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.

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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New Lexus NX nice and nimble

New Lexus NX nice and nimble

No-one needs tell Lexus how hot crossovers are; the RX has been the brand's sales leader here for some years now.

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BMW 25d X5 an accomplished performer

BMW 25d X5 an accomplished performer

BMW'S latest X5 made a hugely favourable impression when tested in mid-range 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbo-diesel guise at the start of the year, garnering Drivesouth's maximum five-star test rating with ease.

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Peugeot makes statement with new 308

Peugeot makes statement with new 308

Anyone with even an elemental understanding of European history and affairs will know the French tend not to cope well whenever a certain neighbour gets shouty.

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New Honda Jazz adds pizzazz

New Honda Jazz adds pizzazz

The new Honda Jazz is one of 10 finalists vying for top honours in the 2014 New Zealand Car of the Year Awards. David Thomson delivers his verdict after a week with the flagship RS Mugen variant.

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Nissan steps up with new Pulsar SSS

Nissan steps up with new Pulsar SSS

The use of the SSS appellation to identify the performance version of a mainstream Nissan model dates right back to the 1960s, in the days when the brand we now know as Nissan was Datsun.

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Electric-assist Audi A3 offers best of both worlds

Electric-assist Audi A3 offers best of both worlds

As electric-assist cars increasingly press into our lives, it seems obvious they will invariably push another drivetrain format off to pasture.

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New Mini Cooper S fresh, fun and funky

New Mini Cooper S fresh, fun and funky

Mini's latest offering, the funky Cooper, S caught Catherine Pattison up in its groove, making her reluctant to leave the highway.

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Yaris face freshened for European tastes

Yaris face freshened for European tastes

The mid-life update for the Toyota Yaris is an intriguing story; it's a facelift of a Japanese staple mainly paid for in Euros.

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