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.

Hyundai steps up with sweet saloons

Hyundai steps up with sweet saloons

Now firmly entrenched as one of this country's big four for passenger-car sales, Hyundai's current Kiwi car range extends to 12 different models. David Thomson checks the mid-sized Sonata sedan and luxury-focused Genesis on local roads.

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Honda out to pick up pace with HR-V

Honda out to pick up pace with HR-V

The effervescent small crossover sector is set for a further fizz-up with the arrival of Honda's offer, the Jazz-based HR-V.

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TTS coupe an ace from Audi

TTS coupe an ace from Audi

The latest Audi TT coupe is carrying on where its predecessors left off as a visually appealing machine, but how much substance is there beneath the style? David Thomson takes to the wheel of the flagship model to find out.

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Subaru builds on Legacy with new 3.6RS

Subaru builds on Legacy with new 3.6RS

Whether it's coincidence or not, ditching the wagon from the range seems to have done wonders for the Subaru Legacy. David Thomson explains why after a week with the new flagship 3.6RS variant.

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Future current - Audi's A3 e-tron

Future current - Audi's A3 e-tron

Audi is the latest of a small but growing band of brands to offer Kiwi motorists a plug-in hybrid option. David Thomson puts that vehicle - the A3 e-tron - through its paces.

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Territory and Falcon XR8 - Ford delivers on last hurrahs

Territory and Falcon XR8 - Ford delivers on last hurrahs

Just over 10 years after its launch, the Ford Territory stands proud as a vehicle that was ahead of its time when it first appeared, and remains a remarkably appealing SUV choice 18 months out from its production demise.

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Touch of class in Volvo XC90

Touch of class in Volvo XC90

Fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, a welcoming cold drink poured from a classy decanter from a top Swedish glass-maker, the keys to your new car presented in a personalised, handcrafted box: this isn't how car selling usually goes, even in high-end hangouts, yet it is to be part of the new Volvo experience, brought on by the latest XC90.

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Sport is the winner

Sport is the winner

Halfway through its production life, the fourth-generation Honda CR-V has had a mild facelift and upgrade. David Thomson takes the flagship version on a winter alpine trek to see how it stacks up.

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Suzuki Celerio: Size isn't everything

Suzuki Celerio: Size isn't everything

Suzuki's new city car, the Celerio, has landed. David Thomson finds out what it has to offer at the price-conscious, cheap and cheerful end of the new-car market.

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Mondeo bigger and bolder

Mondeo bigger and bolder

Ford's mid-sized family car, the Mondeo, is back bigger and bolder than ever before. David Thomson takes to the helm of the mid-range trend hatchback version to discover what's on offer.

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Insignia an ice-breaker for Holden

Insignia an ice-breaker for Holden

Call me Richard Bosselman-kunen: I've just aced the ''Scandinavian flick'', a cornering technique that the Nordic rally gods I've long worshipped use to maintain speed in low-grip situations.

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Land Rover's rugged, smart off-roader takes new direction

Land Rover's rugged, smart off-roader takes new direction

Even in places where climatic and geographic conditions encourage sports utility vehicle sales - take a bow, Otago - an emergent syndrome is being noticed.

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VW ticks boxes with updated Touareg

VW ticks boxes with updated Touareg

A substantial midlife upgrade and an improved standard specification at no additional cost should boost the appeal of Volkswagen's large Touareg SUV. David Thomson tries the entry-level 150kW turbo-diesel.

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Strong allure to new Nissan Navara

Strong allure to new Nissan Navara

Late, yes, but still in time to reap rich reward from a one-tonne utility market that is in its best-ever shape, but probably still has yet to peak.

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Memorable machine - the Mercedes GLA 45 AMG

Memorable machine - the Mercedes GLA 45 AMG

Part performance SUV and part hot hatch, the GLA 45 AMG steers Mercedes-Benz into previously uncharted waters at a breakneck pace. David Thomson straps in for the ride.

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Volkswagen pleases with new Passat

Volkswagen pleases with new Passat

In a market dominated by SUVs, the new VW Passat is flying the flag for the medium car.  Richard Bosselman assesses the generation-eight models.

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GT86 still a treat from Toyota

GT86 still a treat from Toyota

Built by Subaru with extensive engineering and mechanical input from Toyota, the endeavour that spawned the Toyota 86 and its identical twin, the Subaru BRZ, has been one of the few joint-production success stories of recent motoring history.

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Five-door Mini Cooper more of a score

Five-door Mini Cooper more of a score

Once all Minis were three-doors, but now there's a five-door version in town. David Thomson sees what it has to offer, and at what price.

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Last Toyota Camrys reveal secret SX appeal

Last Toyota Camrys reveal secret SX appeal

A derivative for younger buyers originally kept secret from head office and another with high-end crash avoidance technology are intended to help the Toyota Camry cast off any ''cardigan car'' image and maintain decent sales during the final part of its life.

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New Mitsubishi Triton made for work as well as play

New Mitsubishi Triton made for work as well as play

Farmers and other friends of the land should be flattered; so much about the Mitsubishi Triton - from specification and design thought to launch planning - seems tailored for them.

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