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A whole lot of grunt

Need a seven-seater family vehicle that can tow a caravan, boat or jet ski? The new Mercedes Benz GLE 300d is just the vehicle for you.



I picked it up from Armstrong Prestige and I have to say, I was quite intimidated by the size of it. Its exterior has beautiful lines and I loved the obsidian black (there’s black then there’s black!).

Its 500Nm of torque is perfect for towing and 180kW means it’s got plenty of power. The base model starts at $128,200 plus ORC but mine was specced up to $150,450 with 22-inch AMG multi-spoke wheels, paint job, luxury seating and AMG sports package. It looked mean.

Formidable is probably a better word than mean. A lot of my female friends wanted the Audi Q7 but quickly changed their minds when they saw this. I found this perplexing, but fact is the ladies liked it; it’s big enough to fit the family in and something with a whole lot of grunt.




Jeep Wrangles Success: Armstrong Prestige

The Jeep Wrangler is one of the true greats of the modern automotive world. With each generation, Jeep has refined the winning formula of unmatched quality and toughness to create a winning package that is second to none.



Now, there is a new Wrangler on sale at Armstrong Prestige and it’s better than ever, with three models on offer. These range from the entry-level Sports S and the mid-range Overland, to the flagship Rubicon, named in honour of the rugged and tough Rubicon Trail in America.

All Wranglers come with the proven 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine which produces 285 HP and 260 foot-pounds of torque. Styling wise, the new Wrangler still retains its iconic seven slot grill, which has adorned all Jeeps since the Jeep of WW2. The new Wrangler is still the only 4WD vehicle available as a convertible.

Inside you get an interior with high quality materials and a substantial number of features; more storage, more comfort, more visibility and a quieter ride. Drivers will enjoy the new 6.5-inch Uconnect Touchscreen infotainment system with Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth and Reversing Camera.

Safety is also of paramount importance in the new Wrangler with features like Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear-Cross Traffic Detection and ParkSense Rear Park Assist System. For more information on this incredible new Jeep Wrangler, visit Armstrong Prestige Christchurch at 6 Detroit Place, Addington.


Mercedes A250

Up a Notch: Mercedes A250

Picking up the vehicle from Armstrong Prestige, I went over everything before I left the yard. Easy to install the phone, check; a beautiful dash-based display with the standard Mercedes touch pad, check; silver metal trim and suede seating with really nice red stitching, check; 165kW, 350Nm 191cc, 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine, check; stunning 18-inch 5-star alloy rims with two-tone colouring, double check.


Mercedes A250


Now let’s see how she performs. Off up the hill to get that first heart-pounding acceleration, it offers superb cornering and plenty of power. After my last experience in the A200, the A250 takes it up a notch in both looks and drive experience. Increasing it by 45kW and 100Nm of torque may not sound like much, but it’s a definite improvement on agility and feel.

The A250 has a smaller feel but there’s plenty of room for four adults on a trip and it’s a good looker, with nice lines on the exterior. I liked the A200, but where it fell down for me was performance, which the A250 more than corrects, giving it the power to go with the looks.

Not a bad price either for what you’re getting with fuel consumption of 6.6 Litres per 100km.  All in all, it’s a great car and if you’re a family traveller or a person wanting a smart, great technology-filled vehicle at a great price, this is the one.



Armstrong Prestige

In the driver’s seat: Armstrong Prestige where great customer service drives them

Strong customer relationships are one of the pillars of commercial success, but Armstrong Prestige has taken this concept to the next level.

Armstrong Prestige

The company recently flew some of its best customers down to Warbirds Over Wanaka, cooked up a storm with celebrity chef Annabel Langbein and got the ladies out on the track to experience some of their finest vehicles with Ladies Day at Ruapuna.

There are, of course, great vehicles constantly showing up too, with the all new X-Class that arrived mid-April. Just one of the new models in the Mercedes-Benz family, the highly anticipated top of the range utility vehicle is catered to light commercial applications.
“It features a rare combination of striking looks, raw power and beautiful interior design – including intelligent networking, high ride comfort and refined finishes,” Armstrong Prestige’s Simon Spencer Xu says.
The new AMG Performance Centre is now set to open mid-June. The second showroom to be built in New Zealand, it’s the Christchurch incarnation of a global initiative giving dedicated space to Mercedes-AMG product, with motorsport-themed display areas and specialist staff trained at AMG headquarters in Affalterbach. In conjunction with the Performance Centre opening, Armstrong’s showroom is also getting a makeover.
There is always something to look forward to down at Armstrong Prestige, with a team of sincere people genuinely dedicated to getting you into the right vehicle and continuing to provide the latest in quality vehicles and service.
For more information, visit the showroom at 6 Detroit Place, phone
03-343 2468 or visit