Reaching new heights

Boy it’s nice to be sitting in a sporty hatch back. It’s the first time for a wee while after a tour around some of the SUV’s and compact cars on offer. The humble hatchback seems to have taken a bit of a back seat these days but, for...... Read More

Kia with the trimmings

  Everyone knows there is no such thing as a free lunch so when you get a really good feed for just a few bucks, it feels like you’ve won the lottery.   Car upgrades are a bit the same. The base models are often as cheap as chips...... Read More

A car for the people

It is not often the base model of any particular brand that gets all the attention. But that’s exactly what’s going on with the Kia Seltos. The jaw dropper is the entry level LX when it comes to value for money. At $25,990, it is way cheaper...... Read More

Little car, big attitude

The new Mazda 2 is a little car looking to make a big impression. Personally, I have had a few relationships with little Mazdas, including a memorable trip in a 323 right through the heart of New Zealand’s largest high country station. That...... Read More

All that Jazz

It’s the over-performing, big little car with a magic trick up its sleeve. The team at Bay of Plenty Honda threw me the keys to the Honda Jazz RS this week. A sporty little red number with some extra pizazz in the Jazz styling. I didn’t...... Read More

Travelling in Škoda style

Caitlin and Emma aren’t regular Bay Driver contributors but this week, on a rainy Friday afternoon, they took a new Škoda out for a test drive. Caitlin the driver, and Emma the passenger. The two twenty-something-year-olds share their experiences...... Read More

One for the whole family

Having done plenty of epic family road trips – Mum, Dad and two children – I’ve been pretty lucky that most of the time a medium sized sedan is all you need. Logistically it’s a doddle. However, the second you add a friend to...... Read More

Tough on two wheels

The Hilux has managed to etch itself into folklore here in the land of the long white cloud. It’s as Kiwi as kiwifruit. And it’s not just us who love them – the Aussies do too. It is the pinnacle in hard working utes for farmers and...... Read More

The complete package

The sun is shining and the pressures of everyday life are fast disappearing in the rear vision mirror. It is a mild winter’s afternoon and with a few hours to spare, there can be no better idea than to hit the road and test out the latest offering...... Read More

Floating on air

If you need to relax, stretch out and unwind people will generally head for the couch. Not everyone though - those who own the new Citroen Aircross SUV can also head to the garage. Citroen has long been known for its comfort innovations – remember...... Read More