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 sitting pretty with new Kona

Hyundai sitting pretty with new Kona

Being last to the luau shouldn't be problematic for Kona - a Hyundai with a name shared with a famous southwesterly wind in Hawaii leaves the impression it has the elements to blow up a storm.

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Poise and Grace of Ford Focus Sport

Poise and Grace of Ford Focus Sport

Truth be known, this is a road test that should not be appearing in Drivesouth: to cut a long story short, a few weeks back we were due to take delivery of the latest Ford Escape mid-sized SUV for appraisal. But, as sometimes happens, problems arose along the way, and the vehicle earmarked for testing was no longer able to come to Dunedin.

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Suzuki Swift up to the challenge

Suzuki Swift up to the challenge

On the face of it, Suzuki can be well-pleased with the initial response to the third-generation Swift.

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Range Rover Velar hiding in plain sight

Range Rover Velar hiding in plain sight

True Range Rover aficionados will recognise the historical context of Velar; it's the project name given to the pre-production prototypes of the very first of the Range Rover over four and a-half decades ago.

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Leader of the pack

Leader of the pack

If you want confirmation of the importance of sports utility vehicles to mainstream car-makers in 2017, pause and consider this startling piece of information: eight of the top-l0-selling new vehicles in New Zealand so far this year are SUVs.

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Trax stays on track

Trax stays on track

When Holden launched the Trax in 2013, it was, in some respects, a vehicle ahead of its time: a compact sports utility spawned from a front-wheel drive light car platform.

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Hyundai Ioniq true to its word

Hyundai Ioniq true to its word

How about this for an illustration of the rapid march of electric vehicle (EV) technology.

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Kia's Niro hybrid would be welcome

Kia's Niro hybrid would be welcome

Kia is considering adding the Niro hybrid SUV to the local line-up, and has dispatched a couple of examples to New Zealand for evaluation. David Thomson gets behind the wheel of one. 

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Audi Q5 range covers all bases

Audi Q5 range covers all bases

Good news for the strong Kiwi fan base of the outgoing Audi SQ5: the world's most potent turbo-diesel medium sports utility is set to be reissued about a year from now.

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Astra hatch classy and sporty

Astra hatch classy and sporty

Opt for the current Holden Astra in hatchback guise and you'll be choosing a car that was crowned 2016 European Car of the Year as an Opel.

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Mazda's roadster is a driver's delight

Mazda's roadster is a driver's delight

For more than a quarter of a century, the Mazda MX-5 has reigned supreme as the world's favourite mass-market soft-top sports car.

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Swift by name

Swift by name

Three times a charm is all very well, but unruffled success for three generations of any car is a big order few can fulfil, so there's no doubt the latest Suzuki Swift has a lot to live up to.

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Borrowing some Paddon style

Borrowing some Paddon style

The latest version of Hyundai's small car, the i20, is offered in both standard hatchback and high-riding semi-SUV guise. David Thomson has been out and about in the latter.

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VW Tiguan's reputation well earned

VW Tiguan's reputation well earned

When Drivesouth provided a road test of Volkswagen's new Tiguan SUV late last year, it was penned by our North Island-based contributor Richard Bosselman as he was one of the lucky few who secured access to the machine to complete a full appraisal within a few weeks of its official launch.

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Classy cabriolets from Mercedes

Classy cabriolets from Mercedes

Can the drop-top version of Mercedes-Benz's acclaimed C-Class live up to the fine reputation of its hard-top counterparts? David Thomson takes the wheel of the base model C200 cabriolet and flagship AMG C63 S variants to find out.

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Skoda's new Kodiak cool and clever

Skoda's new Kodiak cool and clever

Travelling through the Yukon Territory and into Alaska around 10 years ago, I learned a lot about North America's largest predator.

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Land Rover on the mark with new Discovery

Land Rover on the mark with new Discovery

Settling in behind the wheel of the latest Discovery, I took a moment to pray it wouldn't provide as much excitement as my last Land Rover outing.

Then, as today, the undertaking comprised a solid day of off-roading, but the circumstances were very different.

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Mission accomplished in Mazda's CX-5

Mission accomplished in Mazda's CX-5

Joining the team designing the current Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger on the eve of the vehicles' 2011 release allowed Mazda executive Masaya Kodama the rare experience of free time.

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Update propels Holden Colorado ahead

Update propels Holden Colorado ahead

Holden versus Ford equals Commodore versus Falcon. For as long as most of us can remember, this equation has defined the fiercest rivalry in New Zealand and Australian automotive circles.

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Subaru Impreza the shape of things to come

Subaru Impreza the shape of things to come

Automotive progress is, for the most part, a step-by-step affair. However, every so often, a step is replaced by a leap.

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