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.

Skoda's zesty new Fabia bolder, smarter

Skoda's zesty new Fabia bolder, smarter

Petr Skutina has been Skoda's in-factory liaison with the New Zealand distributor for only two years, but already he's made the long trip here from Bohemia on three occasions.

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Subaru sedan living up to its Legacy

Subaru sedan living up to its Legacy

For Subaru, success is a word that starts with the letter L.

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New Lexus a fine grand tourer

New Lexus a fine grand tourer

European dominance of the premium coupe segment of our new-car market isn't likely to be challenged by the new Lexus RC350, but it's an interesting machine nonetheless. David Thomson delivers his verdict after a week behind the wheel.

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Spirited away: Rolls-Royce Ghost II a stunner

Spirited away: Rolls-Royce Ghost II a stunner

Taking the wheel of the new Rolls-Royce Ghost II is a uniquely compelling experience, writes David Thomson.

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BMW goes front-wheel-drive in new 218i

BMW goes front-wheel-drive in new 218i

BMW is setting off in a new direction with its new 2-series Active Tourer. David Thomson ponders the significance of the new machine as he puts it through its paces.

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VW's beaut ute transformed into civilised cruiser

VW's beaut ute transformed into civilised cruiser

In the five years since it first appeared, the Volkswagen Amarok has gone from being a curiosity to an accepted player at the top end of our booming ute market. David Thomson takes a refresher on the German-designed, Argentine-built pick-up. 

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New Outback a satisfying ride from Subaru

New Outback a satisfying ride from Subaru

With the forthcoming sixth-generation Legacy set to be offered in sedan guise only, the latest Outback takes on all large-wagon duties for Subaru. David Thomson loads up for an extended journey to put the new machine through its paces.

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Fine-handling Mazda2 a worthy successor

Fine-handling Mazda2 a worthy successor

The latest Mazda2 is one of the first all-new models to grace our roads in 2015. David Thomson puts a small car that has big boots to fill through its paces.

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High refinement in Mercedes CDI

High refinement in Mercedes CDI

Devotees of Mercedes-Benz will be familiar with the CLS. A rakish four-door, coupe-style take on the E-Class saloon, it was launched back in 2004 and a second-generation version appeared in 2010.

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Lexus flexes SUV muscles

Lexus flexes SUV muscles

Lexus has filled a vital niche in its line-up with the new NX.  David Thomson puts this new luxury SUV through its paces.

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Genesis an impressive premium sedan from Hyundai

Genesis an impressive premium sedan from Hyundai

Who will be attracted to Hyundai's just-released premium sedan, the Genesis?

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Plenty to like in VW's practical Polo

Plenty to like in VW's practical Polo

Volkswagen is expecting big things of its latest CrossPolo supermini SUV. David Thomson slips behind the wheel to see how it fares in local conditions.

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Mercedes hits mark with new C-Class

Mercedes hits mark with new C-Class

Mercedes-Benz has high ambitions for its latest C-Class. David Thomson tests the C200 variant to see if the new machine delivers.

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Toyota's 2WD workhorse gains extra appeal

Toyota's 2WD workhorse gains extra appeal

In one of those odd ironies of life, at the very time Toyota has been promoting the Hilux as New Zealand's top-selling four-wheel-drive utility, a two-wheel-drive variant of the same machine was dispatched to Drivesouth for appraisal.

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Honda is on the move

Honda is on the move

The new, fifth-generation Honda Odyssey has made it to our shores. David Thomson hops aboard to ponder the vehicle's importance in the booming people-mover segment.

It is close on 10 years since people-movers were last as significant in the new vehicle market as they are right now, and almost as long since Honda's once popular Odyssey was more han a bit-player.

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New Skoda Scout a spacious surprise

New Skoda Scout a spacious surprise

Plenty of fun, not a lot of badges: That's my memory of adolescent years as a boy scout.

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New Subaru Outback a good fit for Kiwis

New Subaru Outback a good fit for Kiwis

Subaru's latest version of the Outback is being touted as being produced especially for the marque's greatest drivers - New Zealanders. Catherine Pattison found out on the predominantly off-road Central Otago launch drive that it is a suitable fit for southerners.

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Manual Mazda hatch maintains high standard

Manual Mazda hatch maintains high standard

The new Mazda 3 - confirmed on Thursday night as New Zealand's 2014 car of the year - has already impressed Drivesouth this year, when tested in both 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre automatic four-door guise. Now the manual SP25 five-door hatchback has also passed through our hands.

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Kia's new Pro_cee'd GT a soul-stirrer

Kia's new Pro_cee'd GT a soul-stirrer

As surely as its name defies the rules of punctuation, the new Pro_cee'd GT challenges the accepted view of what Kia can offer the enthusiastic driver. David Thomson reports.

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Plenty of appeal in new Holden Trax

Plenty of appeal in new Holden Trax

A new 1.4-litre turbo engine boosts the appeal of the Holden Trax. David Thomson reports back after a week behind the wheel of the compact sports utility machine.

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