How to have it all

NZSUV - - Editorial - Cheers, Chris

Hi, and wel­come to the first is­sue of NZSUV mag­a­zine. With it we want to cel­e­brate all things recre­ational, ad­ven­tur­ous and ver­sa­tile about the pop­u­lar SUV in New Zealand.

Hu­mans have a ten­dency to want it all. It’s al­ways been this way. If we could we’d have a su­per oven that did the dishes, put the kids to bed, streamed Game of Thrones, made a cuppa and folded the wash­ing while earn­ing enough to pay off the mort­gage.

So when some­thing comes along that does do it all, we should take note – be­cause your av­er­age car can’t take you com­fort­ably to work in the morn­ing and then get you up to the ski slopes in a bliz­zard or launch a two-tonne boat into the surf in the af­ter­noon.

But an SUV can, es­pe­cially one with the added ad­van­tage of four-wheel drive ca­pa­bil­ity.

You’ll see from our road tests that th­ese are the ve­hi­cles that ful­fil pretty much all the needs of the mod­ern mo­torist. They’re sell­ing in big num­bers and have been for quite a while, so we thought it was about time we started com­pre­hen­sively test­ing and com­par­ing them in one place.

The teams that bring you Com­pany Ve­hi­cle and NZ4WD magazines got to­gether with me, a past editor of the lat­ter ti­tle, to kick things off. I’ve been re­view­ing SUVS since 2005 and I can tell you that the cur­rent ve­hi­cles rep­re­sent some ex­cep­tional mo­tor­ing and are a great way to get out and ex­plore this won­der­ful coun­try of ours. We’ve tried to do a bit of that while scru­ti­n­is­ing a few of the latest of­fer­ings, clock­ing up hun­dreds of road miles and tak­ing in many and varied off-road en­vi­ron­ments along the way.

Be­cause in an SUV you’re not re­stricted to the sub­ur­ban streets, the mo­tor­way or the su­per­mar­ket car park.

With the ex­cep­tion of the high end, ex­ec­u­tive SUVS, we’ve cov­ered the spec­trum of the SUV mar­ket in our tests, from the com­pacts to the large – it’s our firm be­lief that there is an SUV out there to suit ev­ery­one’s needs. Each of them has its strengths and weak­nesses, and I hope this mag­a­zine helps you de­cide which ve­hi­cle might work best for you and your friends and fam­ily.

The ad­ven­ture had started – I was pretty happy to be in a 4WD SUV at the time…

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