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Browse the latest car reviews from our team of motoring writers at Drivesouth. Everything you need to know about the next car you buy is here.

Plenty to like about new i30

Plenty to like about new i30

Has the maker of Korea's most European compact car grown out of drawing comparison with a certain German other?

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Impreza quality at a better price

Impreza quality at a better price

A couple of minutes into presenting the new XV, Subaru's local boss idly commented that it was actually a totally different car from the Impreza.

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Holden Astra saloon for space and comfort

Holden Astra saloon for space and comfort

Despite reasonably high component commonality, US Chevrolet rather than European Opel genes mean the Astra saloon has the familial look, but not quite the same feel as its hatchback cousin.

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Kia's new manual Rio is the pick of the crop

Kia's new manual Rio is the pick of the crop

When Drivesouthintroduced the latest, fourth generation of the Kia Rio a few months back, the brand's prediction that 90% of buyers would choose the four-speed automatic version over the six-speed manual was prominently referenced.

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The Peugeot GT is moving with the times

The Peugeot GT is moving with the times

At a time when buyer interest in compact lifestyle SUVs is burgeoning, and an increasing number of manufacturers are playing in this space, it is easy to overlook some of the less obvious options. David Thomson has been trying one such vehicle, the Peugeot 2008.

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Enjoying the Highlander's quiet comforts

Enjoying the Highlander's quiet comforts

It's facelift time for New Zealand's favourite American car, but not the one you're probably thinking of. The Ford Mustang is the No 1 born-and-bred Yank for Kiwis, but the Indiana-built Toyota Highlander, with 1989 registrations last year, is actually this country's strongest-selling US-manufactured vehicle.

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Kia Rio a bright ride

Kia Rio a bright ride

A sense that Kia has a fine-tuned ability to bring extra polish to products developed from those of parent-company Hyundai, is further cemented by the latest generation of the Rio small hatchback.

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Hyundai Ioniq electric rekindles spark of adventure

Hyundai Ioniq electric rekindles spark of adventure

In the dawn of motoring, over a century ago now, any kind of road trip had potential to become a stern test; what the route or vehicle would deliver was always a lottery.

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Renault a brother from another mother

Renault a brother from another mother

Surely nothing better sums up the internationalism of the car business than a French-designed car, largely engineered by the Japanese, and built in South Korea.

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Suzuki's Big small car fires up

Suzuki's Big small car fires up

Last year's sales count for Suzuki New Zealand was a cracker - 18% year-on-year growth and 5311 registrations in the bag - only surpassed once since it started up in the 1970s.

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Updates improved in specs and style for Holden

Updates improved in specs and style for Holden

For Holden, this year is about the Commodore seeing out the current car and introducing the new _ but, at present, two small matters are also occupying the company.

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Tough with the smooth

Tough with the smooth

Have traditional ute-derived sports utilities had their day?  Not quite, reckons Richard Bosselman, if the latest Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is any indication. 

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Expansive update is big on specs

Expansive update is big on specs

When Mercedes-Benz updated the second generation of its king-sized sports utility late last year, the company also changed the vehicle's name. So, the SUV previously known as the GL gained an extra letter along with its facelift, becoming the GLS.

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Back to the future

Back to the future

Toyota is looking to the future by reaching back to the past with its new Fortuner SUV. David Thomson explains.

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BMW’s ‘i’ technology goes mainstream

BMW’s ‘i’ technology goes mainstream

The next step forward for BMW's electric vehicle plan might seem like a step back, simply because of how it is packaged.

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New Suzuki Vitara shines on the road

New Suzuki Vitara shines on the road

About 80m down the access track from the country estate where Suzuki staged the media launch for the latest Vitara variant, there's a fork in the road.

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Thirsty worker

Thirsty worker

As everyone knows, dubbya-dubbya-deuce was the making of the Jeep brand; the concept of an agile all-duties rock-hopper was born out of military need and the resultant model earned its spurs as a workhorse in the major Allied campaigns.

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French flair

French flair

Peugeot has two quite different hot-hatch 308 variants in its New Zealand line-up. David Thomson puts them through their paces.

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Elantra facing fall in small-sedan popularity

Elantra facing fall in small-sedan popularity

Cursory scrutiny of small-sedan sales statistics is enough to suggest that Hyundai shouldn't get too fired up in respect to any expectation for the Elantra.

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Kia eyeing share of sedan market

Kia eyeing share of sedan market

The market shift to crossovers, proper sports utilities and hatches has been killing demand for conventional booted cars.

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