Kia Sportage has gone all curvy, but is it just a little bit too cute and cuddly?
It’s the automotive equivalent of Bruce and Caitlyn.
It’s the automotive equivalent of Bruce and Caitlyn.
It doesn't take long to be seduced by the Continental GTC Speed - from the second you hear that engine growl, the allure of this Bentley is clear. The GT Speed is the most powerful and fastest Bentley ever produced and the convertible version is just a fraction slower.
Alfa Giulia: Alfa Romeo's rival to the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series was finally unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show and is the first of eight new models due to be launched in Ireland over the next few years. A high-performance version of the car had been previously...
You have to love Elon Musk, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal and CEO of Tesla - the brash upstart Californian company that is shaking the car business to its very core. From an initial investment of $6.3m (€5.58m) in 2004, Musk has managed not only to produce the...
I'll be honest and say I was a bit disappointed the Volvo XC90 wasn't chosen as World Car of the Year. I voted for it in its category because I felt, of all the cars I'd driven, it was better in more departments.
There is no denying the importance of the E-Class to Mercedes-Benz, it has not only attracted a loyal band of fans but it makes the German car maker more money than anything else in its range. Sales of more than 13 million units testify to the appeal of this car but past E-...
You will have to take my word for this, but one day recently while I was waiting at red lights in south County Dublin, I counted eight SUV/Crossovers in a row availing of the green. If I had someone with me, I'd have asked them to use their mobile to take a picture.
First of all, a confession of sorts. This is based on a mere four-hour test drive during which, admittedly, I more or less emptied the petrol tank.
Living, as I do, the very unreal life of a motoring correspondent two days a week when the bike is put away and the desk job is over, I am allowed to pompously judge the merits of cars that will never be owned at Spray Towers.
I know what a minibreak is; I know what a miniskirt is. But I don't know what a mini car is any more. And I can thank (or blame?) the new MINI Clubman estate for that.
Does it really matter what these affectionate people do - so long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses! That famous reply by the actress Mrs Patrick Campbell, to a young female colleague who asserted that an older actor in a production showed too much affection for the leading man, came in to my mind while out driving last Sunday.
Mother's Day may be long over but this week I was the coolest mum in the world. That's according to my six- and seven-year-olds who spent their school holidays sojourning in the back of my test car watching RTE Junior.
Of course cars such as this BMW 7-series offer tantalising insights into how the 'other half' lives. That is only to be expected. There is the leather and inlays, multifarious technological advances, extra rear room, massage seats and television and...the list goes on.
It’s one of the most frequently asked questions of motoring hacks, day in day out – which is better?
Sunday is our only joint day off, so my partner is very keen that we spend a fair bit of time together. I also need to give the car I am reviewing a really decent run.
If you are looking for a smart and stylish car that can cater for an active family, then Peugeot reckons the 508 RXH may just be the car for you. The RXH is the bells-and-whistles version of Peugeot's big family car.
I remember many, many years ago my Uncle Joe bringing us down a 'pedal bike with an engine'. It was a battered old thing that didn't last long because, already on its last legs, we extinguished what life there was in it by trialling it on the bog road.
On my typical school run, other parents have become immune to my endless stream of new cars. The brand-new registration plates, the garish Press car colours and even the occasional Bentley do little to arouse any interest and I can count on one hand cars that have...
While my colleagues were salivating -or, in some cases, slobbering - over the premiere of super cars like the Bugatti Chiron at the Geneva Motor Show, I was at home being far more responsible and driving the latest version of the groundbreaking Toyota Prius.
It's amazing what can happen when you turn things back to front. I know from personal experience it usually ends in a chaotic mess. But with BMW's new X1 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), it wasn't a case of getting something wrong. They really meant to do it.
Sometimes I'm treated to special meals in special places. I daren't look at the prices. Half the time the meal, the company, the experience, the ambience seem, to my frugal perspective, worth the astronomical money. Sometimes it's not, despite all the fussing and detailed explanations about what they did to the poor duck.
I recently spent a fascinating hour strolling through one of the world's great car collections at the famous Louwman Museum at the Hague.
There’s something so smugly satisfying about driving a hybrid car; it is green, super economical and there is no range anxiety.
I'm always pretty suspicious of surveys. By asking the right questions you can get the answer you want and if you ask the wrong people you can also get the answer that gives you a story but is pretty invalid.
There are your performance cars like Ferraris and Porsches and there are luxury cars like Bentley and Aston Martin and then there are the coupes - athletic without being muscle-bound, exquisitely curvy but not racy and aggressive looking, and never menacing.
I'm sure in years to come academics will publish jargon-laden theses on the fads and trends of the early 21st century. Included among the smartphones, 6ins-high heels and Twitter phenomena there will have to be a section on the 'sociological significance' of SUVs and Crossovers.
On the face of it, the latest phenomenon to sweep dealers' forecourts is as close to being all things to all people as a car finance deal can possibly be.
Just like buses, new people carriers, or multi-purpose-vehicles (MPVs) as they are also called, seem to come along in groups. The Ford S-MAX is among a group of recent arrivals which include the Volkswagen Touran and the Ford Galaxy.
I am reminded of a lunch not that long ago where the dessert menu looked scrumptious. I caved in immediately and had the apple crumble and ice cream. Along with a pot of Earl Grey tea, what more could you ask for, I contentedly asked myself?
Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi Titanium auto(150PS, 139g/km, €280 road tax)
The second Christmas after we moved in to our house in Phibsborough there was awful snow.
Everyone seems to want to move to Upmarket. And more seem to be getting there. It's not on the signposts but you know when you're there. People will tell you, especially carmakers who will holler it from the hillsides.
It's all hands to the pump for automakers as they fight to keep a tight grip on a place for themselves in a digital automotive future where consumers want the best of both car and computer worlds.
We can all get a bit uppity at times. I think here in Ireland especially, there is an extraordinary ability to swiftly put us in our place.
Timing is everything and last week as I was set to foreswear my curmudgeonly ways and write positively about the Audi A4 without mentioning the massive VW emissions scandal, I received news that changed everything.
I'm watching too many cooking programmes and competitions. Lord, when I hear the descriptions of what competitive contenders are planning on serving up, the mouth waters.
I'll keep the main motoring event of the year nice and brief because I don't think people care that much any more. It's Christmas and who wants to be reminded of grimy old NOx emissions and cheating software? The Volkswagen scandal rocked us all - the sheer nerve of them to fool so many for so long.
We all make mistakes - it is how we learn from them that counts. SsangYong would be the first to admit they made plenty, not least the manner of their departure from the market some years back.
I'm often amazed at how carmakers eke out space and access for a third row of seats in modestly-sized motors. I sometimes wonder if it is worth the bother as the extra row can be more gesture than function.
The Opel Insignia was big news when it arrived to the market in 2009. Replacing the popular Vectra, it promised a premium saloon experience, at a not so premium price – topped off with a reliable German badge.
This is about as understated a premium car as I have driven in a long time. Even the old cliché of a car being an evolution rather than revolution seems strangely inadequate.
THE new-generation Astra is a key model for Opel, but despite the company’s best efforts through the three-decade lifespan of this car, the Astra has always been a contender but never quite class-leading. So is the fifth generation finally the car to steal sales away from the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf?
Fads come and fads go but sometimes real change catches us unaware. I think that nearly happened with me this week.
Recently crowned the APMP Small Car of the Year for 2016, the latest generation Mazda 2 offers a fun and sporty alternative to the usual suspects on the small car market.
Towards the end of the massive boom, whose bust we are just recovering from, something really horrible started to happen to some very elegant cars.
Don't bother listening to the weather forecast. Check with me. If I'm booked in to test a small, two-seater roadster, it is going to be wet and windy. It seldom fails.
Sometimes I wish I wasn't such a fan of the Hyundai marque. Yet it is difficult to be totally objective about a brand which you suggested to your partner, and that she puts her own money on the line for. Can you imagine the scene at home if it all went wrong? Life very much on the hard shoulder.
Often, like most people, we play a game when out driving past beautiful places. What if we won the lottery? We don't want Euromillions masses, just enough to do something exciting - like buying and giving a total refurbishment to the house and two cottages in Phoenix Park which Lisney was auctioning last Thursday.
Maybe I am being a bit 'smart' but I suggested using this picture of the new Skoda Octavia RS230 for a number of reasons. It is different to most car pics in that it doesn't show the two-thirds front view. And I think it catches some of this Octavia's dynamics.
Opel introduce another addition to their city car range in Karl, a no-frills alternative to trendy siblings Adam and Adam Rocks. Frills are available at a premium with three trim levels and an impressive list of options to choose from.
By nature, I'm not a betting man. Anything I ever backed is still running and my dabble in Eircom shares still scars my sleep. But I know people who love a flutter and I'm fascinated by their knowledge of the horses and the sort of ground and distance that suits them. Horses for courses; donkeys for braying.
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