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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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First Drive: Volkswagen Passat
Jul16

First Drive: Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen’s fresh-faced Passat is a very polished and sophisticated car, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? The Volkswagen Passat has been the default saloon choice for years and more than 30m have found homes since it first launched in 1973. Evolving through eight generations, for 2019 it has been given a mild facelift and new technology. First impressions? Although at first glance it may look just like the departing one, on...

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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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