Author Archives: Damien O'Carroll

ROAD TEST: Skoda Fabia

ROAD TEST: Skoda Fabia
The new Skoda Fabia landed in New Zealand a month or so back and instantly impressed us with its looks, quality and eager engines. Now we get to spend a week in the top-of-the-range 81kW DSG car. At $24,990 the top Fabia gets uncomfortably close to the VW Polo (the GTi ...

ROAD TEST: VW Polo GTi

ROAD TEST: VW Polo GTi
Anyone who truly loves driving can appreciate a good Hot Hatch – a small car with big power (relatively speaking, of course) that is built with “enjoyment” being its sole purpose in life. So, of course, we here at OVERSTEER love them… While the current breed of traditional Hot Hatches have all grown in size, power and price (Golf, Focus, Megane, etc), happily their smaller siblings have ...

ROAD TEST: Subaru Forester 2.0 TD

ROAD TEST: Subaru Forester 2.0 TD
The current generation of Subaru Forester has become a familiar sight on New Zealand roads, but the one thing that was missing from it was a diesel-powered automatic option. But now that has changed with the release of a diesel-powered automatic ...

FIRST DRIVE: Nissan Navara NP300

FIRST DRIVE: Nissan Navara NP300
The Nissan Navara has long been a mainstay in the local ute segment, generally hanging around the top five sellers, occasionally breaking into the top three and generally being a handsome, rugged option that was always worth consideration. While the old D22 (it was originally launched in 1997) managed to survive its replacement by the D40 in 2004, staying around as a budget-priced entry level ...

ROAD TEST: Mazda CX-3 GSX

ROAD TEST: Mazda CX-3 GSX
The recent explosion in popularity of the baby SUV has seen a number of manufacturers caught short and now lacking what has quickly become an important part of the range. But not Mazda. The Japanese manufacturer has been on a blinding roll recently, with remarkably good product pouring from its factories; the Mazda6, Mazda3 and Mazda2 are all brilliant ...

QUICK DRIVE: FORD FIESTA ST

QUICK DRIVE: FORD FIESTA ST
The Ford Fiesta ST is simply one of our favourite cars ever here at OVERSTEER. Its happy puppy-like enthusiasm is infectious and its ability to simply rip corners to shreds is utterly addictive. Very little has changed since we last tested the ST, in ...

FIRST DRIVE: Citroen C4

FIRST DRIVE: Citroen C4
The Citroen C4 range is a slightly odd one these days. Not because the cars are strange – they are, apart from the brilliantly odd C4 Cactus, some of the most “normal” cars Citroen has ever made. No, what is odd about them is the fact that five cars make up the C4 range – the C4, C4 Cactus, C4 Aircross, C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso ...