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First Drive: Renault Koleos
Jul10

First Drive: Renault Koleos

The sophisticated Koleos is a tempting mix of Gallic flair and Nissan X-Trail mechanicals, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? The Renault Kadjar has a proved a popular alternative for those seeking a little more space than the Captur, and now the new Koleos offers even more comfort and space and completes its trio of SUVs. The Koleos is based on the Nissan X-Trail, although you’d be forgiven for not spotting the influence as...

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First Drive: Renault Captur
Jun15

First Drive: Renault Captur

With sharper styling, more engines and few nice touches inside Renault is set to Captur the imagination all over  again writes Geraldine Herbert   What is it? The Renault Captur created quite a stir in the booming crossover market when it hit the roads in 2014. Injecting a little more fun into the market, this compact and affordable Renault was aimed squarely at customers wanting a small crossover but requiring a little more...

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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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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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