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Citroen C3 BlueHDi 75 S&S
Feb28

Citroen C3 BlueHDi 75 S&S

Citroen’s new C3 proves to be an impressive package with a smart price writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  Citroen has charmed us over the years with quirky, innovative designs and in the hotly contested, but relatively dull small hatchback segment, the C3 guarantees to stand out from the crowd. Who is it aimed at? The funky design shouts ‘look at me!’ inside and out so this is the car for someone who wants to...

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Peugeot 308 GTi 270bhp
Dec16

Peugeot 308 GTi 270bhp

Peugeot’s hot hatch strikes balance with cool comfort writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  When it comes to a hot hatch, there are key requirements – it needs to be balanced, responsive and fast but also should be reasonably composed, calm and comfortable enough to live with day to day. Sitting 11mm lower to the ground than the regular 308, the Peugeot 308 GTi is the latest hot hatch to be unleashed by the French marque....

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DS 4
May10

DS 4

The DS 4 is a premium hatchback but does it have what it takes to seriously compete with rivals asks Hannah Gordon What is it? DS have completely broken away from the Citroen stable and have produced a new facelift DS 4 to celebrate. The DS 4 comes in two body types, the regular hatchback and the Crossback which enters crossover territory. Who is it aimed at? The DS 4 still struggles to make an impact into the family market due to...

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Opel Astra 1.0 Turbo 105PS
Jan06

Opel Astra 1.0 Turbo 105PS

Sharper, stylish, smarter, rivals will now have to watch out for the Opel Astra in their rear-view mirror, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  The new-generation Astra is a key model for Opel, but despite the company’s best efforts through the three-decade lifespan of this car, the Astra has always been a contender but never quite class-leading. Who is it aimed at? Designed to steal sales away from the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf...

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Why petrol hatchbacks are making a comeback
Dec09

Why petrol hatchbacks are making a comeback

There are compelling reasons these days to consider a petrol hatchback writes Geraldine Herbert  Despite our love affair with saloons, hatchbacks still make up to 42% of Irish Car sales and the most widely bought car this year is the Volkswagen Golf.  Petrol sales may only account for 27% of all new cars bought but as diesels continue to grab the headlines for all the wrong reasons there are many compelling reasons to buy petrol...

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2015 Skoda Octavia 4×4 Elegance
Nov26

2015 Skoda Octavia 4×4 Elegance

As the proud owner of an original 4×4 Octy Suzanne Keane couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of the new Octavia 4×4. What is it? The Octavia 4×4 is Skoda’s family saloon with the addition of 4 wheel drive – ideal for snow, ice and those who lead an active lifestyle. Who is it aimed at? While most people think don’t think hatchback when they hear 4 wheel drive experience has shown that the weight distribution in a...

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