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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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First Drive: Electric Ferrari 308
Apr23

First Drive: Electric Ferrari 308

An electric Ferrari 308 may not convert you with its sound but it certainly will with its speed writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? One of the most dynamic duos of the 80s was Tom Selleck and his red Ferrari 308 in the long-running TV show Magnum PI. Now nearly 40 years on, the Ferrari 308 still features high on many collectors lists and while it may not have been the most powerful Ferrari, it still had that much coveted V8 exhaust...

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Small Hatchback Guide
Apr15

Small Hatchback Guide

Small hatchbacks appeal to new drivers, older drivers and everyone in between so it’s little wonder that it is such a competitive market, writes Geraldine Herbert. Audi A1 The A1 may be the smallest car in Audi’s range but it is every inch the premium car and proof that less really can be more. With stylish looks and a very sophisticated interior, Audi’s A1 will appeal to fashion-conscious singletons. An all-new...

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First Drive: Volkswagen T-Cross
Apr02

First Drive: Volkswagen T-Cross

Volkswagen’s smallest and cheapest SUV arrives here this month and it looks good, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Despite its diminutive proportions, it seems the new Volkswagen T-Cross is a small car with big ideas. The clue to the size of its ambitions lies in its motto, “I am more”. The T-Cross is not just another small SUV in a crowded market – it’s a small car that means business. Is it a...

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