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.

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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Plenty of presence in Audi's RS Q3

Plenty of presence in Audi's RS Q3

For a small vehicle, Audi's new RS Q3 has big presence, writes Richard Bosselman.

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Toyota's petrol Prado a serious off-roader

Toyota's petrol Prado a serious off-roader

Petrol power is back on the menu for New Zealand's best-­selling and recently facelifted large SUV, the Toyota Landcruiser Prado. David Thomson has been putting it to the test on Otago roads and trails.

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4-series coupe a fine ride from BMW

4-series coupe a fine ride from BMW

When is the new BMW 3-series coupe not a BMW 3-series? When it is a 4-series instead. David Thomson explains, after a week behind the wheel of the company's new 435i.

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Nissan covers bases with new Altima

Nissan covers bases with new Altima

A matter of months after the once popular Maxima slipped off the market, almost unnoticed, a replacement of a kind is available. David Thomson checks out the new Nissan Altima.

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High-­achieving engine gives Mazda3 wings

High-­achieving engine gives Mazda3 wings

The quality of a given technology is surely proven when a key rival is driven to seek to buy into it.

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Brasher Highlander keeps US roots

Brasher Highlander keeps US roots

Look at the build plate on this generation-three Highlander line and you'll spot something not seen before on a New Zealand-new Toyota: A ''made in America'' stamp.

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Nissan goes for softer stance in Pathfinder

Nissan goes for softer stance in Pathfinder

Nissan is expecting a strong showing from its latest Pathfinder, which represents a marked change in appoach from the model it replaces. David Thomson has been spending time behind the wheel.

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Chrysler V8 muscles in on big-car market

Chrysler V8 muscles in on big-car market

The Chrysler SRT8 is a modern take on that most classic of automotive themes, the American muscle car. David Thomson ponders its significance as a car of the future as well as a car of the past.

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BMW X5 provides a holiday high five

BMW X5 provides a holiday high five

David Thomson said goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014 with the 30d version of the latest BMW X5 in his care. It seems to have marked an auspicious start to the new motoring year.

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Rolls-Royce Wraith - exclusive, exceptional

Rolls-Royce Wraith - exclusive, exceptional

When it comes to an early Christmas present for a motoring writer, it would be hard to go past spending a Saturday morning with one of the most exclusive new cars on sale today.

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Holden on the mark with updated Cruze

Holden on the mark with updated Cruze

The Cruze has been a key model for Holden these past few years, and ranks second only to the Toyota Corolla for sales in the small-medium segment.

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Hybrid power adds to Lexus appeal

Hybrid power adds to Lexus appeal

The previous version of the Lexus is a long-time Drivesouth favourite. Now David Thomson finds out how its successor stacks up.

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Three-cylinder Ford Fiesta little but lively

Three-cylinder Ford Fiesta little but lively

Strong drivetrain and chassis, intriguing road in a fascinating country: today's nip around hill country behind Changmai in northern Thailand has all the elements of being a memorably happy day out in the new Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost.

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Still much to like in Subaru's Legacy

Still much to like in Subaru's Legacy

''How do you find it? I'm thinking of buying an Outback myself.'' 

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BMW X5: A fresh start from familiar foundations

BMW X5: A fresh start from familiar foundations

Heading out of Napier, there are three recognised driving routes to Taihape - via the Manawatu Gorge (SH3 and SH1), via Taupo (SH5, SH1) and via the Gentle Annie, the most direct choice.

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Frugal Nissan Pulsar a quiet achiever

Frugal Nissan Pulsar a quiet achiever

The saloon version of the new Nissan Pulsar range featured in a Drivesouth road test in July, when it passed muster as a conservative but capable new arrival, with a roomy cabin and really big boot its key distinguishing features.

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Peugeot's hot hatch gets back to best

Peugeot's hot hatch gets back to best

Every time Peugeot launches a new hot hatch, motoring writers ask the same question: How does it compare with the classic 205 GTI from the '80s? David Thomson finds out.

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Mini Paceman Cooper S: A thoroughly modern Mini

Mini Paceman Cooper S: A thoroughly modern Mini

Pulling up pretty much anywhere in the punchy-looking Paceman during our days together resulted in a small gaggle of admirers crowding round for a closer look.

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