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.

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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Audi Q7 an 'unlikely' muscle car

Audi Q7 an 'unlikely' muscle car

Those in Dunedin for this weekend's Otago Rally will doubtless associate Audi's famous advertising slogan ‘‘Vorsprung durch Technik'' with the original edition of the German company's legendary quattro coupe.

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Toyota workhorse and Lexus coupe worlds apart

Toyota workhorse and Lexus coupe worlds apart

In this tale of automotive chalk and cheese, David Thomson puts the Lexus RC 200T Sports Coupe and Toyota Landcruiser 70-Series through their paces.

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Battling the enemy within the Lexus IS

Battling the enemy within the Lexus IS

Selling fewer sedans than its German rivals is one issue Lexus hopes to remedy, and selling fewer sedans than SUV crossovers is a no-less challenging situation the brand also aims to alleviate.

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Accent on roominess with Suzuki Baleno

Accent on roominess with Suzuki Baleno

While Suzuki is pinning most of its hopes for a further 2017 sales boost on the new Ignis compact SUV, it is also covering its bases at the budget end of the new-car market with the far more conventional Baleno.

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New Impreza bigger and comes with more tech

New Impreza  bigger and comes with more tech

Going big by starting small: That's one way of describing the impact that the new Impreza will have on Subaru's fortunes. The model itself is off to a great start, being named Japan's car of the year at the end of 2016, but ultimately it's the underpinning for this entry to the brand that will make bigger impact.

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Mercedes’ crossover shapes up

Mercedes’ crossover shapes up

Everything going to plan, the GLC medium crossover would be the top-selling Mercedes- Benz by now.

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Skoda Octavia a blend of performance and practicality

Skoda Octavia a blend of performance and practicality

Drive a sizzling hot hatch or a two-seater sports car in your 20s and early 30s, before surrendering to a life in which motoring choices are family rather than fun-focused; this has been the motoring-life trajectory of millions of folk around the world, Kiwis included, for years. The only major change in recent times has been that medium-sized SUVs and semi-SUVs have largely supplanted conventional wagons and specialised people- movers as the surrender-to-sensible choice.

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Outstanding refinement in Mazda's CX-9

Outstanding refinement in Mazda's CX-9

The second-generation Mazda CX-9 is a finalist for the soon-to-be-announced New Zealand Car of the Year award. David Thomson checks the qualities that put it on the short list.

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