Category Archives: First Drives

FIRST LOOK: Citroen C4 Picasso

FIRST LOOK: Citroen C4 Picasso
Citroen is doing things a bit differently with the launch of the C4 Picasso in New Zealand – rather than having a traditional media launch where journalists drive the car and get all the relevant information, the company has simply sent the info to us and booked in test drives in the New Year. So we have ...

FIRST DRIVE: Peugeot 308

FIRST DRIVE: Peugeot 308
The replacement for the Peugeot 308 was released in Europe last year and is also called the Peugeot 308. This blatant break with naming tradition is all something to do with the French company’s new naming convention that is quite complicated and has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that Peugeot was running out of “numbers with 0 in the middle”. Not at all. Anyway the new 308 is now heading to New Zealand with ...

FIRST DRIVE: Toyota Yaris

FIRST DRIVE: Toyota Yaris
The Toyota Yaris is one of those cars, like its big brother Corolla, that is hard to get particularly excited by, but is also equally hard to go past when it comes to actually laying money down and buying it. It is not exciting, but that legendary Toyota reputation, paired up with the fact that you can always nail down a killer deal, always puts ...

FIRST DRIVE: Audi S1

FIRST DRIVE: Audi S1
Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, when they first appeared, the recipe for a Hot Hatch was fairly simple – take the smallest car in your range and stuff the biggest engine you can make fit into it. That was all you needed, and in most cases it worked well. In others, not so much, but the general idea was a sound one. Nowadays, however, small capacity turbos with frankly silly power outputs are all the rage. The Audi S1 actually takes both these approaches and jams them, plus a 4WD system ...

A nice day for it!

A nice day for it!
We are currently up north driving a very special little car. Look for a full First Drive of the fantastic little Audi S1 very shortly…