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.

Subaru's new Levorg a well-rounded sporting experience

Subaru's new Levorg a well-rounded sporting experience

Subaru is out to recapture past glories with the new Levorg. David Thomson explains as he puts the new wagon to the test.

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Mazda CX-9: Big vehicle big on features

Mazda CX-9: Big vehicle big on features

Sports utility vehicles have become default family transport for the 21st century and large elevated seven-seaters are fast rising as the best choice.

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F-division delivers a Lexus with soul

F-division delivers a Lexus with soul

When it comes to a recipe for global performance motoring success, it's hard to go past the traditional combination of a stonking V8 engine and rear-wheel drive in a sports-tuned saloon chassis.

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Volvo powers up to conquer the hills

Volvo powers up to conquer the hills

Who, or what, killed the electric car? The highest, steepest highway mountain crossing in the lower North Island had a damn good try.

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Fully equipped and safer than ever

Fully equipped and safer than ever

Hands up those readers who have noticed the baffling English-language slogans that adorn the spare-wheel covers of some early used-import Toyota RAV4s.

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Driving ambition sees car almost take the wheel

Driving ambition sees car almost take the wheel

The closest injury-causing call I've had at the wheel of a car occurred soon after I gained my licence.

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Sharp looker cuts a dash

Sharp looker cuts a dash

It's bigger and bolder than ever before and also - according to the official figures - more fuel efficient. David Thomson hits the highway in the latest Lexus RX450 hybrid.

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Jaguar changes its spots

Jaguar changes its spots

THE SS100, the XK120, E-Type, the XJ in original and first-generation alloy form, that initial XF ... past landmark Jaguar road cars are easy to cite.

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Legacy project is more than the sum

Legacy project is more than the sum

So maybe you think the name Levorg is too Star Trek-reminiscent or you're so over being reminded what it becomes when spelled backwards?

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Current thinking

Current thinking

An increase in electric cars on the scene does not mean hybrids have had their day.

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Audi A4: More than meets the eye

Audi A4: More than meets the eye

Audi has recently released its new-generation A4 saloon. David Thomson finds out that there is a lot more to this machine than meets the eye.

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An aristocratic experience of top-down motoring

An aristocratic experience of top-down motoring

Sometime in the early hours of the morning, the pitch black of the night sky gradually transitions to a deep blue. A band of orange appears, faint at first and hugging the horizon, but gathering in depth and intensity until the sun rises into view.

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Mercedes-Benz goes all-out with coupe

Mercedes-Benz goes all-out with coupe

Luxury two-door, four-seater cars are aspirational fare and in the case of the C-Class Coupe there's no limit to the degree of desire.

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Mustang’s new GT Fastback right up to the mark

Mustang’s new GT Fastback right up to the mark

Half a century after its launch, the Mustang GT, one of the enduring images of '60s America, has been redesigned for international success. David Thomson sees what it has to offer. 

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BMW brings X1 into the fold

BMW brings X1 into the fold

The second-generation X1 is a fine addition to the junior luxury SUV ranks. David Thomson has been driving the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel version. 

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The ‘urban adventure’ machine

The ‘urban adventure’ machine

A long journey taken in small initial steps; the process of establishing the DS as a prestige label separate from donor marque Citroen has begun here, but it's more a quiet insurrection than a full-out French revolution.

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Graceful elegance in new Jaguar XF

Graceful elegance in new Jaguar XF

Don't think I'm being negative about the Jaguar XF in suggesting that, when it comes to striking sweet spots, this particular version doesn't quite hit dead centre.

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Taking the small out of the Mini

Taking the small out of the Mini

Pay attention fans of the modern Mini who have been deterred from ownership because it is too small to meet your everyday motoring needs.

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A fair bit of shine in new Holden Spark

A fair bit of shine in new Holden Spark

Badge engineering will not be unknown for Holden once it quits making cars, but it will be kept to a minimum.

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Toyota takes steps forward with new Hilux

Toyota takes steps forward with new Hilux

The new Hilux range has more than 20 variants: petrols, diesels, two-wheel-drives and four-wheel-drives, single, extra and double cabs. David Thomson dodges possible confusion by checking the heavyweight towing choice, the SR5 double cab diesel manual.

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