Scala a sweeter litre than expected

Skoda’s new Corolla-sized hatchback, the Scala, has been out and about on Kiwi roads since the end of last year. DavidThomson finally gets behind the wheel. What’s new?Skoda’s rise from the fringes t; Read More

EQC worth the wait

Tesla may be riding high on the stock markets, but vehicles to rival its EV ambitions are arriving at pace. They include Mercedes-Benz’s new EQC, which David Thomson has just taken on his longest all electric journey.; Read More

Worthy addition to VW range

Compact crossover SUVs are all the rage just now, and Volkswagen is looking for a slice of action with two recent additions to its local range, the T-Cross and T-Roc. David Thomson tries the smaller of the two, the T-Cross, for size.; Read More

Distinctive, superior feel of Mazda SUVs

The CX-30 is an all-new addition to Mazda’s SUV range. David Thomson tries two models to see what’s on offer. What’s new?When Mazda announced last year that a new SUV model was on the way to slot in ; Read More

Engine swap in Karoq package

Two years after making its debut, the Skoda Karoq mid-sized crossover SUV has been given a tweak for New Zealand. David Thomson tries the petrol variant to see what has changed. What’s new?Sometimes ; Read More

Subaru shows hybrid intention

Swimming against the current as the world moves to a largely electric vehicle future is becoming ever tougher, and now Subaru has joined those going with the flow, launching hybrid versions of its XV crossover and Forester sports utility i; Read More

Exhilarating, distinctive ride

Chris Williams slips behind the wheel of a Toyota Supra to discover what all the fuss is about. What’s new? When an exciting new model of car is born into the world, fans go wild. Hard-cased adults; Read More

BMW hatch goes front-wheel-drive

What’s new? The last holdout for rearwheel-drive among small prestige hatchbacks has finally transferred to the front-wheeldrive pack. This new-generation machine is based on the same underpinnings used by the BMW X1 and X2, as w; Read More

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