Honda e
Nov12

Honda e

The Honda e oozes personality with its virtual fish but you will need to splash out writes Geraldine Herbert Why you will like it? Watch faces light up and heads turn when you tootle by in the new Honda e. Is it a looker? Honda’s first all-electric car has a distinctly retro yet futuristic vibe, but it’s the little details like the signature front and rear lights and flush door handles that catch attention. Even with Covid...

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SEAT Leon 1.5TSI 150hp Xcellence
Nov09

SEAT Leon 1.5TSI 150hp Xcellence

Practical and fun to drive, there is lots to like about the new SEAT Leon writes Suzanne Keane What is it? I was a huge fan of the first SEAT Leon but they certainly lost their way with its replacement in 2005. The 3rd generation was a huge improvement harking back to the good old days and while this new Leon is more spacious and practical it doesn’t seem to have lost its spark. Who is it aimed at? The Leon offers the benefits of a...

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First Drive: Skoda Scala
Jul09

First Drive: Skoda Scala

New Skoda Scala Skoda is thinking big with the new Scala writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? As the long school year comes to an end the Skoda Rapid’s end of term report would probably say “a hard-working student, capable but not exceptional”.  The Rapid was Skoda’s simple no compromise budget hatchback that was neither rapid nor stylish and found few homes in Ireland.   Now in a bid for success in the family...

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Compact Hatchback Guide
May01

Compact Hatchback Guide

It’s fair to say that anyone looking for a compact hatchback  is somewhat spoilt for choice these days writes Geraldine Herbert Alfa Romeo Giulietta Oozing with Italian flair the Giulietta is one of the distinctive hatchbacks around. Inside it just as stylish but it is not as practical as many rivals you will struggle to find storage places within the cabin. On the road, the Giulietta  is fun to drive. For 2019 three new trim levels...

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Small Hatchback Guide
Apr15

Small Hatchback Guide

Small hatchbacks appeal to new drivers, older drivers and everyone in between so it’s little wonder that it is such a competitive market, writes Geraldine Herbert. Audi A1 The A1 may be the smallest car in Audi’s range but it is every inch the premium car and proof that less really can be more. With stylish looks and a very sophisticated interior, Audi’s A1 will appeal to fashion-conscious singletons. An all-new...

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Ford Focus Titanium 1.0L
Jan23

Ford Focus Titanium 1.0L

More than 16 million Ford Focus cars have been sold worldwide since 1998, can the new model continue that success asks Suzanne Keane What is it? 20 years after it was first launched in Ireland the Ford Focus is back, rebuilt from the ground up and hoping to be as popular as its predecessors. Who is it aimed at? The Focus is aimed at those needing a spacious hatchback who haven’t jumped on the crossover bandwagon. Styling? The new...

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