• Car Reviews

    New Qashqai tops the original of the species

    by  • August 13, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2014 Nissan Qashqai exterior front right static

    Nissan has gone to the moon and back for the new Nissan Qashqai. Ok, that may be a slight overstatement, but the Japanese car company has based the seats in the new model crossover on Nasa research. The driver lumbar support in said vehicle was ‘Nasa inspired’. The Qashqai was the car that started...

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    Putting a bit of Soul into a long drive

    by  • August 6, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    There’s no getting away from it – the Kia Soul is an unusual looking car. Squat and square, this car garnered a lot of attention, and I spotted passers-by stopping to investigate it when it was parked on the street. A real love it or hate it, the exterior shape wasn’t liked by any...

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    Celebrate with the sprightly Ford Fiesta

    by  • July 23, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2014 Ford Fiesta exterior front right static

    Ford has added a touch of magic to the Fiesta, making it a very alluring drive indeed. The five-door model is a good looking supermini, which carries the family nose of the larger Focus and Mondeo. Inside, our test car had a patterned fabric interior. Legroom was good back and front and two adults...

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    GLA-d to meet Mercedes’ new crossover SUV

    by  • July 16, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA exterior right front static

    In 2012 Mercedes-Benz set its sights on younger drivers and completely overhauled the Mercedes-Benz A-Class in an effort to entice them to the brand. The redesign took it from the ‘I can’t believe it’s a Mercedes-Benz’ butter box category to a very attractive prospect indeed. Now the German car company has added a crossover...

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    Fiat Panda 4×4 nothing to sneeze at

    by  • July 9, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2013 Fiat Panda 4x4 exterior front left static

    Fiat missed a trick with our Panda 4×4 test car – brilliant white in colour, disappointingly it did not have black wing mirror ‘ears’. A compact SUV, the Panda 4×4 is positively deceptive. With a tall and sturdy profile, it looks very narrow and absolutely tiny from the back. However, it’s actually quite spacious....

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    Move(ing) on up! in the city

    by  • July 2, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2012 Volkswagen up! 5 door exterior front right static

    It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two years since I first drove the Volkswagen up! – that three-door sensation is still fresh in my mind. Since then a five-door version has been added to the city car family and that’s what we were in this week – the mid-range Move up! to be...

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    Superb by name, Superb by nature

    by  • June 25, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2013 Skoda Superb Combi exterior left front static

    If you’re going to be audacious enough to call a car Superb then you’d better be damn sure that it is – and Skoda knew exactly what it was doing in naming its range topper. The Skoda Superb is a fine car all round and the Elegance trim Combi version we had on test...

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    First Drive: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

    by  • June 18, 2014 • Car Reviews, First Drives

    2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV exterior front right static

    First things first – it’s pronounced P-H-E-V (not fev) – and it’s an SUV with a difference. Yes, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle has arrived in Ireland and the Japanese car company says it’s the first of its kind in the world. Mitsubishi is billing it as a ‘game changer’ and describes...

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