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.

Much to admire in new Mazda3

Much to admire in new Mazda3

After spending time behind the wheel of two variants of the latest Mazda3, David Thomson has a fresh appreciation of what it takes to be a winner on the new-car sales charts.

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New Spaceback a solid performer from Skoda

New Spaceback a solid performer from Skoda

Skoda's rise as a respected player in the New Zealand new-car market has proceeded apace this year, with sales up by almost a quarter on 2013. David Thomson checks out the company's Rapid model.

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Mercedes smartens up snappy off-roader

Mercedes smartens up snappy off-roader

How's this for a curious twist: to best tailor the only version of its GLA small sport utility that has off-roading potential to New Zealand conditions, Mercedes-Benz adds as standard an ''off-road pack'' equipment enhancement that is optional in most places.

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Nissan steps up with new 2WD X-Trail

Nissan steps up with new 2WD X-Trail

''What's the point then?'' was a friend's direct response upon learning that the Nissan X-Trail I was about to drive home at the end of an evening family visit was a two- rather than four-wheel-drive variant.

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Comfort, class in new Kia Koup

Comfort, class in new Kia Koup

The first Kia Koup was a stylistic stunner but a disappointing drive. David Thomson finds out what has changed with its successor.

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Corolla sedan a smooth move from Toyota

Corolla sedan a smooth move from Toyota

There's a new Corolla sedan in town and David Thomson has been behind the wheel.

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New WRX another strong showing from Subaru

New WRX another strong showing from Subaru

Driving the latest "ultimate" WRX, the thought arises: did the memo from head office terminating Subaru's international rallying programme not reach the company's STI (Subaru Technica International) performance arm?

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Might and sound - Jaguar's new F-Type Coupe

Might and sound - Jaguar's new F-Type Coupe

Look at the F-Type Coupe and you'll see a body shape sweet enough to stand critical comparison with Jaguar's finest work, the E-Type.

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Outstanding new coupe from BMW

Outstanding new coupe from BMW

Hot on the heels of its new 4-series range, BMW has launched another new model line, the 2-series. David Thomson puts the coupe variant to the test.

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New Lexus offers economy with luxury

New Lexus offers economy with luxury

For a solid sedan, the Lexus GS 300h was not greedy at the pump. Catherine Pattison learned a lot about hybrid efficiency after a week with this prudent petrol-electric sedan.

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Honda Jazz sporting new attitude

Honda Jazz sporting new attitude

A new platform, new engine and transmissions, and a new look: all this, we knew was coming. The surprise sight at the media event for the generation three Honda Jazz was a new attitude.

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Surprise package - Nissan's new Juke

Surprise package - Nissan's new Juke

David Thomson reports in after a week with the hottest version of Nissan's quirky crossover baby, the Juke.

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Jeep makes changes to Cherokee

Jeep makes changes to Cherokee

Here's an open secret from the media preview of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee: the new Cherokee comes as an all-petrol range for now, but a diesel-engined version is on the way.

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Citroen's Grand C4 - a people-mover that dares to be different

Citroen's Grand C4 - a people-mover that dares to be different

Bereft of a mid-sized SUV choice, Citroen needs its Grand C4 Picasso people-mover to woo the family-minded buyer. David Thomson puts this distinctive machine through its paces.

Citroen was a relative latecomer to the people-mover segment, but since the launch of its original Xsara Picasso in 1999, the French maker has gained a reputation as an innovator in the class.

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Plenty of zip in Mini's SUV alternative

Plenty of zip in Mini's SUV alternative

An all-new edition of the regular Mini has just hit the streets, but for those who want their Mini to come with a longer than usual wheelbase, more interior room, greater ground clearance and four-wheel drive, the Countryman will continue largely unchanged this year and probably next.

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Good looks, athleticism from Mercedes­-Benz GLA

Good looks, athleticism from Mercedes­-Benz GLA

Sports utilities are not what they used to be, we all know that.

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Maserati Quattroporte S - Nothing quite like it

Maserati Quattroporte S - Nothing quite like it

Fiery hot performance is all part of the persona of Maserati: this 100-year-old brand still celebrates being one of the ''original'' greats when Formula One's modern era began in the 1950s and it still uses track tricks to tweak the luxury passenger cars on which it now focuses.

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Ford Fiesta Ecoboost an excellent addition

Ford Fiesta Ecoboost an excellent addition

When fellow Drivesouth writer Richard Bosselman served up a rave review for the new 1.0-litre Ford Fiesta Ecoboost after driving the car in Thailand last year, I had my doubts.

 

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Holden covers bases with Colorado

Holden covers bases with Colorado

With light commercials and SUVs spearheading the current increase in new vehicle sales, Holden's update of its Colorado is timely. David Thomson reports.

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Holden Barina a whole lot of fun

Holden Barina a whole lot of fun

When Holden announced a performance version of its Barina was in the pipeline, hot­-hatch purists might well have raised an eyebrow; built in Korea, and known in most parts of the world as the Chevrolet Aveo, the current Barina seems an unlikely source car for sporting desire.

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