Details announced of new 2019 Renault Scénic range

2019 Renault Scénic Pricing For Ireland Announced

Details announced of new 2019 Renault Scénic range
Details announced of new 2019 Renault Scénic range

The 2019 Renault Scénic range, which includes the five-seater Scénic and seven-seater Grand Scénic, has been updated with new trim levels and a new range of WLTP compliant petrol and diesel engines.

Renault's new 1.3-litre TCe 140 petrol engine has been added with both a six-speed manual gearbox and a new seven-speed EDC gearbox, priced from €27,790.

The new 1.7-litre dCi 120 diesel engine is available with both a six-speed manual gearbox and new seven-speed EDC on the Scénic and Grand Scénic, priced from €30,710.

The 2019 Renault Scénic range also takes on the new 'Easy Life' trim levels, with three simplified trims of Play, Iconic and Signature available.

Play models include 7” touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, rear parking sensors and two rows of flat-folding seats in Grand Scénic providing extra space and flexibility.

Iconic adds more key comfort features such as keyless entry, front parking sensors and built-in navigation.

The Signature trim adds features including rear parking camera, MULTI-SENSE ambient lighting and driving modes, and an 8.7” touchscreen.

Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director, Renault Ireland: “The Scénic was unrivalled in Ireland when first launched, and now, even in the face of great customer choice, Scénic is once again unique in the market. A car you buy with your head and your heart, the Scénic is a real head-turner which offers much-needed space, flexibility and practicality. We’re excited to introduce two new engines for 2019 as well as new trim levels across the range offering more features as standard for customers.”

The new Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen To Complete BEV Retailer Network In Ireland In 2019

The new Volkswagen e-Golf
The new Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen’s Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) retailer network is expanding significantly in Ireland and should be complete by mid-2019.

Following the addition of eleven new BEV enabled retailers to the Volkswagen network at the end of 2018, 50% of the Volkswagen network is now able to sell BEVs.

Volkswagen BEV dealers must meet exact standards when it comes to tooling, training, servicing standards and product knowledge before they can be certified to sell BEVs.

To accommodate the brand’s increased focus on the future of e-mobility, new Volkswagen BEV dealers have been appointed across Ireland.

In Dublin, Frank Keane Deansgrange and Joe Duffy North join existing BEV retailers Joe Duffy Swords and Frank Keane Liffey Valley to bring the number of BEV retailers in Dublin to four.

In County Kildare, Sheehy Motors in Naas has been a BEV retailer since early 2018.

In Louth, the BEV-enabled retailer is Western Motors, Drogheda.

Newmarket Motors in Cork has been changed from a PHEV (Plugin Hybrid) to a BEV retailer, and Blackwater Motors Fermoy is added to Cork’s other current BEV retailer Blackwater Motors Cork City.

In Cavan, Brady’s of Arva is now a Volkswagen BEV retailer.

Western Motors in Galway and Kevin Connolly in Sligo will serve the west of Ireland.

Frank Hogan has been appointed in Limerick and in the Midlands, Michael Moore’s two retailers in Athlone and Portarlington serve customers in Westmeath and Laois.

Pierse Motors in Tipperary and Volkswagen Wexford have been changed from PHEV retailers to full BEV retailers.

Commenting on these appointments, Volkswagen Ireland Brand Director Gerrit Heimberg said; “This is an exciting time for Volkswagen as we embark on an electric vehicle offensive, which has already begun with the e-Golf and e-Golf Executive Edition. We have ensured that all of our EV retailers are fully trained and prepared for this new dawn, to ensure that our customers receive the best experience as they start to embrace this new technology. We will continue the rollout of BEV retailer to include our entire 34 retailers by the middle of this year.”

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is in Toyota dealers now

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid First Drive Review

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is in Toyota dealers now
The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is in Toyota dealers now

The Toyota RAV4 was the original ‘Sports Utility Vehicle’ (SUV). Now in its fifth generation, Toyota has reinvented the RAV4 upon the exciting new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture). The new RAV4 is arriving in Ireland at a time when Toyota Ireland is predicting that in 2019, 80% of their new car sales will be hybrid. The brand has already said that they will no longer sell diesel cars. The new RAV4 will be sold in Ireland exclusively as a petrol electric, self-charging hybrid. Caroline travelled to the Catalonia region of Spain to put the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid to the test on and off road!


TNGA has given Toyota designers more freedom to design a stylish vehicle. The new Toyota RAV4 now has a more individual look for the segment. It is an altogether leaner and more angular SUV than the model it replaces, with more than a hint of the utilitarian design of the larger Land Cruiser. In Ireland, 17” alloys and LED headlamps come as standard, while Sport models are available with a bi-tone paint option.


The Toyota RAV4 has a new interior with a focus on improved quality and design. The dashboard has an attractive, clean horizontal design with soft touch materials and satin chrome features to add interest. Dials and switches are easy to operate, with a 7" or 8” touchscreen in the centre of the dash. The RAV4 is missing some of the outright glam and plushness of the interior of the smaller Toyota C-HR compact crossover. But in fairness, the plainer cabin of the RAV4 makes more sense with the tougher, utilitarian look of the outside of the vehicle.

The interior of the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The interior of the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid


The wheelbase has been increased by 30 mm to create more interior space in the new RAV4. This is a five seat SUV with competitive accommodation for this class of vehicle. There's about 40 mm extra width for rear seat passengers and more spacious rear footwells. The opening angle of the rear doors has also been improved to make it easier to access child seats and get in and out. Boot space is up 41 litres to 542 litres with a wide opening making it a practical space to work with. There is a height-adjustable, two-level deck board that can be reversed when dirty items need to be carried.


In Ireland the new RAV4 goes on sale exclusively as a self-charging hybrid. In some markets the new Toyota RAV4 is also offered with a 2.0-litre petrol. The 2019 RAV4 has a new, improved 2.5-litre petrol electric hybrid powertrain. There’s more power and greater efficiency. Front wheel drive models now have 218hp, while all wheel drive models have 222hp. The manufacturer quotes fuel consumption of 4.5l/100km on the NEDC 2 cycle and 5.6l/100km under new WLTP. Power is put to the road through a CVT automatic gearbox.

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid goes on sale in Ireland priced from €35,900
The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid goes on sale in Ireland priced from €35,900

On the road

The new RAV4 has a more rigid body and lower centre of gravity with every component now lighter and located lower down in the vehicle for improved comfort and driving dynamics. The response from the electric power steering has also been improved by moving the assist motor from the column to the rack. There's a better driving position and on the road, the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid immediately feels more fluid and engaging. The car handles confidently through corners with more natural and progressive steering. Refinement in town is excellent, with the hybrid operating in near silence. During our test drive, the new RAV4 was comfortable and stable over a variety of road surfaces, though on the motorway we did notice some wind noise from around the mirrors.

Toyota engineers have worked to reduce noise from the CVT gearbox in this new generation of RAV4. However to this reviewer the noise from the CVT gearbox is still a bit of a bugbear, especially when you try to gather speed quickly. Fuel consumption averaged out at about 7.0l/100km during my test drive across town, motorway and country.

We also had the opportunity to test the new Toyota RAV4 AWD model quite extensively off-road. It coped well with steep inclines and declines (without a hill descent control) and slippy, muddy conditions.

The new RAV4 has more interior space than the outgoing model and a larger boot
The new RAV4 has more interior space than the outgoing model and a larger boot


Toyota Ireland is selling the new RAV4 in five grades: Aura, Luna, Sol, Sport and Platinum. Standard features on Aura models (from €35,900) will include 17” alloys, LED lights front and rear, dual exhaust tailpipes, black roof rails, electric parking brake, automatic lights, 7” multimedia system, dual zone climate control with rear vents, folding mirrors, driving mode selector and rear view camera. Toyota Safety Sense 2 is also standard, adding safety equipment such as automatic high beam, driver attention alert, eCall emergency call system, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, road sign assist and lane trace assist.

The Luna model (from €37,590) will add dark grey painted upper front grille, silver front underrun, chrome interior trim, auto wipers, power tailgate, Smart Entry & Start, 8” multimedia system, front fog lamps, and front and rear parking sensors.

The Sol (from €39,590) adds 18” alloys, rear privacy glass, heated front seats, leather upholstery and satellite navigation.

Sport (from €40,990) adds 18” machine-finished alloy wheels, bitone roof, projector LED headlamps, painted lower bumpers and mouldings, painted front fog lamp surrounds, unique sport leather upholstery, black headlining, driver’s electric seat adjustment and lumbar support, and paddle gear shift.

Platinum (pricing tbc) features include 18” alloy wheels, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, chrome outer door handles, leather seats, grey headlining, memory driver seat adjustment, luggage net and heated steering wheel.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is built on a new platform and uses a 2.5-litre self charging hybrid powertrain
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is built on a new platform and uses a 2.5-litre self-charging hybrid powertrain


The new RAV4 goes on sale in Ireland priced from €35,900. Luna is available from €37,590. Sol is available from €39,590. Sport is available from €40,990. Pricing for the Platinum model is to be confirmed. Prices quoted here are for FWD models. We have no confirmation on pricing yet for AWD models. It will be announced closer to when first AWD models arrive in April.


The Toyota RAV4 has many rivals including the Honda CR-V Hybrid, Ford Kuga, Mazda CX-5, Renault Koleos, Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq.


The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid arrives in Ireland at a time when car buyers are beginning to look beyond diesel, while Toyota Ireland continues to back hybrid across their range of passenger cars and SUVs. For this new generation, the Toyota RAV4 has been completely reimagined. This new RAV4 makes a much stronger statement, backed up by improved interior quality, the latest technology and safety features, an improved hybrid powertrain and a more enjoyable drive. The new RAV4 Hybrid does not come to market cheap, but is a much improved vehicle and an interesting step away from the classic diesel SUV.

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is in Irish Toyota dealerships now.

Caroline Kidd

The new Suzuki Swift Sport

2019 Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4 Boosterjet Review

The new Suzuki Swift Sport
The new Suzuki Swift Sport

Caroline drives the 2019 Suzuki Swift Sport!

Suzuki is well-known for making fun small cars. If you are looking for the most potent car that the brand currently offers in Ireland, then look no further than the Suzuki Swift Sport. Powered by a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and putting out 140hp, the Swift Sport is a hottish hatchback occupying the sportier end of the supermini spectrum. And while 140hp is hardly revolutionary in a small car, there is plenty in this package to entertain.

Priced from €22,995, the Suzuki Swift Sport crowns the Swift range. Suzuki has given the Swift a sporty makeover in this iteration and it presses all the right buttons. The Sport sits lower and wider than the standard Swift and has a special grille, bumpers, black aerodynamic under spoilers, 17” alloys, dual tailpipes and a roof-end spoiler. LED headlamps come as standard. The Swift Sport is available in six colours, including Champion Yellow, exclusive to the Sport. This reviewer was happy to pick up the Swift Sport in more demure Speedy Blue metallic!

The interior of the 2019 Suzuki Swift Sport

Inside, Suzuki has added more red trim to the Swift's cabin and some new sports seats. Hard plastics prevail but the build is good and there is nothing offensive about the straightforward interior design.

The interior of the new Suzuki Swift Sport
The interior of the new Suzuki Swift Sport

The tachometer has a red dial face and the speedometer is coloured silver. Infotainment is provided via a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation also comes as standard. There is impressive safety equipment on board including Adaptive Cruise Control, Dual Sensor Brake Support, high beam assist, keyless entry and start, and Lane Departure Prevention, auto air conditioning, DAB radio, rear privacy glass, touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, electric windows, front fog lamps and rear view camera.

The Swift Sport has five doors for practicality and reasonable interior space for a small car. The boot is on the small side for this class of vehicle at 265 litres.

Under the bonnet of the Suzuki Swift Sport is a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine
Under the bonnet of the Suzuki Swift Sport is a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine

So what about that engine?

Suzuki has planted the brand's new 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine under the bonnet of the Swift Sport, producing 140hp and 230Nm of torque. The Swift Sport uses a 6-speed manual gearbox. 0 to 100kmh is 8.1 seconds and the Sport can reach a top speed of 210km/h. CO2 emissions of 125g mean motor tax will be €270 per year and over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 5.9l/100km.

The 2019 Suzuki Swift Sport is built on a light but rigid new platform and weighs just 975kg. The Suzuki Swift Sport revs happily and takes off with aplomb without frightening anyone with sheer speed. The six speed manual gearbox is delightful to use and the Swift Sport rocks in and out of corners with loads of tactile grip and precision. The engine noise in the cabin makes the driving experience feel all the more frantic! On longer runs on the motorway, the refinement and stability of the Swift Sport was impressive. There is a firm edge to the suspension but only the very roughest roads transmit their worst to cabin occupants.

The Suzuki Swift Sport is a fun and stylish small car
The Suzuki Swift Sport is a fun and stylish small car

The Suzuki Swift Sport doesn’t have the outright power and menace of the Ford Fiesta ST or the Volkswagen Polo GTI but it’s cheaper to buy and loaded with equipment. For supermini buyers looking to stretch the budget for something sportier and a bit different, the 2019 Suzuki Swift Sport ticks many boxes. It's more fun than it should be considering the 140 hp power output and price. The Swift Sport is a stylish and fun small car with a sort of back-to-basics feel that will have you taking the long way home.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Suzuki Swift Sport
Engine: 1.4-litre turbo petrol
Torque: 230Nm
8.1 seconds
Top speed: 210km/h
CO2 emissions: 
Motor tax: 
€270 per year

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR will arrive in Ireland in March

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Pricing For Ireland

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR  will arrive in Ireland in March
The new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR will arrive in Ireland in March

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR will arrive in Ireland in March priced from €47,495.

Just 20 examples of this new high performance model will be available to Irish customers. The new Golf GTI TCR was derived from the racing car of the same name – the two-time overall winner of the international TCR racing series.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR has 290 PS and is fitted with a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG). 0 to 100kmh is 5.6 seconds, while the maximum speed is 250 km/h.

It will be available as a 3-door or 5-door and features technology such as Front Assist, Active Info Display and LED headlights. The standard equipment includes a front-axle differential lock, perforated brake discs, driving profile selection, premium front sport seats with a new microfibre/fabric design, seat belts with red edging plus an exclusive sports steering wheel. As with the racing series, its leather is specially imprinted (perforated leather) at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions as well as with a red mark at 12 o'clock.

The interior of the new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
The interior of the new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

The new Golf GTI TCR is also distinguished by the standard 18-inch Belvedere forged wheels (or 18-inch Milton Keynes alloy wheels, as an alternative), black exterior mirror caps, sill extensions, front splitter, TCR roof spoiler and a diffuser at the rear.

The Golf GTI TCR can be further customised with optional equipment such as a new honeycomb decor foil for the side sections, exterior mirror caps in carbon look, a black painted roof and two wheel packages to choose from.

In addition to the Vmax increase from 250 to 260 km/h, the first wheel package (€2,895) includes 19-inch Reifnitz wheels, the adaptive chassis control DCC, including lowering by 20 mm compared to the standard running gear (five millimetres less as compared to the GTI running gear) and a special, sporty tuning of the front and rear axle shock absorbers.

The second wheel package costs (€3,895) is tailored especially for the racetrack with 19-inch Pretoria rims with semi-slicks.

Deliveries are expected to commence in March.

The 2019 Renault Kadjar has arrived in Ireland

2019 Renault Kadjar Pricing For Ireland

The 2019 Renault Kadjar has arrived in Ireland
The 2019 Renault Kadjar has arrived in Ireland priced from €26,995

Since it was first launched in late 2015, the Renault Kadjar has established a strong position in the popular compact SUV segment, with over 5,700 models sold to date in Ireland.

Now Renault Ireland has announced that the new facelifted Renault Kadjar has arrived in Ireland and goes on sale from €26,995.

There are new, more efficient petrol and diesel engines available while standard equipment now includes climate control, 7” touchscreen with Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay®, alloy wheels, parking sensors, and automatic lights and wipers.

Styling has been updated with a new grille and C-Shaped LED lights that now incorporate the front indicator There are also new 17- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs, along with three new colours - Oural Green, Iron Blue and Highland Grey.

The interior has also been redesigned with new seats and the touchscreen is flush-mounted to the centre console. There is a new control panel for the automatic air conditioning and other additions include bigger cup holders, bigger bins in the front doors and two rear USB sockets.

Engine options include the new 1.3TCe GPF turbo petrol engine with 140 or 160hp. The TCe 140 is available with 6-speed manual or 7-speed EDC automatic gearbox options. The manual-only TCe 160 offers the highest power output ever for a Kadjar.

New Kadjar also features an upgraded 1.5 Blue dCi 115. It's the most efficient engine in the range. For customers requiring more performance, the new 1.7 Blue dCi engine is now available with 150hp and comes in 4x2 and 4x4.

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

There are four trim levels: Play, Iconic, S-Edition and GT Line.

Play (from €26,995) features 17-inch alloy wheels, dual climate control, parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, 7-inch touchscreen and Android and Apple Car Play.

Iconic trim (€29,695) adds cruise control and speed limiter, parking camera, keyless entry/start, auto lights and wipers, navigation and privacy glass.

The new sporty S-Edition (from €31,395) adds a half leather interior, panoramic roof, and LED/Xenon lights.

The top of the range GT-Line adds leather seats, panoramic sunroof, full LED lights and auto park.

Customers can avail of savings of over €4,000 on Kadjar for 191 with a complete package of 1.91% APR PCP or HP finance, €1,000 cashback and three years’ servicing available until 31st January 2019.

Renault’s 26 dealerships  in Ireland will offer a 24-hour test drive programme for January and February.

Play Iconic S-Edition GT Line
TCe 140 GPF €26,995 €29,695 €31,395 €33,995
TCe 160 GPF €32,395 €34,995
TCe 140 GPF EDC €29,295 €31,995 €33,695 €36,295
Blue dCi 115 €28,995 €31,695 €33,395 €35,995
Blue dCi 115 EDC €31,295 €33,995 €35,695 €38,295
Blue dCi 150 €37,995
Blue dCi 150 4x4 €39,995
- 17” Alloy wheels

- 7” Screen with

Apple CarPlay®/

Android Auto®

- Tinted windows

- Climate Control

- Electronic


- Parking Sensors

- Front Fog Lights


- Cruise Control

- Auto Lights/Wipers

- Synthetic Leather

Steering wheel

- Sliding armrest

- 17” Alloy Wheels

- Handsfree Key Card

- Passenger Rear


- Roof Bars

- Lane Departure


- F/R Parking Sensors

- Rear Camera

- 7” Touchscreen Nav - Apple CarPlay®/

Android Auto®

- Shark Antenna

- Privacy glass

- Electric Folding


- Flat Folding Floor

- Synthetic Leather

Steering Wheel

gear lever

- 2 rear USB points

- 17” Alloy Wheels

- LED Headlamps

- Front LED Fogs

- Rear view mirror


- Panoramic roof

- Passenger Seat

height adjustable

- Light Grey Front/

Rear Skid plates

- Part synthetic

leather/3D fabric/

blue stitching

- 19” Alloy wheels


- Full Leather Seats

- Heated Drivers Seat

- Electric seat adjust

- Cushion extender

- Blind Spot Warning

- Hands free parking

- 360 sensors

- Panoramic Roof

- Leather steering


- Puddle lamps


The new MINI 60 Years Edition

New MINI 60 Years Edition

The new MINI 60 Years Edition
The new MINI 60 Years Edition

MINI is kicking off its 60th anniversary year in Ireland with the introduction of a limited edition model. The MINI 3-door Hatch Cooper S 60 Years Edition will go on sale from €40,370 from March 2019.

It will be offered exclusively with an automatic transmission, with acceleration from zero to 100km/h in 6.7 seconds. It features new Racing Green IV exterior paint finish, piano black exterior trim, black roof and exterior mirror caps, special anniversary design bonnet stripes and model exclusive 17-inch light alloy wheels in 60 Years Spoke 2-tone.

The MINI 60 Years Edition has a unique interior with MINI Yours Leather Lounge in Dark Cacao with contrast seat stitching and piping matching the new exterior paintwork.

Navigation Plus pack is included, providing a larger 8.8” touch display with Satellite Navigation, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, concierge service and wireless charging. In addition, a rear view camera, folding exterior mirrors and front and rear Park Distance Control (PDC) can be found on the vehicle, courtesy of the Comfort Plus Pack.

A limited run of 500 MINI 60 Years Edition vehicles will be available from March 2019 at retailers nationwide, priced at €40,370 RRP.

Just 500 examples of the MINI 60 Years Edition will be available for sale worldwide.

Built in the MINI Plant in Oxford, the MINI 60 Years Edition is the first of many celebrations planned for 2019 that will champion the brand’s heritage and continuous dedication to innovation.

Alison Canavan pictured with the new Honda Civic

Alison Canavan Joins Clonskeagh Motors As Honda Ambassador

Alison Canavan pictured with the new Honda Civic
Alison Canavan pictured with the new Honda Civic

Clonskeagh Motors has announced Alison Canavan as their new Honda Brand Ambassador. The model, author and health and wellness coach will be driving a new Honda Civic provided by the dealership.

Speaking as she received the keys to her new Civic, Alison said: “Honda has a special place in my heart as my late father Tom was a proud Honda Dealer, so it means a lot to me to be partnering with such a honoured family dealership like Clonskeagh Motors. Honda's brand reputation for safety and reliability are values I am highly aware of and are so important to me as a mother with a young son”.

Fiona Murphy, Company Director of Clonskeagh Motors said: "For many reasons we are delighted to partner with Alison at this exciting time for Honda. Firstly, the Honda association goes back a long way with the Canavan family and we are pleased that our partnership with Alison rekindles this tradition. Secondly, the Civic has been a very popular family car with Irish buyers for generations and its core strengths of style, reliability and safety are a great fit with the work that Alison does. We look forward to a mutually beneficial collaboration with Alison and some exciting events in our Honda showroom over the coming year."

The new Opel Grandland X Ultimate

Opel Grandland X Ultimate 2.0 Diesel Review

The new Opel Grandland X Ultimate
The new Opel Grandland X Ultimate

Caroline drives the Opel Grandland X Ultimate!

In 2018, Opel Ireland welcomed the new Grandland X to Ireland in the highly lucrative five door, family SUV segment. Available from €28,395 with a choice of 1.2-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel and 2.0-litre diesel, the Opel Grandland X occupies a peachy point for family buyers looking for a cool mid-size SUV.

I’ve already tested the Opel Grandland X 1.2-litre petrol and it was a car that I enjoyed for its straightforward practicality, stylish design and on point petrol engine. Now at the opposite end of the spectrum I’m testing the Opel Grandland X Ultimate. Under the bonnet there is a top of the range 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The car also has an impressive spec including a number of more luxurious features as standard. But you do pay dearly for it, with a list price for this model of €41,595.

What's new?

The Grandland X’s neat frame is enhanced with 19” alloys, while the roof and door mirrors are finished in black on the Ultimate trim car. There are also silver coloured roof rails, premium ergonomic seats, heated leather seats and trim, adaptive AFL LED headlights, OnStar, touchscreen with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, 360° camera, Advanced Park Assist and a Denon premium sound system.

The interior of the Opel Grandland X Ultimate
The interior of the Opel Grandland X Ultimate

Inside the Grandland X there is reasonable space for five however the middle rear passenger will get short changed on leg and shoulder room. The electric tailgate comes as standard on the Ultimate trim and opens to reveal 514 litres of space.

The dashboard design is simple and straightforward with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility on the 8” colour touchscreen. The quality is good and the design straightforward and easy to navigate, however it's a little way off the showstopper you might expect of a car priced in the region of €40,000!

The Opel Grandland X Ultimate is powered by a strong 2.0-litre diesel engine
The Opel Grandland X Ultimate is powered by a strong 2.0-litre diesel engine

On the road in the Opel Grandland X Ultimate

The 2.0-litre engine is a powerhouse for the Grandland X with 177hp and 400Nm of torque giving it a trailer load of 2 tonnes. The Grandland X 2.0-litre makes brisk progress on the road and it doesn't sound too coarse for a large diesel engine either, changing gear with reasonable efficiency too. Motor tax for this model is €270 per year and over a week of driving my fuel consumption was 6.3l/100km.

The Grandland X works well as a family car in that it's easy to drive and get along with. It handles well though there is some lean in corners but generally it's very composed and pleasant to drive. The ride comfort on the 19" wheels of the test car was not as smooth and soft as I remembered from my test drive last year, but these are small nuances.

Rear legroom in the Opel Grandland X
Rear legroom in the Opel Grandland X

Should I buy it?

Opel Ireland is offering the Grandland X in five trim levels: SC, SRi, Elite, Ultimate and the new '120 Years' edition to celebrate 120 years of Opel. The Grandland X is undoubtedly a very valuable vehicle for Opel that's stylish and practical.

Certainly the Opel Grandland X Ulitmate is the Grandland X with all the bits thrown at it - top of the range diesel engine, effortless automatic gearbox and many luxury features.

In its most basic guise with a 1.2 litre petrol engine for example, the Grandland X certainly feels like a good alternative to the usual suspects in the family SUV class. For me this expensive top of the range model feels less convincing but for Opel fans looking for a powerhouse of an engine and plenty of luxury features, look no further than the Opel Grandland X Ultimate!

The Opel Grandland X Ultimate has a list price of €41,595
The Opel Grandland X Ultimate has a list price of €41,595

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Opel Grandland X Ultimate 2.0
€41,595 (Range from €28,395)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
Torque: 400Nm
9.5 seconds
Top speed: 211km/h
CO2 emissions: 
Motor tax: 
€270 per year

The 2019 Suzuki Vitara

2019 Suzuki Vitara Range

The 2019 Suzuki Vitara
The 2019 Suzuki Vitara on sale in Ireland from February

Suzuki has revised the Vitara range for 2019 with new models available from Irish Suzuki dealerships from February. The 2019 Suzuki Vitara goes on sale from €20,995 with styling upgrades, new engines and more technology and safety features.

On the outside the new Vitara has a more elegant front face with redesigned grille and lower bumper, and the rear lamps have now been redesigned with a distinctive LED display.

There are two new colours, including Solar Yellow Pearl and Ice Greyish Blue (pictured).

Inside there is a new seat trim design and suede seat fabric fitted on SZ5 models. The upper instrument panel is upgraded to a soft touch material and the instrument cluster now features a central colour information display.

The interior of the Suzuki Vitara
The interior of the Suzuki Vitara

Engines for the Vitara range now include the excellent 1.0-litre (111hp) and 1.4-litre (140hp) turbocharged petrol engines with Boosterjet technology, seen already on other models in the Suzuki range like the Swift and S-Cross.

There are three trim lines for the Vitara in Ireland, SZ4 (from €20,995), SZ-T (from €22,995) and SZ5 (from €26,495).

Bluetooth, alloy wheels, electric windows, cruise control and climate control are fitted as standard on all models, while smartphone link audio and navigation is fitted as standard on SZ-T and SZ5 grade.

SZ5 also adds Dual Sensor Brake Support (also on SZ-T ALLGRIP models), Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control.

ALLGRIP ‘Select’ four wheel drive is also available from €28,495.

The 1.0-litre petrol comes with a five speed manual or automatic gearbox, while the 1.4 litre petrol is available with a 6 speed manual or automatic gearbox.

The 2019 Suzuki Vitara goes on sale from €20,995
The 2019 Suzuki Vitara goes on sale from €20,995

We look forward to bringing you a full road test of the 2019 Suzuki Vitara later in the year!