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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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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
Oct10

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

If you thought MPVs were boring then check out the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso writes Suzanne Keane What is it? The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is a versatile MPV that embraces Citroens signature quirky style. Who is it aimed at? The Grand C4 Picasso is aimed at those looking for a practical and stylish 7 seater with a touch of French flair in a compact package. Styling? MPVs are never the most stylish cars on the road but the Grand C4...

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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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Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC
Sep19

Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC

Honda’s HR-V is an attractive package that has a stylish exterior and spacious interior writes Hannah Gordon What is it? A mini SUV that goes head-to-head with the popular Nissan Juke, Opel Mokka X and Renault Captur. Who is it aimed at? The Honda HR-V benefits from bundles of interior space which overshadows its rivals, it also has the added extra of the ‘magic seat’ system which gives even more space. Perfect for a small...

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Nissan Micra 0.9 PET  5dr SVE
Aug28

Nissan Micra 0.9 PET 5dr SVE

The new Micra is worlds apart from the car it replaces writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?   Nissan’s Micra has been a popular choice with Irish drivers for over three decades but despite its pint-sized practicality, affordability and legendary reliability the Micra has never been a car destined to improve your street cred, until now that was. Styling?  Long gone are the cute lines, the curiously high-mounted headlights and cheeky...

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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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