Category Archives: First Drives

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…

FIRST DRIVE: Holden Trax

FIRST DRIVE: Holden Trax
We rather liked the Holden Trax when it was launched late last year, but we weren’t exactly in love with the venerable 1.8-litre petrol engine that did reluctant, noisy duty under the stubby bonnet. But now Holden has stuck a modern engine in the cutesy Trax – the 103kW/200Nm 1.4-litre iTi turbo four-cylinder petrol that transformed the Cruze sedan. We head across to Melbourne to try it out. What is it? Holden’s entrant into ...

FIRST DRIVE: Nissan Qashqai

FIRST DRIVE: Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai was subject to a lot of ridicule for its silly name when it was first released, but the jokes stopped when we all got used to it and everyone realised that it was a thoroughly excellent car. Now there is an all-new version of the car that has been a big success for Nissan globally, ...