Car Reviews

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.

Upgraded CX-3 even sweeter

Upgraded CX-3 even sweeter

THE CX-3 has been a star performer for Mazda since its launch in late 2015, and in the normal run of motoring play, a mid-life upgrade would be at least a year away. However, with new rivals arriving thick and fast, Hiroshima's compact SUV has been given an early update.

more >

Subaru unleashes new WRX

Subaru unleashes new WRX

There is nothing better than low adhesion conditions to bring the best out of high-grip hardware, but even with rain squalls lashing the Hampton Downs circuit, Subaru's updated performance cars didn't let go easily.

more >

The art of the inspirational VW Arteon

The art of the inspirational VW Arteon

Having now firmly established itself as a car buyers' favoured lower-level premium choice, Volkswagen is looking upwards with the Arteon.

more >

Kia steps up with performance saloon

Kia steps up with performance saloon

Late last year Drivesouth welcomed the new Kia Optima, proclaiming it the best large saloon yet from the Korean firm.

more >

Finding the delight in the twists and turns

Finding the delight in the twists and turns

It is hard to believe that five years have passed since Toyota and Subaru's joint endeavour to produce a top-notch sports coupe first bore fruit.

more >

New coup, sedan soup up E-Class

New coup, sedan soup up E-Class

MERCEDES-BENZ'S E-Class is already a star car as current holder of the country's top motoring award.

more >

The other Suzukis stake a claim

The other Suzukis stake a claim

Think Suzuki, and right now the chances are you'll think Swift: the chic compact hatchback that has dominated the small-car segment of the New Zealand market in recent years, and looks likely to carry on doing so following the launch of the all-new model just a couple of months ago.

more >

Born to be wild

Born to be wild

Honda's most recent media gathering was wall-to-wall with new models expected to a play key role in leading buyers back to
the brand.

more >

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?

more >

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.

more >

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.

more >

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.

more >

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.

more >

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.

more >

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.

more >

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.

more >

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.

more >

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.

more >

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.

more >

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. 

more >
Syndicate content