The MG Cyberster in Dublin

MG Cyberster Preview | MG's new electric sports car

The MG Cyberster in Dublin
The MG Cyberster in Dublin

Caroline was in Dublin for a special preview of the new MG Cyberster hosted by MG Motor Ireland.

What is it? 

The MG Cyberster is MG's new two-door, electric roadster. It's expected in Ireland this summer. It will likely be available with the choice of single motor, rear wheel drive or dual motor, all wheel drive. It will be powered by a 77kWh battery with a range in the region of 500 km and 0-100kmh in less than five seconds. It was created in MG’s design studio in Marylebone, London lead by Carl Gotham and draws inspiration from MG's heritage. It has classic sports car design cues like a long bonnet and low nose. Design highlights include scissor doors and a Kammback rear design. It's fitted with dramatic 20-inch alloy wheels.

Why is it in the news? 

These days MG is more famous for affordable hatchbacks and SUVs like the MG4 and the MG ZS. The new Cyberster marks a serious departure for the MG brand, now under Chinese ownership, and a return to its sports car roots - but electrified for a new generation of sports car fans. MG is of course an historic British brand, famous for two seat roadsters like the MGB. It celebrates 100 years in car production in 2024. In the 1990s, the MGF was a successful return to sports cars for the brand at a time when two-seat convertibles were still very popular. These days, not so much. But the Cyberster will help reconnect MG with its sports car heritage and act as a halo car to make the brand cool again.

How much will it cost? 

Pricing is yet to be confirmed but we can expect the Cyberster to go on sale in the region of €70,000.

Watch my video preview of the new Cyberster.


The Land Rover Defender on test for Changing Lanes

Land Rover Defender 75th Limited Edition Review

Read Caroline's Land Rover Defender review for everything you need to know about buying Land Rover's iconic off-roader in Ireland.

Land Rover is famous for building tough, off-road vehicles and the pinnacle of all that has to be the Defender.

In 2020, the all-new Defender arrived in Ireland. It's quickly become one of the brand's most popular models, outselling the Discovery. To celebrate 75 years of this legend, Land Rover has introduced an eye-catching Defender 75th Limited Edition.

The Defender starts from about €87,727 but the five-door Defender 110 75th Limited Edition 2.0 plug-in hybrid - like the one on test - will set you back closer to €123,160.

So is it worth it? Let's find out!

The Land Rover Defender on test for Changing Lanes
The Land Rover Defender on test for Changing Lanes

What's so special about the Land Rover Defender?

The Defender offers quite an extensive line-up. There are three body styles - 90, 110 and 130 - with varying numbers of seats available. There are a range of four- and six- cylinder petrol and diesel engines, and a V8. There's also a popular plug-in hybrid that offers punchy performance and some EV driving, which is particularly useful in town.

If it's kerb appeal you're after, the Defender has it all. The design is a brilliant interpretation of the classic Defender, all boxy dimensions and attitude with plenty of little design nods to the original like the classic circular in rectangle headlights.

The 75th Limited Edition goes with famous Grasmere Green and matching painted alloy wheels. It's very distinct and it looks better the more mud is thrown at it. The Defender is a vehicle that was made to play dirty.

There are a myriad of off-road tools like the configurable terrain response system that allows you to switch between a number of modes depending on what sort of ground you're tackling - snow, mud, rocks, sand, you name it!

It's pretty special inside too.

The cabin of the Defender 75th Limited Edition
The cabin of the Defender 75th Limited Edition

Inside the Defender

The Defender has one of the most utilitarian cabins of any Land Rover on sale. But somehow it all works. There's a pared back, tough chic to it all. Yet the quality is excellent, everything feels good to the touch. Synthetic leather upholstery come as standard.

Luxury features included heated front seats with 14-way power adjustment and memory function, 3D surround camera and a Meridian sound system.

75th versions stand out with a Grasmere Green dash panel but otherwise it's classic Defender with exposed screwheads, a stubby gear selector on the dash, and sturdy steering wheel.

The digital tech is another highlight - full digital driver display and an excellent Land Rover 'Pivi Pro' infotainment system with touch display. It's heaving with functionality but the menus are all easy to scroll through. There's lots of good off-road driving aids hidden in there too like wade sensing to alert you when you're reaching the Defender's awesome limit of 900mm!

There is a nice spread of buttons below the touchscreen and some dials for the ventilation. You can also find buttons here to adjust the height of the vehicle for off-roading.

It's all so clever and intuitive to use.

The Defender 75th Limited Edition gets a unique Grasmere Green finish
The Defender 75th Limited Edition gets a unique Grasmere Green finish

Is it practical?

The Defender 110 is the five-door model and it's available with five, six or seven seats. The boot offers over 800 litres of space in five seat models. Though beware the door is hinged from the side so you'll need lots of room to open it!

The cabin is huge and feels very roomy. There are alpine windows in the roof, just like the original, and the option of a glass roof. The big windows also let lots of light in. You can fit three easily across the rear seat and there's loads of legroom too.

Driving the Defender

On the road the Defender offers a very high-end driving experience. There's really nothing agricultural about it, despite its rough and ready roots. From the lofty driving position, you can enjoy the comfort and affability of it all. The 110's standard fit air suspension ensures a high level of control and comfort.

The Defender can trundle through town easily enough with well-weighted steering though it does feel big once you find yourself in a tight car park. Yet it's a great companion for motorway cruising, while it can easily tackle whatever obstacles an Irish rural road might throw up.

The P400e plug-in hybrid offers good performance and a limited range of 43 kilometres (WLTP) of electric driving, provided you are diligent about keeping it charged - 80% in as little as 30 minutes using a DC fast charger or 2.5 hours from a 7kW wallbox.

The 404hp is delivered smoothly, responsively through the 8-speed automatic, with a strong 640Nm of torque for a respectable three tonne towing capacity. Yet fuel consumption is still higher than most conventional SUVs, though keeping the battery charged does make a difference, along with stints on battery power alone.

Boot space in the Defender 110 P400e
Boot space in the Defender 110 P400e

Did you like it?

The Land Rover Defender is such an incredible motoring icon and has excellent capability - and kerb appeal. Its off-road pedigree is well documented, but the on-road driving manners are equally impressive. It's no surprise it's been such a big hit among Irish motorists.

The 75th edition is an acquired taste, with its classic Grasmere Green body and wheels combo. But what's underneath is still an extremely desirable machine and the plug-in hybrid is a solid choice.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

Simply the best!
The Land Rover Defender - simply the best!

The Volkswagen ID.3 on test for Changing Lanes

Volkswagen ID.3 Review (2024)

Watch a video review

Read Caroline's Volkswagen ID.3 review for everything you need to know about buying Volkswagen's popular electric hatchback in Ireland.

The Volkswagen ID.3 has been a big success in Ireland since it first went on sale back in 2020. Along with the bestselling ID.4, it's really helped put Volkswagen on the map as one of the leading producers of electric vehicles.

The compact, five-door hatchback is available in 2024 with the choice of two battery sizes and it's also had a price cut making it a more attractive prospect than ever before.

Let's take a closer look.

The Volkswagen ID.3 on test for Changing Lanes
The Volkswagen ID.3 on test for Changing Lanes

Styling

In 2023, the ID.3 received a facelift that lightly tweaks the styling and adds some new colours like Dark Olivine Green - all for a more sophisticated presence. There's a new bonnet and the black strip under the windscreen has been removed. Volkswagen has also added a new front bumper with larger air intakes that have an aerodynamic benefit too. There are also new rear light clusters. Alloy wheel sizes vary from 18- to 20-inch depending on trim level. It's a handsome but not drastically different ID.3.

Interior

The cabin of the ID.3 is very minimalist compared to traditional fuel-powered Volkswagens like the Polo and the Golf. It's very modern but a little austere at the same time. For the facelifted model, Volkswagen has included some more soft touch materials in the dashboard and doors, but a Renault Megane E-Tech still has a nicer cabin overall.

There is a small digital instrument cluster as before for the driver behind the steering wheel. There's also a 10-inch touchscreen that's running the latest Volkswagen software for improved system performance and can receive over-the-air updates. It's responsive to use now, though the smartphone generation will likely find the wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interface far more interesting.

The cabin of the 2024 Volkswagen ID.3
The cabin of the 2024 Volkswagen ID.3

The navigation system includes a route planner to help plan charging stops. The ventilation controls are placed in the screen as before, which can be a little awkward to adjust while driving. There are a few shortcut buttons underneath and touch sliders to adjust the volume of the stereo and the level of heating of the interior.

Practicality

The ID.3 was the first Volkswagen to be built on the brand's modular electric drive (MEB) platform. This allowed for an efficient design and spacious interior for a compact hatchback. The ID.3 feels roomy in the back seat with large footwells. The boot can accommodate 385 litres, which is competitive for a compact electric hatchback. The rear seats split fold 60:40 and there's Isofix child seat fixtures on the two outer seats and the front passenger seat.

Battery

The ID.3 is available with two different battery sizes: 58 kWh or 77 kWh. The 58 kWh offers up to 428 km (WLTP) of electric driving, while the 77 kWh offers up to 557 km (WLTP).

During my test drive of the ID.3 77kWh in a cold January, my average consumption was 18-19 kWh per 100 kilometres, which indicates a range of 405-428 kilometres in real world driving.

The ID.3 is a smart, practical electric hatchback
The ID.3 is a smart, practical electric hatchback

Driving

The ID.3 is rear-wheel drive - just like the original Beetle - with a single electric motor producing an ample 204hp and 310Nm of torque. That's good for a 0-100km/h time of 7.4-7.9 seconds, depending on which model you go for. The ID.3 77kWh feels sprightly from behind the wheel, with plenty of nippy acceleration on offer. It's smooth and agile to drive, with a solid feel and cohesiveness to the controls - all the things that made the Golf famous! It's devoid of much character but it can't be accused of being anything other than capable, which will please most buyers. Comfort and refinement levels are generally good though it can feel a little bumpy over imperfections in the road surface.

Charging 

11 kW charging comes as standard. DC fast charging is possible up to 120kW for an 80% charge in 30-35 minutes.

Pricing

The ID.3 58kWh is available on the road from €37,112 in Pro trim or from €37,928 in Pro Plus. The ID.3 77kWh is available from €42,440 for the Pro S and from €44,865 for the Pro S Plus.

Boot space in the Volkswagen ID.3
Boot space in the Volkswagen ID.3

Verdict

The Volkswagen ID.3 is a hugely significant car for Volkswagen and has been a big seller for the brand. However it's come under ever more scrutiny in a new car market that's become increasingly competitive with the arrival of some other brilliant electric hatchbacks like the Cupra Born, MG 4 and the Renault Megane E-Tech.

The facelift certainly goes some way to make the ID.3 more appealing but in truth, updates are minor and it's the price cut that really makes it worth a look. Buyers will find a competent electric hatchback that ticks the practicality box while offering a solid and predictable drive, with competitive range - particularly if you can stretch to the 77kWh.

The ID.3 is still lacking some character but it does have a classic Volkswagen quality feel so naturally it will continue to be a sound buy from one of Ireland's bestselling car brands.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The new Volkswagen ID.3 - sensible beyond measure!
The new Volkswagen ID.3 - sensible beyond measure!

The BMW iX1 on test for Changing Lanes

BMW iX1 Review (2024)

Read Caroline's BMW iX1 review for everything you need to know about buying BMW's compact electric SUV.

BMW has launched a new generation of the brand's popular X1 and there's a full electric version for the very first time – the new BMW iX1.

It rivals premium electric SUVs like the Volvo XC40 Recharge, Audi Q4 e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQA.

It's now available on the Irish market in two 'flavours' - the eDrive20 from about €52,000 on the road with range up to 473km (WLTP) or the more powerful dual motor xDrive30 priced from about €66,000 with a range up to 436km (WLTP).

Let's take a closer look.

The BMW iX1 on test for Changing Lanes
The BMW iX1 on test for Changing Lanes

What's so special about the BMW iX1?

BMW is rapidly expanding its range of full electric models like the iX, i4, i7 and newly launched i5. But the market still loves SUVs, particularly compact ones. The iX1 gives BMW lovers a relatively affordable way to get into one of the brand's electric SUVs.

The styling is brilliant too. The iX1 gets a big tick for desirability. There's also very little to distinguish the fuel powered X1 from the battery powered iX1.

So that means a pleasantly boxy stance, with typical BMW design cues like the large square kidney grille. Flush door handles and air curtains improve aerodynamic efficiency.

There are a few different trim lines - Sport, xLine and M Sport - which tweak the look somewhat. But overall this is a very handsome electric SUV, with a bit of coolness and dynamism to it - particularly in the M Sport trim.

The standard wheel size is 17-inch (or 18-inch on M Sport), with the option to upgrade to 19s or 20s.

Being a BMW, it should be good to drive too.

The iX1 is a compact electric SUV from BMW
The iX1 is a good-looking compact electric SUV from BMW

Driving the iX1

The iX1 eDrive20 uses a single electric motor to drive the front wheels, with a respectable 204hp and a range of up to 473km (WLTP).

For more performance, you will want to step up to the xDrive30. It adds a motor to the rear axle for a combined power output of 313hp. 0-100 km/h is a rapid 5.6 seconds, though the official range drops to 436 km (WLTP).

Yet the iX1 is an absolute joy to drive, feeling nippy and agile in all driving situations. It is also incredibly smooth, part of its premium edge. There is a Boost paddle behind the steering wheel that gives the driver 10 seconds of maximum power and torque. It's a little bit of a gimmick but fun nonetheless.

Comfort and refinement levels are good, though not quite as luxurious as the BMW i4. There is road noise at high speeds and the M Sport model on 20-inch wheels I tested was firm over any joints or imperfections in the tarmac.

Though not quite as fun to drive, a Volvo XC40 Recharge seems better resolved overall in this manner.

The interior of the new BMW iX1 xDrive30
The interior of the new BMW iX1 xDrive30

Still it's reasonably efficient for what it is, with consumption averaging at about 18.1 kWh per 100 kilometres during my time with the car. That works out at about 357 kilometres of driving on a full charge from the 64.7kWh battery (usable capacity).

AC charging is up to 11kW, while DC fast charging is possible up to 130kW for an 80% battery charge in about 30 minutes.

Inside the BMW iX1

The iX1 has a longer wheelbase than the model it replaces so it feels a bit roomer inside. It's still quite a compact vehicle but headroom and legroom is generous enough - though two will be most comfortable in the back seat. There's a 490-litre boot, which is impressive for a compact electric SUV.

The dashboard design and cabin layout is quite different to the model it replaces. The focus is on new digital tech with the BMW Curved Display making a glamourous debut.

The cabin of the previous X1 was looking quite dated by the end of its lifecycle but it had a terrific build and posh feel to it. This one is more contemporary but it's lost a bit of the upmarket feel of the previous generation - though the Oyster Vernasca leather upholstery was a nice option.

Rear seating in the iX1
Rear seating in the iX1

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard. The control display is quite minimalist with a move towards less buttons. There's no iDrive controller on the floating centre console but the voice control works better than ever. Even the ventilation controls are accessed from the screen - but there is a handy shortcut to the climate menu always present.

Wireless smartphone charging also features though I found it hard to sustain a charge as my phone kept moving around in the holder.

Did you like it?

The BMW iX1 is an expensive but very trendy compact electric SUV. It looks great and is genuinely fun to drive. It's also surprisingly efficient so all the little aero design tweaks have certainly worked wonders to give owners a decent amount of range between battery charges.

It's practical for its size and has come on in strides when it comes to design. The cabin has gone very tech-focused but lost a little of its posh charm along the way. Yet it's still a very desirable package overall and easily one of the best of its class.

Model tested: BMW iX1 xDrive30 M Sport
Price: 
€67,780
Battery:
64.7 kWh
Range: 436 kilometres (WLTP)
Power: 313 hp
Torque: 494 Nm
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 5.6 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€120 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The new BMW iX1 is expected in Ireland in early 2023
The BMW iX1 is a sporty and practical electric SUV

The Audi Q8 e-tron on test for Changing Lanes

Audi Q8 E-tron Review

Read Caroline's Audi Q8 e-tron review for everything you need to know about buying Audi's flagship luxury electric SUV in Ireland.

The Audi Q8 e-tron has a little bit of history in the Irish market. Back in 2019, Audi brought the first e-tron SUV to Ireland. It was big news at the time because it was the brand's first ever electric model.

Since then the e-tron family has expanded to include the Audi Q4 e-tron and the e-tron GT.

Now Audi's flagship electric luxury SUV gets a little more naming distinction, having been renamed in 2023 as the Audi Q8 e-tron SUV.

It's a bit more than your average facelift though, with the battery packs now getting increased capacity and more range, higher charging speeds and even some updates to the suspension, steering and other technical parts.

A timely update as the Q8 e-tron faces stiff competition from newcomers like the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV and the BMW iX. Positioned in the premium side of the market, the new Q8-etron goes on sale from an on the road price of €88,400.

Let's take a closer look!

The Audi Q8 e-tron on test for Changing Lanes
The Audi Q8 e-tron on test for Changing Lanes

Styling

The Audi Q8 e-tron has an impressive presence. It still carries much of the chiselled look of a traditional fuel-powered SUV and is very pleasing to the eye, particularly finished in a classic Audi paint finish like Daytona Grey. At the front, the Audi 'Singleframe' grille is now bigger than before and framed by slimmer, matrix LED headlights with dynamic indicators. The Q8 e-tron also gets the brand's new logo with a flatter and more two-dimensional design.

There are three trim lines for Ireland: Advance, Sport and S Line. Alloy wheel sizes vary from 19- to 21-inch, which give the Q8 e-tron a sporty, performance stance. Audi Q8 e-tron is now written on the B pillar to add even more prestige. S Line models get sportier bumpers and other trim elements for a more dynamic look. At the back there is a full width light bar and a new Q8 badge. The Q8 e-tron definitely has kerb appeal and is probably the best-looking among rivals. Audi's more discreet approach to designing electric vehicles is certainly a success and should go down well among the customer base. The Q8 e-tron is also available as a Sportback with a sleeker coupé-like roofline towards the rear of the vehicle.

Interior

Not much has changed inside with just a few new cabin materials like open-pore wood. To be honest, it still looks great with plenty of cool digital tech on board. The cabin fit and finish is excellent with leather upholstery as standard. There is even an Audi Sport package that adds some lovely red stitching to the seats and steering wheel, and red trimmed seatbelts. The Audi virtual cockpit displays information to the driver perfectly. There is also the same 10-inch touchscreen as in the previous e-tron SUV with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, voice control and route planner for navigation and charging stops. A separate touch panel underneath controls ventilation. It looks great but is positioned quite far down making it a bit awkward to use while driving. However haptic feedback at least makes it satisfying enough to use.

Other equipment features include heated front seats with lumbar support and wireless smartphone charging.

The cabin of the Audi Q8 e-tron
The cabin of the Audi Q8 e-tron

Practicality

The Q8 e-tron SUV is a spacious and roomy family SUV. It's noticeably bigger inside than the more compact Audi Q4 e-tron. There's plenty of legroom and headroom in the second row, with a few USB-C ports for passengers, an armrest and air vents (there is the option to spec separate climate control for rear passengers). It offers one of the biggest boots in the class at 569 litres with handy underfloor storage and switches to let down the rear seats. There's also an additional 62 litres under the bonnet, which is handy for storing charging cables.

Battery

There are two battery options: the Q8 e-tron 50 with a 95kWh battery and up to 484 kilometres of range (WLTP) and the Q8 e-tron 55 with a 114kWh battery and up to 573 kilometres of range (WLTP), depending on model.

On test was the Q8 e-tron 50 S-Line with a range of up to 452 kilometres (WLTP). In real world driving my consumption over a week averaged at 28.4 kWh per 100 kilometres, with the range working out at closer to 310 kilometres on a full battery charge.

The Q8 e-tron has more range than before on a single charge
The Q8 e-tron has more range than before on a single charge

Driving

There is plenty of power on offer with even the Q8 e-tron 50 putting out 340hp and 540Nm of torque, with a 0-100km/h time of just 6 seconds. The e-tron 55 ups power to 408hp while the high performance SQ8 e-tron model has 503hp and can do the 0-100 sprint in just 4.5 seconds. Not bad for an SUV that weighs close to 2.5 tonnes!

On the road the Q8 e-tron offers high levels of comfort and refinement on standard fit air suspension with controlled damping. The electric all wheel drive system delivers plenty of grip and the ride height can be adjusted, with a maximum towing capacity of 1800kg. There are also several different driving modes via Audi Drive Select and regenerative braking that can be adjusted from paddles behind the steering wheel. It handles the road well, feeling smooth and controlled. Audi has made some tweaks to the steering to make it more direct and also adjusted the ESC to allow more leeway in cornering. It's not one that encourages you to drive quickly but it's still very capable. Improved aerodynamics, more efficient rear axle motors and changes to the battery cell chemistry and battery management system have increased the range of both the e-tron 50 and 55. It's certainly an improvement but efficiency is not the Q8 e-tron's strong point with quite high consumption seen during my winter test.

Charging

DC fast charging is up to 150kW for the e-tron 50 and up to 170kW for the e-tron 55, charging from 10-80% in around 28 mins for the 50 and 31 minutes for the 55. Audi says the charging curve now runs at a high level for a very long time, allowing for more rapid charging. 11kW AC charging comes as standard with the option to upgrade to 22kW.

The Q8 e-tron is a very spacious SUV
The Q8 e-tron is a very spacious SUV

Pricing

The Q8 e-tron 50 with a 95kWh battery is available from about €88,400 on the road and from about €98,900 for the Q8 e-tron 55 with a 114kWh battery. The Q8 e-tron 50 S-Line on test has an on the road price of €97,895. The high performance SQ8 is available from €123,000.

Verdict

The Audi Q8 e-tron gets a bit more than your average nip and tuck. Improvements to the batteries mean that buyers can now enjoy a bit more range between battery charges. The Q8 e-tron still feels competitive beside newcomers like the EQE SUV and is overall a really good all-rounder. It is hugely spacious inside, with an excellent cabin and typical Audi build quality. Efficiency is still not its strong point but large SUVs like this were never the most efficient vehicles on the road so nothing has really changed there in the switch to electric. Still if you're looking for a comfortable and prestigious electric SUV, this Audi Q8 e-tron is an even better buy than before.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The Audi Q8 e-tron can still be high on the shopping lists of luxury buyers
The Audi Q8 e-tron can still be high on the shopping lists of luxury buyers

The super smart DS 7

DS 7 Review (2024)

Read Caroline’s DS 7 review for everything you need to know about buying the latest version of the DS luxury SUV in Ireland.

DS is owned by the same company that owns many well-known brands like Peugeot, Alfa Romeo, Opel and Citroen. The DS 7 is the French luxury car brand's flagship SUV that launched in the Irish market in 2019.

In 2023 a facelifted DS 7 arrived in Ireland with updated styling and a tweaked interior too.

DS is still a relatively small player on the market but sales in Ireland have been growing since the arrival of the new DS 4 hatchback in late 2022.

The DS 7 is a curious car indeed. It feels more upmarket than bestsellers like the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai yet faces stiff competition from established premium SUVs like the BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and Audi Q3.

So what might sway buyers towards the stately DS 7? Let's take a closer look.

The super smart DS 7
The super smart DS 7

Styling

The DS 7 is a handsome five-seat SUV. It has considerable presence and up close it's nothing short of premium in its design. It's a car that has benefited greatly from a recent facelift that brings it more in line with the styling of the rest of the DS range. At the front, the grille is now wider and framed by slim pixel LED headlights and new DS 'light veil' daytime running lights, as seen on the DS 3 and DS 4. There are now three trim lines - Performance Line, Rivoli and Opera - which alter the look somewhat from sporty to more elegant. Alloy wheel sizes vary from 19- to 21-inch. At the back DS Automobiles is now spelt out across a strip connecting jewel-like LED lights.

Interior

The cabin feels very plush and upmarket with a range of high-end furnishings available. Performance Line models go with a sporty Alcantara interior, while the mid-range Rivoli luxes it out with a full black leather interior. Even the dashboard panels and doors feature luxurious leather quilting, which adds to the opulent feel. The heated leather seats are comfortable and supportive with a massage function in Rivoli models including a lovely 'Cat Paw' setting! Other unusual features include a BRM clock that slips elegantly from the dash on start up. There's an impressive new full digital driver display and updated 12-inch touchscreen and infotainment with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The cabin of the DS 7
The cabin of the DS 7

Being a DS there is a little bit of quirkiness to the placement of some of the controls. For example, you'll find the buttons to open the electric windows in the centre console. But you get used to this arrangement after a while. The ventilation controls are in the touchscreen, which can be a bit fiddly to operate while driving but there is a row of shortcut buttons underneath to pull up menus quickly.

Practicality

The DS 7 is bigger overall than its closest rivals like an X1 or XC40. There's a big boot of 555 litres, which is ideal for family life. A powered tailgate comes as standard on Rivoli and Opera models. There's no clever compartment to store the charging cables for the plug-in hybrid model but there are switches to let down the rear seats from the boot. The DS 7 feels equally generous on space in the back seat, with lots of head, leg and shoulder room.

Engines

The DS 7 has quite a narrow engine line-up in Ireland. Buyers can choose from a 1.5-litre diesel with 130hp or a more powerful plug-in hybrid with 225hp in front wheel drive models and even more powerful four wheel drive variants (300hp and 360hp). All come with an 8-speed automatic. The diesel offers excellent economy, particularly for high mileage motorway users. The plug-in hybrid has a battery that can allow some exclusive EV driving for a range up to about 69 kilometres. This is ideal for those who can charge at home or work and make use of this limited electric range when driving around town.

The DS 7 Rivoli on test for Changing Lanes
The DS 7 Rivoli on test for Changing Lanes

Charging

It will take about seven hours to charge the DS 7 plug-in hybrid from a three-pin plug and just under two hours from a 7kW wallbox.

Driving

The DS 7 is built on the same platform and underpinnings as some other well-known SUVs like the Peugeot 3008 and the Citroen C5 Aircross. Yet DS engineers did tweak it to live up to the more upmarket positioning of the DS brand. There is a more sophisticated rear suspension for example and more sound insulation. Certainly the most impressive aspect of the DS 7 on the road is just how comfortable it is. Plug-in hybrid versions (badged 'E-Tense') come with the DS Scan Suspension, which uses a camera to scan the road ahead and adjusts the firmness or softness of the suspension damping depending on what it sees. It works brilliantly and makes this car an absolute pleasure to drive and travel in. The handling is very secure and confident, while the light steering in town makes it a breeze to drive and manoeuvre in traffic or parking. There is some road noise but generally the cabin is pretty well hushed. There are also a few driving modes to alter the driving experience but the DS 7 really excels in the Comfort mode. The plug-in hybrid offers plenty of power to match the premium positioning of the car but it can get thirsty when the battery is empty. Like most plug-in hybrids, it's best to keep the battery charged as much as possible otherwise the diesel will work out a better option overall.

Boost space in the DS 7
Boot space in the DS 7

Pricing

Pricing for the new DS 7 range starts from €50,390 for the diesel and from €57,800 for the plug-in hybrid. The DS 7 E-Tense plug-in hybrid in Rivoli trim retails from €61,800.

Verdict

The DS 7 is a stylish alternative to some of the usual suspects among premium SUVs. It also happens to offer generous space inside and unique French luxury style and furnishings. It does get expensive as you go up the trim levels but there's some relative value to be had in the range too. The diesel remains a popular choice among DS 7 buyers, though the plug-in hybrid has its merits too including more power and a quieter driving experience overall. But it does need to be charged to get the best from it so that's a commitment that won't appeal to every buyer. Still, it's really the comfort the DS 7 offers that makes it a excellent companion for Irish roads. The facelift gives it a pleasant, contemporary update that helps it stand out even more.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The DS 7 is on sale in Ireland now
The DS 7 is on sale in Ireland now

The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV on test for Changing Lanes

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV Review

Read Caroline’s Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV review for everything you need to know about buying Mercedes’ new luxury electric SUV in Ireland.

In a few short years, Mercedes-Benz has rapidly expanded its range of electric vehicles to include a number of high-end electric saloons and SUVs.

The flagship of them all of course is the new Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV.

The S-Class has always been the epitome of luxury saloons in the Mercedes range. Now the EQS SUV flys that flag among luxury SUVs.

With the option of seven seats and a range in excess of 600 kilometres, the EQS SUV could be one of the best battery-powered luxury SUVs on sale today.

Let's take a closer look.

The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV on test for Changing Lanes
The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV on test for Changing Lanes

Styling

The EQS SUV is the SUV version of the gorgeous EQS saloon that launched in Ireland in 2022. It comes to market around the same time as the EQE SUV. The two vehicles do look quite similar with their smooth aerodynamic lines, black panel grille with Mercedes star and stunning full width light bar at the rear. Yet the EQS SUV seems to wear it somewhat better with its larger frame, looking a bit grander overall. It's still a far cry from the chiselled look of a Range Rover or BMW X7 but it is a style that grows on you and helps to make the vehicle as aerodynamically efficient as possible - a must for a large electric SUV. Measuring about 5.1 metres in length, it's a vehicle with considerable presence. It's the futuristic face of the Mercedes-EQ brand of electric vehicles with high-tech LED headlights adding a little bling, as does the illuminated running board and door handles that pop out from the bodywork as you approach. You can choose from two exterior styles - the elegant Electric Art and more dynamic AMG Line. Both come with 21-inch alloy wheels.

Interior

The cabin also shares much with the EQS saloon in design, but does feel more airy and spacious. From the minute you open the door, there's no mistaking the opulence on board the EQS SUV. It's a truly stunning cabin with some beautiful trims available and leather upholstery as standard in a range of colours. The ambient lighting illuminates the cabin perfectly. Luxury features include heated seats with power adjustment all round. Behind the gorgeous Nappa leather-wrapped steering wheel, there is an impressive full digital driver display as seen in all the latest Mercedes cars and SUVs. There's also an excellent portrait-style touchscreen that brings it all together with an intuitive design, voice control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and over-the-air updates. The EQS SUV is an expensive vehicle but the cabin is where it really impresses. There is the option to spec the ‘Hyperscreen’ that gives your passenger their own screen as well behind a glass panel - but the standard set-up is fine really.

The cabin of the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV
The cabin of the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

Practicality

There's the option to spec two extra seats for three rows of seating. Headroom and legroom in the second row is very generous. The two seats in the very back are more suitable for children but everyone can relax in the luxury surroundings. A panoramic glass roof comes as standard, which really makes it very bright and family friendly.

There's over 600 litres of boot space in five seat versions and over 500 litres in seven seat versions with the two extra seats folded neatly into the floor. Even with all seven seats in place, there's room for a few bags or suitcases. A powered tailgate comes as standard.

Driving

The EQS SUV is built on the same bespoke electric vehicle platform as the EQE and EQS saloons, as well as the EQE SUV. Buyers can choose from single or dual motor powered versions (rear wheel drive or ‘4Matic’ four-wheel drive). Power ranges from 360hp up to 544hp, but all versions have in the region of 600 kilometres of range measured by WLTP.

The entry into the range is the single motor, rear wheel drive EQS SUV 450+ with a 108kWh battery offering up to 706 kilometres range (WLTP). Consumption in real world driving is between 18-22 kWh per 100 kilometres, just like what is quoted by the manufacturer.

The EQS SUV offers a range exceeding 600 kilometres in official tests
The EQS SUV offers a range exceeding 600 kilometres in official tests

With 360hp, the EQS SUV 450+ still has plenty of power to feel swift and responsive from behind the wheel. There's 568Nm of torque. It's an SUV that favours a more relaxed driving style when you can sit back and enjoy all the comfort and refinement. It's a very hushed cabin and offers a super smooth drive. The standard fit air suspension with adaptive damping ensures that this is a top class driving experience. Rear wheel steering as standard also boosts agility in town and out on faster roads.

With the Mercedes’ Dynamic Select system, the driver can tweak the driving experience somewhat via four different mode: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual. There is also regenerative braking, the strength of which can be easily adjusted using the paddles behind the steering wheel.

Charging

When it comes to charging, DC fast charging is possible up to 200kW. AC charging is possible up to 22kW though the standard fit 11kW onboard AC charger can charge the battery to full in 11 hours. From a 7.4kW wallbox at home, that will take just under 17 hours.

Pricing

The range is available from €134,650 for the EQS SUV 450+ with a range in the region of 706 kilometres (WLTP). The dual motor EQS SUV 450 4MATIC is available from €138,790.

Boot space in the EQS SUV with seven seats in place
Boot space in the EQS SUV with seven seats in place

Verdict

The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV marries a luxury driving experience very well with battery power. The range on offer is truly excellent offering plenty of comfort between battery charges. It's an SUV that commands respect and while it's not the most involving to drive, it does offer extremely high levels of comfort and refinement.

The true beauty of the EQS SUV is really the interior, which is the epitome of luxury and comfort. With brilliant tech on board and lots of luxury features, the EQS SUV does an excellent job of giving all those on board the five star feeling - without a whiff of range anxiety.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is a pure luxury way to travel
The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is a pure luxury way to travel

The BYD Seal

10 Best Electric Cars Coming in 2024

Are you thinking of making the switch to electric in 2024 and curious about what new models will arrive this year... and are they worth waiting for? In this article, I'll take a look at some of the best new electric cars to go on sale in 2024.

Car manufacturers are already investing billions in developing new electric cars and SUVs to meet growing consumer demand for zero emission vehicles and respond to pressure from governments and regulators around cutting carbon emissions to tackle climate change.

In Ireland, electric car sales are still on the up with the year 2023 seeing over 22,000 new ones added to the Irish fleet.

There's lot of new models expected in Ireland in 2024 with trends for electric SUVs and crossovers to continue, as well as more budget models that's good news for consumers seeking more affordable EVs.

New brands are also set to join the market in 2024, so the choice of new models has really never been better.

Best New Electric Cars coming to Ireland in 2024

I've chosen some of the best new electric cars and electric SUVs that are going on sale around about now or in the next few months.

Worth waiting for? I think so!

Enjoy this list of some of the best upcoming electric cars for 2024.

1. Peugeot e-3008 

The Peugeot 3008 has been a huge success for Peugeot since it first launched back in 2017. The mid-size family SUV will return in 2024 with an all-new electric e-3008 for the very first time. It comes at a time when Peugeot is rapidly expanding its EV line-up with models like a refreshed e-2008, e-208 and upcoming e-308 and e-408. But judging by the success of the 3008 SUV to date, this one will be extra special. It's expected in Ireland this summer in time for 242 registrations with pricing to be announced closer to launch. There will be the choice of three all-electric powertrains with range varying from 525 km to an incredible 700 km (WLTP).

The Peugeot e-3008
The Peugeot e-3008

2. Volvo EX30

Arriving in dealers around now, the Volvo EX30 is one of the most anticipated new models to launch in 2024. Slotting into the range just below the popular Volvo XC40 Recharge, the EX30 has an even more attractive entry price that will put it on the radar of many people looking for a more affordable EV with the cool design and comfort of the Volvo brand. There will be three versions including single and dual motor options with a maximum range of up to 476 km (WLTP). Pricing starts from €38,596.

The Volvo EX30
The Volvo EX30

3. BYD Seal

BYD has had an incredibly good start in Ireland with the success of the Atto 3. It's hard to believe the brand only arrived here in the spring of 2023. The Dolphin hatchback has just gone on sale and is sure to grab attention with its keen pricing. But it's the lovely BYD Seal that is surely the most eye-catching model yet to arrive from the Chinese car brand. The Tesla Model 3 rivalling saloon will be available as rear wheel drive and all wheel drive variants, with range up to 570 km (WLTP).

The BYD Seal
The BYD Seal

4. Cupra Tavascan

Cupra is one of the most exciting brands to watch in the last few years, with a stream of excellent cars and crossovers entering the Irish market like the Formentor and the Born. But it's the upcoming electric Tavascan that's surely to bolster this brand's meteoric growth in Ireland. The striking SUV-coupé will arrive later in 2024 with a typically sporty Cupra cabin featuring bucket seats and 'Y-bone' console. There will be a number of variants available and range between 517-547 km (WLTP).

The Cupra Tavascan
The Cupra Tavascan

5. Renault 5

Renault was one of the early pioneers in electric vehicles with the Zoe city car but the arrival of the new Renault 5 later in 2024 will certainly mark a new exciting era for Renault's smallest electric car. Following on from the excellent Megane E-Tech, this year will also see the arrival of an all-new electric Scenic. But the 5 will hold a special place in the hearts of many with a design harking back to the original. There will be two battery options available and up to 400 km (WLTP) driving range. The best part? It's expected to be keenly priced.

The Renault 5
The Renault 5 concept

6. Citroen e-C3

Citroen is among the first of the European car brands to bring a more budget electric car to market. The French car brand has a history in making very affordable small cars like the 2CV, Saxo and C3, and now looks to have cracked the case on how to create an affordable electric small car. Citroen's new electric e-C3 is expected in Ireland in the autumn and will offer up to 320 km range (WLTP) at an attractive price - though that's yet to be confirmed. The e-C3 will make an ideal runabout with its dinky dimensions, fun interior and quirky crossover-inspired styling.

The Citroen e-C3
The Citroen e-C3

7. Audi A6 e-tron

The Audi A6 is one of the most sought after luxury saloons on sale and in 2024 it will go fully electric for the very first time in the shape of the Audi A6 e-tron. Joining Audi's e-tron family of electric vehicles, it will be a prime contender to take on rivals like the Mercedes-Benz EQE and the newly launched BMW i5. With stunning styling and a range said to be in the region of 700 km, it's going to be highly desirable among premium electric car buyers.

The Audi A6 e-tron concept
The Audi A6 e-tron concept

8. Ford Explorer

Ford has been slow to bring a range of battery electric vehicles to market but the new Ford Explorer could help the brand catch up when it arrives in the summer of 2024. Sporting a more conventional chunky SUV style than the Ford Mustang Mach-E, it's sure to be a hit with families looking to embrace zero emissions motoring. It shares some technical parts with the Volkswagen ID.4 and that's already Ireland's bestselling electric car. It will be available with rear or all wheel drive and battery range could be up to about 500 km. It's expected to come to Ireland at under €50,000.

The Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer

9. Smart #1 

Smart is famous for the Smart ForTwo, a tiny two-seat city car that became very popular in the congested cities of Europe in the late 1990s. These days the company is operated jointly by Mercedes-Benz and Geely Holdings, the company who owns Volvo, Polestar and many other EV brands. The good news is Smart is making a comeback to Ireland in 2024 with the arrival of the Smart #1 and the #3. The first to arrive will be the #1, an upmarket compact electric SUV with a range up to 440 km (WLTP).

The Smart #1
The Smart #1

10. MG Cyberster

MG was originally a brand famous for building sports cars, but these days it's more about practical, affordable electric cars like the MG 4 and the MG ZS. That looks all set to change in 2024 with the arrival of the new MG Cyberster, an electric roadster to reconnect the brand with its sporting heritage. It's stunning to look at with a long bonnet, low nose and lots of sleek surfacing. The rear wheel drive Cyberster will be able to do the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.6 seconds and still bring drivers up to around 500 kilometres of range on a single battery charge.

The MG Cyberster
The MG Cyberster

Check out this article on the bestselling electric vehicles in Ireland to find out which models are already winning over Irish new car buyers.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The Volkswagen ID.4

Top 5 Bestselling Electric Cars in Ireland

Are you thinking of buying a new electric car and curious about what everyone else is buying?

In this article, I've put together a list of the top five bestselling electric vehicles in Ireland using data for 2023 from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI).

Electric car market in Ireland

In 2023, sales of full battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in Ireland continued to rise with electric vehicles accounting for 18.7% of the new car market by the end of 2023. Over 22,000 new electric cars were registered, up 45% on EV sales in 2022.

The choice of electric vehicles on sale here has rapidly expanded in the last three years. Car brands have committed billions of euros in developing electric vehicles and high capacity batteries and there have been lots of new models launched, with more on the way in 2024.

There's everything from electric city cars and small hatchbacks to larger SUVs and crossovers, as well as luxury models from the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Volvo.

New brands selling exclusively electric vehicles are also joining the market like BYD, MG, GWM ORA and Smart, with more set to arrive in Ireland this year.

Bestselling electric vehicles

2023 was a good year for EVs in Ireland but which brands and models rose to the top? Check out my list of the most popular EVs on sale with prices quoted including grants for private buyers.

The Volkswagen ID.4
The Volkswagen ID.4

1. VOLKSWAGEN ID.4

Priced from €39,943

The Volkswagen ID.4 first went on sale in Ireland back in 2021 and quickly became a bestseller. The electric SUV has become a hit for the space it offers families, as well as good comfort and refinement on longer motorway runs, making it a popular vehicle for business users too. It's available with two battery options, 52kWh and 77kWh with range from 353-525 km (WLTP) depending on model. This year Volkswagen has slashed prices, making it an even more attractive option.

The Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y

2. TESLA MODEL Y

Priced from €46,990

The Tesla Model Y was the bestselling electric car in 2023 in Europe... and the the world! In Ireland it comes in second place behind the ID.4. The Model Y has been a huge hit since its launch here in 2022. Last year Tesla cut prices, which made it a very competitive option in the Irish new car market. It will go the distance too with range from 455-533 km (WLTP) depending on model. Inside it has a typical minimalist Tesla cabin and it's hugely spacious giving it broad appeal among Irish buyers.

The Skoda Enyaq
The Skoda Enyaq

3. SKODA ENYAQ

Priced from €48,479

The Skoda Enyaq has been in high demand since it first arrived in Ireland in 2021. Technically similar to the ID.4, it boasts a spacious interior that's nicely finished making it a practical choice for many. It's available with either a 58kWh or 77kWh battery and the range varies from 400-565 km (WLTP) depending on model. It's also available as a stylish Enyaq Coupé.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5
The Hyundai Ioniq 5

4. HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 

Priced from €44,495

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a former World Car of the Year and has been a big seller in Ireland since it launched back in 2021. With its striking looks and lounge-like interior, it's a stylish and capable electric crossover. It's available with a choice of 58kWh or 77kWh battery with range varying from 384-507 km (WLTP).

The MG4
The MG4

5. MG 4

Priced from €28,995

The MG 4 was one of the most anticipated new cars to arrive in Ireland in 2023, quickly establishing itself among the bestsellers. The five door electric hatchback offers great value for money, making EV motoring more accessible to everyone. It's packed with high-tech features and offers a range between 350-450 km (WLTP) depending on which model you go for.

As always, please check the manufacturer's website for the most up to date pricing and specs.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The new Toyota BZ4X on test for Changing Lanes

Toyota BZ4X Review

Read Caroline’s Toyota bZ4X review for everything you need to know about buying Toyota’s electric crossover in Ireland.

Over the coming years Toyota looks set to launch a number of full battery electric vehicles under its new bZ 'beyond zero' sub-brand of zero emission vehicles.

The first of those to reach Ireland is the Toyota bZ4X, a mid-size crossover of similar size to the long-standing RAV4. It goes on sale from €50,075, which on price positions it between the RAV4 hybrid and the RAV4 plug-in hybrid.

Toyota of course has a lot of history in battery technology and electrification, being a pioneer of hybrid technology since the 1990s.

These days the brand sells a huge amount of hybrid cars in Ireland like the Corolla, Yaris Cross and C-HR.

So how well does it make full battery electric vehicles?

I spent some time with the new bZ4X to find out!

The new Toyota BZ4X on test for Changing Lanes
The new Toyota bZ4X on test for Changing Lanes

Styling

The bZ4X was built from a partnership with Subaru and features some very edgy and futuristic styling. If you ever wondered what an electric RAV4 might look like, this is surely it. It's a bit lower than the RAV4 with a sleeker, more crossover style. It gets the brand's new 'hammerhead' design theme, just like the newly launched Toyota Prius and C-HR. Slim LED headlights at the front accentuate its contemporary style. There is extensive use of plastic cladding around the wheel arches, which does make it very distinct. It's not the prettiest vehicle in the world but certainly something different - from Ireland's bestselling car brand in 2023 - to rivals like the Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Volkswagen ID.4. 18-inch alloy wheels come as standard, which enhance the chunky style of the bZ4X. The rear styling is quite adventurous for Toyota with a split rear spoiler and full width light bar. There is no rear windscreen wiper - said to improve aerodynamics - but leaves and other grime do have a tendency to stick.

Interior

The interior design of the bZ4X is quite a departure for the Toyota brand yet feels grown-up and a tad more futuristic than models like the Toyota RAV4 and Camry. There is a high centre console to separate you from your passenger with a neat storage compartment for a mobile phone that doubles as a wireless charger and a gorgeously tactile dial to select your drive mode. The large touchscreen is another highlight. The clear menus and combination of buttons underneath make it easy to interact with. There's also seamless integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The cabin of the bZ4X
The cabin of the bZ4X

The driving position requires a little bit of patience to get comfortable with a less than typical Toyota arrangement that sees the driver looking over the steering wheel at the digital instrument binnacle. Still, there's a solid feel to the cabin that feels very familiar Toyota and some interesting woven fabric trim. The half cloth/synthetic leather seats also add plushness. Worth noting there's no glovebox but there is quite a large storage space under the centre console. Sport models are the sweet spot of the range with the largest touchscreen, heated steering wheel, heated front seats and power adjustment for the driver.

Practicality

The bZ4X offers a 452 litre boot, which is not the biggest among rivals but is actually very well-designed. The opening is wide and there's a low, flat sill for easy loading. There's also a small underfloor storage compartment for the charging cables. Sport models come with a powered tailgate. The bZ4X has a longer wheelbase than a RAV4 so the back seat feels roomy too with large footwells. But the floor is quite high to accommodate the battery underneath so it lacks some thigh support for more comfort for adult passengers.

Battery

The bZ4X uses a 71kWh battery (64kWh usable), with an official range of 505 kilometres (WLTP) for front wheel drive models and 461 kilometres for the all wheel drive. The official consumption figure is about 14.7kWh though in real world driving this was closer to 17.6kWh, which gave me a real world range closer to 364 kilometres. When serviced with a Toyota dealer, the brand is offering up to 10yrs or 1 million kilometres EV Battery Extended Care in addition to the standard 8 years/160,000 km EV Battery Warranty.

The Toyota bZ4X is a mid-size electric crossover
The Toyota bZ4X is a mid-size electric crossover

Driving

On test for Changing Lanes was the single motor, front wheel drive bZ4X Sport model with 204hp and 265Nm of torque for a 0-100 time of 7.5 seconds. Built on a bespoke electric vehicle platform shared with the Subaru Solterra, it feels delightfully swift and agile on the road with a low centre of gravity and quick, precise steering making it one of the best of its kind for handling over a variety of roads. The comfort the suspension offers is also one of the highlights, with the bZ4X avoiding the stiffness of some electric crossovers and SUVs. Less appealing is the persistent road noise that finds its way into the cabin, though there's little wind or electric motor noise. There's a standard and Eco driving mode that dulls the responsiveness of the vehicle to encourage more range-friendly driving. There's also a button to increase regenerative braking but there's no one-pedal driving function like in some other EVs that allows the car to be controlled from just the accelerator pedal.

Subaru lent their all wheel drive expertise to the project. While the brand offers its Solterra sister car as all wheel drive only, Toyota offers its bZ4X with the choice of front wheel drive or all wheel drive. Unless you need more traction for frequent inclement weather and tricky roads and terrain, the front wheel drive model offers the best range and efficiency. However in real world driving Toyota's range figure seems overly optimistic, with this test driver achieving closer to 364 kilometres in winter weather.

Charging

There's a standard fit 11kW onboard AC charger and DC fast charging is possible up to 150kW for an 80% charge in about 45 minutes.

Boot space in the bZ4X
Boot space in the bZ4X

Pricing

The 2024 Toyota bZ4X Sport is available from €50,075.

Verdict

Toyota has seemingly been slow to bring a full battery electric vehicle to market, and the bZ4X appears somewhat fashionably late to the party. It is competitive however in the overall packaging of the car and the price. It's a sign of good things to come from the Toyota brand in electric vehicles, after reigning supreme in hybrid vehicles for so long.

The bZ4X is not perfectly executed with a few foibles, but in other areas like comfort and handling it really excels giving an overall good impression of the car. The real world range is a little more average but for many it's just enough really. In the end it's the reassuring quality and solidness that makes Toyota one of Ireland's best loved brands that will make the bZ4X a sound companion for those ready to take the next step from hybrid to full battery electric.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The Toyota bZ4X is available in Ireland now
The Toyota bZ4X is available in Ireland now