The new Audi e-tron will be a high profile arrival in Ireland in 2019

New Cars Coming In 2019

The new Audi e-tron will be a high profile arrival in Ireland in 2019
The new Audi e-tron will be a high profile arrival in Ireland in 2019

To help you with your new car purchase in 2019, we've put together a list of new cars that have arrived in Ireland just in time for the 191 registration in January and those that are on the way in 2019.

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo has just welcomed the new Stelvio Quadrifoglio to Ireland. The 510hp high performance SUV uses the same 2.9-litre V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine as the Giulia Quadrifoglio and is available from €118,795. There's also a new B-Tech trim (from €29,845) for the Giulietta hatchback slotting in above the Sport and Super trims with extra features including black exterior detailing.

Audi

The new Audi A6 and Q3 are fresh in dealerships this December. A new Audi A1 is expected to arrive in January. The new Audi e-tron SUV, Audi’s first fully electric model will be available to order from January with the first deliveries scheduled to take place in the spring. The 95kWh high voltage battery gives the e-tron the ability to cover 400 kilometres on one charge. Pricing for the e-tron, including a four-year service plan, starts from an on-the-road cost of €101,750. Audi Ireland will also unveil a limited-edition Audi Q5 in 2019. With a 2.0TDI 163 hp engine, it has more power than the standard Q5, quattro all wheel drive and S-tronic gearbox. It's priced from €52,950 OTR and is available to order now.

BMW

The new BMW X5 and 8 Series Coupe are in dealerships this December, with the 8 Series Convertible pencilled in for Q2 2019. In March, the new BMW 3 Series will arrive priced from €43,770 for the 318d SE model, and is available to order now. The new BMW Z4 is also expected in March, priced from €50,420 for the Z4 sDrive 20i Sport. The BMW i3 and i3s have new lithium-ion batteries so the range of both models has increased by almost 30 per cent to a maximum 260 kilometres.

The new BMW 3-Series will arrive in Ireland in March
The new BMW 3-Series will arrive in Ireland in March

Borgward

Stuttgart-based Borgward have partnered with IM Group to import cars to Ireland in 2019. The brand currently manufactures a range of premium SUVs. The brand's intention is to sell electric vehicles once production starts on the BXi5 and BXi7 all-electric SUVs. Production of right-hand drive variants is expected to start in early 2019 in anticipation of an Irish launch towards the end of 2019. Price, specification and line-up for Ireland will be announced closer to the time.

Citroën

The new Citroën C5 Aircross is the brand's new C-segment SUV challenger and is expected to arrive in Ireland in March with petrol and diesel engines. A plug-in hybrid version is expected by the end of 2019. A new Citroën Berlingo will go on sale early in 2019 also.

Cupra

The Cupra Ateca is the first model from SEAT's new performance brand. The high performance SUV will arrive in Ireland in January priced from €49,990.

The CUPRA Ateca is coming to Ireland!
The CUPRA Ateca is a high performance SUV from SEAT's new spin-off

Dacia

The new Dacia Duster is in showrooms now priced from €17,390. The Sandero and the Logan MCV have both been updated with new WLTP-compliant engines.

DS

DS will launch two new SUVs. A new DS3 Crossback and new DS7 Crossback are expected to arrive in Ireland in 2019.

Fiat

The Fiat 500X has been updated inside and out with new looks, technology and new turbo petrol engines for 2019. It goes on sale in Ireland priced from €21,795 and is available from January.

Ford

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary film starring Steve McQueen, the new Ford Mustang Bullitt special edition arrives just in time for the 191 registration priced from €73,000. It features Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 engine enhanced to deliver 464 PS and 529 Nm of torque and is offered with a choice of Shadow Black or classic Dark Highland Green. In February, the Mondeo HEV Estate arrives following last year's launch of the saloon hybrid. The Ford Focus Active will also arrive in Q1 of 2019 sporting a more robust, off-road appearance and raised ride height. It will be offered with the same 1.5-litre diesel and 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines as the rest of the Focus range. The Ford Ranger Raptor will arrive in Ireland in March and is modeled on the US version of the F-150 Raptor. While not as extreme, it will use a bi-turbo version of Ford's TCDI diesel engine, with 213hp and 500Nm of torque. In 2019 we will also see the launch of a new Mustang-inspired, fully-electric performance car with targeted range of 300 miles. But this car won't arrive in Ireland until 2020.

The new Ford Focus Active crossover
The new Ford Focus Active crossover

Honda

In February a new CR-V Hybrid will join the CR-V 1.5-litre petrol that went on sale in the autumn. The new CR-V Hybrid will be priced from €38,000 including Government grants and VRT rebate. Honda's Urban EV electric city car concept is also to go into production in 2019 but we don't have any details yet if this model will reach Ireland.

Hyundai

The new Hyundai Kona Electric is available now priced from €36,995 with a range of up to 449km. There are also refreshed models of the i20 and Tucson available for the new 191 registration.

Jaguar

The new all-electric Jaguar I-PACE has an electric range of up to 480km and is priced from €81,585. We expect to see a facelifted Jaguar XE arrive in 2019.

Jeep

There is an updated Renegade on the way in 2019 with a refreshed interior and exterior styling as well as new 1.0-litre and 1.3-litre petrol engines. A new Jeep Wrangler will arrive in 2019 also.

Kia

The new Proceed goes on sale in January 2019 with a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine. The new Kia Niro EV and Soul EV will be launched in June 2019 for 192 sales.

The new Kia Proceed will arrive in the spring of 2019
The new Kia Proceed will arrive in January

Land Rover

A new Range Rover Evoque will arrive in Ireland in late Q2 in time for 192 registrations.

Lexus

The new ES 300h arrives in January from €49,450. There's also a new RC 300H priced from €56,950. The new Lexus UX 200h compact crossover will arrive in Ireland in March priced from €39,500.

Mazda

A new generation of the Mazda3 is expected to arrive in Ireland in April. It will be offered as both a hatchback and saloon. Engines will include a 2.0-litre petrol, 1.8-litre diesel and a new petrol Skyactiv-X engine that Mazda claim delivers the fuel efficiency and torque of a diesel as well as significantly reduced CO2 emissions. An updated Mazda CX-5 will also arrive early in 2019. Later in the year there's a limited edition Mazda MX-5 with 184hp to celebrate the car's 30th anniversary.

There's a new generation of the Mazda3 expected in 2019
There's a new generation of the Mazda3 expected in 2019

Mercedes-Benz

In 2019 Mercedes-Benz is expecting eight new models and seven facelifted models. January will kick off with the facelifted C-Class saloon, estate, coupe and cabriolet. The new A-Class Saloon and B-Class will arrive before the end of March. Between April and June, a new CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and GLE with a 7-seat option will arrive. There will also be a facelifted V-Class and the arrival of the electric-powered EQC. The summer will see the arrival of a new GLS as well as a facelifted GLC Coupé and SUV models. Towards the end of the year we will see the new mid-size SUV called the GLB, which will also include a seven seat option.

MINI

In late 2019 we will see the arrival of the MINI Electric. There are now three new trims for MINI in Ireland to simplify the ordering process - Classic, Sport and Exclusive - with more standard specification.

Mitsubishi

A new Outlander PHEV has just arrived for 191 sales. There is also a new Outlander Black Line trim including sunroof, new black alloys and other styling elements. Prices start from €41,100. A new L200 will arrive in September 2019. Specifications, engines and pricing for Ireland will be announced mid-2019.

Nissan

For 2019 there will be a new 1.3-litre and 1.7-litre petrol engine for the Qashqai, a new 1.0-litre petrol engine for the Micra and a new 60kWh battery version of the Leaf for a longer range. A new Nissan Juke is expected in the middle of the year also.

Opel

The Opel Corsa GSi is available to order for 191 and is priced from €24,895. A Grandland X plug-in hybrid will launch in mid-2019. The next generation Vivaro will be produced in both commercial and passenger car variants and will launch in the summer. An all-new Corsa will launch in late 2019 and will be available as a five door only. An electric version will follow in 2020.

Peugeot

The new Peugeot Rifter, a replacement for the Partner Tepee MPV, is arriving now for 191 registrations. It will be available in two lengths with 5 or 7 seats. In the spring the new Peugeot 508 saloon will arrive, with a 508 SW (estate) arriving in Q2. Petrol and diesel engines will be available with a plug-in hybrid arriving later.

The new Peugeot 508
The new Peugeot 508 will arrive in Ireland in spring 2019

Renault

All models in the Renault Zoe range now get the Z.E. 40 long-range battery. Prices start at €24,990 for the Expression R90, with R-Link navigation and heat pump climate control as standard. Dynamique and Signature versions now feature a new R110 motor for faster acceleration. The Clio gets a new 0.9-litre TCe engine for 2019 with 75 or 90hp. The Renault Captur, facelifted in 2018, gets a new line-up of trim levels - Play, Iconic and GT Line - with 0.9 TCe 90 and 1.5 dCi 90 engines available. For 2019, the Renault Mégane’s 1.5 dCi diesel engine is upgraded to 115hp and Renault has also introduced a new 1.3 TCe 140hp petrol engine. These new engines are available across the Mégane range. Both the Kadjar and Scénic ranges will also feature the new 1.3 TCe petrol engine. Diesel versions of the Kadjar will feature the upgraded 1.5 dCi 115 engine, while the Scénic will feature a brand new 1.7 dCi engine. Updated versions of the Koleos SUV will be announced in early 2019.

SEAT

The big news at SEAT is the arrival of the new Tarraco in February 2019. It will be available as a five or seven seat SUV with petrol and diesel engines available.

ŠKODA

The Kodiaq RS arrives in Ireland just in time for the 191 registration. The new performance SUV goes on sale priced from €62,295. The new ŠKODA Scala will replace the Rapid when it arrives in June.  It will come with a range of petrol TSI engines (95hp to 150hp) and also a 1.6TDI 115hp version. The Superb will get a facelift in late 2019 and there will be the option of a plug-in hybrid for the first time. There is also a small crossover expected to arrive in October that will also be available as a plug-in hybrid.

The new ŠKODA Kodiaq RS
The new ŠKODA Kodiaq RS has arrived in Ireland in time for January registrations

SsangYong

There's a new Korando on the way in 2019 with an electric version planned also.

Subaru

No new models have been confirmed at this time.

Suzuki

A facelifted Vitara will arrive in Ireland in February. It will have the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine from the S Cross and a 1.4 turbo petrol engine.

Tesla

Right hand drive production of the Tesla Model 3 is expected to begin in 2019 so watch this space.

Toyota

Toyota is launching a new generation of hybrids in 2019. The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Corolla Hatchback Hybrid are arriving in January. The new Corolla Saloon and Touring Sports will arrive in February. The Camry Hybrid is pencilled in for an April arrival. A facelifted Prius will also arrive in February.

Toyota Camry Returning To Ireland In 2019
The Toyota Camry will return to Ireland in 2019 after 14 years

Volkswagen

This month a new Volkswagen e-Golf Executive Edition arrives in showrooms. This model aims to appeal to a more business-minded customer and has leather upholstery, sports comfort seats, 17” ‘Madrid’ alloy wheels, LED rear lights, keyless access, heated front seats, a rear view camera and Active Info Display. The Executive Edition costs €39,495 after grants. In April, the Volkswagen T-Cross will arrive. It's the smallest SUV in the Volkswagen range, slotting in below the T-ROC. There will be a choice of two petrol engines initially, both 1.0-litre TSI units putting out either 95hp or 115hp. There will most likely be a 1.6-litre TDI 95hp available too. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but we expect it to come in at a price not too far from an entry-level Golf. A generation of the Volkswagen Golf is expected to be announced before the end of 2019, but in the meantime expect to see small numbers of a GTI TCR (TCR stands for Touring Car Racing) here early in 2019. The car will feature around 290hp. No word on price yet but expect it to cost about €48,000. A facelifted Passat will arrive in June.

Volvo

A new S60 saloon will arrive in April with a T5 petrol powertrain. The T4 petrol, T8 Twin Engine Hybrid and T6 Twin Engine hybrid will all follow for 192. Pricing is yet to be announced. A revised XC90 will arrive in the summer with the D5 engine and T8 Twin engine. The T6 Twin engine plug-in hybrid powertrain will be rolled out on S60, V60 and V90 in 2019 also. Towards the end of 2019 we will see an XC40 with a T5t engine.

The new Volvo S60
The new Volvo S60 is coming to Ireland in April

The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports

Toyota Hybrid 2019 Range Preview In Dublin

The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports
The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports

Toyota Ireland held a preview in Dublin this week of their new 2019 range of self-charging hybrids with the new Camry Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid and Corolla Hybrid family of hatchback, saloon and touring sports (estate) all on display. It was an opportunity to examine these highly anticipated models before their official Irish arrival over the course of the first four months of 2019.

Toyota is consistently one of Ireland's bestselling brands and in recent years they have put hybrid front and centre of their brand. And there is big ambition for this new product onslaught arriving in 2019 (or 'hybrid invasion' as the brand likes to put it). At the preview, we learned that in 2015 just 6% of Toyota's sales in Ireland were hybrid; in 2018 that figure was 54%; and in 2019 they expect this figure to look more like 80%.

It might sound ambitious but judging by the room of new cars I examined yesterday, there's plenty to like about this new generation of Toyota hybrids. I will go into more detail below on each of the models. But briefly they all sit on a new TNGA architecture, which is lighter and more rigid with a lower centre of gravity for improved comfort and driving dynamics. Material quality has improved on all models making them even more competitive among their European peers. And new hybrid powertrains promise lower emissions and improved fuel consumption in a world that's starting to look beyond diesel and petrol for default power. And on that note, Toyota is ending diesel production. So into this brave new world steps new Camry, Corolla and RAV4...

The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Dublin this week
The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Dublin this week

Toyota Camry

Back in Ireland after a 14 year hiatus, the new Camry will arrive in April. It will be Toyota's new challenger in the D/E saloon segment. The new Camry uses a 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain with 218hp. In Ireland it will be sold in two trim lines: Sol (from €40,750) and Platinum (from €42,950). Equipment on Sol includes full leather upholstery, 17" alloy wheels, 7" Toyota Touch, power seat adjustment, sat nav, smart entry, parking sensors, rear view camera, LED rear lights and power retractable door mirrors. The Platinum grade will add 18" alloy wheels, LED front fog lights, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and electrochromatic mirror.

The new Toyota Camry arriving in Ireland in April
The new Toyota Camry arriving in Ireland in April

Toyota Corolla

The Auris is no more and derivatives will be renamed Corolla. The new Toyota Corolla will come to Ireland as a Hatchback (January), Touring Sports and Saloon (February). It will be available as a 1.8-litre (122hp) or 2.0-litre (180hp) hybrid with fuel consumption claimed from 3.4l/100km and emissions from just 77g CO2. There will also be a 1.2-litre petrol offering with 116hp.

The Corolla Hatchback Hybrid will be available in three grades: Luna (from €26,995), Luna Sport (from €28,995) and Sol (from €30,115). Standard equipment will include 16" alloys, Toyota Safety Sense including adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED headlights/fog lights and 8" Toyota Touch.

The new Corolla Touring Sports Hybrid will be available in two grades: Luna (from €26,995) and Sol (from €30,115). Standard equipment includes 16" alloy wheels, Toyota Safety Sense with adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED headlights/fog lights, 8" Toyota Touch, and rear camera.

The Corolla Saloon is available for the first time as a self-charging hybrid and will feature a 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain with automatic transmission as standard. A 1.6-litre petrol engine is also available. The new Corolla Saloon will be available in three grades: Luna (from €27,700), Luna Sport (from €29,995) and Sol (from €31,705). Standard equipment includes climate control, 16" alloy wheels, Toyota Safety Sense with adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED front fog lights, 8" Toyota Touch, and rear camera.

The new Toyota Corolla Saloon
The new Toyota Corolla Saloon in Dublin

Toyota RAV4

From January, the new Toyota RAV4 will be sold in Ireland exclusively as a 2.5-litre petrol electric hybrid with more power (218hp) and improved efficiency (4.5l/100km NEDC correlated value and 102g/CO2). Compared to the outgoing model, the new RAV4 has a longer wheelbase and more spacious interior. Luggage capacity is up 41 litres to 542 litres and there is a power tailgate as standard on the range. In Ireland, the new Toyota RAV4 will be available in three grades: Luna (from €37,590), Sol (from €39,590) and Sport (from €40,990). Standard equipment on Luna includes 17" alloy wheels, Toyota Safety Sense including adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED lights front and rear, 8" Toyota Touch, parking sensors and rear parking camera. The Sol grade adds 18" alloy wheels, sat nav, leather-tex upholstery, heated front seats and rear privacy glass. The Sport grade adds 18" black alloys, bi tone paint scheme, projector LED headlamps, leather-tex sport upholstery and driver power seat.

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

I look forward to bringing you full road test reviews of these new models in 2019!


The new Audi Q3

New Audi Q3 Launches In Ireland

The new Audi Q3
The new Audi Q3

Audi Ireland has announced the launch of the new Audi Q3 in Ireland at an on-the-road price of €39,600 and it is available to order now.

Compared with its predecessor, the new Audi Q3 has grown in virtually all dimensions offering considerably more knee room, headroom and elbow room. The boot now totals 530 or 675 litres in size depending on the position of the rear seats and backrests. An electric tailgate comes as standard.

Petrol and diesel engines are available in combination with either front-wheel or quattro drive. The power outputs will range from 150 hp to 230 hp. Progressive steering comes as standard.

The new Q3 features a fully digital operating and display system, an extensive range of infotainment and driver assistance technology. It comes with a number of active safety systems including pre-sense basic, pre-sense front, side assist, active lane assist and automatic emergency braking.

The MMI touch display and Audi virtual cockpit are standard on the new Q3 as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Audi Q3 is even more tightly integrated with the myAudi app, with seamless connection to the driver’s smartphone and Audi eCall.


The Tesla Model X

Tesla At Dundrum Town Centre

The Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X

Tesla will be at Dundrum Town Centre from December 10th-16th to showcase the Model S and Model X.

Visitors to Dundrum Town Centre can schedule a test drive, learn about the most advanced active safety and convenience features, and how to charge a Tesla at home or on the road.

For those considering switching to an electric car, Tesla agents will be available to help shoppers understand how an electric vehicle can fit into their lifestyle.

The Tesla Model S all-electric sedan is the brand's best known model and reset the world’s expectations for electric vehicles with its long range and over-the-air software updates.

The Tesla Model X is an all wheel drive electric SUV with a 100 kWh battery providing 565 kilometres of range and ample seating for seven adults and their gear.

Don Nugent, Centre Director of Dundrum Town Centre says, “We’re very excited to have the Tesla Experience at Dundrum Town Centre, giving shoppers the novel opportunity to explore the technology and benefits of both Tesla models while doing their Christmas shopping. It’s no secret that electric cars are the future and we’re delighted to have this showcase representing the most cutting edge of all electric car brands.”

The Tesla Experience is situated on Level 1 of Dundrum Town Centre outside House of Fraser.

The Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S

The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Dublin this week

Toyota Hybrid Roadshow Coming This January

The Toyota Hybrid Roadshow will be an opportunity to view the new 2019 range including new Corolla
The Toyota Hybrid Roadshow will be an opportunity to view the new 2019 range including new Corolla

Throughout the month of January, Toyota’s new range of self-charging hybrids will be touring Toyota dealerships across Ireland as part of the 2019 Toyota Hybrid Roadshow.

The Camry Hybrid, Corolla Saloon Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid and Corolla Hatchback Hybrid will be visiting two dealerships a day during weekdays as part of the Toyota Hybrid Roadshow, and one per day on weekend days, starting in Dublin on Thursday, January 3rd and travelling county by county until January 30th.

If you are interested in viewing these new cars, you are urged to contact your local dealer to find out the times and dates when the cars will be on show. Dealership staff will be on hand during the Toyota Hybrid Roadshow to take orders and inform visitors of Toyota’s 191 offers, including 3 years Servicing as standard on all new models, 3 years free 24 hr Roadside Assistance as standard, upgrade to Hybrid for Less with Toyota Finance and Trade In-Trade Up Booster of up to €3,000.

Commenting on the new self-charging hybrid cars Steve Tormey, Chief Executive of Toyota Ireland, said: “We’re really excited about the new 2019 hybrid range, and demand has been phenomenal so far with hundreds of customers already reserving early arriving models which are fast running out for January and February delivery.

“Hybrid is going from strength-to-strength, and we’re expecting 80% of our passenger car mix to be self-charging hybrids in 2019.  Our wide reaching hybrid range is very much meeting consumer demand for excellent fuel economy, low road tax and low emissions which make for cleaner air and a more sustainable motoring environment, which is something that is at the very heart of our Built For A Better World brand promise.”


The new ŠKODA Kodiaq RS

ŠKODA Kodiaq RS Details For Ireland

The new ŠKODA Kodiaq RS
The new ŠKODA Kodiaq RS

ŠKODA Ireland has announced that the new ŠKODA Kodiaq RS will go on sale priced from €62,295.

The Kodiaq RS is the first SUV from ŠKODA to join the ‘Rally Sport’ family and first models are set to arrive in Ireland later in December ahead of the 191 registration period.

The ŠKODA Kodiaq RS will be powered by a new and exclusive 2.0TDI 240hp 4x4 DSG engine and gearbox combination, making it the most powerful production diesel engine in the history of the brand. The result is an SUV that accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds with a top speed of 221 km/h. Average fuel consumption according to the brand is 6.4 litres of diesel per 100 km.

The new performance SUV comes with five seats as standard, while a seven seat option is available for €1,000 extra.

Standard specification will include 20” alloy wheels, virtual cockpit display, interior ambient lighting, dynamic chassis control, new dynamic sound boost and progressive steering.

Bright red brake callipers are clearly visible through the wheels and this model also comes with increased 17” brakes on all wheels, compared to the standard 16” rear brakes on other Kodiaq models.

The ŠKODA Kodiaq RS also debuts the new RS logo that features red detailing and will be the first SUV from ŠKODA to offer the famous metallic Race Blue finish, synonymous with the Octavia RS.

Inside there is Alcantara® upholstery with contrasting red stitching, carbon decor on the instrument panel, black roof lining and stainless steel pedals. The programmable Virtual Cockpit is standard allowing drivers to choose between five different display settings including a new Sports View.

Cathal Kealey, PR Manager with ŠKODA Ireland: “No other competitor combines functionality, dynamism and performance in a 7-seat package like the Kodiaq RS. The Kodiaq RS has been an instant success since it launched in Ireland last year with demand often outstripping supply. Our customers will be delighted to hear that we will double our Kodiaq sales volume to 2,200 units next year thanks to increased production from ŠKODA AUTO. In addition to shorter lead times, the Kodiaq has also become more affordable with personal contract plans available from 2.9% APR. We expect to sell fifty Kodiaq RS models in 2019 with five enthusiasts having already ordered in advance of prices and specifications being announced.”


The updated Renault Kadjar coming to Ireland in January 2019

Renault Kadjar First Drive Review

The updated Renault Kadjar coming to Ireland in January 2019
The updated Renault Kadjar coming to Ireland in January 2019

An updated Renault Kadjar is due to arrive in Ireland in early 2019 with new petrol and diesel engines and some refinements to the styling and interior finish. Caroline travelled to Sardinia to put the new Renault Kadjar to the test on and off road!

Styling

The Renault Kadjar has a new nose inspired by Renault’s other SUVs, the Captur and the Koleos, with a new C-shape light signature. The updates make a good-looking SUV even better. Some new trim elements and LED lights have also been added to the rear of the car. There are two new types of 17" and 19” alloy wheels and also new colours for the Kadjar range including Oural Green, Iron Blue and Highland Grey.

Interior

There have also been a few tweaks to the interior of the Renault Kadjar as part of this update. Redesigned seats now feature length adjustment on some models, double density foam to enhance comfort, and firmer side reinforcements for more support. New satin chrome trim has been added to the interior and the touchscreen for the infotainment system is now flush with the centre console. Some of the dials and switches have been changed too. The Kadjar’s interior is neat and inoffensive, with reasonably good material quality. The infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Practicality

The Renault Kadjar is a five seat SUV with good accommodation for this class of vehicle. Rear footwells are reasonably sized and there is a 472 litre boot, one of the largest in the segment.

The interior of the 2019 Renault Kadjar
The interior of the 2019 Renault Kadjar

Engines

For 2019, the Renault Kadjar now offers new engines that meet the latest emissions standards along with offering enhanced performance and lower fuel consumption. There’s a new four cylinder 1.3-litre petrol engine developed in collaboration with Daimler that comes with 140hp or 160hp (TCe 140 and TCe 160). Manual and automatic transmissions are available.

There’s also the 1.5-litre diesel (Blue dCi 115) engine that increases power by 5 hp and torque by 10 Nm compared with the previous-generation engine. Available with a manual transmission, this engine will be available at a later date with the dual-clutch EDC transmission. The will also be a higher powered Blue dCi 150 with a manual transmission. It will be available in 4x2 and 4x4 versions.

On the road

The Renault Kadjar offers a stoic drive for the segment - nothing remarkable but it’s comfortable and agile. Renault gave us a good variety of roads to test the new Kadjar, including some quite extensive off road tracks. The Kadjar coped admirably. I sampled the new TCe 140 manual and TCe petrol automatic, while I briefly drove the Blue dCi 150 through a short purpose-built off road course. The petrol engines perform well for the segment, with the TCe 40 particularly nice for low speed driving. The TCe 60 felt like a more mature and refined unit owing to that power boost, but the TCe 40 is likely to meet the needs of most Irish buyers.

The Renault Kadjar has a new engine range for 2019
The Renault Kadjar has a new engine range for 2019

Equipment

In Ireland there will be four trim levels: Play, Iconic, S-Edition and GT Line. Standard features will include 17-inch alloy wheels, seven-inch colour touchscreen with smartphone replication, automatic climate control, automatic wipers and lights, tinted windows, ambient lighting, front fog lights, LED daytime running lights, cruise control and automatic parking brake.

The Iconic model will add satellite navigation, handsfree keycard, rear parking camera, electric folding mirrors, lane departure warning, roof bars and synthetic leather steering wheel.

The S-Edition adds front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights, LED front fog lights, panoramic sunroof, unique interior cloth with blue stitching, and light grey front and rear skid plates.

GT Line features will include 19-inch alloy wheels, AEBS braking system, full leather seats, blind spot warning, hands-free parking, heated driver’s seat, driver’s seat cushion extender and puddle lights.

Pricing

Renault Ireland will confirm pricing closer to launch but we expect a small price increase on the current range that starts from €25,490.

Rivals

The Renault Kadjar has many rivals including the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Renault chose Sardinia for the launch of the new Kadjar
Renault chose Sardinia for the launch of the new Kadjar

Verdict

Renault have refined the Kadjar a little more to keep up with rivals. The Renault Kadjar with its redesigned nose is now arguably even more stylish than before, while the interior of the car has been given a better fit and finish also. Underneath the Kadjar is still a practical and comfortable vehicle, with new engines meeting the latest emissions standards. Competition is of course fierce in the compact SUV segment but the Renault Kadjar brings some flair and passion with an utterly capable and enjoyable family vehicle.

Caroline Kidd


Launch of the Kia Race Series 2019

Second Kia Race Series Launched

Launch of the Kia Race Series 2019
Mick Clohisey, David O'Connor, Aftersales manager, Kia Motors Ireland, Brian Conway, Pop Up Races, and Kerry O'Flaherty at the launch of the Kia Race Series 2019 at D-light Studios in Dublin

The second nationwide Kia Race Series by Pop Up Races has been launched by Olympians Kerry O’ Flaherty and Mick Clohisey.

The 2019 edition aims to continue to drive on standards set in 2018, with eight course records broken and numbers entered in the races in the series up 29%.

The male and female winner of the Kia Race Series will get to drive a brand-new Kia Stonic for one year and there is the added incentive of €9,000 bonus funds on offer for course records. Kia will also be offering a “Masters” (O40 in year of series) prize of a trip for two to the European Masters for both male and female winners.

There are nine regional races in seven counties across Ireland in this year’s series, which will start in March with The Streets of Portlaoise 5k. It is open to all abilities and is encouraging runners to #runyourrace, be it for fun, to set a personal best or to take on your first 5k. For more details and to enter on-line go to popupraces.ie.

James Brooks, Managing Director of Kia Motors Ireland, commented at the Kia Race Series 2019 launch: “We are really proud to launch the second year of the Kia Race Series, Kia is primarily a family brand and we see a great fit between the race series and our customer base. We were delighted to see broken course records and a jump in participation levels of individual events involved in the inaugural Kia Race Series and we hope to continue this success for 2019.

The series offers runners of all abilities the chance to participate to the best of their ability and with the addition of a number of new races this year we hope to increase opportunities for people to take part in major closed road running events in communities throughout Ireland.” James added:“The series will once again aim to drive competitiveness among new and well established elite runners with the Kia Stonic on offer as a prize for the overall male and female winner of the series.”

The KIA Race Series

  1. Streets of Portlaoise 5k: 17th March, 11am
  2. Streets of Kilkenny 5k: 18th April 7:30pm
  3. Bob Heffernan (Enfield, Co. Meath) 5k: Tuesday May 21st 8pm
  4. Braveheart 5k (Trim), June 14th 8pm
  5. Dunshaughlin (Meath) 10k Road Race: Saturday June 22nd, 7:30pm
  6. Roscommon 10 Mile: July 6th, 10:30am
  7. Edenderry (Offaly): 10 Mile, July 21st 9:30am
  8. Castlepollard 5k (Westmeath) Wednesday Aug 14th, 8pm
  9. The Lakes 10k (Blessington/Wicklow) September 7th, 11am

The new Audi A6 is now on sale in Ireland

Audi A6 40 TDI Review

The new Audi A6 is now on sale in Ireland
The new Audi A6 is now on sale in Ireland

The new Audi A6 has recently arrived in showrooms, priced from €50,800. Audi’s popular executive car has undergone a serious makeover with mild hybrid technology now a feature and a new cabin packed full of the most modern infotainment and assistance features.

Clearly inspired by the flagship Audi A8, Audi claims that the new A6 condenses "A8-style technological sophistication and refinement”. With the new arms race in the motor industry being fought along the lines of intelligent in-car technology features and showstopping connectivity, Audi needs that sort of A8 inspiration to futureproof the A6.

Yet to look at the new Audi A6 you might doubt that much has changed. In typical Audi fashion, styling of the new A6 is a mere evolution, but bears all the hallmarks of contemporary Audi design language. The new A6 has a classic Audi silhouette and stately presence that goes with the territory of a premium saloon.

The interior of the new Audi A6
The interior of the new Audi A6

Revolution inside the Audi A6

It's inside where the true revolution has taken place. The Audi A6 was starting to feel old-fashioned; but not anymore. The new A6 gets Audi’s slick new cabin design and infotainment that really speaks of the ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ that the brand has been built upon.

The centre console and top MMI touch response display (8.8-inches in standard form/10.1 inches with the optional MMI navigation plus upgrade) are directed towards the driver. The lower 8.6-inch display is used for the climate control, convenience functions and text input. The all-digital operating system gives haptic and acoustic response to inputs though it still can be a bit fiddly to use on the move. Yet this double screen layout looks so good and along with the Audi Virtual Cockpit (added as an option as part of the Technology Pack for €2925), this Audi A6 feels uber-modern and light years ahead of the competition.

The material quality is also excellent throughout and the overall cabin ambiance has to be the ultimate selling point for the new Audi A6. In practical terms, the new A6 will seat five and there is now that bit more legroom, headroom and shoulder room for passengers. The footwells are large in the rear and the boot opens to reveal 530 litres of space.

The new Audi A6 now offers mild hybrid technology to improve efficiency across the range
The new Audi A6 now offers mild hybrid technology to improve efficiency across the range

What are my options?

The new Audi A6 is available in two trim lines in Ireland, SE (from €50,800) and S Line (from €55,000). Standard equipment includes 18” alloys, LED headlamps, Lane Assist, cruise control, climate control, lumbar support, Audi Connect, leather interior, smart phone interface and an 8.8″ touchscreen (‘MMI touch response system’). S Line models add 19” alloys, lowered sport suspension, front sports seats, S Line styling kit, matrix LED headlamps and leather/Alcantara upholstery.

The car launches with a 2.0-litre TDI diesel (204hp) and two 3.0-litre V6 diesels (231hp and 286hp) with each model coming with an automatic gearbox as standard. A 2.0 TFSI petrol variant will follow later. All engines in the new A6 now feature new mild hybrid technology to improve efficiency across the range. My test car was a 2.0-litre TDI badged '40 TDI' and is a perfect match for the new A6. Running costs are reasonable too with motor tax of €200 per year and my fuel consumption over a week of driving was about 6l/100km. And I was enjoying this car a lot with a few sprints in Dynamic mode from Audi Drive Select!

The Audi A6 impresses with ride quality and in-car technology and
The Audi A6 impresses with ride quality and in-car technology 

What's the new Audi A6 like to drive?

On the road the Audi A6 is impressively quiet and refined with a beautiful ride and feeling of gliding effortlessly over Irish roads. The 2.0-litre diesel and a 7-speed automatic gearbox work seamlessly together providing smooth, responsive power delivery.

Progressive steering, which becomes even quicker and more direct as the steering angle increases, is standard. There's a nice fluidity to the steering and the A6 feels reasonably agile for its size. A BMW 5-Series would offer a more sporty and engaging drive, but there's little really to complain about behind the wheel of the new A6.

When comfort and refinement are priority, the new Audi A6 really excels and it really is an absolute pleasure to drive. This generation of A6 is easily now the technology and innovation champion of its class. The mild hybrid technology delivers genuine results in terms of fuel efficiency, while the slick and modern interior makes rivals now look quite old-fashioned! The new A6 is a fine example of Audi’s expertise in making excellent large executive saloons.

Now would you like to watch a video review of the new Audi A6?

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Audi A6 2.0TDI 204HP S-tronic S Line
Price: 
€55,000 (Range from €50,800)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
Power:
204 hp
Torque: 400 Nm
0-100km/h: 
8.1 seconds
Top speed: 246 km/h
Economy: 
4.3-4.7l/100km
CO2 emissions:
124-129 g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year


New BMW 3 Series preview in Dublin

2019 BMW 3 Series Preview In Dublin

New BMW 3 Series preview in Dublin
New BMW 3 Series preview in Dublin

BMW Ireland hosted a preview of the new 2019 BMW 3 Series in Dublin today.

This is the seventh generation of the iconic 3 Series, which first went on sale back in 1975. Some of the headline changes for the 2019 BMW 3 Series are revised proportions, wider track, longer wheelbase, reduced weight and drag.

The new 3 Series was five years in development. BMW says that the focus for this new generation of 3 Series has been sportiness, innovation and design. Styling is more of an evolution but inside there is a new interior with more modern in-car technology and assistance systems. The new BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is featured for the first time on the new 3 Series.

The 2019 BMW 3 Series will officially arrive in Ireland in March, priced from €43,770. The new car will be available in three trim levels: SE, Sport and M Sport.

The interior of the BMW 3 Series
The interior of the BMW 3 Series

The entry level SE model features 17" alloys, Extended LED headlights with cornering light and eyebrow indicators, BMW Light Carpet, interior Ambient Lighting with up to 11 colour settings, reversing camera and latest generation reversing assistant, electric folding rear view mirrors, three-zone air conditioning and enhanced acoustic glazing.  There's also a leather Sport steering wheel and BMW Live Cockpit plus, with 8.8-inch central instrument cluster.

Models available at launch will include the 318d, 320d and 330i.

The 3 Series saloon will feature a new six-speed manual gearbox and the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system will also be available for the new BMW 320d at launch.

A new BMW 330e plug-in hybrid will join the range in July.

The new BMW 3 Series officially arrives in Ireland in March 2019
The new BMW 3 Series officially arrives in Ireland in March 2019