• About Joanne Ahern

    Joanne is a Dublin-based journalist whose interest in new cars stems from a childhood of being let down by bangers. When not road testing motors she gets around in a Peugeot 307cc called Ben. Joanne loves chocolate and coffee and is not a fan of electric parking brakes.

    Peugeot RCZ forces you to look your best

    by  • October 19, 2011 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2011 Peugeot RCZ exterior front right

    With its distinctive looking exterior and luxurious interior, the Peugeot RCZ is so good, it’s gone straight to the top of my Christmas wish-list. The RCZ is a stunning, eye-catching car. With its muscular rear end, curved, black glass roof and rear spoiler, getting into the RCZ felt a little bit like sliding into...

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    Seat Altea XL is a star performer

    by  • September 28, 2011 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2011 Seat Altea XL exterior - front

    I didn’t really like the Seat Altea XL when I first sat into it because nothing really leapt out at me as being ‘special’ about it. To be honest it wasn’t until I ventured onto the winding ‘made for one car only’ back roads of Limerick in a pique of annoyance at a traffic...

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    Toyota Verso-S smart and stylish in the city

    by  • August 24, 2011 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2011 Toyota Verso S exterior - landscape

    TOYOTA is marketing the five door Verso-S as small, spacious and smart and with its stylish and snazzy exterior, this description is spot on. From the outside, the Verso-S looks quite dinky but sit yourself down in the driver’s seat and you get a different perspective. Perhaps the first thing you notice when you...

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    Suzuki SX4 keeps you sane in the snow

    by  • July 20, 2011 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2011 Suzuki SX4 exterior front

    If the thought of slipping and sliding while driving on icy roads still brings you out in goosebumps, then you may be interested in checking out the new Suzuki SX4 i-AWD 4×4. This compact five-door hatchback is a dinky little alternative to the larger 4×4. Quite a small car, its lovely elevated driving position...

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    Head turning style in the Audi A6

    by  • June 8, 2011 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2011 Audi A6 exterior front left static

    Slide behind the wheel of an Audi A6 and you slip into a world of sheer luxury. Like its bigger sibling the A7, the all new A6 is eye-catching – an elegant yet sporty ­ looking car. I prefer the A6’s saloon silhouette to the long coupe-style back of the A7, though. While the...

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    Skoda Superb is just so

    by  • April 27, 2011 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2011 Skoda Superb exterior - right front

    ONE of the first things you notice when sitting in to the Skoda Superb is that it is absolutely massive. The Czech car manufacturer’s top of the range executive offering provides both driver and passengers with oodles of leg room, both front and back. In fact, building on the previous generation, the new Skoda...

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    In A-seventh heaven

    by  • March 30, 2011 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2011 Audi A7 Sportback exterior front left dynamic

    Audi has long been synonymous with elegance and style and the A7 Sportback certainly does not let the side down. With its long, elegant lines, luxurious interior and hi-tech cabin, the A7 does not disappoint. A saloon front combined with a coupe rear, it’s a striking looking car that is sure to turn heads....

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    Trusting a computer to park your car

    by  • March 16, 2011 • Features, Technology

    2011 Ford C-Max self-parking

    You’ve set out late, got stuck in traffic and then there’s the parking – all you can find are tight-looking parallel parking spaces. Now, there’s no doubt you could have parked in that tinchy space yourself if you’d had the time for all the angle calculating and to-ing and fro-ing but wouldn’t it be...

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