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Hyundai’s smallest SUV offering has launched in NZ and is not shy in boasting about its accolades in the areas of refinement, technology, safety and practicality. It’s great to see an impressive level of safety features included as standard, especially in a market segment that is experiencing significant demand and rapid expansion.
The Levorg 2.0 GT-S’s external refinements mean the spiritual successor to the much-loved Legacy GT wagon, looks even sharper than when it was launched in New Zealand in June last year. Cosmetic exterior changes include new design 18” alloy wheels, front grille, bumper and steering responsive headlights with DRL’s.
In developing the new Picanto, Kia has focussed on developing quality, technology and versatility. Bold exterior design is immediately noticeable and there is a lot going on up the front for such a small car! Kia’s description of the all-new Picanto is “Small but Perfectly Formed”.
If you think a luxury vehicle is expensive to run, think again... The Mercedes E-Class gets a plug-in hybrid option for the first time! Boasting outstanding fuel economy results, while still maintaining the elegance that draws attention to the MB product in the first place.
In a time where many manufacturers are focusing on electrification or releasing vehicles to be look seemingly “normal”, Honda have gone against the grain and released the Civic Type R which is wild in design, bursting with features, and great to drive, all without costing an arm! It has even set the fastest FWD lap record at the famous Nurburgring track.
Another 7-seater SUV has arrived on New Zealand shores, and quite an impressive one at that. Featuring a small but exciting 1.5L V-TEC Turbo engine, it’s the only engine you’ll ever need for family driving. The new CR-V further demonstrates how great the relationship is between a CVT transmission and a turbocharged engine, joining the likes of the Civic and HR-V.
Zero Emissions, Zero Compromises, Tesla’s first fully electric sedan is an evolution in automotive engineering. Combining performance, safety, and efficiency, it has reset the world’s expectations for the car of the 21st century. The Model S features the highest possible safety ratings, the longest range of any electric vehicle, and over-the-air software updates that continuously make it better.
The 2017 XV is a fine example of the latest Subaru technology, style and handling all wrapped up in one colourful package, and it's not afraid to get dirty either! Boasting a very confident AWD drivetrain, highly regarded Lineartronic CVT transmission, and perfectly laid out cockpit, there’s not a lot missing in the new Subaru XV.
Toyota’s new super savvy compact SUV has landed and boy does it turn heads! Boasting a thoroughly European design heritage, words like ‘muscular flanks’ and ‘extroverted’ are thrown around to describe its coupe-like silhouette. Built on Toyota’s new global platform (TNGA) the chassis has a lower centre of gravity, combined with advanced suspension to deliver a more driver-oriented vehicle and fun-to-drive experience.
We can confidently label the VW Golf as a bit of an icon; after all it is the most successful Volkswagen ever. Thirty-two million units spanning over four decades speaks for itself. The latest update cements its hold even further, offering more enhanced safety and premium technology than ever before.