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2009 Honda Jazz VTi-S review

We bought the Honda Jazz new in 2009, a VTiS model, in manual. It hasn't missed a beat in 88,000km. We call it a VUV (versatile use vehicle) - because it is simply the most versatile small vehicle on the market. It fits me (short-legged, long-backed) at 183cm, “just”...

2017 Honda Civic Type R review

I like to think of myself as a bit of a sucker for a good hot hatch. My first car was a 2011 Subaru WRX hatch, which I immediately ruined with a cold air intake and a tune. From there, I went to a BMW 328i because I thought I wanted a bit of luxury. It took six months for me to realise the error of my ways and sell it for an Audi S1...

2018 Honda Jazz VTi Review

Over the last few years I have owned a variety of cars from a 2005 Mazda 3 Neo, 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 and a 2015 BMW 125i hatchback. The last car, the 125i, was a decent drive however it wasn’t as raw and involving as I expected. My wife and I weren’t driving it a lot either as we take public transport during the working week...

2015 Honda HR-V VTi-S Review

It was summer in 2016 when my wife and I decided it was time to purchase a car that would be more supportive for the both of us (coming from a Nissan Micra and a HSV VXR). The next few months I seemed to have ignored the 'supportive' prerequisite that my wife set out for us and focussed on getting one of those hot hatches that everyone bangs on about; the GTI I think they call it? Try as I might to make the numbers work, but ultimately the wallet and the bank disagreed with me, and as a result I...

2003 Honda Accord Euro Review

Today I will be reviewing my ever-practical 2003 Accord R, by Honda. Making a statement amongst other large four-door cars by being fitted from factory with a high revving, 2-litre red top K-series engine, 6-speed transmission, Recaro bucket seats and handling to match. This is the second Honda in the family now, for which the Accord is backed up by my track-prepped Civic Type R...

2017 Honda Civic VTi-Lx Review

Like a lot of you, I struggle with the fear of watching car reviews. I dread the endless teasers preceding the globe's glittering motor shows. I close my eyes when driving down Auckland’s "Green Mile" of car yards. “Why?” Those of you ask who don’t know the fear. It’s because I’m terrified that I’m going to buy yet another car...

2011 Honda Accord Euro review

I wrote a review on my first car, a 2011 Mazda 3 Neo (review was posted as a 2010, my bad) last year, and spoke to its positives. I got a good deal on it, and after a year and a half of ownership and 20,000km put on it, I managed to sell it for more than I paid...

2017 Honda Jazz VTi review

  A nice little red town car and useful for occasional trips further out. This car is shared by myself and the wife. My wife enjoys the interior space it offers and its handy door pockets. She finds it easy to drive, and it feels much bigger once you are in it than the outside looks. A bit like Dr Who's TARDIS...

2011 Honda Accord Euro Luxury review

The third time my beloved WL Caprice was on the back of a tow truck, this time due to a busted coolant hose, I decided enough was enough. I ended up selling it to the RACV repair man who came to tell me what was wrong with it, and thus began my search for a new car. This was very difficult because I would miss the sheer amount of space and comfort, the lazy torque from its engine and whisper quiet travel it guaranteed on road trips...

2006 Honda CR-V (4x4) Sport review

When thinking of a car to write about today, I dare say I have a few to choose from: my 1973 Mini, which was my first car, for example; my ’85 XF Panel van – the best-ever car to have as an 18-year-old; hell, even my parents’ 2017 Impreza RS would have been a worthy contender...

2013 Honda Odyssey review

This was the last model in the old-shaped Honda Odyssey, and ours is nearly five years old now. What a great family car it has been. It's not the prettiest car to look at, but a great-performing car with plenty of space that drives and handles so much better than it should. We love the flat floor that creates so much space for everyone...