Category Archives: First Drives

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 ...

FIRST DRIVE: Audi A3 Sedan

FIRST DRIVE: Audi A3 Sedan
As we mentioned in yesterday’s Hyundai Elantra First Drive, small sedans seem to be the done thing this year. Our second launch this week was also a small sedan – the new sedan version of the Audi A3. Are small sedans the new black? Well, we drove a red on at the Audi launch, so probably not. But the A3 sedan was rather a nice little machine, especially in red. What is it? Rather obviously, it is an Audi A3 with a boot. There isn’t really a hell of a lot to say after that, as it ...