New Car Review: Land Rover Defender P400e S

Starting Price: €78,280 Price as tested: €89,150 GOOD STUFF Tonka Toy looks, potent acceleration, decent EV performance BAD STUFF Slightly hesitant to move off, ride height can be a pain in car parks  WHAT IS IT? The Land Rover Defender P400e is a way to own a Land Rover Defender and not get pelted with… Continue reading New Car Review: Land Rover Defender P400e S

New Car Review: Toyota Yaris Cross 1.5 Hybrid

Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid starting price: €27,260 Price as tested: €32,400 Good stuff: Smart looks, high quality, big boot, exceptional economy Bad stuff: Quite pricey, not as much rear-seat room as in some rivals What is it? The Toyota Yaris Cross is a Yaris, by badge, but really, it’s all a bit more complicated than… Continue reading New Car Review: Toyota Yaris Cross 1.5 Hybrid

New Car Review: Audi Q5 Sportback 35 TDI S Line

Q5 Sportback Starting Price: €60,220 Price as tested: €69,363 GOOD STUFF Beautiful styling, amazing quality finish inside and out, frugal diesel engine BAD STUFF €3,000 more for pretty much the same car – €10,000 more than an A4 Avant. WHAT IS IT? The Q5 Sportback is what Audi call a CUV – or Crossover Utility Vehicle… Continue reading New Car Review: Audi Q5 Sportback 35 TDI S Line

New Car Review: Škoda Fabia 1.0 TSI EVO

Price as tested: TBC GOOD STUFFImpressively roomy, attractive design BAD STUFF  No electrified powertrains, potential to be expensive WHAT IS IT?  This is the all-new fourth-generation Skoda Fabia that will go on sale in Ireland in 2022. It occupies the supermini segment that includes popular names like the Toyota Yaris, Opel Corsa and Renault Clio.… Continue reading New Car Review: Škoda Fabia 1.0 TSI EVO

New Car Review: MG5 EV Exclusive

New Car Review: MG5 EV LR Exclusive  MG5 EV LR Starting Price: €26,645 Price as tested: €33,595 GOOD STUFF Simple, great value EV that will suit a variety of buyers, especially useful as a taxi.  BAD STUFF Looks quite dated, the interior layout could be better.  WHAT IS IT? The MG5 is an electric-only estate… Continue reading New Car Review: MG5 EV Exclusive

New Car Review: BMW X1 xDrive 25e

BMW X1 xDrive25e Starting Price: €49,995 Price as tested: €51,919 GOOD STUFFSpacious interior, potentially economical to run BAD STUFF  Smaller boot than other BMW X1s, expensive to buy WHAT IS IT?  The BMW X1 is the smallest of the German marque’s SUV models and this version, the xDrive25e, is the plug-in hybrid of the line-up.… Continue reading New Car Review: BMW X1 xDrive 25e

New Car Review: Audi Q2 30 TFSI SE

Q2 Starting Price: €33,765 Price as tested: €37,044 GOOD STUFF The refined and frugal 3-cylinder petrol engine, good quality interior, great urban car BAD STUFF Not a cheap car, especially when you add on options, rear space is limited.  WHAT IS IT? The Audi Q2 is Audi’s smallest Q model – Q being the designation… Continue reading New Car Review: Audi Q2 30 TFSI SE

New Car Review: Opel Mokka-e

Opel Mokka-e Starting Price: €33,038 Price as tested: €34,444 GOOD STUFF Stunning looks, brilliant chassis, good interior quality BAD STUFF Rear seating quite restricted, smaller boot than non-electric version WHAT IS IT? The Opel Mokka is now in its second generation. As before, it’s a compact crossover, but now it’s built on the same platform… Continue reading New Car Review: Opel Mokka-e

New Car Review: Citroën e-C4 Flair Pack

C4 Starting Price: €24,740 Price as tested: €36,603 GOOD STUFF Huge improvements all around, great specification, good looks, excellent EV offering BAD STUFF The quality of the plastics on some parts of the interior could be better. Fiddly infotainment.  WHAT IS IT? The C4 is Citroën’s bread and butter (or perhaps brioche) family hatchback that… Continue reading New Car Review: Citroën e-C4 Flair Pack

New Car Review: Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin Pro – AA Ireland

Volvo XC40 Recharge Starting Price: €64,314 Price as tested: €68,258 GOOD STUFF Stylish looks, serious performance, decent interior space, all-wheel-drive capability. BAD STUFF Needs a much cheaper model in the line-up, the electric range is nothing special. WHAT IS IT? The XC40 is Volvo’s smallest SUV, but all things are relative, as it’s not a… Continue reading New Car Review: Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin Pro – AA Ireland