First Drive: Eddie Cunningham discovers a ‘Little Giant’ in Honda’s new Jazz
Honda's new Jazz will cost from €17,395 when it goes on sale in Ireland in September.
Honda's new Jazz will cost from €17,395 when it goes on sale in Ireland in September.
The facelifted DS 5 is more than just a new car, it is both the flagship and the first model to introduce the brand's stand-alone identity. Five years ago Citroën revived the DS nameplate, inspired by the original Citroën DS revealed at the 1955 Paris motor show and has now created a separate luxury brand.
Mercedes – like everyone else - are ramping up their Crossover/SUV ranks and have just rolled out the new GLC.
We don't often hear of new cars going down in price but that appears to be the case with some models in BMW's newly-revised 3-series which arrives this month.
I've just passed an old BMW X1, dark blue and dull looking. It really is more estate than crossover. This new one, recently driven in Austria and Germany, is much more like what you'd expect.
I’ve just got 74MPG (3.8litre/100km) from a Volkswagen Passat.
'This is very smooth" and "it's really roomy" and "there's something about it"... these are the sort of comments I like to hear from my partner on our Sunday afternoon drive, as the dog snoozes on the back seat dreaming of his long mountain walk - and some ham afterwards.
I love going back to the beginning with cars - to the sketches by designers of what they dreamt a motor should look like when they were given the task of coming up with a new model.
BMW’S second generation X1 compact SAV gets here in late October with prices starting at €41,310 on-the-road.
Here’s another compact SUV for you – to add to the seemingly endless list of existing, or imminent, models.
The cousin bade me wait a few minutes while he plucked some roses for me as I was leaving. He said they'd brighten things up a little. I'm not a flower person but even I had to admit they were lovely. As I carefully placed them on the front passenger seat, he sat on the...
ASK anyone for just one word to describe the Skoda Superb estate (they call it Combi) and it is likely to be ‘space’.
I can tell you all about the new Touran people carrier from Volkswagen in just four words: Five Isofix seats standard.
UNWITTINGLY this has become a Crossover week. My colleague Geraldine beat me to the punch with her review of the Suzuki Vitara. I actually loved that car, my test one was in bright red and it made me smile every time I drove it - and, at the time, I needed a lot of...
If we needed any more proof that Crossovers are the fastest growing segment in the car market, the recent launch of five new arrivals confirms this.
Sorry if this sounds like a bit of an Irish joke, but I'm going to start with the glaringly obvious.
Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery. In that case BMW should feel chuffed. Because Mercedes have unashamedly mirrored the look of their X6 with their own new GLE Coupé.
It's hard to believe but there was a time when the words 'Mercedes Benz' and 'bulletproof' sat comfortably side-by-side in the glossary of reliability.
One thing you'd never have to worry about with the new Suzuki Vitara, if you choose the colour on my test car, is finding it in the airport or supermarket car park.
"BMW are plugging in to the future with technology that is capable of returning up to 85mpg in its large Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) the famous X5," writes Eddie Cunningham in Munich.
I CAN remember when the Mitsubishi L200 was the hottest property in town, thanks to a benign VRT rate that made it so inexpensive families were climbing aboard.
THERE'S a general consensus that, after a decade of near-complete diesel domination, petrol cars are going to start making a comeback.
To fully prepare myself for the launch of this new, fourth generation Mazda MX-5, I took the current one for a week long test to reacquaint myself with a car that has defined the two-seater sports car class for a generation.
We wander around a lot when we're driving, you know. Have you noticed how other drivers find it hard to keep between the lines sometimes?
Renault are throwing down the gauntlet to the Nissan Qashqai with their new crossover the KADJAR.
When the dial on the speedo zips to the far right of the 200km mark you know you are sitting in a fast car.
When it comes to supercars, ostentatious displays of wealth are plentiful but Maserati's Quattroporte is not one of them.
Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to lead a British political party, Charles Haughey returned from the political wilderness and Jaws was the film everyone was talking about; the year was 1975.
NOT so long ago, a good friend and I drove down to Galway. It's a great road from Dublin now and we felt all the more comfortable because it was cold and miserable outside.
Last weekend my daughter Laura and her two children came to visit from Manchester and, keen to be the pampering granddad, I collected them in the Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake which I was testing.
Now here's a car that combines many a modern trend - yet it left me in two minds. The Audi Q3 is one of those in-demand compact 'crossovers/SUVs'.
I've noticed a groundswell of discussion and focus on miles per gallon again. Fuel prices are lower than they have been for some time and cars are becoming meaner and greener. Yet there is more talk about fuel consumption now than there was when prices were raging.
SLIGO and Galway weren't the only places to have visitors with strong Welsh connections last week. My two old friends may not have Prince and Duchess in their titles, but Tony and Pauline are Welsh born and bred and more welcome because of it.
My drive in the revised Ford Focus raised more questions than it answered. Not necessarily of the car, but of where our increasingly diverse tastes are leading us.
The crossover market is still booming and the latest 4x4 to be given a stylish makeover is Nissan's X-Trail. Gone is the rugged and utilitarian exterior, the new model borrows from its stablemates with styling cues from the Qashqai and is designed to lure buyers away from rivals...
It is only natural, I suppose, that I would remember where and when I first drove the new Land Rover Discovery Sport. It was over the crest of a mountain in Iceland in a blizzard late last year.
IT was a powerful gym lesson. There was a big man and a small, blocky fellow lifting what appeared to me to be similar, punitive, weights. The big lad was grunting like a scrum going backwards; the little lad puffed his cheeks and lifted.
The very word Maserati is enough to conjure up exotic dreams of driving through small Italian villages in a blood-red convertible on a blisteringly hot day.
WE don't often get a second bite of the cherry with driving a new car abroad but that's exactly what I've had with the Jaguar XE. You might remember I drove prototype versions of this compact saloon-with-coupé looks some months back. Now I've just driven the real thing.
The lads from Kia warned me before I picked up the Sorento that the laneway beside my house would have to be widened before I got the big SUV up it.
I was having a bit of banter online with an acquaintance and in the course of our interchange I said I hated to admit it, but the large Volkswagen Touareg SUV I'd been driving was a lot better than I'd anticipated.
A HAVEN of exotica lies in waiting just a couple of hours' drive up the road from Dublin.
It is just my luck that as this column was reviewing perhaps the most expensive car it will come across this year I was driving one of the cheapest. Maybe my colleagues think that is all I am fit for, and anyway Geraldine looks much better than me.
This pumped-up, beefier off-road version of Seat's load-lugger is the latest addition to the Leon range, the X-Perience. It is aimed at buyers who need space and off-road ability, but don't want to compromise on running costs. The X-Perience adds four-wheel drive and subtle body cladding to the regular Leon estate, including rugged black cladding while roof rails complete the pseudo-SUV look.
I was trying to explain bits about this Lexus RC F sports car to my daughter (and, if I'm honest, to myself) as we sat in on a bright April morning before heading to the country to mark a special day.
The new Fiat 500x has just come on the market and Bob takes it for a review around the K Club in Ireland
The new Fiat 500x is on the market and Bob takes it for a review around the K Club in Ireland
Mercedes last week pulled the dust covers off its latest offering – the CLA Shooting Brake.
The pipe-dream of roads full of driverless cars may be years away, but Ford is pushing the buttons on technology that makes journeys less stressful and a lot safer. Come September, when the new S-MAX arrives here, a wide array of driver aids will be in place to keep us and other road users safe and legal.
Consider petrol engines next time you go out to buy a new car. The diesel alternative is more expensive to buy, and based on an estimated average annual 17,420kms driving it could take almost eight years to recover the price difference.
A FEW years back a colleague, now sadly deceased, complained relentlessly when a car didn't have air conditioning.
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The following images are entries into the Top Oil 'Life Unfiltered' amateur photography contest.
Just a small selection of the cars and people at the show