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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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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DS 3 Connected Chic PureTech
Apr08

DS 3 Connected Chic PureTech

    How does the innovative DS 3 compare to rivals? Hannah Gordon finds out What is it? A new trim level for DS’s most successful little car already adding to its cheeky charm. Who is it aimed at? Due to its size and funky looks the DS 3 lends itself very well to the younger market, the extended name of DS 3 Connected Chic may put some of the younger lads off though. What about the styling? The DS 3 is a distinctive looking...

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Honda Civic 1.5 VTEC CVT Prestige
Sep18

Honda Civic 1.5 VTEC CVT Prestige

The styling may be a little over the top but there is a lot to like about the new Honda Civic writes Hannah Gordon What is it? Honda have been busy producing a better Civic, one that will appeal to a larger market both in design and drivability. Who is it aimed at? The styling of the new Civic surely points to a car aimed at the younger market with more aggressive exterior. Improvements such as interior space would also help it to...

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Fiat Tipo
Mar28

Fiat Tipo

Fiat returns to the small family car market with their new hatchback the Tipo writes Hannah Gordon   What is it? A conservative family hatchback for people not wanting to blow their budget. Who is it aimed at? With its generous interior space and harsh plastics it suits extremely well to a family, the large boot is capable of swallowing some serious luggage and the rear seats have isofix points. The Fiat Tipo offers superb value...

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Renault Mégane GT Nav
Nov16

Renault Mégane GT Nav

Renault faces plenty of competition in the hot hatch segment with its Renault Mégane GT writes Hannah Gordon. What is it? Nestled in-between the regular Mégane and the hot hatch RS, the GT is really a ‘warm hatch’ having just 205 bhp. It is sure to tick plenty of boxes and Renault are well known for making great fast hatchbacks. Who is it aimed at? A starting price of just £25,500 it makes it an affordable choice to a lot of people....

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