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.

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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Luxury, performance in Mercedes' new Shooting Brake

Luxury, performance in Mercedes' new Shooting Brake

Popping the most powerful four-cylinder petrol engine in the world under the bonnet of one of the world's smallest wagons is an act of madness that makes a surprising amount of sense.

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Kia takes strides with new Sorento

Kia takes strides with new Sorento

Bigger, bolder and better equipped than its predecessor, the latest Sorento is an important new model for Kia. David Thomson reports in after a week driving the mid-range EX diesel variant.

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BMW sharpens appeal of key market players

BMW sharpens appeal of key market players

Halting territorial loss in one area and making a gain in another is driving BMW's strategy for two key products experiencing different fortunes.

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Ford hits high note with new Focus ST

Ford hits high note with new Focus ST

A new high-performance version of the Ford Focus sets out not only to entertain, but also to showcase fresh design features being introduced across the range. David Thomson checks in after a week behind the wheel of the new Focus ST.

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Updated Commodore has old-school appeal

Updated Commodore has old-school appeal

One chance against the clock. It started well enough, sweetly nailing the first challenge, an off-camber left-hander that caught out more than a few, and keeping pretty good speed through the following big curving right turn.

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New Hyundai Tucson up for the challenge

New Hyundai Tucson up for the challenge

Ready for a clash of the Titans? It seems probable with Hyundai's newest sports utility being of a size to square up directly against the category's kingpin.

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Benz covers the bases with GLE

Benz covers the bases with GLE

Three months to go and just a handful of registrations separate the big three of the prestige sector.

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Nissan's Navara ST-X flagship leads from the front

Nissan's Navara ST-X flagship leads from the front

One of a slew of new ute arrivals either here now or soon to land, the latest Nissan Navara is dressed to impress in flagship ST-X guise. David Thomson considers its merits on Otago roads.

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Suzuki sharpens Vitara up for the road

Suzuki sharpens Vitara up for the road

Normal? Hardly. But Suzuki New Zealand says it has 200 good reasons for having a buck each way by introducing its new Vitara, while keeping the decade-old Grand edition on sale alongside the car that supposedly replaces it.

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Ford focus allows wagon to test SUV

Ford focus allows wagon to test SUV

The recent surge in demand for small and medium SUVs has come at the expense of interest in similarly sized conventional wagons. David Thomson considers the merits of these different vehicle types by assessing two members of the current Ford range.

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Audi's new Q7 full of technology

Audi's new Q7 full of technology

Audi here didn't go into it, but the story goes that planning for this just-arrived second-generation Q7 was started while the first was still a teenager in car years.

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Mazda's popular compact extends its reach

Mazda's popular compact extends its reach

Mazda's new compact SUV has been causing quite a stir since its launch earlier in the year. David Thomson has been trying both entry-level petrol and flagship diesel variants.

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Toyota gives torque tweak to Land Cruiser Prado

Toyota gives torque tweak to Land Cruiser Prado

Facelifts that fail to deliver any visual change whatsoever aren't common, but that's exactly what has happened to the Land Cruiser Prado - unlike the impending upgrade for the big brother 200-Series, there's no new change to the now quite old (last revised in 2013) look.

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