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.

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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Holden double act provides niche panache

Holden double act provides niche panache

Scarcity is the tie that binds Holden's latest products. You don't see many convertible and three-door hardtop cars for good reason: they're select tastes.

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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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