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First Drive: Skoda Scala
Jul09

First Drive: Skoda Scala

New Skoda Scala Skoda is thinking big with the new Scala writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? As the long school year comes to an end the Skoda Rapid’s end of term report would probably say “a hard-working student, capable but not exceptional”.  The Rapid was Skoda’s simple no compromise budget hatchback that was neither rapid nor stylish and found few homes in Ireland.   Now in a bid for success in the family...

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Audi E-Tron
Jun24

Audi E-Tron

Striking to look at, beautiful to drive and green – if only it wasn’t so expensive writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Hot on the heels of the Jaguar’s I-Pace, Audi’s first pure electric car, the e-tron 55 Quattro has been eagerly awaited since the covers first came off the concept at the Shanghai motor show back in 2017. The all-wheel-drive SUV boasts a 391 kilometres range, a maximum towing capacity of 1,800...

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Range Rover Evoque
Jun13

Range Rover Evoque

A lot has changed since the Evoque redefined the Compact SUV segment, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Around the same time car makers realised that appealing to women could increase sales, the market for small luxury crossovers became the new battleground for premium manufacturers. Today it is the fastest-growing segment of the car market. Enter the Range Rover Evoque in 2011 — and it wasn’t long after, that Land Rover...

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First Drive: Mercedes CLA Coupe
May10

First Drive: Mercedes CLA Coupe

With hints of the larger CLS the new Mercedes CLA demands attention, but can it deliver on those good looks asks Geraldine Herbert What is it? It is over 6 years ago since the first Mercedes-Benz’s CLA 4-door coupé arrived in Ireland and now an all-new version has just been launched and aims to turn the heads of younger buyers. Is it a looker? This car is a good hair day on wheels with a diamond patterned grille and swooping...

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Compact Hatchback Guide
May01

Compact Hatchback Guide

It’s fair to say that anyone looking for a compact hatchback  is somewhat spoilt for choice these days writes Geraldine Herbert Alfa Romeo Giulietta Oozing with Italian flair the Giulietta is one of the distinctive hatchbacks around. Inside it just as stylish but it is not as practical as many rivals you will struggle to find storage places within the cabin. On the road, the Giulietta  is fun to drive. For 2019 three new trim levels...

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First Drive: BMW X7
Apr25

First Drive: BMW X7

BMW’s new SUV is enormous and impressive but bigger isn’t better when compared to the cheaper X5, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? The BMW X7 is officially the largest BMW – think of it as an X5 on steroids. But at more than 5.1m long, it is one of those cars that no matter how carefully you park, it always looks nonchalantly abandoned by overhanging conventional parking spaces. And if somehow the sheer mass...

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