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First Drive:  Renault ZOE Z.E. 40
May22

First Drive: Renault ZOE Z.E. 40

Irish drivers may applaud the zero emission cleanliness of an electric vehicle and relish the economy but up to now have been reluctant buyers writes Geraldine Herbert. Can the new Renault Zoe convert the EV sceptic? What is it? The latest version of the Renault ZOE electric supermini promises to shake up the small-electric-car market with its keen pricing and very usable battery range. First impressions of the new Renault Zoe? For...

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First Drive: Tesla Model X
May17

First Drive: Tesla Model X

According to Tesla the Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history writes Geraldine Herbert   What is it? The Model X from Tesla is an all-wheel drive, all-electric SUV with seating for up to 7 that will just about keep pace with a Ferrari.   First impressions of the new Model X? With “falcon-wing” doors that open upwards and a windshield that sweeps from the front over the...

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First Drive: Mazda CX-5
May09

First Drive: Mazda CX-5

Mazda introduce subtle styling changes and interior upgrades to freshen up its best selling SUV writes Geraldine Herbert First impressions of the new Mazda CX-5? It’s a demonstration of confidence when a car company offers the chance to drive the old model at the launch of the new model. And while it comes with an element of risk that’s exactly how the international press launch of the face lifted 2017 Mazda CX-5 started. What...

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Peugeot 3008
Apr27

Peugeot 3008

The French car-maker is entering the closely fought image-conscious crossover market writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  It is scarcely a revelation to say that SUVs and compact crossovers are enjoying a sales boom and it’s easy to see the attraction, but in this image-conscious segment it’s hard to stand out from the crowd. Or at least it was, because the new Peugeot 3008 is a very striking new entry, delicately...

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First Drive: BMW 5 Series
Apr25

First Drive: BMW 5 Series

  BMW’s new 5 series sheds weight, gains efficiency and performance writes Geraldine Herbert as we found out when we took it to Mondello Park What is it? BMW’s all new 5 series is more spacious and 100kg lighter than the last, thanks to what BMW calls Efficient Lightweight design First impressions of the new 5 Series? Since the polarizing Chris Bangle designs of the noughties, BMW designers have maintained a strong visual link between...

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First Drive: Opel Insignia Grand Sport
Apr19

First Drive: Opel Insignia Grand Sport

Opel heads upmarket with its sophisticated new Insignia, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Keen to reinvent its popular but ageing Insignia, Opel has rebranded its new version the Insignia Grand Sport and it now comes with more space, a sophisticated interior and sleek new design. First impressions of the new Opel Insignia Grand Sport? From the outside, it is clear designers have drawn inspiration from the Monza concept, a stunning...

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