• Ampera takes Car of the Year award

    by  • March 7, 2012

    2012 Opel Ampera exterior

    The Opel Ampera has come up tops after being named European Car of the Year by motoring journalists from 23 countries. The Ampera, which is branded as the Chevrolet Volt in the United States and which premiered at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009, is an electric car. It beat Volkswagen’s up! into second...

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    Avensis is an agile mountain climber

    by  • February 15, 2012

    2012 Toyota Avensis exterior - right front

    The new Toyota Avensis is a wonderful car to drive. I was impressed by its agility, its lovely, smooth drive and its handling when I took it out on the Dublin Mountains. It’s an elegant looking car, which is very spacious both back and front and also has a massive boot, with a hatch...

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    Jeep’s grand adventure

    by  • February 8, 2012

    2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee exterior

    If you’re new to the Jeep brand one of the first things you’ll be asking yourself as you slip into the luxurious heated leather driver’s seat of the Grand Cherokee is ‘how the hell do I turn on the wipers’’, even more so if it happens to be raining when you do so. Indicators...

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    Citroën’s DS4 balances style with substance

    by  • February 1, 2012

    2012 Citroen DS4 exterior

    The Citroën DS4 is a thing of angular beauty – from its snazzy looking and unusually shaped rear doors (and hidden door handles) to its front lights. The DS4 also makes great graphic use of its badge at the rear. Inside, the fabric and leather combo seats are nice and firm, with adjustable back...

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    Driving pleasure in the Scout 4×4

    by  • January 25, 2012

    2011 Skoda Octavia Scout exterior - front

    If you’ve got your heart set on something that has the look of an estate but the feel of a 4×4 then you could do worse than check out the Skoda Octavia Scout 4×4. While the Yeti might be the best known of Skoda’s 4×4 offerings, it’s joined in the line up by the...

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    Fiat plays mind games with Punto Evo GP

    by  • January 18, 2012

    2011 Fiat Punto Evo GP exterior

    Fiat does like playing quirky little mind games with its drivers. In the Fiat 500 it was ‘how the hell do I open the windows’ after it moved the button to the centre console and in its bigger brother, the Punto Evo GP, the speedometer and Rev Counter have been transposed (I’m thinking of...

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    Polite Outlander will see you

    by  • January 11, 2012

    2011 Mitsubishi Outlander exterior

    It’s not every car that says goodbye to you when you turn off its engine but the Mitsubishi Outlander does just that with its quirky ‘See You’ on the display panel. A little quirk like that is not really what you’d expect from a big authorative looking vehicle like the Outlander but it’s a...

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    Classy Mondeo glides along

    by  • December 14, 2011

    2011 Ford Mondeo exterior

    There was a time when the two words ‘Mondeo man’ when used together was a term of derision, but let me tell you the new Ford Mondeo is nothing to scoff at. It’s a real classy looking car, long and sleek with a hint of muscle on the outside, with eye catching front LED...

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