Category Archives: First Drives

FIRST DRIVE: Mercedes-Benz GLC

FIRST DRIVE: Mercedes-Benz GLC
The luxury vehicle segment in New Zealand has always been a two-way fight between BMW and Audi — but not this year. In 2015 Mercedes has stormed to the top of the sales charts, leaping over both the other Germans. Why? While the magnificent ...

FIRST DRIVE: Peugeot 208

FIRST DRIVE: Peugeot 208
When Peugeot launched the latest 208 in New Zealand, the car came across as a pleasant enough little vehicle, with a few glaring faults. Chief among them was that it was not only saddled with an automatic transmission with only four gears, but that it was a French automatic transmission with only four gears. ...

FIRST DRIVE: BMW X1

FIRST DRIVE: BMW X1
Redesigned to look far more like a member of the X family, the smallest BMW SUV is now sitting on a new platform. It is the same platform that sits under the 2 Series Active Tourer and the new ...

FIRST DRIVE: BMW 3 Series

FIRST DRIVE: BMW 3 Series
  The revamped 3 Series range starts with the $72,000 320i sedan and the $75,000 Touring (wagon), both of which get the same 135kW/270Nm 2-litre petrol turbo engine and come standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, front ...

FIRST DRIVE: Skoda Superb

FIRST DRIVE: Skoda Superb
The Skoda Superb has always been car that – to use an over-used cliche – has earned its name. And when you think about it, it really does take some balls to call your car “superb” no matter how old a nameplate it actually is. I mean, you are really not making life easy for yourself… While ...

FIRST DRIVE: Maserati Quattroporte 330hp

FIRST DRIVE: Maserati Quattroporte 330hp
When you think of a brand such as Maserati, your mind doesn’t immediately head towards fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Instead you think of power, noise and looks. But Maserati wants to stay relevant in a world increasingly concerned about fuel economy, so has introduced a new version of the Quattroporte into the local market, with a less powerful version of the twin-turbo ...

FIRST DRIVE: Holden Commodore VFII

FIRST DRIVE: Holden Commodore VFII
Fear is a funny thing. It’s defined as “an unpleasant, often strong, emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of perceived danger. It causes a change in brain and organ function and in humans and animals is ...

FIRST DRIVE: Mercedes-Benz GLE

FIRST DRIVE: Mercedes-Benz GLE
For a while now Mercedes-Benz has lagged behind obvious rivals BMW and Audi in one key area — SUVs, particularly those in the fast-growing small and medium segments. But Mercedes are determined to fix that particular weak spot in the most German way possible — to jam as many different variants ...

FIRST DRIVE: Audi RS3

FIRST DRIVE: Audi RS3
When Mercedes-Benz decided to crash the AWD Hot Hatch party with its sensational small AMG offerings, it was always fairly certain that Audi wasn’t going to take things lying down. After all, Audi had been doing the grunt AWD Hot Hatch thing for quite ...