Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 4MATIC Shooting Brake
Apr10

Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 4MATIC Shooting Brake

The CLA Shooting Brake certainly looks the part, but is it any fun to drive? Asks Ginny Weeks. What is it? The Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 4MATIC Premium Plus Shooting Brake is a small estate version of the brand’s CLA model. The 35 model is one of two AMG performance models and features a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, 306 hp engine, a 7-speed automatic gearbox and 4MATIC all-wheel drive. First impressions? A striking, stand-out car with its...

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Audi RS4
Mar08

Audi RS4

The Audi RS4, like a lot of Audi’s lineup, is rumoured to be going electric very soon. We test out the facelifted petrol model whilst we still can. By Ginny Weeks. What is it?  The RS4 Avant is Audi’s small performance estate car. Offering all the practicalities of the regular A4 Avant estate, but with an extremely powerful engine and a sportier look, it’s aimed at driving enthusiasts with a family in tow. Smaller than the larger A6...

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Volkswagen Passat Estate R-Line
Jul15

Volkswagen Passat Estate R-Line

Given the abundance of new SUVs has the estate car had its day? asks Geraldine Herbert. What is it? Estate Cars are a hard sell in this country, we gravitate toward SUVs with their chunky styling and commanding view over practicality and space but Volkswagen’s new Passat Estate highlights just how much we are missing out on. Who is it aimed at? If space is your key consideration than nothing comes close to the humble load-lugger...

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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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Why an estate should be your next car
Jun27

Why an estate should be your next car

  Looking for a family car that is refined, efficient with acres of storage and space then you should consider an estate car writes Geraldine Herbert In an effort to find something practical, safe and fuel sipping but stylish enough to look good in our driveways and avenues more of us than ever before are opting for SUVs. In fact for the first time an SUV, Hyundai’s Tucson was the bestselling car in Ireland in 2016. But with summer...

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