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First Drive: Renault Mégane Grand Coupé
Oct27

First Drive: Renault Mégane Grand Coupé

Irish buyers love saloon cars, more than one in every five cars we bought this year was a saloon writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Arriving in showrooms in time for 171 sales is the new Renault Mégane Grand Coupé, the saloon version of the five-door hatchback launched last year.  Made in Turkey and sold in just 22 countries, it is aimed predominantly at the Middle East, China and other markets outside Europe where saloons in this...

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class 220d AMG Line Auto
Jul14

Mercedes-Benz E-Class 220d AMG Line Auto

New E-class offers classier cabins, efficient engine line-up and better dynamics writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  Now in its 10th generation, more than 13 million E-classes have been bought so there’s no denying that it has always been a highly desirable car but as with everything there is always room for improvement particularly when you consider the highly accomplished family it comes from. Who is it aimed at? If you are buying...

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Jaguar XF 2.0 Prestige 163PS Automatic
Apr12

Jaguar XF 2.0 Prestige 163PS Automatic

Introduced in 2008 and face lifted in 2011 the Jaguar XF has got better with each incarnation so just how good is the all new model asks Geraldine Herbert What is it? The XF sits between the large XJ and the mid-sized saloon XE in the Jaguar range. Who is it aimed at? This is an executive car and rival to the likes of BMW’s 5 series and Audi’s A6 but families will also love the roomy and versatile interior and Jaguar reckon the new XF...

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Mazda 6 2.2 Skyactiv-D 175p
Jan26

Mazda 6 2.2 Skyactiv-D 175p

Stylish, spacious and efficient, Suzanne Keane finds lots to like about the Mazda6 What is it? Just over 2 years since the new 6 arrived in Ireland Mazda launched a facelifted version of their flagship model with a more refined exterior and interior and 2 new colours – Sonic Silver and Titanium Flash. Who is it aimed at? Mazda have ensured there’s plenty of style, comfort and performance in the facelifted 6 and it’s ideal for those...

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Jaguar XE 2.0 D Prestige
Nov18

Jaguar XE 2.0 D Prestige

Jaguar’s new XE certainly looks the part – but will need more to fend off its rivals, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  As the first compact executive from Jaguar since the X-type, the XE is, according to Jaguar, the most advanced sports saloon ever produced – with aluminium making up 75pc of the body. It is also the most important car Jaguar have ever built. With over two billion pounds invested, the XE is...

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First drive: Jaguar XE
May12

First drive: Jaguar XE

The XE’s design may pay homage to Jags of old but this is a compact executive imbued with attitude writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Designed to muscle in on the lucrative prestige market dominated by its key German rivals this is without doubt the most important car Jaguar have ever built . With over two billion invested the XE is designed to transform Jaguar from a niche manufacturer into a major player. First impressions of the...

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