Category Archives: Road Tests

ROAD TEST: Citroen C4 Cactus vs Renault Captur

ROAD TEST: Citroen C4 Cactus vs Renault Captur
Are you the sort of person who loves loud-shirt days at work and other wacky, fun-loving things? Do you like to be the centre of attention? Do you stand out as much as a moment of subtly and thoughtfulness in a Michael Bay movie? Then something like a Toyota Corolla probably isn’t for you. Luckily, a country called “France” builds cars that will suit your extrovert ...

ROAD TEST: Mazda MX-5

ROAD TEST: Mazda MX-5
Colin Chapman is famous for a number of things. There’s the Lotus marque, and the spinoff Formula One team that won seven drivers’ championships and six constructors’ championships. On the downside, though he may have been an engineering genius, he was not the best businessman. Remember the tie-up with John Z. DeLorean that cost the UK taxpayer almost NZ$25 million? One of the things for which he is best remembered is his principle involving speed; notably, ...

ROAD TEST: Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake

ROAD TEST: Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake
Quite how AMG manages to get a blistering 265kW out of a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine without it exploding into shrapnel after about ten minutes is staggering. How the also get it to be not only useable, but also relatively docile and tractable around town has, quite frankly, got us buggered. Needless to say, however, it is one of our favourite engines around ...

ROAD TEST: BMW 125i

ROAD TEST: BMW 125i
The BMW 1 Series has always been a fantastic little car. Okay, so the first generation was a bit crook looking, but facelifts (or “Life Cycle Impulses” in BMW-speak) and an all-new second generation car have taken care of the worst visual offences. But if you want a small five-door hatch with fantastic ...

ROAD TEST: Skoda Fabia

ROAD TEST: Skoda Fabia
The new Skoda Fabia landed in New Zealand a month or so back and instantly impressed us with its looks, quality and eager engines. Now we get to spend a week in the top-of-the-range 81kW DSG car. At $24,990 the top Fabia gets uncomfortably close to the VW Polo (the GTi ...

ROAD TEST: VW Polo GTi

ROAD TEST: VW Polo GTi
Anyone who truly loves driving can appreciate a good Hot Hatch – a small car with big power (relatively speaking, of course) that is built with “enjoyment” being its sole purpose in life. So, of course, we here at OVERSTEER love them… While the current breed of traditional Hot Hatches have all grown in size, power and price (Golf, Focus, Megane, etc), happily their smaller siblings have ...

ROAD TEST: Subaru Forester 2.0 TD

ROAD TEST: Subaru Forester 2.0 TD
The current generation of Subaru Forester has become a familiar sight on New Zealand roads, but the one thing that was missing from it was a diesel-powered automatic option. But now that has changed with the release of a diesel-powered automatic ...