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: 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: 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: 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

New Car Review: DS3 Crossback Elegance E-TENSE

DS3 Starting Price: €28,990 Price as tested: €38,949 GOOD STUFF Stylish design, good EV powertrain with a consistent range. BAD STUFF Small infotainment screen, cramped rear legroom, price. WHAT IS IT? The DS3 Crossback marks the French brand’s (they are the premium version of Citroën) return to Ireland (alongside the larger DS7) and this time… Continue reading New Car Review: DS3 Crossback Elegance E-TENSE

New Car Review: Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Executive Plus Auto

Starting Price: €36,095Price as tested: €42,195 GOOD STUFF  Handsome, good value, well-equipped, great road manners BAD STUFF Very little, Hyundai have knocked this one out of the park WHAT IS IT? This is Ireland’s best-selling car right now, the Hyundai Tucson and so far in 2021 (August 2021), the brand have shifted almost 5,000 of… Continue reading New Car Review: Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Executive Plus Auto

How To Drive Safely In Snow Or Hail

By Kieran Hanley Driving in hail or snow can be one of the most challenging parts of travelling in wintry conditions. If you do need to make essential journeys in adverse weather conditions, you can make your journey safer by following these tips. Be Prepared Safety on the road starts before you even begin your… Continue reading How To Drive Safely In Snow Or Hail

Metering, jack-knifed and rolling: traffic terminology explained

Colin Kinner (CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia)

 Image: Colin Kinner (CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia)   Esther O’Moore Donohoe explains some of the more unusual terms used in our traffic reports… In AA Roadwatch, we’ve devoted years of our lives to gaining The Knowledge. The Knowledge includes motorway junction numbers (J16 on the M50? Cherrywood of course). We are also able to… Continue reading Metering, jack-knifed and rolling: traffic terminology explained

How To Use Your Car Lights Correctly

Driving a vehicle with defective lights is illegal, so it’s important to check them regularly. Under Irish law, all Cars Must Have the Following Lights in Working Order: Two headlights and two white sidelights at the front of the vehicle Four amber direction indicator lights – two at the front and two at the back… Continue reading How To Use Your Car Lights Correctly

Parking in Ireland – where (not) to park

To park or not to park… that is the question every driver should be asking when they arrive at their destination. Safe parking is a key part of safe driving – where you leave your car on arrival is as important as how you drive it there. Bad parking can endanger or obstruct others on… Continue reading Parking in Ireland – where (not) to park