Important step for Subaru

David Thomson tries two models from Subaru’s Forester range. What’s new?When Subaru introduced the fifth-generation Forester to New Zealand in 2018, it immediately impressed, picking up that year’s n; Read More

Kia on the rise with Sorento

Kia has high expectations for its fourth-generation Sorento. David Thomson heads out in the flagship turbo-diesel to see if they are justified. What’s new?Not content with breaking new ground for sal; Read More

Ute boasts style, prowess

David Thomson tries Mazda’s new BT-50 for size. What’s new?For the first two generations of its BT-50 ute, Mazda joined forces with Ford, sharing the vehicle’s core underpinnings with those of the la; Read More

Cheap, cheerful, reliable Renault

There’s a new entry-level crossover model in Renault’s New Zealand range. David Thomson tries it for size. What’s new?Lauded in Europe for the cheap, cheerful but reliable motoring it provides, the D; Read More

Hilux update does the trick

Once an off-roading legend in New Zealand, Toyota has slipped off the pace a little in recent years. David Thomson gets behind the wheel of the Hilux SR5 Cruiser 4WD Double Cab to see if the proud Japanese brand can return to the top.; Read More

Mini hatch simply electric

BMW Group’s ‘‘Big Green Plan’’ is certainly something to behold; it is dramatically ramping up its electric car offerings, with an ambitious 10-year growth strategy. Having already committed to offering plug-in hybrid versions of every exi; Read More

Fiesta ST raises the bar

With Kiwi motoring tastes now dominated by SUVs, Ford has elected to offer just one variant of the new Fiesta hatchback here — David Thomson tries it. What’s new?For much of the world, the current se; Read More

Yaris Cross more than meets the eye

David Thomson discovers there is more to Toyota's Yaris Cross than its name would suggest. What’s new?When Toyota launched its new Yaris last year, the company’s New Zealand boss predicted the higher; Read More

Swift fast, but not furious

David Thomson heads out for an extended run in the latest version of the Suzuki Swift Sport. What’s new?It’s a couple of years since I’ve been behind the wheel of the Suzuki Swift Sport, and the chan; Read More

New Nissan worth the wait

Nissan has joined the ranks of those offering a flashed-up flagship ute in New Zealand. David Thomson takes the resulting vehicle — the N-Trek Warrior — on and off the beaten track. What’s new?Premiu; Read More