Road Test Archive

The Drivesouth vehicle road test archive contains over 5 years of motoring road tests from Drivesouth's top motoring writers. Search car road tests here.

You can also browse our car road tests by vehicle make or type. All vehicles tested by Drivesouth motoring journalists over the past 8 years can be found here.

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Most recent road tests listed below.

Jaguar changes its spots

Jaguar changes its spots

THE SS100, the XK120, E-Type, the XJ in original and first-generation alloy form, that initial XF ... past landmark Jaguar road cars are easy to cite.

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Legacy project is more than the sum

Legacy project is more than the sum

So maybe you think the name Levorg is too Star Trek-reminiscent or you're so over being reminded what it becomes when spelled backwards?

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Current thinking

Current thinking

An increase in electric cars on the scene does not mean hybrids have had their day.

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Audi A4: More than meets the eye

Audi A4: More than meets the eye

Audi has recently released its new-generation A4 saloon. David Thomson finds out that there is a lot more to this machine than meets the eye.

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An aristocratic experience of top-down motoring

An aristocratic experience of top-down motoring

Sometime in the early hours of the morning, the pitch black of the night sky gradually transitions to a deep blue. A band of orange appears, faint at first and hugging the horizon, but gathering in depth and intensity until the sun rises into view.

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Mercedes-Benz goes all-out with coupe

Mercedes-Benz goes all-out with coupe

Luxury two-door, four-seater cars are aspirational fare and in the case of the C-Class Coupe there's no limit to the degree of desire.

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Mustang’s new GT Fastback right up to the mark

Mustang’s new GT Fastback right up to the mark

Half a century after its launch, the Mustang GT, one of the enduring images of '60s America, has been redesigned for international success. David Thomson sees what it has to offer. 

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BMW brings X1 into the fold

BMW brings X1 into the fold

The second-generation X1 is a fine addition to the junior luxury SUV ranks. David Thomson has been driving the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel version. 

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The ‘urban adventure’ machine

The ‘urban adventure’ machine

A long journey taken in small initial steps; the process of establishing the DS as a prestige label separate from donor marque Citroen has begun here, but it's more a quiet insurrection than a full-out French revolution.

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Graceful elegance in new Jaguar XF

Graceful elegance in new Jaguar XF

Don't think I'm being negative about the Jaguar XF in suggesting that, when it comes to striking sweet spots, this particular version doesn't quite hit dead centre.

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Taking the small out of the Mini

Taking the small out of the Mini

Pay attention fans of the modern Mini who have been deterred from ownership because it is too small to meet your everyday motoring needs.

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A fair bit of shine in new Holden Spark

A fair bit of shine in new Holden Spark

Badge engineering will not be unknown for Holden once it quits making cars, but it will be kept to a minimum.

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Toyota takes steps forward with new Hilux

Toyota takes steps forward with new Hilux

The new Hilux range has more than 20 variants: petrols, diesels, two-wheel-drives and four-wheel-drives, single, extra and double cabs. David Thomson dodges possible confusion by checking the heavyweight towing choice, the SR5 double cab diesel manual.

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Kia quietly optimistic over latest Sportage

Kia quietly optimistic over latest Sportage

Being factory-owned rather than in the hands of an independent distributor; buying in New Zealand dollars rather than yen or American greenbacks; a desire to create a stronger brand image.

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Kia's 2WD Sorento all very accommodating

Kia's 2WD Sorento all very accommodating

The diesel four-wheel-drive version of Kia's latest Sorento was assessed by Drivesouth last year, earning a four-star rating.

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Mid-life changes to Lexus all for the better

Mid-life changes to Lexus all for the better

Recent revisions to the Lexus IS and ES ranges have breathed fresh life into two key models within Toyota's luxury-plate line-up. David Thomson checks what's new.

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VW's latest Passat a superb saloon

VW's latest Passat a superb saloon

In March 2015, the latest Volkswagen Passat was basking in the limelight as the newly crowned European Car of the Year.  Twelve months on, David Thomson slips behind the wheel of the 2.0 TSI R-Line variant to see how it rates on this side of the world.

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Best of all worlds in Porsche Spyder hybrid

Best of all worlds in Porsche Spyder hybrid

For the past two years, Palmerston North engineer Brian Hartley has gone to Le Mans to watch his son Brendon contest one the world's most famous endurance car races for one of the world's best sports car brands.

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Nissan Leaf - changing the face of modern motoring

Nissan Leaf - changing the face of modern motoring

Relying solely on electric power, the Nissan Leaf is at the forefront of a new generation of cars changing the face of motoring. David Thomson borrows Delta's all-electric vehicle and tries it as everyday transport in and around Dunedin.

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Toyota looks to past with new Fortuner

Toyota looks to past with new Fortuner

Even with demand for vehicles with any degree of all-terrain persona at an all-time high, it seems a little weird to find a new SUV that conforms to design principles that once seemed set to become extinct.

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