A lot of excitement under the bonnet - The BMW M235i

The lengthy name lends itself to all manner of vehicle types. The car I’m referring to is BMW’s M235i xDrive Gran Coupe, also described by BMW as a fastback sedan.; Read More

Second to none when it's time to leave the seal - Ross Kiddie tries the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon on for size.

Kiwi new car buyers have connected well with the concept of four-wheel-drive double-cab utes. That’s no surprise, there’s a global trend towards the traditional pick-up; take; Read More

Sit yourself in something special. Ross Kiddie checks out the impressive Mercedes-Benz AMG A 45 S.

I was trying to describe to an acquaintance the concept of Mercedes-Benz’s AMG A 45 S. After explaining some of the technical aspects which make that car so special, I simply said “think Impreza STi.’’ ; Read More

Bold, Brash and Downright Aggresive - The Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior

Sales of the traditional four-wheel-drive double cab ute in New Zealand are showing no sign of slowing. There are a multitude of pick-ups in today’s market, and competition b; Read More

Practicality and panache, Ross Kiddie puts the Peugeot 2008 through its paces

It takes only one short drive in the 20-year-old Kiddie-family Toyota to realise how far motor vehicle technology has come in the last couple of decades. I’m so used to relying on the clever electronic safety functions modern cars have - r; Read More

The master of sporting handling, Ross Kiddie tries out the BMW 1 Series 118i

I can’t remember the last time I had two three-cylinder cars in my driveway. It was probably when I was driving the company’s Suzuki Alto pool car on a daily basis, it was bo; Read More

"The perfect city runabout", Ross Kiddie tries out the Mitsubishi Mirage

I've always dismissed it, but now I fear I’m colour blind. The reason being is that when I picked up a new Mitsubishi Mirage from the dealership, I asked the very friendly sa; Read More

'Swimming in features' - the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Such is the demand for sport utility vehicles, motor vehicle manufacturers have recognised the need for those which have genuine off-road capability. Sure, there are many SUV; Read More

'No slouch when it comes to power and performance' - the Volvo V60 T5

I still find it quite strange that out of the two highly-regarded Swedish car makers, only one remains – Volvo. For decades Volvo and Saab battled it out in most global m; Read More

The Drivesouth top 5 Holden models of all time

With the looming end of the iconic Holden brand, we thought we would take a look back at the history of all things Holden, and highlight our top 5 favourite Holden models ever produced. ; Read More