First Drive: Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X
Oct04

First Drive: Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X

Can Mazda offer a new future for petrol and diesel engines asks Geraldine Herbert What’s new? At a time when most carmakers are ditching the development of new internal combustion engines (ICE), Mazda are saying yes to investing in petrol and diesel engines and are launching a new take on the lean concept with their revolutionary Skyactiv-X engine. So could this new technology help prolong petrol and even the much-maligned diesel...

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Subaru XV 1.6 Lineartronic
Oct03

Subaru XV 1.6 Lineartronic

Just in time for the bad weather Hannah Gordon test drives Subaru’s  XV 1.6 Lineartronic What is it? The XV has the same proportions as a hatchback but with the added benefit of more ground clearance, coupled with a superb All-wheel drive system it makes the XV a great off-roader. Who is it aimed at? Subaru has an extremely loyal following, the XV isn’t as large as an SUV but is arguably more capable. Small families and anyone...

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Renault Captur
Sep11

Renault Captur

Lara Platman gets behind the wheel of Renault’s very stylish Captur It is my first time testing a car for about two years. As a motoring journalist, I had refrained from going on press launches and receiving cars for the weekly trial, mainly because my editorial work took another strand and corporate photography work (my passion) kicked in. I also was very happy with double de clutching on my days off with my restored classic....

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First Drive: Mercedes EQC
Aug30

First Drive: Mercedes EQC

Looking for an eco-SUV option to ferry the family around asks Geraldine Herbert What is it? Based on the current GLC model the new EQC is the first of a host of electric vehicles (EVs) coming from Mercedes over the next few years that will be launched under its EQ sub-brand. And if you are wondering what EQ stands for  it is “Electric Intelligence”. Is it a looker? It’s not the most stylish EV on the market and even as an SUV the...

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First Drive: Volkswagen Passat
Jul14

First Drive: Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen’s fresh-faced Passat is a very polished and sophisticated car, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? The Volkswagen Passat has been the default saloon choice for years and more than 30m have found homes since it first launched in 1973. Evolving through eight generations, for 2019 it has been given a mild facelift and new technology. First impressions? Although at first glance it may look just like the departing one, on...

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First Drive: Skoda Scala
Jul10

First Drive: 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 hatchback market, Skoda has replaced it...

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