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Citroën C1 – Preview

For Citroën lovers, French car enthusiasts and general city drivers August cannot come quicker. The new Citroën C1 will arrive in Irish showrooms this August. Its perky and cheerful styling and remarkable efficiency will make it a serious contender amongst its rivals such as the Volkswagen up!, Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 108.

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First off the new C1 is available in 3 different trims; the Touch, Feel and Flair. The Airscape versions are available in the Feel and Flair trims. This is a fabric retractable roof, sometimes known as a Webasto roof.

So whats new you ask? Well the new C1’s design includes more dynamic lines. The new face looks well and is brought together by bold headlights. The Airscape models can be finished in bi-tone colour schemes and bright interior fabrics. Just to bring out the best in the cars character. The C1 is said to be agile and nippy and I can see this being true as it can be powered by either a petrol VTi 62 or a petrol PureTech 82 engine. This mighn’t sound like a lot but in a car that is less that 3.5m long, 1.7m wide and 1.5m tall this could have some poke. Even with its small dimensions, the C1 can fit up to 4 adults and has a 196 litre boot space. This is on par with its French la concurrence, the Peugeot 108.

Technology is said to be improved. It includes a 7″ Touch Drive interface and Mirror Screen technology. This allows the driver to run certain apps from their smartphone onto the touch screen. To make the C1 even more functional, keyless entry and start and a reversing camera options are available.

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The Touch, Feel and Flair models are all available in both three and five door models. The Airscape body option is available on both the three and five door versions of the Feel and Flair models. The C1 range starts at €10,995 for the Touch VTi 68 manual 3 door model. This then increase to €15,195 Airscape Flair PureTech 82 manual 5 door model.

Customers will be able to choose from eight different body colours including four metallic options. Three different wheel designs and three different upholstery finishes will also be available. The fabric roof for the Airscape models can be either Black, Grey or Sunrise Red.

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Two latest-generation petrol engines will power the new C1 range. The VTi 68, available with either a 5 speed manual or a 5 speed clutchless Efficient Tronic Gearbox (ETG). The 3-cylinder PureTech 82 engine is also available but only with a 5 speed manual transmission.

Model by Model: 

C1 Touch: Standard spec on the Touch trim inlcudes ABS, EBA, ESC, power-steering, central locking, front electric windows, six airbags, MP3 compatible audio system, a USB socket and LED daytime running lights. Quite generous for the base model.

C1 Feel: There is the addition of air con, DAB digital radio, a 7″ Touch Drive interface with mirror Screen technology and steering mount controls on the Feel trim. You also get body colour door mirrors and door handles.

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C1 Flair: The Flair gives you sports 15″ ‘Planet’ alloys, reversing camera, heated seats, adjustable door mirrors, a leather steering wheel AND tinted rear windows. Not bad!

Here I have the full price list of the new Citroën C1:

NEW CITROËN C1 MRRP[i]
C1 Touch VTi 68 manual 3-door €10,995
C1 Touch VTi 68 manual 5 door €11,595
C1 Feel VTi 68 manual 5-door €13,095
C1 Feel VTi 68 ETG 5-door €13,895
C1 Flair PureTech 82 manual 5-door €14,195
NEW CITROËN C1 AIRSCAPE
C1 Airscape Feel VTi 68 manual 5-door €14,095
C1 Airscape Flair Pure Tech 82 manual 5-door €15,195

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Seat Leon Van

This mightn’t sound very exciting but if you think the Leon looks as good as I do you will like the Leon Van. It will come with 2 different specifications, the S and SE. The S will be priced at€15,450 and the SE at €16,285.

Leon VanIt will feature a 1.6 TDi 90bhp engine. Standard equipment on the S model will be; air conditioning, front electric windows, a multi-function steering wheel with an on-board computer, sport seats and a media system. Outside trim will include electric and heated mirrors in body colour. Electric and electronic stability control and a tyre pressure warning light will also feature.

The SE trim will include everything that the S trim has and more! It boasts 16″ alloys and cruise control. A leather multi-functioning steering wheel, leather gear knob and a leather handbrake are also additions to this model along with fog lights with cornering function, driver seat lumbar support and a centre console with an armrest. For those tricky hills you have hill hold control and for the race track you have traction control (XDS).

2013 saw SEAT increase its sales by 62% and enjoy a record market share of 3%. Well done SEAT!

But what I want to know is when the Leon Van Cupra is out…

New Volkswagen Polo

VW’s new model Polo has reached Irish shores and to celebrate Volkswagen retailers are offering very attractive finance offers. The new Polo starts at €14,995 and comes with a whole new range of engines.

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The front and rear of the Polo has been totally redesigned and the equipment that comes as standard has been radically improved. Aswell as changes to the standard Polo, there have been new engines added to the Cross Polo range. These include 90bhp 1.2 TSI and 90bhp 1.4 TDI engines. At the top of the range sits the Polo BlueGT. It features a 1.4 TSI 150bhp engine with a 7 speed DSG gearbox but only has emissions as low as 108g/km. Thats €190 a year! Impressive!

The new Polo is available in Trendline, Bluemotion, Comfortline, Comfortline+, Cross Polo and BlueGT specs. You can get the Polo from as little as €142 per month through Volkswagen Bank and comes with 3 years roadside assistance and 3 years warranty. 142 customers can avail of 0% APR finance or €500 celebration bonus.

Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Limited Edition

The Mazda MX-5, an iconic, stylish, sexy, cute and rather cool sports car. To celebrate the MX-5’s 25th anniversary model, it is at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from the 26th to the 29th of June. To make it even more special they have a whole stand dedicated to the anniversary model right up close to the Goodwood House, a prime location.

Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary editionPhotograph: James Lipman +44 7803 885275Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary editionPhotograph: James Lipman +44 7803 885275

Only 750 examples of the MX-5 roadster coupe will be made available to UK customers. It will feature a 2 litre petrol engine with the on-the-road price of £22,995 and will be made available this August. Unfortunately there is no mention of Ireland in this line up so I would get your hands on one of 750 as quick as you can.

At the 25th anniversary stand will feature the 10th and 20th anniversary, California, Le Mans, Sport Black and Sport Graphite limited/special editions. Along with these models will be sports cars that inspired the MX-5; including the Lotus Elan and MG Midget. The rare MX-5 GT4 race car and the chassis of the all-new MX-5 will also make an appearance. The main focus, however, will be on the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition.

Now the bit you REALLY want to know. The Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Limited Edition model will be powered by a 2 litre petrol injected engine. It will have an output of 160PS (158BHP), 188 Nm of torque and a top speed of 219 km/h. It has a COof 181 g/km which gives it a motor tax bill of €750 and 7.8l/100km.

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The exterior paint is a metallic Soul Red with a Brilliant Black folding roof. It is complimented by 17″ gunmetal 10 spoke alloy wheels. Chrome tailpipe tips set of the rear nicely and to top it all off “25th Anniversary” badging is placed around the car to remind passersby that you are in one of only 750 cars.

Inside, you are greeted by Stone leather sports seats with red stitching and for those cold winter morning starts, 5 stage seat heaters. While driving this car, 25th Anniversary will always be at the back of your mind. Literally. Stitched into the headrests are those special words; “25th Anniversary”. A Leather sports steering wheel, handbrake lever and gear knob with contrast red stitching. It really sounds like something to behold. The interior sounds quite exclusive and luxurious but just to add a bit quirkiness, Mazda have fitted a hand-painted Dark Red deco panel across the dash. A nice touch in my opinion.

Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary editionPhotograph: James Lipman +44 7803 885275

So far, this MX-5 has ticked the boxes for petrol heads and people who appreciate style. So to try and make this the ultimate cabrio Mazda have fitted a 6.1 inch Sat Nav system with Bluetooth, USB connectivity, CD player with 6 speakers and an auxiliary jack. Tech people, tick!

It also features the usual bits and pieces:

  • Climate Control
  • Power windows
  • Cruise control
  • Alarm and Immobiliser
  • Stability and Traction Control Systems
  • Front and side airbags
  • Limited Slip Diff (LSD)

If you need anymore information on the MX-5, you can visit either http://www.mazda.co.uk/cars/mx-5-25th-anniversary/offers/ or http://www.mazda.ie/cars/mazda-mx-5-roadster/

 

The very practical Volvo XC70 – a virtual drive

Back in 1997, Volvo introduced a whole new model to its line up. The V70 Cross Country. Its intention was to be a robust estate car and that it was. A 2003 V70 Cross Country, also known as an XC70,  can cost you as little as €2000. This is pretty good value seeing as you get four wheel drive, a 2.4 litre diesel engine and, if you go for the right one, a leather interior.

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But, if you’re on the look out for something a bit more fresh you are in luck. Volvo has just announced a brand new XC70 for the Irish market. It continues to to hold the on-road and off-road capabilities. It has a contemporary but rugged look so is prefect for both situations. It is available with both the D4 and D5 diesel engines with AWD.

The XC70 got a facelift in 2013 and these changes are carried over to the 2015 model. These changes include a bolder front grill, LED daytime running lights and matt sliver trim. The XC70 tries to create a luxurious ride but to have a road-hugging stance. It does this by offering up to 18 inch wheels. There skid plates on the XC70 to protect the car from uneven surfaces.

The luxurious feel is to be continued on the inside with new front seats, “jewellery” knobs and a frameless rear view mirror. Sounds interesting.

The XC70 offers luxury surroundings but with practicality. 575 litres of practicality to be exact. The boot space will have 575 litres of load space. The rear seats can be folded down to give a very generous 1,600 litres of boot space. Another handy feature is the electronically operated tailgate. It can be operated either by the key or by a button on the dash. This car screams practicality.

But wait there’s more practicality. The rear seats can act as a child booster seat also. This I really like; With one simple movement, booster cushions pop up from the seat giving a comfortable and safe ride height for children aged three and up.

Volvo offers a luxurious interior pack at an extra cost. The customer can choose from a number of different options giving that personal touch.

Now down to the price:

Model Price CO2 G/km Road Tax per year
D4 FWD SE Geartronic €48,895 129 €270
D4 FWD SE LUX Geartronic €52,845 129 €270
D5 AWD SE Geartronic €56,895 169 €570
D5 AWD SE LUX Geatronic €60,845 169 €570

“The XC70 is a dynamic and flexible vehicle that suits the Volvo customer’s lifestyle. We are confident that the very competitive pricing, the introduction of the new, powerful and highly efficient D4 engine and the addition of luxurious touches to the range will broaden the appeal of the Volvo XC70” says Volvo Car Ireland MD, Adrian Yeates.

The XC70 is available to order from your local Volvo dealership now. If you would like more information on the XC70, just visit www.volvocars.ie. Hopefully I will get to drive the XC70 sometime in the near future and I might be able to give you a more real-life review

2015 Audi RS7

So Audi have revised their CLS AMG beater, the RS7 sportback. Still producing 560bhp and 700nm of torque, the new RS7 is being equipped with new LED lights and even more toys for the on board computer. The 4.0 litre tfsi petrol engine produces just 9.5litres/100km compared to the standard A7 TDI, it produces 6litres/100km.

Audi RS 7 Sportback

The 4.0 litre V8 includes Audis cylinder on-demand technology meaning that it can cope nicely with your daily rush hour traffic commutes but can give you thrills with the push of a pedal. The lines of the RS7 have always been quite special and they have been improved on the updated version. The dramatic slope at the rear continues to play a big role in the dynamic styling of the 7. The iconic honeycomb-like grill seen on all RS models makes an appearance but with more distinctive and sharper corners. the large Quattro lettering on the front bumper lets cars in front of you know what they are about approached by. Audi give three different styling options- matt aluminium, gloss black and carbon. No matter what one you chose, you’ll have made the right choice. After all its an Audi RS, there are no bad decisions.

Upon request, Audi will fit your RS7 with Matrix LED technology. This is a very clever use of the headlights. However, LED technology comes as standard on the RS7. There are new paint options also. They include Floret Sliver, metallic; Glacier White, metallic; Mythos Black, metallic; and Sepang Blue, pearl effect.

Inside, you are greeted by RS sport seats. The instrument panel has been given a discreet make over. The infotainment system has been upgraded to the latest generation system. Its most important feature is the graphics processor by Audi’s Partner, Nvidia.

The beafy 4.0 litre bi-turbo V8 producing 560bhp and 700nm of torque between 1750rpm and 5500 rpm plays a large role in the RS7’s status. It gets the five door sports coupe from 0-100kmh in just 3.9 seconds. Thats Vantage V12 territory. Top speeds are between 280kmh and 305kmh with the optional dynamic packages. The RS has a CO2 output of 221 grams. This gives it a hefty €1200 motor tax bill. This 221 grams of CO2 is helped by the cylinder on demand feature which shuts down half of the V8’s cylinders where necessary. An 8 speed tiptronic gearbox works with the bi-turbo V8. On request, Audi will equip the RS with a sports differential on the rear axle.

The adaptive air suspension with adaptive dampening, standard on the RS7, lowers it by 20mm. A further option is dynamic steering giving it that more sportier feel. 20-inch lightweight alloys are fitted as standard but can be replaced by 21-inch ones in three different colours as an option. The ventilated brake disks have a weight-saving wave design but option carbon fibre-ceramic brakes are also available.

So know that you have the whole low-down on the RS7, are you ready to order one? Well you can do so towards the end of 2014 and your car will be ready for delivery in January 2015. Price to be confirmed closer to the launch.

 

Bentley Mulsanne 95

Bentley marks their 95th anniversary by launching 15 bespoke models of the Mulsanne, calling them the “Mulsanne 95”. Only 15 of these models will be made in three British flag inspired colours; Britannia Blue, Empire Red and Oxford White. It will include a dark tint finished version of the iconic Flying B bonnet ornament and 21″ five-spoke wheels.

Inside, you will be reminded that you are in a very special 95th anniversary edition by a distinctive “95” embroidered into the front and rear seats and a passenger fascia panel. The wood veneer is not just any old wood, its carved from a 300-400 year old walnut tree chosen by Bentley themselves. This beautiful wood veneer is complimented nicely by a blue and white two-tone leather split with red contrast stitching.

Excited yet? Well don’t be as only UK customers can purchase these 15 bespoke models. Guess you’ll have to stick with your ‘ordinary’ Mulsanne for now.

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