Category Archives: First Drives

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, ...

FIRST DRIVE: Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 CDI

FIRST DRIVE: Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 CDI
Small and Medium SUVs are where it is at, in an automotive sense, with the demand for tall hatchbacks the little guys going through the roof. This has been a problem for Mercedes-Benz, especially in New Zealand. While they are on a roll in the luxury passenger car segment, they are lagging behind Audi and BMW in the all-important SUV market, simply because they don’t have any little fellas. But that is about to change in a big way. The middle-size GLK is due here shortly, while the ...

FIRST DRIVE: Mini Cooper and Cooper S

Minis are fun – I think we all know that. The original Mini was a huge bundle of fun in a tiny, potentially deadly package, while the BMW interpretation of the Mini is almost as much fun in a far safer, more comfortable package. Now there is a new third-generation of the BMW Mini and it has all-new engines, lots of inherited BMW tech and more stuff for the same money. But we don’t really care about any of that, as long as it is still fun. So we went to the Gold Coast of Australia to ...