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First Drive: Opel Grandland X
Oct05

First Drive: Opel Grandland X

The stylish third member of Opel’s ‘X’ family has arrived writes  Geraldine Herbert What is it? The Grandland X is Opel’s stylish but late entrant into the compact SUV parade. With a sporty design and rugged off-road looks, it is aimed at young families and the young at heart. At 4.48m long it is also the largest SUV in Opel’s range, with seating for five people, generous luggage space and a host of...

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SEAT Ateca 1.4
Jun13

SEAT Ateca 1.4

It seems every car maker wants a slice of the compact SUV segment and SEAT is the latest to join the competition writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  SEAT’s first SUV has found favour with Irish buyers and already accounts for 30% of their sales this year. Styling? Outside, it is robust and handsome and SEAT have struck a nice balance  between muscular aggression and  style with the design of the Ateca. Under the Bonnet?...

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First drive: Volkswagen Tiguan
Apr25

First drive: Volkswagen Tiguan

We’ve been to Berlin to test drive the new Volkswagen Tiguan in advance of its arrival in Ireland writes Suzanne Keane What is it? The Volkswagen Tiguan was originally launched back in 2007 as a bigger Golf or baby Touareg and since then Volkswagen have sold more than 2.8 million in 170 countries worldwide. With an ever increasing numbers of buyers in the market for a crossover this revamped model is more stylish and practical than...

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2016 Nissan Qashqai 1.6 DSL SVE DAP
Mar30

2016 Nissan Qashqai 1.6 DSL SVE DAP

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but can  the Nissan Qashqai keep ahead of rivals asks Suzanne Keane What is it? The Nissan Qashqai’s success may have earned it the nickname “Cash Cow” but since the original version was launched plenty of rivals have appeared on the scene. Who is it aimed at? The reason the Qashqai has been so successful comes down to its versatility – it offers a practical family car with 4×4...

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Volvo XC60 D4 (190hp) AWD ES
Feb25

Volvo XC60 D4 (190hp) AWD ES

Can the Volvo XC60 tempt buyers away from the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Range Rover Evoque asks Hannah Gordon What is it? Not another SUV entering the market I hear you say, the Volvo XC60 has improved massively in the last year or two and is now a contender in leading the mid-size SUV market. With sharp and attractive styling, comfort and irritability the Volvo XC60 definitely deserves its place amongst the German competition. Who is it...

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2015 VW Tiguan Edition R 2.0L Diesel
Oct30

2015 VW Tiguan Edition R 2.0L Diesel

There may be a new version on the way but there is much to like about the current VW Tiguan writes Suzanne Keane. What is it? There may be a new Tiguan on the way but this could be a good time to pick up a deal on an older model. Who is it aimed at? The Tiguan is designed to meet the needs of a busy family combining space and practicality with comfort – The Edition R spec ads some sporty touches to the standard Tiguan. Styling? The...

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