The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is on sale in Ireland from €41,995

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

The new Hyundai Santa Fe is on sale in Ireland from €41,995
The new Hyundai Santa Fe is on sale in Ireland from €41,995

Caroline drives the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a car that is well-liked by Irish families and the cornerstone of Hyundai’s SUV heritage since launch back in 2000. Over the years it’s undergone a few makeovers and now it’s back for generation four. With pricing starting from €41,995, and seven seats as standard, the Hyundai Santa Fe is the flagship SUV of the Hyundai brand. The Santa Fe rounds up an SUV range that includes the smaller Kona and Tucson, also big sellers in Ireland.

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe has had some cosmetic work done, most noticeable at the front with an interpretation of the brand’s corporate face and signature ‘Cascading Grille’. This is a smart and fashionable SUV that wears its bulk very well.

How practical is the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The new Santa Fe has a longer wheelbase and more interior room for occupants, housing three rows of seats. In the second row, legroom has been increased by 38 mm and the seat is 18 mm higher. Headroom in the third row has also been improved by 22 mm. Access to the third row has been improved with new one-touch folding seats. The rear bench split folds 60/40 and each side can be pushed back and forwards to make more space for those in row 3.

The interior of the new Hyundai Santa Fe
The interior of the new Hyundai Santa Fe

Boot space has also been increased to a massive 625 litres in five seat mode. There are also plenty of little storage places dotted around the cabin, ideal for a family car.

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe has a new interior with a focus on streamlining the design and improving the perceived quality. The dashboard layout is simple and classy with plenty of soft touch materials for a more premium feel.

What are my options?

The line up for the car in Ireland is straightforward enough in that all models are powered by a 2.2-litre diesel, are available in front wheel drive or four wheel drive, with a manual or automatic gearbox.

Standard equipment (Comfort Plus) includes 17″ alloys, roof rails, heated leather steering wheel, automatic air con, drive mode select, electric windows, radio with 5″ screen, auto lights and wipers, rear parking sensors, cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, driver fatigue detection and lane keep assist.

The Hyundai Santa Fe offers seating for seven
The Hyundai Santa Fe offers seating for seven

Executive Plus (from €43,995) adds 18″ alloys, privacy glass, electric parking brake, heated leather seats, front fog lamps, rear ventilation controls, front parking sensors, 7″ screen with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and a wireless phone charger.

Premium Plus (from €57,495) adds 19″ alloys, electric adjustable driver’s seat, panoramic sunroof, LED headlamps, front and rear LED fog lamps, 8″ screen, navigation, head-up display and active cruise control.

The model I was driving was a top of the range Hyundai Santa Fe 4WD Premium Plus Auto with a list price of €57,495. The 2.2-litre diesel available for the Santa Fe meets enhanced Euro 6 emissions standards and comes with a healthy 197 hp and a 6 speed manual gearbox (or the option of a new 8 speed automatic). This engine gives the Santa Fe plenty of pulling power, while over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 7.7l/100km. The front wheel drive models are the cheapest to tax at €390 per year.

Rear seating space in the Hyundai Santa Fe
Rear seating space in the Hyundai Santa Fe

Is the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe nice to drive?

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe has undergone significant suspension and steering development to improve responsiveness and vehicle stability, while also enhancing comfort and overall quietness.

On the road the Santa Fe is a competent drive, with the automatic gearbox adding a certain amount of ease to the driving experience. The engine does a confident job of keeping the Santa Fe up to pace, without getting too raucous. The Santa Fe is stable through the corners and far from being sporty, it does a commendable job of keeping driver and passengers comfortable on board.

In this new generation, the Hyundai Santa Fe has stepped up another gear. The Santa Fe’s well-established customer base are sure to love these sophisticated good looks, and well-appointed, spacious interior. The seven seat SUV market has ramped up in recent years with new entrants like the Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq. The Hyundai may command a higher starting price but the considerable cache of the Santa Fe name is sure to keep this high on the list of desirable seven seat SUVs.

Caroline Kidd

The Hyundai Santa Fe remains a highly desirable family SUV
The Hyundai Santa Fe remains a highly desirable family SUV

Model tested: Hyundai Santa Fe 4WD Premium Plus Auto
€57,495 (Range from €41,995)
Engine: 2.2-litre turbo diesel
197 hp
Torque: 440 Nm
9.4 seconds
Top speed: 204 km/h
CO2 emissions: 
164 g/km
Motor tax: 
€570 per year

The new Honda CR-V Hybrid will arrive in Ireland in early 2019

New Honda CR-V Hybrid Pricing For Ireland

The new Honda CR-V Hybrid will arrive in Ireland in early 2019
The new Honda CR-V Hybrid will arrive in Ireland in early 2019

The new Honda CR-V Hybrid will be arriving in Ireland in early 2019. Honda Ireland has revealed that the hybrid version of their new large SUV will go on sale from €39,500, or €38,000 including the €1500 Government VRT reduction for hybrids.

The Honda CR-V Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, an electric motor and a lithium ion battery pack. Power is set at 184 PS with torque of 315 Nm.

Under the combined cycle of the revised NEDC test, the front-wheel drive model of the CR-V petrol-electric hybrid SUV has CO2 emissions of 120g/km and combined fuel economy of 5.3l/100km. The all-wheel drive CR-V Hybrid variant has CO2 emissions of 126g/km and combined fuel economy of 5.5 l/100km (51.4 mpg).

The new Honda CR-V Hybrid will use a single fixed-gear ratio, creating a direct connection between moving components. According to Honda, this gearbox system results in a smoother transfer of torque and is more refined than a planetary e-CVT typically found in other hybrid vehicles.

John Saunders, Sales and Marketing Director for Universal Honda Ltd. said: “This is really exciting time for Honda as the arrival of the CR-V Hybrid marks the beginning of Honda's commitment to an electric future in Europe with a specific aim to have electrified powertrains in two thirds of European cars sold by 2025. We are delighted to be introducing this highly anticipated hybrid powertrain into our Honda network nationwide and for our customers to experience the seamless and engaging driving experience combining sporty performance with high economy and low emissions. We firmly believe the all new CR-V Hybrid will be a 'Real-World' alternative for diesel in the large SUV segment”.

The Honda CR-V is already on sale in Ireland with a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, priced from €33,500. Front wheel drive and all wheel drive models are available, as is a seven seat SUV option.

The new Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé Review

The new Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé
The new Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé

Caroline drives the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé!

Earlier in 2018, Mercedes-Benz Ireland launched two new models to the Irish market, at opposite ends of the scale – the new A-Class hatchback and the CLS Coupé. While the A-Class is the entry point into the Mercedes-Benz range, the CLS Coupé has the esteemed position of being one of the most opulent and exclusive models that Mercedes-Benz currently offers.

With pricing starting from €64,805, the Mercedes-Benz CLS is a stylish four door coupé that’s still good at carrying people and their things. The CLS is now in its third generation and has evolved into a real beauty with Merc's new corporate face finding an ideal home on this car's grand proportions. The sleek, classy profile makes the CLS a perfect entrance for any occasion, while the lowered look and 19" alloys of the AMG Line model on test put it in the sporty realm too.

Is the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé nice inside?

Inside, the interior will be familiar to any E-Class driver, but the Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé takes the opulence to the next level. The driving position is cosy and sporty and the cabin feels like it wraps around you. An ambient lighting system with 64 colours to choose from and some stunning illuminated circular vents add to the artistry of the cabin and it would be a cold heart that would not feel seduced by the cabin of the CLS. The driver information display is fully digital and the CLS also features the latest Mercedes-Benz touchscreen infotainment system with impressive 12.3" display.

The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé
The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé

The interior will now seat five rather than four though the rear still feels like more of a place for two VIPS to relax, than three. The two footwells are large but the transmission tunnel is quite high in the middle. The boot is large at 520 litres but the narrow saloon style boot opening makes access to that space more impractical.

If you are looking for a slice of stylish, prestigious and refined motoring, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé is deeply satisfying. The CLS 300d on test was powered by Mercedes' new 2.0-litre diesel engine. In AMG Line trim, this model retails from €71,990. Here it has 245hp and it's a swift mover with 0 to 100 kmh reached in just 6.4 seconds with 500 Nm of torque available. It's a refined and capable engine, while over a week of driving my fuel consumption was 6.1l/100km. Other models in the range include the CLS 350d 4MATIC and CLS 400d 4MATIC (3.0-litre diesels). The most powerful model is the CLS 450 4MATIC with 367hp (3.0-litre petrol).

What's the Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé like to drive?

On the road the Mercedes-Benz CLS 300d glides along with seamless power delivery, a slick shifting gearbox, and a comfortable ride. There are driving modes to play with for more urgency though the throttle, though the CLS is not a sports car. It has good agility through bends and is a stealthy smooth operator even on tighter country roads, but it's more about a relaxed pace than a heavy hustle through hairpin bends! But then why on Earth would you want to rush things when sat behind the wheel of a luxury wagon like the CLS...

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé range starts from €64,805 in Ireland

In Ireland the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé is available as an entry model or in AMG Line. Standard equipment includes 18” alloys, active brake assist, active lane assist, ambient lighting with 64 colours, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dynamic select, reversing camera, and speed limit assist. AMG Line models add 19” alloys and AMG bodystyling.

Would you buy it?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé is everything you could wish for from a big Merc. This handsome car drips with class and kerb appeal and the interior of this new generation is nothing short of contemporary brilliance. Technology is on point and the CLS 300d on test proved to be an excellent mate for the car with great power and reasonable running costs. There are plenty of premium models that offer this level of refinement, even within the Mercedes-Benz range, but there is a level of prestige and style to the CLS Coupé that really justifies it. Bravo Mercedes-Benz!

Caroline Kidd

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé is a stylish and prestigious vehicle

Model tested: Mercedes-Benz CLS 300d AMG Line Automatic
€71,990 (Range from €64,805)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
245 hp
Torque: 500 Nm
6.4 seconds
Top speed: 250 km/h
5.2 -5.4l/100 km
CO2 emissions: 
142 g/km
Motor tax: 
€390 per year

Large number of diesel cars being imported to Ireland according to CarTell

Large Number Of Diesels Being Imported

Large number of diesel cars being imported to Ireland according to CarTell
According to Cartell, the majority of cars imported to Ireland are diesel has tracked the profile of vehicles being imported into Ireland in 2018 and reports that Irish buyers are importing diesel vehicles in significant numbers.

Between January 1st 2018 and September 30th 2018, 76% of cars imported into Ireland were diesel accounting for 74,042 cars.

There has also been a significant jump in the numbers of hybrid and electric vehicles being imported. Imports of petrol electric hybrids grew by 193%, while imports of electric vehicles were up 148% over the past 12 months.



2018 74042 17207 3502 529 803
2017 71483 16181 1810 357 130

Table 1: 2018 and 2017 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Fuel Type (All vehicles) (Source: Cartell Carstat)

The most popular imported vehicles are from Ford, followed by Volkswagen, Audi, Toyota, BMW, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz.

2018 11990 10583 6662 6578 6202 5406 5254

Table 2: 2018 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Manufacturer (All vehicles) (Source: Cartell Carstat)

The most popular model imported year-to-date is the Volkswagen Golf ahead of the Ford Focus.

2018 4356 4124 2459 2409

Table 3: 2018 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Model (Source: Cartell Carstat)

In 2018, the most popular year of import is a 4 year-old-vehicle (2014) and a three-year-old vehicle (2015). The most popular vehicle segment for imports is the C segment followed by the D segment – the same as for 2017.

Speaking about the data on imports to Ireland, John Byrne, General Counsel at, said: "This snapshot of the Irish market shows the Irish buyer is especially keen to import a diesel vehicle, usually a three or four-year-old and often a Focus, Golf, or Qashqai – models which have been consistently popular in the domestic market. The jump in the numbers of Electric Vehicles and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles being imported shows that buyers of those types of vehicles can see the value of importing and also points to a growth in the market for those vehicle types. Overall we would see imports remaining strong until at least the due date for Brexit in March 2019."

Toyota Ireland has released pricing for a new generation of hybrids, including the new Corolla

Toyota Announces Pricing For 2019 Hybrid Range

Toyota Ireland has released pricing for a new generation of hybrids, including the new Corolla
Toyota Ireland has released pricing for a new generation of hybrids, including the new Corolla

Toyota Ireland promised us a hybrid 'invasion' earlier in the year. Now the brand has revealed pricing for the new Corolla Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid and much anticipated Camry Hybrid, all arriving in Ireland from January 2019.

The new Toyota Corolla will be available with a brand new 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain, along with the 1.8-litre hybrid and 1.2-litre petrol engine variants.

The hybrid is available from €26,370, and the 1.2-litre petrol is priced from €25,995.

The new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports, which is the estate version of the new Corolla, is also available as a 1.8-litre hybrid (122hp), 2.0-litre hybrid (180hp), or 1.2-litre petrol (116hp).

It goes on sale from €28,420.

After a 14 year absence, the new 8th generation Toyota Camry returns to Ireland in early April 2019 with a newly developed 2.5-litre hybrid engine with a power output of 218hp.

There will be three trim levels for the Camry Hybrid, with prices starting at €39,750.

The new RAV4 Hybrid has a 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain and will go on sale from €35,900.

The new Hyundai i30 N Performance has arrived in Ireland

Hyundai i30 N Performance Review

The new Hyundai i30 N Performance has arrived in Ireland
The new Hyundai i30 N Performance has arrived in Ireland

Caroline reviews the Hyundai i30 N Performance.

The Hyundai i30 N is Hyundai’s new high performance hot hatchback and it's a strong sign of the Korean brand's ambition. Not content with just being a maker of normal hatchbacks and SUVs, Hyundai's N division was set up to create sporty models for the brand.

So enter the Hyundai i30 N, the first N model to reach these shores and the brand's first ever hot hatchback.

Inspired by Hyundai Motorsport's adventures on the rally stages of the world and honed on the Nürburgring, the new Hyundai i30 N makes a ferocious entrance.

Well, the 'baby blue' finish on the test car - it's actually called Performance Blue - might not look all that ferocious but there are enough bits added to give the i30 N a meaty makeover. And that's before you even start the thing up. Because believe me the noise that comes out of that exhaust is far from meek!

To mark it out as a more potent version of the i30, the Hyundai i30 N has 19" alloy wheels, an orange lip spoiler, black side skirts, black roof spoiler, and a rear diffuser with two mighty exhaust pipes peeping out.

The new Hyundai i30 N Performance has arrived in Ireland
The new Hyundai i30 N Performance has 275hp and a lot of attitude!

So what's under the bonnet?

The Hyundai i30 N is a front wheel drive hot hatchback and in its entry guise it has 250hp from a four cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. But Hyundai Ireland is selling the full fat i30 N Performance with 275hp with a list price of €39,995. Yay!

There's 353 Nm of torque with up to 378 Nm available on overboost. That brings the i30 N to 100 kmh from 0 in 6.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 250 km/h, and there's some delicious power exploitation to be had through the i30 N's 6-speed manual gearbox.

But the performance figures only tell half the story.

You start the i30 N and I swear it idles like a rally car. It has one of the best idle notes I've heard from a hot hatchback in a long time. Then before you move - if you can wait that long - there's a chance to fiddle around with some of the different driving modes: Normal, Sport, Eco, N and Custom. My favourite was Custom because I could set the car up to my preferred settings. I loved the detail. I could change everything from the engine throttle response and suspension stiffness to the stability control, rev-matching intensity, steering weight, electronic slip differential and even the exhaust sound!

The interior of the Hyundai i30 N Performance
The interior of the Hyundai i30 N Performance

What's the Hyundai i30 N Performance like to drive?

So then you get going in the Hyundai i30 N Performance and soon you will discover that this is a very good and very addictive hot hatchback. There's drama to the i30 N that is reminiscent of the Ford Focus RS. Pops and bangs on the overun will keep the fun coming while the handling is super tight and controlled through corners. You can pull the i30 N into the corner and commit to the throttle with absolute grip and stability. It's really impressive.

The steering is very heavy even in its 'lightest' setting and it's not huge on feedback either. But it is direct and precise so it does't really distract from what is a very exciting and addictive driving experience!

The ride comfort varies in that it is naturally on the firm side but still very much manageable for day to day driving. There is a customised N mode, where it gets very stiff so that's probably best left for the track.

My fuel consumption over a week of driving was 7.5l/100km.

Is the i30 N a hot but practical hatchback?

In terms of the cabin space and feel, it's pretty much identical to the standard i30, except for some N badging, a sports steering wheel with two large blue buttons to switch performance settings, and lovely bolstered sports seats. There is seating for five like any hatchback of this size though the i30 wouldn't be the most spacious of its ilk in the rear seating; but the boot is a good size at 381 litres.

The Hyundai i30 N is a triumph for Hyundai
The Hyundai i30 N is a triumph for Hyundai

In terms of spec, you get all the accoutrements of the N designation including the body kit, 19" alloys, Pirelli tyres, and sports seats, as well as LED headlamps, dual zone air con, 8" touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, rear parking camera, keyless entry, autonomous emergency braking and lane keeping assist.

The Hyundai i30 N Performance really surprised me for its commitment to the hot hatchback genre; after driving it I can say that it really can compete with the best of them. It doesn't feel that Hyundai tried to create an imitation of a Golf GTI - the i30 N has its own personality very much inspired by Hyundai Motorsport. While it doesn't have that cosseting comfort and refinement of the Volkswagen, it's so likable and addictive for its raucous and raw personality. Mechanically it feels engineered to excite and believe me it does just that. The Hyundai i30 N Performance is a real triumph for Hyundai!

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Hyundai i30 N Performance
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo petrol
Torque: 353Nm
6.1 seconds
Top speed: 250km/h
CO2 emissions: 
163 g/km
Motor tax: 
€570 per year

New 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

New 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Arrives

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon
The updated Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon has just arrived in Ireland

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has just arrived in Ireland, fresh from having undergone a comprehensive mid-term makeover that Mercedes-Benz Ireland says "has seen improvements made in all departments".

There have been a few external design changes for a more sporty appearance. The electronic architecture we're told is also new and Mercedes' latest generation engines are also available in the updated C-Class range.

The interior has also seen a boost in style with what Mercedes-Benz say is even more luxurious upholstery and trim, an extensive multimedia and infotainment layout, and latest online and ‘Mercedes-me’ App services.

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class goes on sale priced from €37,710 in two trim levels: Avantgarde and AMG.

A saloon, estate, coupé and cabriolet complete the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class range in Ireland.

191 car offers Ireland

191 Offers And Car Deals For Ireland

191 car offers Ireland
Thinking about buying a new car this winter?

On January 1st 2019 we enter the new 191 registration period, and there are a number of 191 offers and car deals buyers can avail of from manufacturers. We’ve put together a list of 191 offers available and this list will be updated as more manufacturers release their offers. For more information visit the manufacturer’s website or your local dealer.

Alfa Romeo

For 191, there are savings across the Alfa Romeo range from €1,000 up to €6,000 depending on model. Savings are available for customers placing new orders from 15thNovember until the 31st December 2018 (cars must be registered by 31st January 2019). There will be no diesel model price increases resulting from the VRT diesel increase from 1st January 2019.


2.9% APR available now on selected models and 'get more equipment for less' on a 191 Audi with exclusive upgrade packs.


BMW Group Ireland has announced price reductions across BMW and MINI brands in Ireland. The average price reduction is 5.1 per cent, representing an average saving of €3,296 on new BMW models. Meanwhile for MINI, the average reduction is -3.9% or €850 across its range.


The brand is hosting a 191 Open Event in dealerships nationwide from the 1 – 10 November. All 191 orders placed during the Open Event will get 3 year's free servicing, as well as low rate finance rates, scrappage and purchase contributions across the Citroën range.


Dacia is offering 4.9% APR on all orders taken and registered before 31st January 2019, including the new Dacia Duster, which customers can get from €149 a month.


191 offers include 3 years free servicing across the range as well as low rate finance starting from 3% APR for orders placed by 31st December 2018 (registered by 31stJanuary 2019). There's also an engine price match across the three Fiat Tipo body styles range, which will enable customers to pick up a diesel model at the same price as the petrol equivalent. There will be no diesel model price increases resulting from the VRT diesel increase from 1st January 2019.


Ford's Innov8 campaign for 191 includes 7 year warranty, 7 year roadside assistance and 2 year’s free servicing on select models ordered before the end of December 2018. The new Ford Focus also gets a price reduction. The lead-in price to the new Ford Focus range in Ireland is now €22,495, down from €24,900.


Customers ordering vehicles before the 31st of December and registered by the 31st of January 2019 can avail of 9% APR finance across the range, free service plan or one year’s free road tax.


Scrappage bonus up to €5,000 available on i10, i20, i30, i30 Fastback, i30 Tourer, ix20, Tucson, Santa Fe, i40, Ioniq, Kona on orders booked by November 30th 2018. Includes 5 Years Unlimited Manufacturer’s Warranty, 5 Years Free Health Check and 5 Years AA Roadside Assistance.


There's 4.9% APR PCP Finance available across the Jaguar range (excluding XJ).


Up to €2500 in savings on Renegade and Compass range on orders before 31st January 2019. There will be no diesel model price increases resulting from the VRT diesel increase from 1st January 2019.


For 191 there's 3.9% APR on both HP and PCP. But, for 191 Ceed, Sportage and Stonic models ordered before 31st January, Kia Ireland is offering 0% APR on HP. Order any 191 model before 19th December and receive a €500 SuperValu Gift Card.

Land Rover

There's 4.9% APR PCP Finance available across the Land Rover range (excluding Range Rover Sport and Range Rover).


APR's from 3.9% on IS, ES, UX, NX and RXL 7 Seater Models.


PCP finance from 1.91% APR and a 191 bonus up to €2000. If you have an eligible car and want to upgrade, there is an Eco Upgrade of up to €3000. There's a Complimentary Tech Pack available on the Mazda3.


There are Star Finance PCP packages available across the range while the new A-Class goes on sale with 3.9% APR.


To simplify the range there are now three trims available Classic, Sport and Exclusive, with more standard equipment across the range.


The new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has just arrived for 191 priced from €39,900 (after Government grants) and this reflects a 20% price reduction on the previous model. There's €1,000 worth of accessories when ordered by December 31st 2018. Outlander PHEV, Outlander and Eclipse Cross are available with 1.9% APR HP finance. The ASX is available with 3.9% APR PCP finance. There's also a €500 Dunnes Stores Shopping voucher available with these models when ordered by 17th Dec 2018.


There's up to €5,500 Scrappage available and 3.9% Finance across the range, with 0% Finance on new Micra from €68 per week. There's €4,000 off the Pulsar. Nissan has announced that it will absorb the 1% budget increase in VRT rates on all new diesel cars and introduce a price freeze in a move to reward customers ordering new 191 cars before the end of the year. Also, order a new Nissan X-Trail before 31st December and get 2 extra seats for free with Nissan’s seven seats for the price of five offer across the X-Trail range. The ‘Big Nissan Price Freeze’ offer is available on all new diesel and petrol vehicles ordered before the 21st December while stocks last. Customer can also purchase a 191 Qashqai or Micra and Nissan will replace it with a 201 Nissan for free.


For 191, buyers can choose between 0% APR financing, €3,000 scrappage, or 3 years free servicing.


Peugeot Drivetime event now on at Peugeot dealerships nationwide with offers including PCP and HP low cost finance from 3.9% APR, a five year extended warranty across the passenger car range, scrappage of up to €4,000 or a deposit contribution of up to €750. Peugeot has also announced a price-freeze for diesel versions of the Peugeot 3008 SUV for the month of January 2019 to absorb an expected price rise due to a 1% VRT increase on diesel passenger cars announced in the recent Budget. The price protection offers customers savings from €370 on a 3008 Access 1.5 BlueHDi 130bhp model, up to €585 on a GT Automatic 2.0 BlueHDi 180bhp model.


Customers can avail of savings of over €4,000 with 1.91% APR PCP or HP finance, €1,000 cashback and three years’ servicing on the Renault Kadjar. All other models come with 1.91% APR PCP or HP finance, €750 cashback and three years’ servicing. There's 0% APR and 0% B.I.K on the electric Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 for 191. Offers are available on all orders taken and registered before 31st January 2019.


Finance is available on the Ateca, Arona, Leon and Ibiza from 1.9%. As part of SEAT's 191 campaign, customers can get up to €5,000 scrappage on the SEAT Leon range, €3,000 on the SEAT Ateca, €2,000 on the SEAT Ibiza, and €1,000 on the SEAT Arona. SEAT is also offering a three-year service plan for just €299 to all customers. There are also savings to be made on product packs on select models.


Open Event running until November 10th. ŠKODA Scrappage up to the value of €4,500 and 0% PCP Finance on selected models. The ŠKODA scrappage offer can be combined with PCP / HP finance at just 3.9%APR, allowing customers to remove older, less efficient cars from the road and replace them with newer more efficient ŠKODA models.


The Swift, Ignis, Baleno, S-Cross and Vitara are available with 0% APR.


APRs are available from 2.9% on passenger cars and 1.9% on commercial vehicles. There are trade in boosters up to €3,000 on select passenger and commercial models. All Toyota passenger cars now come standard with 3 years servicing. There is a lower APR rate on hybrids and on Luna grades and higher. Corolla Hatchback Hybrid is priced from €203 monthly on PCP, Corolla Touring Sports from €234, Camry Hybrid from €300 per month and RAV4 Hybrid from €278 per month.


0% PCP Finance is available on Golf and Golf Estate Highline and R-Line models, Touran Highline and R-Line models, Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace Highline and R-Line models, and Passat Saloon and Estate Highline models. This offer applies to new vehicles ordered before December 31st. There are also Purchase Contributions of up to €2,500 on selected models in the range when you finance your car through Volkswagen Bank. There are also Technology Upgrades available across the range.


Until 31st March 2019, the XC90 is available at 3.9% PCP, the XC40, XC60, S90 and V40 at €2.9%, the V60 at 1.9% and the V90 at 0.09%. There is also a luxury digital pack on all models except the V40 and outgoing S60 (€699 extra) and XC90 (€999), which offers customers a minimum saving of €3,000.  The pack includes front and rear park assist, rear parking camera, High Performance Pro audio system and smartphone integration with USB hub.

The new BMW X7 will arrive in Ireland in April 2019

BMW X7 Pricing For Ireland

The new BMW X7 will arrive in Ireland in April 2019
The new BMW X7 will arrive in Ireland in April 2019

BMW Ireland has revealed pricing for the new BMW X7, which will arrive in Ireland in April 2019.

On the road prices for the new seven seat SUV will start from €114,750.

According to BMW, the new flagship BMW X model offers "unrivalled luxury in the large 4x4 segment".

There will be three versions available from launch: a six-cylinder petrol engine (xDrive40i) and two six-cylinder diesels (xDrive30d and M50d M Performance), all with 8-speed automatic gearbox.

xDrive30d (265hp) - €114,750

M50d (400hp) - €139,250

xDrive40i (340hp) - €122,710

The X7 houses three rows of seats and the third row has two full-size seats for adults.

The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is included as standard as is the BMW Live Cockpit Professional, including  a Control Display and a fully-digital instrument cluster – each with a 12.3" screen.

The interior of the new BMW X7
The interior of the new BMW X7

BMW Ireland recently revealed reduced pricing across their range of cars and SUVs.

P.G. Duffy & Sons Suzuki Kildare

P.G. Duffy & Sons New Suzuki Dealer In Kildare

P.G. Duffy & Sons Suzuki Kildare
P.G. Duffy & Sons in Newbridge is a new Suzuki dealer

Suzuki Ireland has announced that P.G. Duffy & Sons in Newbridge, County Kildare, has joined its dealer network. The appointment of the latest franchise brings the total number of showrooms representing the brand in Ireland to 23.

The 100 square-metre dealership is operated by a family-owned business with over 60 years’ experience in the motor trade. On display in the recently refurbished four-car showroom is the full Suzuki model range, including the Celerio city car, new Swift and upgraded 2019 Vitara compact SUV.

Visitors also have access to a seating area to enjoy complementary refreshments and free Wi-Fi, whilst they can also view products from Suzuki’s accessory catalogue to further personalise their vehicle.

P.G. Duffy & Sons also provides customers with servicing and repair facilities that adhere to the Suzuki Service Promise. They will benefit from, amongst other advantages, pricing that is transparent, the use of genuine parts during any maintenance or repair work, and a complementary health check.

Dale Wyatt, Director of Automobile at Suzuki GB PLC, said: “P.G. Duffy & Sons is one of the region’s highly-respected family-run businesses, renowned for its loyal and repeat customers. Therefore, as a new franchise, they can hit the ground running and build the presence of the Suzuki brand and promote the merits of our product range to a readily-available target audience. We look forward to working closely with P.G. Duffy & Sons during what is set to be an exciting few months ahead.”

Pat Duffy, Dealer Principal of P.G. Duffy & Sons, added: “We are delighted to be a part of the Suzuki dealer network, and with a product range which offers style, great value, reliability and affordability, we are sure that the different models will have a far-reaching appeal in the surrounding area. Plus with a constantly evolving line-up, this is certainly a recipe for success and we are very happy to be on-board.”

P.G. Duffy & Sons is located at Naas Road, Newbridge, County Kildare W12 K092. For further information on the Suzuki product range, or to book a test drive, call 00353 45 431340 or visit