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First Drive: Kia Stinger
Nov20

First Drive: Kia Stinger

Suzanne Keane gets behind the wheel of Kia’s new sports car with rear-wheel drive and a twin-turbo V6 engine What is it? The Stinger is the fastest production vehicle in Kia’s history – designed in Frankfurt and perfected at the Nürburgring. The rear wheel drive “sports sedan” has been developed from the 2011 Kia GT concept. First impressions of the new Kia Stinger? The low slung Stinger with its sloping roofline, wide stance...

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First Drive: SEAT Arona
Nov14

First Drive: SEAT Arona

The striking new Seat Arona is the latest offering in the compact SUV segment, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Named after a small town in Tenerife, the Arona is the latest newcomer from the Spanish car maker Seat and is a significant model as it marks its first foray into the ultra-competitive B-SUV sector. First impressions of the new Seat Arona? Looming in the mirrors of the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and Opel Mokka, the...

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First Drive: Kia Stonic
Nov01

First Drive: Kia Stonic

In a competitive market, does Kia’s crossover Stonic have the power to surprise, asks Geraldine Herbert What is it? Car makers are getting serious about small SUVs and a host of new models are set to join the burgeoning market over the next few months. Hyundai has just announced pricing for its new Kona, while its sister brand Kia launched its Rio-based Stonic recently Building on the success of its large seven-seat Sorento...

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First Drive: Opel Grandland X
Oct05

First Drive: Opel Grandland X

The stylish third member of Opel’s ‘X’ family has arrived writes  Geraldine Herbert What is it? The Grandland X is Opel’s stylish but late entrant into the compact SUV parade. With a sporty design and rugged off-road looks, it is aimed at young families and the young at heart. At 4.48m long it is also the largest SUV in Opel’s range, with seating for five people, generous luggage space and a host of...

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First Drive: Range Rover Velar
Aug14

First Drive: Range Rover Velar

Land Rover’s elegant SUV proves more than a match for Norway’s rugged landscape writes Geraldine Herbert   What is it? Derived from the Latin word “velare” – meaning “to veil” or “cover” – the Velar is named after a 1969 prototype that eventually evolved into the production-spec Range Rover. It plugs the gap between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport and is designed to...

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First Drive: Ford Fiesta
Aug04

First Drive: Ford Fiesta

The replacement for one of Ireland’s biggest-selling car has a lot to live up to; so how does the New Ford Fiesta shape up asks Geraldine Herbert What is it? 2008 was the year Ford launched their brand new and most successful Fiesta to date.  Built in ten factories worldwide, it was the supermini that captured the very essence of the car industry’s  mantra of squeezing more from less and showcased refined diesels and low-emission...

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