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Wow, what a vehicle! For those wanting to ride like an MP without the $200k price tag, the 7 Series heritage has now come to life in the slightly smaller 5 Series. We tested the new, top spec 540i which is now the only petrol option available in the range – just when we thought diesel was phasing out.
Peugeot’s 2008 enters the hotly contested SUV market with plenty of unique features to make it stand out from other vehicles in the class, and a fresh and exciting new look. Showcasing what to expect from the French manufacturer’s future SUVs, the all-new frontal design features a multi-facetted grille with Peugeot’s Lion emblem right at its centre – one of my favourite features was the inclusion of claw marks that illuminate in the hood lining. Lie back in your seat at night and look up – you’l...
Full of surprises, the new Volkswagen Amarok is the first Ute to be powered by a V6 TDI engine and only offers 4MOTION – VW’s 4WD system - across the model range. The front has been redesigned, giving it a sleek look that’s easy on the eye, while our test vehicle was finished with a stunning, Ravenna Blue paint job, just to top everything off.
If you have the cash, and are after the look and feel of a top spec without the V8 makeover, then the new Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Estate could be a great choice. It’s powered by a bi-turbo V6 petrol engine that offers plenty of power and, when sport mode is selected, it even emits ‘popping’ during gear changes.
The latest compact SUV from Audi has finally arrived in New Zealand. It has a coupe-like low roof, high window line silhouette, and a polygonal design of the side profile. There are more colour and trim combinations than you can poke a stick at. So, if you want to get creative with a small luxury SUV, now’s your chance.
Suzuki is igniting the market with the arrival of their all-new Ignis (Latin for ‘fire’ by the way) - a compact SUV that looks small from the outside, but sure packs in plenty of space inside. Fun and full of bonus features, it’s in a class of its own and customisable so you can dress it up to reflect your own personality.
Open top luxury has just become a lot more fun as the Mercedes-Benz C-class is now available in Cabriolet form. Not only is the C200 Cabriolet an exciting and stylish vehicle that boasts an impressive list of standard features which emphasise its luxurious elements; its price tag is also very reasonable considering its pedigree.
Subaru NZ recently treated the AA and other New Zealand motoring writers to a drive day previewing next year’s Impreza model. The cars we drove were pre-production editions, but they gave us a pretty good idea of what to expect from the latest addition to the family when it arrives early next year. The future looks bright as this model is the first to be built upon the new Subaru Global Platform – something that will underpin all future models over the coming decade.
The Hyundai i30 wagon has been refreshed for 2016, providing the functionality you’d expect from a fleet vehicle. It has a robust design that offers up plenty of storage space, and everything you’d want from a basic, no-frills wagon. The i30 still looks good and it’s very easy on fuel.