Category Archives: First Drives

FIRST DRIVE: Subaru Outback

FIRST DRIVE: Subaru Outback
Much like the Skoda Octavia Scout that was launched only a short while before it, the Subaru Outback could always easily have been mistaken for a Legacy wagon with a jacked up ride and added plastic. Except now two things make that not the case – firstly, there will no longer be a Legacy wagon and, secondly, Subaru ...

FIRST DRIVE: Skoda Octavia Scout

FIRST DRIVE: Skoda Octavia Scout
On the surface the Skoda Octavia Scout could be just an Octavia wagon with added plastic bits, but in reality it is more than that. But even if it wasn’t, the Octavia is one of our favourite cars here at OVERSTEER (see here, here and here for proof of that…), so that would still make the Scout ...

VIDEO FIRST DRIVE: Holden Colorado

The Holden Colorado wasn’t quite up to what we now expect from a new ute when it first came out, so not even a year and a half later the first update came out which improved things vastly. Now there is a new 2015 model that gains a few more tweaks. We ...

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 ...