New Car Reviews

Honda HR-V Review

Honda HR-V 2016

Our Rating 4 / 5

The new HR-V crossover promises to be one of Honda's sales stars in 2016 - if the company can get enough to satisfy demand from the Irish market that is.

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Nissan Qashqai Review

Nissan Qashqai 2016

Our Rating 4 / 5

Nissan defined the crossover marketplace in 2007 with the introduction of the original Qashqai and it has dominated since. Little wonder then that this second-generation still has most of its rivals playing catch-up. An impressive all-rounder, it’s difficult to argue against it, though its omnipresence is its undoing.

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Volkswagen Passat Review

Volkswagen Passat 2016

Our Rating 4 / 5

Its predecessor sold well in Ireland and around the world, so it’s little surprise that with the new Passat, Volkswagen has stuck to its impressive, proven formula. A little bit predictable as a result perhaps, but the execution is exceptional, and it’s undeniably more alluring than its mainstream competition.

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Kia Sportage Review

Kia Sportage 2015

Our Rating 3 / 5

If any car in the Kia range could be described as a signal that the Korean company has arrived then the Sportage is surely it. Stylish, capable and desirable even, the Kia Sportage may be due for imminent replacement, but it's still good.

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Honda Jazz Review

Honda Jazz 2016

Our Rating 3 / 5

If you’re after the most cleverly packaged supermini out there, then look no further than the Honda Jazz. The boot’s as big as a Volkswagen Golf's, while the build quality is impeccable. Shame it's a little expensive.

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Toyota Yaris Review

Toyota Yaris 2016

Our Rating 3 / 5

The supermini marketplace might be all about small cars, but it’s a huge marketplace. That explains Toyota’s recent push to redevelop the Yaris to increase sales. We wouldn't call it a bad car, but it is an unexceptional one. In this marketplace that matters, and while improved it’s still a middle-runner among its rivals.

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Skoda Octavia Review

Skoda Octavia 2016

Our Rating 4 / 5

Something of a backstop, the Skoda Octavia is the answer to the ‘what should I buy’ question we’re often asked here. That’s because it’s rounded, sensible, good to drive and inexpensive - spacious too, which enhances its value. That it looks good and is economical adds to its appeal even further.

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Ford Fiesta Review

Ford Fiesta 2016

Our Rating 5 / 5

Ford’s big-selling Fiesta is still very much the default small hatchback, and deservedly so. The Fiesta might not be the youngest in its category, but it’s the most fun to own and drive, by quite some margin. That’s true of not just the basic models, but the range-topping ST, too.

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Volkswagen Jetta Review

Volkswagen Jetta 2016

Our Rating 3.5 / 5

The Irish market loves a small saloon, so add the appeal of the Volkswagen badge to one and the Jetta is a sure-fire hit. Borrowing from its Golf hatchback relation, the Jetta’s a fine, if unexciting drive, with good looks, solid build and the promise of decent economy and emissions, too.

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Mazda 3 Review

Mazda 3 2016

Our Rating 4 / 5

Mazda has always had a decent contender in the small family hatchback segment, even if it has gone unnoticed by the masses. That’s not about to happen with the current car, as its stand-out looks are very dramatic in such a conservative class, while its interior is smart and well-equipped, too.

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