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A Mustang fit for a McQueen

Channel your inner Steve McQueen with the Mustang Bullitt In 1968 Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, played by Steve McQueen, famously hurtled through the mean streets of San Francisco, hot on the heels of a dastardly, black Dodge Charger in the blockbuster film Bullitt. After the movie, the Mustang GT Fastback reached superstardom and Ford are now…

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Top of the Pops

Morgan Flanagan Creagh finds the Nissan Qashqai a decently-priced, well-built, family-friendly car The Nissan Qashqai has been wallowing happily at the top of the crossover segment in Ireland for more than 10 years, during which time they have flogged a car to what feels like everyone in the country. It’s only when you drive a…

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Safe and practical

Morgan Flanagan Creagh reviews Renault’s Mégane Grand Coupé Renault’s Mégane Grand Coupé is a very well-priced and, if you select the right extras, well-equipped family saloon. This Mégane is a fine car, but it is not a coupé, nor is it grand; it is a saloon, or sedan if you’re that way inclined. It is…

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Simply the best

Morgan Flanagan Creagh reviews the Mazda MX-5 and test-drives a special, exclusive edition that does everything it is required to do — aside from being practical I finished off summer 2019 with a back-to-back blast of automotive sunshine, starting with the Megáne RS and ending in the Mazda MX-5. Two fantastic cars, both aesthetically show-stopping…

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Rebel rebel

Renault’s full-fat RS Trophy is the toughest thug in town The ‘hot-hatch’ segment is a pretty rough neighbourhood, with big names like Focus RS, Civic Type R and Golf GTI lurking menacingly on the tyre-scorched, dimly-lit street corners. The Mégane RS is an iconic ‘hot’ hatchback from Renault, which has been in production since its…

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Soul of motion

Mazda’s Premium CX-5 explores the concept of ‘car and driver as one’ The crossover SUV segment is the car sales equivalent of the Somme, where marques battle it out to take their place on the lucrative, family SUV hierarchy, which currently sees the Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Qashqai head and shoulders above the rest. With…

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A step up the ladder

The Skoda Scala offers an impressive package and is sure to be popular It’s been an odd year so far. Car sales are down, yet the number of imports from the UK is supposed to outstrip the new car sales in Ireland for the first time ever. Is this a case of panic buying before…

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Reputation reboot

The Ford Fiesta ST3 is one of the best ‘bang-for-buck’ cars on the market The Ford Fiesta has grown up to be an understated hot-hatch that doesn’t shout about it, unlike some of its contemporaries. I’m looking at you, Honda and Mini. As can be expected, it is sportier and better-looking than the standard Mk7…

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Perfectly practical

The new Renault Kadjar – a fantastic, frugal family car The station wagon is dead; long live the crossover SUV. Where once parents packed up their elongated saloons for a long weekend in Wicklow, now we have crossover SUVs storming the dunes of Brittas bay. The market has spoken and most marques are now building…

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In A-Class of its own

The new Mercedes A-Class saloon is a very impressive package Many people associate Mercedes Benz with saloons. We are all familiar with S-Class, E-Class, C-Class, all saloons and perhaps a few estates with Labradors in the back. So when the A-Class was announced many years ago, it was more than a little surprising that there…

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