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.

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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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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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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Peugeot changes focus with new 308s

Peugeot changes focus with new 308s

The pair of performance-tuned 308s Peugeot has just released represent the start of a new idea: pulling away from the budget end and focusing more on specialist, fun-factor fare that you'll happily pay extra for.

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Mercedes GLC - comfort as well as class

Mercedes GLC - comfort as well as class

In 2015, Mercedes-Benz finally wrested annual luxury car sector leadership from perennial title squabblers Audi and BMW.

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BMW's i3 - clever, fun and future-focused

BMW's i3 - clever, fun and future-focused

The BMW i3 provides an utterly fresh take on what a modern city car can and should be. David Thomson heads to Auckland to test it in an appropriate setting.

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Range riders - Toyota's new Hiluxes up to the task

Range riders - Toyota's new Hiluxes up to the task

Toyota might have chosen to skip the first part of its two-day launch exercise for the latest Hilux, but I'm glad they didn't.

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VW goes retro with new Polo GTI

VW goes retro with new Polo GTI

After five years relying on a 1.4-litre engine, VW has reverted to past practice byby endowing its Polo GTI with a 1.8-litre motor. David Thomson slips into the tartan-trimmed driver's seat of the German pocket rocket for a run.

 

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Audi Q7 hits the mark again

Audi Q7 hits the mark again

Audi's second-generation Q7 has been a long time coming. David Thomson checks in after a week behind the wheel of Ingolstadt's new sports utility flagship.

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Toyota Prado at its best when the going gets tough

Toyota Prado at its best when the going gets tough

Toyota's go-anywhere SUV has been updated with a new engine and gearbox. David Thomson heads off the beaten track to put it through its paces.

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Sublime saloon - Mercedes AMG C 63S

Sublime saloon - Mercedes AMG C 63S

The downsizing from 6.3 to 4.0 litres hasn't cost AMG's Mercedes-Benz C-Class rocketship anything in the way of performance, or old-fashioned muscle-car charm. David Thomson reports in after a memorable spell behind the wheel.

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New Skoda Superb a confident cruiser

New Skoda Superb a confident cruiser

It is easy to see Skoda here potentially benefiting should the diesel-gate affair bruise parent Volkswagen's image.

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