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.

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Most recent road tests listed below.

Battling the enemy within the Lexus IS

Battling the enemy within the Lexus IS

Selling fewer sedans than its German rivals is one issue Lexus hopes to remedy, and selling fewer sedans than SUV crossovers is a no-less challenging situation the brand also aims to alleviate.

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Accent on roominess with Suzuki Baleno

Accent on roominess with Suzuki Baleno

While Suzuki is pinning most of its hopes for a further 2017 sales boost on the new Ignis compact SUV, it is also covering its bases at the budget end of the new-car market with the far more conventional Baleno.

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New Impreza bigger and comes with more tech

New Impreza  bigger and comes with more tech

Going big by starting small: That's one way of describing the impact that the new Impreza will have on Subaru's fortunes. The model itself is off to a great start, being named Japan's car of the year at the end of 2016, but ultimately it's the underpinning for this entry to the brand that will make bigger impact.

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Mercedes’ crossover shapes up

Mercedes’ crossover shapes up

Everything going to plan, the GLC medium crossover would be the top-selling Mercedes- Benz by now.

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Skoda Octavia a blend of performance and practicality

Skoda Octavia a blend of performance and practicality

Drive a sizzling hot hatch or a two-seater sports car in your 20s and early 30s, before surrendering to a life in which motoring choices are family rather than fun-focused; this has been the motoring-life trajectory of millions of folk around the world, Kiwis included, for years. The only major change in recent times has been that medium-sized SUVs and semi-SUVs have largely supplanted conventional wagons and specialised people- movers as the surrender-to-sensible choice.

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Outstanding refinement in Mazda's CX-9

Outstanding refinement in Mazda's CX-9

The second-generation Mazda CX-9 is a finalist for the soon-to-be-announced New Zealand Car of the Year award. David Thomson checks the qualities that put it on the short list.

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Bargain Ford Focus thrills and intimidates

Bargain Ford Focus thrills and intimidates

BACK before he achieved world-wide fame as a sideways supremo through his internet- breaking Gymkhana videos, Ken Block sought to make his mark as an international rally driver. Though becoming one of the few Americans to score World Rally Championship points, Block struggled through _ and I know this sounds weird _ being ``too skidtastic''.

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Distinctive style and feel of Citroen's DS 4 HDI

Distinctive style and feel of Citroen's DS 4 HDI

AS well as testing the DS 5, Drivesouth marked the appearance of the DS brand in New Zealand with time behind the wheel of the smaller DS 4.

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Citroen's typical quirky DS 5 HDI

Citroen's typical quirky DS 5 HDI

‘‘We'll take the weird French car then.''

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Kia's new Optima its best yet

Kia's new Optima its best yet

With production of the Ford Falcon now at an end and the demise of the Holden Commodore about a year away, we have entered a time of unusual opportunity for upper-medium and large-saloon brands as many long-standing buyers of such vehicles, both fleet and private customers, are forced to shop around for something new.

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Less could be more for AMG

Less could be more for AMG

What's AMG without the rumble? It's a new opportunity, one that could well spur a whole new sales charge for a brand already clearly on the move.

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New Civic a big step forward for Honda

New Civic a big step forward for Honda

Honda's latest Civic has made the cut as a finalist for NZ Car Of The Year.  David Thomson finds out what it has to offer.

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Tiguan leading VW's recovery

Tiguan leading VW's recovery

Volkswagen is expecting big things from the latest Tiguan. Richard Bosselman tries the TSI Highline 4Motion variant to see how it stacks up.

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Holden Colorado up to the task

Holden Colorado up to the task

Gold-medal sales status might still be within grasp of Holden's one-tonne ute as the result of a near Olympian redevelopment but this year, at least, it will have to settle for bronze.

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Holden Colorado up to the task

Holden Colorado up to the task

Gold-medal sales status might still be within grasp of Holden's one-tonne ute as the result of a near Olympian redevelopment but this year, at least, it will have to settle for bronze.

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New Mercedes E350d in a class of its own

New Mercedes E350d in a class of its own

How much more is there to the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class than being the most advanced semi-autonomous production car available in New Zealand? David Thomson gets behind the wheel of the flagship E350d to find out.

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Power, performance and frugality in Suzuki's new Vitara

Power, performance and frugality in Suzuki's new Vitara

The new Vitara has been a strong performer on the sales charts this year and Suzuki will be hoping for further success with a new variant that offers improved performance on the road. David Thomson reports in after a week with this latest turbocharged addition to the range.

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Subaru's new Levorg a well-rounded sporting experience

Subaru's new Levorg a well-rounded sporting experience

Subaru is out to recapture past glories with the new Levorg. David Thomson explains as he puts the new wagon to the test.

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Mazda CX-9: Big vehicle big on features

Mazda CX-9: Big vehicle big on features

Sports utility vehicles have become default family transport for the 21st century and large elevated seven-seaters are fast rising as the best choice.

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F-division delivers a Lexus with soul

F-division delivers a Lexus with soul

When it comes to a recipe for global performance motoring success, it's hard to go past the traditional combination of a stonking V8 engine and rear-wheel drive in a sports-tuned saloon chassis.

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