New Car Review: CUPRA Formentor VZ e-HYBRID

Starting Price: €54,950 Price as tested: €58,457 GOOD STUFF Stunning looks, gorgeous cabin, potent powertrain BAD STUFF Battery needs to be topped up to make sense as a purchase WHAT IS IT? The CUPRA Formentor VW e-HYBRID is the Spanish brand’s (CUPRA are closely related to SEAT if you didn’t know) flagship Plug-in Hybrid Electric… Continue reading New Car Review: CUPRA Formentor VZ e-HYBRID

New Car (is it a car?) Review: The Citroën Ami

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Starting Price: €10,000 (estimate) Price as tested: €10,000 (estimate) GOOD STUFF Easy to park, move around a town or city, cheap to buy and run. BAD STUFF Pretty slow, very basic, might be terrifying in a crash WHAT IS IT? The Citroën Ami is the French brand’s answer to congested roads and expensive mobility and… Continue reading New Car (is it a car?) Review: The Citroën Ami

New Car Review: Honda e Advance – AA Ireland

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Starting Price: €29,995* Price as tested: €32,995 GOOD STUFF It looks great, it is very fun-to-drive, the interior is brilliant. BAD STUFF The range is just not that practical unless you are a city dweller – which is a real shame. WHAT IS IT? The Honda e was one of those concept cars that we… Continue reading New Car Review: Honda e Advance – AA Ireland

What to do if you’ve put the wrong fuel into your car: AA Ireland

What happens if you put the wrong fuel in your car? It can happen. You are at the petrol pump, there might be a toddler screaming in the back seat, or you had a fight with your partner or life has you generally distracted. Putting in the nozzle didn’t feel right but it went in… Continue reading What to do if you’ve put the wrong fuel into your car: AA Ireland

New Car Review: Ford Kuga PHEV ST-Line X

Starting Price: €44,863 Price as tested: €49,482 GOOD STUFF Looks good, decent handling an SUV, competent EV performance BAD STUFF Cabin feels a cheap in places for the money WHAT IS IT? The Kuga SUV has been doing good business for Ford in Europe and here in Ireland for some time now and with good… Continue reading New Car Review: Ford Kuga PHEV ST-Line X

New Car Review: Ford Puma ST – AA Ireland

The all-new Ford Puma ST introduces acclaimed Ford Performance driving dynamics to the compact SUV segment for the very first time in Europe.

Starting Price: €41,813 Price as tested: €44,441 GOOD STUFF Great engine, entertaining handling, decent fuel economy for a performance vehicle BAD STUFF Looks are divisive, cramped rear.   WHAT IS IT? The Ford Puma, some of you old enough to remember, was a charming, Ford Fiesta based coupé from the 1990s that lived a short, but… Continue reading New Car Review: Ford Puma ST – AA Ireland

AA Ireland: Five starter cars for €5k

Five for €5,000 Getting into motoring is a little daunting, especially if you are starting off and need cheap insurance. We pick out 5 cars around €5,000 in Carzone that should be insurance-friendly.  2012 Renault Clio 1.2 5-Door €4,990 If you are shopping for your first car, then a Clio has to be on your… Continue reading AA Ireland: Five starter cars for €5k

New Car Review: Opel Crossland Elite 1.5-litre Diesel

Starting Price: €23,250 Price as tested: €28,050 GOOD STUFF Honest-to-goodness compact family Crossover. Good value, well-equipped and nice quality.  BAD STUFF Overshadowed by its much prettier Mokka sibling.  WHAT IS IT? The new generation Crossland is Opel’s compact Crossover and this time around, the model has gained some of Opel’s more flamboyant styling, at least… Continue reading New Car Review: Opel Crossland Elite 1.5-litre Diesel

New Car Review: Mazda3 2.0-litre Skyactiv-X M Hybrid

Starting Price: €28,595 Price as tested: €37,220 GOOD STUFF Delightful handling and road manners. Great interior quality, handsome looks.  BAD STUFF A little thirstier than we expected. Rear space restricted.  WHAT IS IT? The Mazda3 is Mazda’s often-overlooked rival to the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Opel Astra and almost certainly is prettier than all… Continue reading New Car Review: Mazda3 2.0-litre Skyactiv-X M Hybrid