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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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First Drive: Jaguar F-Type 4-cyl
Aug02

First Drive: Jaguar F-Type 4-cyl

Jaguar has unveiled a feisty younger brother to the V8 F-Type writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? You no longer need to splash your cash on the top-of-the-range 5.0 litre V8 or 3.0 litre V6 as a  new greener and crucially cheaper turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine has joined the F-Type line up. First impressions of the new Jaguar F-type?  Stylish, sassy, sexy, this seductive two seater is simply one of the...

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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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