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

What are the new variable speed limits on the M50? AA Ireland

Image: TII, from M50 Digital Signs Video 01

What’s changing on the M50? What does variable speed limits mean? The M50 will get a new dynamic traffic management system from autumn 2021, as part of the eMOS programme (Enhancing Motorway Operation Services). As a driver, the main thing you’ll see are a new set of overhead digital signs for variable speed limits –… Continue reading What are the new variable speed limits on the M50? AA Ireland

3 in 5 drivers “never” use their phone while driving – AA Ireland

By Anna Cullen and Lauren Beehan Most drivers never use their phone handheld while driving, but half think that phone use by others is getting worse. Those are the findings of a recent poll of 2,617 motorists by AA Ireland. Around half of motorists (48.2%) said the overall problem of phone use while driving has got… Continue reading 3 in 5 drivers “never” use their phone while driving – AA Ireland

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

Don’t risk buying a car with outstanding finance – AA Ireland

Buying a used car is tricky enough without running the risk of purchasing a vehicle with outstanding finance. Paddy Comyn examines the pitfalls of not doing the right checks. Buying a used car can be fraught with difficulties. Whatever about picking the right car, dealing with private sellers or used car dealers – the worry… Continue reading Don’t risk buying a car with outstanding finance – AA Ireland

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

VIDEO: What You Need To Know About Driving Lesson Delays – AA Ireland

Without doubt, learning to drive has been severely impacted by the pandemic. Since lessons and tests were stopped entirely for about half a year during the Level 5 restrictions, it caused a huge backlog and long delays for those waiting to get their license. Personally, I found it very difficult during the pandemic to practice… Continue reading VIDEO: What You Need To Know About Driving Lesson Delays – AA Ireland

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

5 Essential Back to School Car Checks

‘Back to School’ season is officially upon us. With the end of the summer holidays and all children now returning to school, many of us will see our morning travel patterns change slightly. While you may be busy coping with children desperately trying to avoid the fact that they’ll soon be back in the classroom,… Continue reading 5 Essential Back to School Car Checks