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2018 Lamborghini Urus

The SUV Craze HAS to Stop!

There’s no denying that the world, not just Ireland, has become obsessed with SUVs. SUVs used to be seen as a utility vehicle before it was seen as a luxury car, hence the name Sports Utility Vehicle. Morphing from a Toyota Landcruiser or Land Rover Defender into the shape of a Land Rover Range Rover or Bentley Bentayga.

The latter is a new comer onto the scene. I could hack the likes of the Hyundai Tuscon, Ireland’s best “selling” SUV, or Nissan Qashqai. But, once Bentley came out with the concept to the Bentayga, it seemed like every car manufacturer needed an SUV in their line-up.I felt the need to write this piece after seeing that Lotus have a plan for an SUV in the works. In September 2017, Lotus was bought over by Geely, the owners of Volvo. The SUV will, seemingly, have the underpinnings of a Volvo SUV, probably the XC60 or XC90, but will also be engaging to drive. This sounds rather like the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. A snarling Bi-Turbo V6 puts out 510hp out of the four wheel drive SUV. This same V6 is seen in the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

But not only is it Lotus and Alfa who are “answering customers needs”. Porsche have the Macan, Rolls Royce have the soon-to-be-released Cullinan, Lamborghini have the hideous Urus and Land Rover even added an extra Range Rover to the line-up, the Range Rover Velar.

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Stop Buying the SUV!

It has to stop! I am definitely a fan of fast estates, who isn’t? The 2018 SEAT Leon Cupra is one to be commended. It retains the same agile handling as the hot hatch Volkswagen Golf R on which it’s based. Right up to the Daddy of Audis, the Audi RS6. A quick estate makes so much sense on so many levels. While the SUV craze may be the replacement for the hot estate, I just can’t get behind it. Crossovers, SUVs or Jeeps, whatever you want to call it, should be left for people who really need them. Let’s go back to the stone age and leave them as being utility vehicles and 4x4s. Do Jim or Mary down the road need that 2018 Nissan Qashqai to drop the kids to school or do the weekly shop? Similarly, will you welcome a 2018 Lamborghini Urus at your local Cars and Coffee event in a couple of years’ time? I for one, won’t. In the words of Helen Lovejoy, “Won’t somebody please think of the children?!”

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The 2018 Skoda Karoq Launches Into Ireland

The Skoda Yeti was ever so popular in Ireland since its launch back in 2009. Although it wasn’t to my taste, they sold a mere 479 Yetis within the first year. For some reason, Skoda Ireland have decided to replace the popular, quirky Yeti with the Karoq. Now that the 2018 Skoda Karoq has been launched in Ireland, I gave it a quick blast to see what it’s like.

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In terms of looks, it’s nothing out of this world unlike the Yeti. Frankly, it looks like a downsized Skoda Kodiaq. However, this is no bad thing. The Karoq’s bubbly body replaces that of the Yeti’s square and boxy one. It’s wider and 160mm longer than the Yeti translating to more cabin space inside – 40mm more elbow room to be exact! In terms of the boot, it measures in at 521 litres, 105 litres more than the Yeti. Although, if you take advantage of Skoda’s VarioFlex seats this can be upped to 1,810 litres. The VarioFlex rear seats option is new to Skoda and means you can fold the seats in a convenient manner or completely remove them from the car.

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As for the mechanics, the Skoda Karoq will be available from launch with four engines – two diesel and two petrol. The Karoq will get Volkswagen’s new 1.5TSI (150hp) and the popular 1.0TSI (115hp). The diesel options are the 1.6TDI (115hp) and the 2.0TDI (150hp), which I drove at the launch. Each engine can be had with either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic. If you opt for the 2.0TDI, it can be had with 4×4 only.

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From the brief drive I had in it, the 2.0TDI 4×4 felt very sure footed on the road. One of things I disliked about the Yeti was that it didn’t feel confident on road and felt vague to drive. The Karoq, however, feels well rounded. The steering was light when you wanted it to be but precise in the corners of the backroads of Co. Meath. The 2.0TDI wasn’t loud on the motorway but there was some wind noise coming from around the wing mirrors. DSGs can be a hit and miss, I find. However, the Karoq’s 7-speed shifted smoothly and efficiently.

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As for the price; the 2018 Skoda Karoq starts at €27,715 due to Skoda getting rid of the lowest trim level. This is a good thing though because you are getting a lot of standard equipment on the Ambition trim. Coming as standard are 17-inch alloys, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with Skoda Connect, rear parking sensors and Climatronic air conditioning. If this isn’t enough, jump up to the Style trim for an extra €2,600 and get a 9.2-inch infotainment system, sat nav, rear view camera and 18-inch alloys. Although, it will be interesting to see how many people will just opt for the Karoq’s bigger brother, the Skoda Kodiaq, seeing as it is just an extra €1,080 for it in Active trim level.

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Can it win over Irish buyers from the likes of the 2018 Nissan Qashqai? Keep an eye on the site for a more in depth review of the Karoq in the coming months. Until then, you can read some other Skoda reviews on the site here; Skoda Car Review Ireland.

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New Audi A8 Red

But What About the Audi A6?

This week, Audi premiered the new Audi A8; the brand’s rival to the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series. The Audi A8, which is due to go on sale later this year, is Audi’s flagship model so it has big shoes to fill. But, with only 32 models registered in 2016 it is not a big seller for the brand in Ireland. What is a popular model, however, is the Audi A6; one which is completely outdated compared to the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5-Series.

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The new A8 features tech that will blow the retired banker in you’s mind. The new A8 has a traffic pilot feature which allows the car to take control of starting, acceleration, steering and braking at speeds up to 60 km/h. On top of this, the AI system can also pilot the car in and out of car parking spaces or a garage. This is controlled by the driver from either inside or outside the car.

From launch, two V6s will be available; a 3.0 TDI diesel with 286hp and a 3.0TFSI petrol with 340hp. A 4.0TDI V8 will follow later and the same 6.0 W12 is available too. Each engine will use a mild hybrid system which allows the car to coast on electric power until the engine restarts. Convenient for traffic.

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Now that we have sang the new A8’s praises, what about the Audi A6? The current Mercedes E-Class launched in April 2016 and the current BMW 5-Series launched at the start of this year. The current Audi A6? It has received two facelifts in its current model run but has been around since 2011. That’s 6 years. But will the new one be worth the wait? I hate to say it, but probably not. I do like the Audi brand and they make some interesting cars. Take the Q2 or RS3 for example. But the new Audi A6 is just going to be an upscaled A4 and a downsized A8. The same goes for the model range from BMW and Mercedes. Although this is just an assumption, I’m still not holding my breath.

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Tesla Model S P100D – Review

Increasingly over the years, Tesla has been creeping not only onto roads globally but into Ireland too. Its a rare site but there are a few 2015 and 2016 Tesla Model S electric cars floating around Ireland. But today marked the official launch of both Tesla Motors cars onto Irish roads and also the first Supercharger in Ireland. I went along to have a little drive.

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Welcoming the Tesla Model S and Model X to Ireland

Model Tested: Tesla Model S P100D
Power: 603hp and 967Nm
Transmission: Automatic, four-wheel drive.
Price: Prices for the Model S range start at €83,581 for the 75. Prices for the P100D start at €177,289. As tested – €209,035.

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When you think of a Tesla you think of an electric car, right? Well, its more appropriate to think of it as a driving computer or tablet. This car is so elaborate. I don’t think I have attended a car launch ever where I have gone away thinking to myself how on earth they managed to fit so much cleverness and tech into a single car! From the moment you press the door handle of the Model S and it glides out of the bodywork; you are smirking and shaking your head in disbelief.

But before I get to the tech, let me introduce its artistry and sleekness. The current Model S is a facelifted version that was introduced along with the Model X, both of which share the same chassis. Replacing the faux-grill at the front is a clean, smooth and rounded bumper giving the face of the Model S a more streamlined look. This streamlined design is continued down the side with the door handles popping out once prompted to do so by pushing on them. Around the back, it is very previous generation Jaguar XF-like with the shape of the lights and the chrome trim breaking up the boot lid.

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Open up the sportscar-like rimless glass door and you sit into leather sports seats. Everything is built around the 17-inch touchscreen, off of which everything is controlled. Everything being; the climate control, your phone connectivity, sat nav, the car’s settings, etc. The system includes a 4 year subscription to Spotify through a 3g and 4g connection. The only two buttons that are housed on dash are the hazard lights switch and button to open the glove box. Its all so sleek and, well, streamlined. This all sounds very normal for a modern day car, yes? Well can your Audi A8 close its doors from a button on the infotainment screen? Yeah, didn’t think so…

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When you think of white leather you think of disaster but the white leather that was specced on the Model S suited it perfectly. It all felt very much like a designer kitchen; contemporary and modern. Pair the white leather with carbon trim, Red Multi-Coat paintwork and 21-inch Grey Turbine alloy wheels and you have got yourself a stealthy yet in-vogue sportscar. Oh and if you are a worried vegan, don’t be; Tesla have a vegan leather option.

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The Tesla Model S? A Supercar?

Yes, a Supercar. As practical and as comfortable as it is, the Model S P100D is a seriously quick and agile car for it’s class. Let me explain the name; P100D. P stands for Performance, 100 stands for 100kW, the combined power of the batteries, and D stands for Dual-engine; four wheel drive. Throw all of this into a pot and its a recipe for thrills! In Ludicrous Mode, the Model S P100D can launch the car from 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds. If you don’t know what this feels like think of being on a roller coaster; when you creep over the crest and then it just falls, the butterflies in your stomach going 90! THAT, is what the sensation feels like. But let me compare the numbers; a Ferrari LaFerrari does 0-100km/h in 2.6 seconds, a McLaren 570S does it in 2.7 seconds and a Porsche 911 Turbo does it in 2.8 seconds. Yeah, the Tesla Model S P100D is quite brisk!

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But not only is it as quick as a Supercar, it handles like one too. Get a nice twisty and quick-cornered road and the Tesla does not disappoint. The throttle response has two modes; Sport or Ludicrous. The ride height can be adjusted to High, Standard, Low or Very Low. Although, these modes are only suspension height so do not enhance the rigidity of the suspension. But just for good measure, I put it in Very Low to maintain the stealthy look. Body roll was kept at a minimum in the Model S, it was all very complete. Whereas in the Model X, body roll was very much present. The two cars are like night and day to drive.

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But the million dollar question is, how much does all this cost? Well, you wouldn’t be far off guessing a million dollars… The Model S range in Ireland starts at €83,581, including the government incentive. If you want the full whack and go for the P100D, including a few options, you can expect to fork out €209,035. Ok, ok, yes it is super expensive but lets do a slight comparison. The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, the closest competitor from Porsche, starts at roughly €115,000. The equivalent Audi S8 starts at €133,000. So unless you want the full package, the Model S is not looking that bad.

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Tesla Model S P100D Range

What you will save in petrol costs from choosing the Model S over its competitors is quite enticing. The Tesla Model S range can vary between roughly 300km and 600km depending on your driving style. But, Tesla have a nifty calculator on their website which allows you to measure how much it will cost to charge the car and how often you will need to charge it. For example, based on an average speed of 70km/h, an outside temperature of 10 degrees and with the 21-inch alloys, the 75 is capable of 564km and the P100D is capable of 681km. Try and achieve those kind of figures in your Panamera!

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Tesla’s First Supercharger for Ireland

This week marked the unveiling of Tesla’s first supercharger in Ireland too, located at Junction 3 off the M8. The Supercharger can charge the Model S and Model X from 0-50% in 20 minutes and up to 80% in 40 minutes. Tesla say that the Supercharger is used just to get you enough power to get you home. There, you can use the Tesla Wall Connector to charge the car overnight.

Tesla Model S P100D at Supercharger in Ireland

Verdict: Would I buy a Tesla Model S?

Before I even stepped foot inside the Model S or Model X, I had it in my head that I was not going to be sorry driving home in my supercharged MINI, the little pocket rocket that it is. But that was very wrong of me. The Tesla Model S and Model X are both extremely capable cars, even if they will cost you a pretty penny. But I truly believe that the future is here. Welcome to Ireland, Tesla. You are more than welcome.

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Skoda Kodiaq – Launch

The Skoda Kodiaq, or the Skodiaq as I have been calling it, is the Czech brand’s answer to the Nissan X-Trail and Hyundai Sante Fe. This week marked the launch of the SUV into Ireland and I have been driving it. Firstly, Skoda; you have done well.

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The Kodiaq’s design has been inspired by a Czech Republican-crafted crystal, the Bohemia Crystal. Bohemia Crystal is known for its high quality, craftsmanship, beauty and innovative design; all of which I believe Skoda have been representing over recent years. The Skoda’s design has bold, sharp and contemporary design features making the SUV stand out from the crowd. Soft, curved lines are hard come-by on the Kodiaq. The SUV measures in at 4.7m long and 1.9m wide and weighs 1,795kg allowing a 2,500kg towing capacity.

I hopped into the Kodiaq, firstly, as a passenger. I immediately noticed the generous leg room that the middle row offers, much like the Superb and Superb Combi. Although unlike the Superb, the Kodiaq’s middle row can be moved forward or back giving the third row passengers more legroom.

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This brings me to the Kodiaq’s variants; it comes in both five seater and seven seater forms. Three trim levels will be offered from launch; Active, Ambition and Style. Active starts at €28,795, add €1,900 for Ambition and €3,900 on top of that for Style. Each trim level offers more spec. Add €1,000 for the seven seat option.

Two engines are available; a 1.4 TSI petrol and a 2.0TDI diesel. Power output ranges from 125hp to 190hp. Both manual and DSG, and two-wheel-drive and four-wheel drive are on offer. Skoda Ireland reckon that 70% of Skodiaqs will be 4×4, leaving 30% of buyers opting for 2WD. They also say that only 15% of buyers will opt for petrol.

At the launch, I drove the 2.0TDI 150hp 4×4 Manual. It felt good on the road despite the noticeable length. Although you could still see the rear of the car leaving the corner as you were on the road, it did not feel as if you were driving such a large car. The gearshifts were smooth from the 6-speed manual and power delivery was good from the 150hp unit.

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Skoda are on target for 1,000 Skodiaqs to be bought this year with 1,500 next year. They say that 50% of the allocated 1,000 have already been ordered/purchased. The brand have been doing well for themselves over the years. In 2004, the brand achieved a 2.21% market share. In 2016; this was increased to 6.50%. Registrations for the former were 3,416 vehicles and 9,510 for the latter. They hope to break 10,000 units this year. So far, the brand have registered 4,878 units this car.

So, are Skoda being too ambitious with the 1,000 unit target for the Kodiaq? Based on my first impressions; no. It seems to be a well sorted car at a keen price. However, I have yet to drive it for more than 20 minutes. Watch this space for the full review coming soon.

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2017 Audi Q5 – Launch

Audi Ireland officially launched the new Q5 to the Irish market today.

Design

The old Q5 was a hit amongst Irish buyers. It looked good for a crossover and offered a typical good quality Audi interior. The new Q5 should most certainly not be overlooked going by the design alone. Think of it as a baby-Q7; mature, strong and definitive design lines give the Q5 a sports-coupe like stance. The interior still offers all the technology typically offered by Audi.

Engine and Transmission

The Q5 is not focused towards the driver. This is apparent. The steering feel is quite bland but light so is good around town. The 2.0TDI with 190hp and 400Nm is featured here. Power delivery is good and gear changes are smooth due to the 7-speed S-Tronic gearbox.

Driving

The Q5 is easy to maneuver all round. I took it into housing estates, through town and onto a straight, open road and it felt at home in all environments. Although there was quite a lot of road noise at both low and higher speeds that intruded the cabin.

Overall, the driving experience is good. For the size of the Q5, it doesn’t feel anything like what you might expect. Steering is light and power delivery is good from the engine.

Pricing

Prices for the Q5 range start at €47,500.

Conclusion

The new Q5 is an improvement over its predecessor, Audi have not shot themselves in the foot, that is for sure. In saying that, the cabin could be a little more refined. But sure, you have all those gadgets to keep you distracted anyway!

2017 Audi A5 – Launch

Audi Ireland officially launched the new A5 to the Irish market today. On offer from the range were the Sportback, Coupe and Cabriolet. A Cabrio on a rainy day in Ireland? Ah sure!

Design

I was never a fan of the old A5. I felt it aged very quickly and was just a re-bodied A4, which it essentially was. Not much has changed in terms of the re-body because the A5 is still based on the A4 but the fresh look is well needed. Starting with the Sportback, the proportions are much better than the outgoing model. The rimless windows on the doors and angular lines give it a proper sporty and muscular look. Its a handsome car, do you agree?

The Coupe and Cabriolet are both similar and even better proportioned. Both feature a muscular and angular face giving the car a mature and furious look.

Engine and Transmission

The engine I drove was the 2.0TDI, in each of the cars. It was the 190hp diesel with 400Nm mated to a 7-speed S-Tronic gearbox. I am well acquainted with this ‘box at this stage and it is still as good as ever. It drove it to extent in the Audi A3 Sportback and Saloon Gear changes are quick, seamless and efficient.

The engine, with 400Nm and 190hp on tap, is quick and pulls very well. Around town, never does the power feel like it is too much.

Driving

On the road, the A5 coupe and Sportback felt well planted and steering feel was good. In Dynamic mode, the steering is weighted up a little bit and it feels that little bit more responsive. The Cabrio felt a little wallowy, especially noticeable after driving the Coupe and it back-to-back.

Pricing

The A5 Coupe range starts at €46,660, the Sportback from €48,750  and €60,730 for the Cabrio.

Conclusion

This is a quick look at the A5 range. A more in depth review will be had once I get my hands on it for longer, which I am looking forward to. So in summary; the new A5? It gets a thumbs up from me!

Renault Megane Grand Coupe and Scenic – First Drive

Renault Ireland welcomes the new Megane Grand Coupe, Megane Sport Tourer, Scenic and Grand Scenic to the Irish market.

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The Renault Megane Grand Coupe

The term Grand Coupe and Sport Tourer are becoming the norm for manufacturers now. They give that slight bit more elegance to the name of a car than saloon or estate do, which both terms actually mean. The Megane Hatchback, which I drove last year, is a good car except for the engine. I really dislike that 1.5 dCi 110hp engine, its lifeless. So I was happy to hear that the Grand Coupes at the launch event all had the 1.6 dCi 130hp engine, not that I would have thought it made much difference. It did! It is surprising what 20hp can do. The GC felt full of life and handled much like the hatchback, even though the chassis is just short of 60mm longer.

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This 60mm makes a difference for rear passengers, they have the extra leg room which naturally means more comfort. The car I drove was in Signature Nav spec so had a full black leather interior as standard. The Signature Nav trim level also includes 18 inch alloys, Sat Nav and LED headlights as standard.

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The Megane GC, which replaces the Fluence, prices start at €21,990 with the Signature trim level starting at €27,290. Four trim levels are available; Expression, Dynamique, Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav. Each model comes standard with a 6 speed manual but for an additional €1,700 to each model, a 6-speed automatic can be equipped. No petrol models will be available in the Megane GC. Although, a 1.2(130hp) and 1.6(205hp) petrol is available in the Hatchback and the Sport Tourer. Keep an eye out on the site over the next month for my review of the Megane GT with the 205hp engine.

The Renault Scenic

I know, I know, who wants to hear about family cars on a site run by a young motoring enthusiast? But to be fair, I have been doing quite a mix of reviews over the past year so its not exactly outside of the norm.

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As far as MPVs go, the Scenic is certainly a looker. It stands out amongst its competition with its sleeker body design and, as for the car I drove anyway, more interesting choice of colours. At the moment it is in the running of being one of the best looking cars on sale on France’s equivalent of Top Gear, Turbo.

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The Scenic is available from  €26,000 and €28,400 for the Grand Scenic. The car I drove had the 110hp 1.5 dCi engine which, much like the Megane Hatchback, was dull to drive. The MPV is not beaten on looks and space is not half bad either. The boot measures at 572l.

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Expect to see more Renaults on the road this year as Renault Ireland predict that the Megane will reach the top 3 of new cars registered. It says that there is a Megane for everyone. What do you think of the line-up? Would you be tempted by a new Renault?

Bienvenue à la Citroën C3 en Irlande

On the road since 2002, Citroën have sold over 6,000 C3s to Irish customers. Now available to the Irish market is the new Citroën C3.

Priced from €15,490, the new B-segment hatchback is a fresh look to the usual suspects like the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta. The car is available in three trim levels; Touch, Feel and Flair. With three roof and nine body colours to choose from, a possible 27 colour combinations are possible.

Citroën are aiming the new hatchback at younger buyers which is evident from the brave design. Citroën’s wacky and unique design language started out with the Cactus back in 2014 with the introduction of the Airbump panels. The idea behind the bubble wrap-like side trim bits are to protect the car from small tips, like from a shopping trolleys, for example. The Airbump panels are available as an option on the C3.

Inside, three interior ambiances are available; Urban Red, Colorado Tan and  Mica Grey. Much like the Cactus, the C3’s centre console is uncluttered thanks to the 7-inch touch screen. Everything, except for the hazards, windscreen demister and several other functions, are controlled from the touch screen. It is easy to navigate so you don’t find yourself getting lost in different menus unlike some other infotainment systems on the market. The seats are made partly with memory foam so are supposedly good for longer journeys.

In the rear, passengers will be thankful of the extra 22mm of extra leg room on the previous model. The boot has 300l available therefore making it on par with the Clio and up 10l on the Fiesta.

The C3’s pièce de résistance is ConnectedCam. This is a built in camera behind the rear view mirror that can be used as a dash cam or for taking pictures that can be added to social media.

As for the engines, the C3 is available with 3 petrols and 2 diesels and customers have the choice of either a 5 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic. The petrol engines range from 68hp to 110hp and the diesel from 75hp to 100hp.

Citroën predict that by the end of 2017 they will have registered 550 new C3s. What do you think? Do you like the new C3?

Ssangyong Tivoli XLV – Launch

The Ssangyong Tivoli is Ssangyongs attempt to give the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur a run for its money. 20160603_154930Since its launch last May, Ssangyong has only sold just over 130 units.

This week, Ssangyong Ireland launched a longer version of the Tivoli, the Tivoli XLV. The XLV is set to sit along side the Peugeot 2008, Nissan Qashqai and Mitsubishi ASX.

From the front, the XLV doesn’t look a whole lot different than the Tivoli. 20160603_154912One feature I did like was the carbon effect below the front grill and the black trim above the grill connecting the front lights. It is a nice change from the over used chrome from other manufacturers. The main point of change is when you step around the side and to the back that you notice the  new car is over 200mm longer. 20160603_152134Although this accommodates for larger boot space, it doesn’t help the styling of it. The rear has a large overhang makes the design look slightly awkward.

Again, the interior hasn’t changed much from the regular Tivoli. The XLV will be available in either ES or EL trim level. The standard equipment for the ES includes a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Tom Tom sat nav, USB/Aux port, Bluetooth, cruise control, automatic headlight sensors, rain sensing wipers and rear parking sensors.20160603_151954 The EL adds front and rear parking sensors and mood lighting for the cabin.

The Cabin space is quite generous too with a lot of head and leg room in both the front and back and with 720 litres of boot space. 20160603_155021 (5)Although this is decreased to 574 litres with the optional spare wheel added.

Only a diesel will be available in the the XLV, the same 1.6 (115hp and 300Nm) as the Tivoli has. It can be mated to either a 6 speed manual or 6 speed automatic gearbox and either 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive. 20160603_155010The pricing on the Tivoli starts at €24,750 for the manual 2WD and up to €32,750 for the 4WD auto.

Overall, I can see the Tivoli XLV selling. Its priced well and has a lot of standard features. Although, the longer shape and extra space in the back is quite misleading as there is no seven seat option. The Tivoli XLV should compete with the Qashqai 2+2 but it does not have the extra row of seats. Will buyers opt for the extra seats?

 

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