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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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Citroen C4 Cactus FEEL Puretech 110
Aug21

Citroen C4 Cactus FEEL Puretech 110

Citroen’s C4 Cactus has lost some of its wacky styling but has it lost any of its appeal asks Suzanne Keane What is it? Citroën’s previous C4 Cactus launched back in 2014 with wacky styling, mostly attributed to the airbumps down the sides to eliminate car park dents and scratches. Now it’s back, keeping some of the cheeky look with a more sophisticated feel. Who is it aimed at? Aimed at those looking for a smaller family car...

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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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