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 Hyundai Veloster 'one feisty little unit'

I know life often means disappointments but it will take me a bit of time to get over missing out on a drive of Hyundai’s new i30 N fastback – a high-performance car based around its hot-hatch stablemate. See, the turbocharged 2-litre manu; Read More

'The quintessential urban jungle challenger', Ross Kiddie takes a tour in the Toyota C-HR

An acquaintance asked me recently did I like Toyota’s C-HR, she was thinking of buying one. I said it is a funky, trendy car that will never let her down, I also presented he; Read More

'A solid highway cruiser' - Ross Kiddie gets behind the wheel of the Skoda Karoq

One of the benefits of being a car-nut child, and teenager, living a rural lifestyle, was getting into farm vehicles of all types and sizes. One that I remember vividly was t; Read More

'Mazda has all bases covered' Ross Kiddie gets behind the wheel of the new Mazda CX-30

Mazda couldn’t put more simply, its new crossover sport utility vehicle – the CX-30 – is bigger than a CX-3 and smaller than a CX-5. I once wrote that the CX-3 was my favouri; Read More

Ross Kiddie finds out if it really is the 'Van that can'

My home is undergoing a major renovation. A very conscientious young tradie has been commissioned to do the repairs, he arrives daily in a well-laden and tired Subaru wagon. We’ve talked vehicles, and he is fully aware a van is the next st; Read More