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 ...