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Buying a  seven seat MPV?  We test three
Feb09

Buying a seven seat MPV? We test three

Seven seat cars may be considered distress purchases but there are a couple of new offerings that promise much more than simply practicality writes Geraldine Herbert   For many buying an MPV is a rite of passage, that time in life when the last vestiges of youth’s frivolity dissipate in favour of night feeds and school runs.  But as a parent of two young boys and a few dogs in tow I have to admit the charms of a seven...

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First drive: Ford Galaxy
Sep08

First drive: Ford Galaxy

Ford’s new boxy Galaxy proves it’s hip to be square writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? While large MPVs have fallen out of favour with many families if you need seven seats more than just occasionally, it’s hard to beat the traditional people carrier and Ford have launched their third-generation Galaxy, the largest of their MPVs. First impressions of the new Ford Galaxy? From the outside the  Galaxy is instantly recognisable...

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Opel Meriva 1.6 CDTi
Oct29

Opel Meriva 1.6 CDTi

Is the arrival of new smaller engines under the bonnet of the Meriva enough to  put it ahead of its rivals asks Geraldine Herbert? What is it? Opel redefined the small family car when they launched the Meriva back in 2003 and for 2014 it’s been given a facelift and a range of smaller and more efficient engines. Who is it aimed at? The Meriva’s unique selling point has always been the backward hinged rear doors that open almost...

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First Drive: Ford Tourneo Courier
May16

First Drive: Ford Tourneo Courier

Ford is adding yet another MPV to its range. The new Tourneo Courier will arrive here early 2015 but we went to Frankfurt for a preview writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Ford have taken what is essentially a van and equipped it with some necessary luxury to turn into a very spacious family car. Designed with growing families in mind Ford’s new Tourneo Courier promises to be practical, safe and economical to run First...

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Renault Scenic Xmod BOSE 1.5 dCi 110 S&S
Jan29

Renault Scenic Xmod BOSE 1.5 dCi 110 S&S

Renault has given the Scenic a rugged makeover, we find out if the new Xmod is a case of style over substance. What is it? Renault’s new Xmod promises the space and practicality of an MPV with the brawny good looks of an off roader. Who is it aimed at? If you’re in denial about needing an MPV and hope no-one will notice if you ever decide to buy one then the Xmod is for you.   Underneath this beefier version of the five-seat Renault...

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First Drive: Citroën Grand C4 Picasso
Jan13

First Drive: Citroën Grand C4 Picasso

Citroën’s new seven seat MPV promises extra equipment, super fuel economy and a stylish exterior,  we take a test drive in the new Grand C4 Picasso writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Citroën have long offered MPVs that blend practicality with French flair and their latest five seat Picasso has won a host of coveted awards including Irish Car of the Year 2014.  A new seven seat Grand version now joins the range. First impressions of...

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