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.

New Lexus NX nice and nimble

New Lexus NX nice and nimble

No-one needs tell Lexus how hot crossovers are; the RX has been the brand's sales leader here for some years now.

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BMW 25d X5 an accomplished performer

BMW 25d X5 an accomplished performer

BMW'S latest X5 made a hugely favourable impression when tested in mid-range 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbo-diesel guise at the start of the year, garnering Drivesouth's maximum five-star test rating with ease.

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Peugeot makes statement with new 308

Peugeot makes statement with new 308

Anyone with even an elemental understanding of European history and affairs will know the French tend not to cope well whenever a certain neighbour gets shouty.

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New Honda Jazz adds pizzazz

New Honda Jazz adds pizzazz

The new Honda Jazz is one of 10 finalists vying for top honours in the 2014 New Zealand Car of the Year Awards. David Thomson delivers his verdict after a week with the flagship RS Mugen variant.

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Nissan steps up with new Pulsar SSS

Nissan steps up with new Pulsar SSS

The use of the SSS appellation to identify the performance version of a mainstream Nissan model dates right back to the 1960s, in the days when the brand we now know as Nissan was Datsun.

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Electric-assist Audi A3 offers best of both worlds

Electric-assist Audi A3 offers best of both worlds

As electric-assist cars increasingly press into our lives, it seems obvious they will invariably push another drivetrain format off to pasture.

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New Mini Cooper S fresh, fun and funky

New Mini Cooper S fresh, fun and funky

Mini's latest offering, the funky Cooper, S caught Catherine Pattison up in its groove, making her reluctant to leave the highway.

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Yaris face freshened for European tastes

Yaris face freshened for European tastes

The mid-life update for the Toyota Yaris is an intriguing story; it's a facelift of a Japanese staple mainly paid for in Euros.

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BMW X4 - a strong, sporty SUV

BMW X4 - a strong, sporty SUV

BMW's insatiable desire to fill every market niche in the premium new vehicle market has continued with the arrival of the new X4. David Thomson puts the mid-sized 4x4 that thinks it is a coupe to the test.

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Nissan's new Qashqai - the urban experience and more

Nissan's new Qashqai - the urban experience and more

The second-generation Nissan Qashqai is a recent arrival to New Zealand. David Thomson puts the mid-range turbo-diesel TS variant through its paces.

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Ghibli - A serious grand tourer from Maserati

Ghibli - A serious grand tourer from Maserati

That Maserati's first ''volume'' model is still set to be a relatively rare sight on Kiwi roads is, in some senses, a rich irony. Yet it pays to put the optimal New Zealand registration count for the remainder of this year and for all of 2015, just 60 units in total, into context.

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Renault's hot hatch back in NZ

Renault's hot hatch back in NZ

Let's call it eight months. Which is around 240 days. Which further works out to 430,200 minutes. Way too long, whichever way you think about it.

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Haul away: Isuzu MU-X will take it with you

Haul away: Isuzu MU-X will take it with you

With a Drivesouth feature on towing scheduled, Catherine Pattison thought it was an ideal time to try out Isuzu's new hearty hauler, the MU-X.

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Mercedes sharpens up with C-Class

Mercedes sharpens up with C-Class

For the past decade, two German brands - neither of them Mercedes-Benz - have taken turns at dominating the prestige sector: The new C-Class compact sedan reminds why those protagonists need to start watching their mirrors.

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Much to admire in new Mazda3

Much to admire in new Mazda3

After spending time behind the wheel of two variants of the latest Mazda3, David Thomson has a fresh appreciation of what it takes to be a winner on the new-car sales charts.

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New Spaceback a solid performer from Skoda

New Spaceback a solid performer from Skoda

Skoda's rise as a respected player in the New Zealand new-car market has proceeded apace this year, with sales up by almost a quarter on 2013. David Thomson checks out the company's Rapid model.

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Mercedes smartens up snappy off-roader

Mercedes smartens up snappy off-roader

How's this for a curious twist: to best tailor the only version of its GLA small sport utility that has off-roading potential to New Zealand conditions, Mercedes-Benz adds as standard an ''off-road pack'' equipment enhancement that is optional in most places.

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Nissan steps up with new 2WD X-Trail

Nissan steps up with new 2WD X-Trail

''What's the point then?'' was a friend's direct response upon learning that the Nissan X-Trail I was about to drive home at the end of an evening family visit was a two- rather than four-wheel-drive variant.

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Comfort, class in new Kia Koup

Comfort, class in new Kia Koup

The first Kia Koup was a stylistic stunner but a disappointing drive. David Thomson finds out what has changed with its successor.

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Corolla sedan a smooth move from Toyota

Corolla sedan a smooth move from Toyota

There's a new Corolla sedan in town and David Thomson has been behind the wheel.

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