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Five Estate Cars for a growing family
Feb17

Five Estate Cars for a growing family

The humble estate car might have been falling out of fashion since the SUV’s arrival, but it still represents the most pragmatic approach to family motoring writes Geraldine Herbert SKODA OCTAVIA COMBI It is a testament to just how good the current Octavia is, that it remains among the best selling cars despite a new model on the way. Essentially the Combi is a Golf with a bigger boot and there is class-leading amount of space...

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BMW 3 Series 330d xDrive M Sport Plus
Jan21

BMW 3 Series 330d xDrive M Sport Plus

Bad weather may prove no problem in BMW’s new 3 series Estate but the price might writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? There may be an insatiable appetite for rugged off roaders with a commanding view of the road but there is still case to be made for the lifestyle estate as a spacious and practical family car. BMW’s new 3 series touring is set to raise the bar all over again in the premium compact estate segment. Who is...

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Renault Mégane RS
Dec11

Renault Mégane RS

Renault’s potent RS is a very alluring hot hatch writes Suzanne Keane What is it? The Megane RS is the latest hot hatch to be unleashed by Renault Styling? With its Tangerine Orange paintwork, wider wings for extra air intake, F1 splitter and flared sills, the new Renault Megane RS certainly hasn’t been designed to blend into the crowd Under the Bonnet? The Megane RS is powered by a growling 1.8-litre petrol engine with 280bhp...

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First Drive: Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X
Oct03

First Drive: Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X

Can Mazda offer a new future for petrol and diesel engines asks Geraldine Herbert What’s new? At a time when most carmakers are ditching the development of new internal combustion engines (ICE), Mazda are saying yes to investing in petrol and diesel engines and are launching a new take on the lean concept with their revolutionary Skyactiv-X engine. So could this new technology help prolong petrol and even the much-maligned...

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First Drive: Mercedes EQC
Aug30

First Drive: Mercedes EQC

Looking for an eco-SUV option to ferry the family around asks Geraldine Herbert What is it? Based on the current GLC model the new EQC is the first of a host of electric vehicles (EVs) coming from Mercedes over the next few years that will be launched under its EQ sub-brand. And if you are wondering what EQ stands for  it is “Electric Intelligence”. Is it a looker? It’s not the most stylish EV on the market and even as an SUV...

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Kia e-Soul
Aug07

Kia e-Soul

Kia goes all-electric with the very funky e-Soul writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? The funky styling of the Kia Soul is quirky enough to stand apart from rivals but now it is also available as a fully electric car with a very impressive range. Who is it aimed at? With average commutes in Ireland around 318 km per week, the 452km range of the new e-Soul makes it suitable for just about anyone. Styling? The boxy shape won’t...

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