The new Mercedes-Benz EQB!

Mercedes-Benz EQB Arrives In Ireland!

The new Mercedes-Benz EQB!
The new Mercedes-Benz EQB!

Mercedes-Benz continues to extend its presence in the market for electric vehicles with the arrival of the new Mercedes-Benz EQB compact SUV. It's available now in Ireland with a 7-seat option.

The EQB is the latest electric SUV to be launched by the German brand in Ireland. It joins the EQC and EQA, recently reviewed for Changing Lanes.

Mercedes-Benz EQB price in Ireland

The Mercedes-Benz EQB uses a 66.5 kWh battery with a range of 419 km (WLTP). There are three models confirmed for Ireland - EQB 250, EQB 300 and EQB 350.

The EQB 250 is front wheel drive with 190 hp and is expected to be the most sought-after model here. Pricing begins from €64,030 for this model.

The other two models in the range are four wheel drive. The EQB 300 has 225 hp and is priced from €68,505. The EQB 350 has 288 hp and is priced from €71,520.

The new Mercedes electric SUV is available in Progressive, AMG Line and Electric Art trim levels, as well as a special Edition 1.

7-seat electric SUV

The EQB shares its dimensions with the GLB and borrows heavily in design. It's now one of the few 7-seat electric SUV options on the Irish market and has been designed to deliver electric motoring in a family-size package,

There are adjustable second-row seats and an optional third-row seat arrangement concealed beneath the luggage floor which can be raised to expand capacity to a 7-seat layout as required. Up to four child seats can be fitted in the second and third rows. The boot volume in five seat mode is a generous 465 litres.

The new EQ model joins the Mercedes-Benz family with a distinctive black panel grille with central star, front ‘EQ’ blue headlamp strips and a continuous fibre-optic strip running along front and rear. Light-alloy wheels in bi or tri-colour design are available in sizes up to 20 inches.

The Mercedes-Benz EQB offers a seven seat electric SUV option
The Mercedes-Benz EQB offers a seven seat electric SUV option

Anything else?

The EQB can avail of up to 100 kW DC fast charging, adding up to 80% battery power in 30 minutes. Maximum AC charging capacity is 11 kW.

With a 0.28 Cd value, the EQB’s lower wind resistance delivers greater efficiency and range. Other aerodynamic features include front and rear aprons, a smooth and enclosed underbody, closed cooling air system, and wind-optimised wheels with spoilers.

Inside there is a latest generation Mercedes-Benz interior with a distinctive centre console, instrument panel and widescreen dashboard with MBUX user experience and ‘Hey Mercedes’ command system. It's enhanced with fastest route to destination ‘Navigation and Electric Intelligence’.

2022 will also see the launch of the two more new Mercedes-Benz electric car: the EQS, based on the S-Class, and the EQE based on the E-Class.


The new Peugeot 508 PSE on test for Changing Lanes!

Peugeot 508 PSE Review (2022)

Read Caroline's Peugeot 508 PSE review for everything you need to know about buying Peugeot's new flagship high performance hybrid in Ireland.

Peugeot is striking the Irish new car market with a range of new hybrid and electric models. Key model ranges like the 208, 2008, 3008 and 508 now all contain some sort of 'electrified' model, be it a full battery electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid.

The soon-to-arrive new Peugeot 308 range will also have a hybrid available for the very first time.

It's an exciting time for Peugeot passenger cars. But their high performance division is also undergoing a revival. Peugeot Sport brought us so many epic performance cars like the legendary 205 GTi and recent hits like the 208 GTi and the 308 GTi.

The new Peugeot 508 PSE on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Peugeot 508 PSE on test for Changing Lanes!

But times are changing and Peugeot Sport must reinvent itself for this new era of hybrid and electric power, while bringing exciting performance cars to market that blend efficiency with performance and dynamism to thrill even the most hardened petrolheads.

A big challenge for any brand, and for one with a sporting heritage like Peugeot. So they have created a new brand - Peugeot Sport Engineered (PSE) - and the first model to come to market is the Peugeot 508 PSE.

What's so special about the Peugeot 508 PSE?

Based on the 508, Peugeot's stylish executive car, the 508 PSE is a high performance hybrid that can drive on electric power for a range of up to about 42 km.

Available as a 508 PSE Fastback or SW (estate) with a list price starting from €70,405, this car has a premium billing. It's the most powerful production Peugeot has ever made and probably the most expensive too!

The 508 was a stunning car to begin with. The 508 PSE adds an aggressive, sporty look very befitting of a high performance car. PSE models are available in Perla Nera black, Pearl white or exclusive Selenium grey. The new PSE brand adds lime green accents and 'claw' marks around the car. There is an aggressive bodykit with very distinctive winglets, a black diffuser at the rear, and 20" wheels.

WATCH MY VIDEO REVIEW OF THE NEW 508 PSE

Inside the 508 PSE

There's a premium price tag for the 508 PSE but the interior does not disappoint. Peugeot has been on a move upmarket for years now, and the product reflects that.

Inside the Peugeot 508 PSE manages to feel even more special and sporty than standard versions of the 508. There are beautiful sports seats as standard and lime green stitching. Peugeot's iCockpit still looks great with a 12.3" digital instrument panel for the driver and a central 10" HD touchscreen for the infotainment and other functions. The compact steering feels great in the hands, adding to your sense of control over the vehicle. You sit low and sporty, with plenty of adjustment in the steering wheel and seat.

This is a big car, with the SW model being the more practical of the two. Thankfully the design of the hybrid has not impacted boot space or passenger space in either vehicle.

Two adults will be comfortable in the rear. The boot of the SW has a 467 litre capacity, wide opening area and low loading sill making it ideal for carrying gear!

The interior of the Peugeot 508 PSE
The interior of the Peugeot 508 PSE

Driving the 508 PSE Hybrid

Under the bonnet there is a familiar 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, derived from a few of our favourite Peugeot hot hatchbacks. But there's more: two electric motors - an 80 kW at the front and an 83 kW at the rear. So this halo car for the Peugeot range is all wheel drive with 360 hp and 520 Nm of torque. Power is put to the road through an 8-speed automatic gearbox that never misses a beat. Acceleration is hot hatchback quick: 5.2 seconds. While the top speed is an electronically limited 250 km/h.

The performance stats are certainly stunning but theses days they don't tell the full story. The question is how good does the Peugeot 508 PSE feel on the road?

PSE has taken a Peugeot 508 and given it a high performance makeover to handle 360 hp. They have worked on the chassis, it has a lower and stiffer suspension, wider track, sticky Michelin tyres and very strong performance brakes. All wheel drive helps with the power distribution to the road. There are driving modes and adaptive suspension. Modes include hybrid, electric and sport. The latter gives a more responsive throttle, tighter steering and adjusts the adaptive suspension settings. There's also some augmented engine noise in the cabin when you hit the accelerator, which is realistic and does add to the excitement behind the wheel.

This car has a number of different sides to it and it transitions seamlessly between them. Refinement and comfort is excellent, making this car a great all rounder.

The 508 PSE has 360 hp and 520 Nm of torque
The 508 PSE has 360 hp and 520 Nm of torque

But Sport mode is maximum attack mode, where you access the car's exciting performance character and efficiency goes out the window! The car handles the road sublimely well. There is instant throttle response, pushing you all the way to the back of your seat. But the cornering performance is something to behold. The steering has been vastly improved over a standard 508 so all the sensations reach your fingertips. It feels more fluid, precise and well weighted. This car dips and dives into corners like a car half its size. Despite weighing 1850 kg with all its hybrid 'gear' on board, it behaves like a hot hatchback in corners. A good one.

Fuel consumption does differ from about 5.5 litres per 100 km in a cruise on the motorway, to up to 8.5 litres per 100 km in full attack mode. But with the opportunity to charge the battery and run the car on electric power, the efficiency of this vehicle and its running costs are truly up to you.

Did you like it?

Yes, yes and yes. Peugeot Sport has done a wonderful job with this car. It's the first performance Peugeot in about 5 years. It has a lot to live up to. Frankly I did not quite expect such a visceral experience from a hybrid performance car. Peugeot has done it with the 508 PSE.

It a very expensive Peugeot. But when you look at the quality of the car, the engineering and the performance on the road, it all makes absolute sense.

Peugeot has been on a move upmarket. The 508 PSE is the best of Peugeot at the moment. A very interesting car that is practical and fun to drive. Certainly one to aspire to and a halo car for the entire Peugeot range.

The Peugeot 508 PSE is a master of hybrid performance
The Peugeot 508 PSE is a master of hybrid performance

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Peugeot 508 SW PSE 
Price:
€71,890
Engine: 1.6-litre petrol electric hybrid
Power:
360 hp
Torque: 520 Nm
0-100km/h: 
5.2 seconds
Top speed: 250 km/h
CO2 emissions:
42 g/km
Motor tax: 
€140 per year


Anthony Conlon and Cathal Doyle of the Irish Car of the Year Committee with Tom Dennigan (middle) from awards sponsor Continental Tyres

Continental Tyres Irish Car Of The Year Returns In 2022

Anthony Conlon and Cathal Doyle of the Irish Car of the Year Committee with Tom Dennigan (middle) from awards sponsor Continental Tyres
Anthony Conlon and Cathal Doyle of the Irish Car of the Year Committee with Tom Dennigan (middle) from awards sponsor Continental Tyres

The Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year 2022 awards programme has been launched, with 34 new cars and SUVs eligible for this year's award.

The class of 2022 show the shift that is taking place towards electric with half of the eligible cars available as electric vehicles.

The aim of the Irish Car of the Year awards is to highlight for consumers the best new cars that have launched in Ireland in the past year. Cars are divided into categories with a number of category winners awarded, as well as an overall Irish Car of the Year.

The jury for Irish Car of the Year is made up of over 30 of Ireland’s most experienced motoring journalists, from across online, broadcast and print media, including this writer.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards programme in 2021. The Kia e-Soul was the last car to win the coveted title, announced as Irish Car of the Year 2020 at a gala event held in The Westin, Dublin, in November 2019. The e-Soul was a popular winner, and the first electric vehicle to win in over 40 years of Irish Car of the Year.

Speaking at the launch of this year's awards programme, Joint-Chairman of the Irish Car of the Year Committee, Anthony Conlon, said:

“It is an important service that myself and the other motoring journalists who vote on the awards provide to the Irish car buying public – we help to make sense of the mind-boggling array of cars that are launched here each year, highlighting the best models in each category that are best suited to the needs of Irish drivers. And even though the pandemic has caused some disruption and delay in the production of some models, there has still been an impressive crop of cars for us to judge as part of the 2022 awards programme.”

Cathal Doyle, Joint-Chairman of the Irish Car of the Year Committee, added:

“With half of the contenders for this year’s Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards available as full electric vehicles, the extent to which the worldwide motor industry is reinventing itself is clear. That said, there are still many exciting new petrol and diesel models being launched as well as an ever increasing choice of hybrid options, ensuring there is a vehicle on sale to meet the needs of every Irish customer.”

Tom Dennigan of awards sponsor, German premium tyre brand Continental Tyres, said:

“We are delighted to be back with the awards programme for 2022.  Two years ago in 2020 when we last named an Irish Car of the Year winner, it was the Kia e-Soul, the first time that an electric car has won the title. Two years ago, the e-Soul was very much in the minority among the eligible cars as only a small number were electric.  Now, in spite of the pandemic, just look how the picture has changed with half of the entrants being available as full electric vehicles – there can be no more stark indication of the revolution that is occurring in motoring today.

A field of 34 candidates is eligible for the 2022 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards. The category winners and the overall winner of the coveted title will be announced in February.

The full list of eligible cars for the Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year 2022 awards is as follows:

Compact Car

Dacia Sandero

Honda-e

Hyundai i20

 

Medium Car

Citroen C4

CUPRA Leon

DS 3

MG5

Volkswagen Caddy passenger

 

Small Crossover/SUV

Hyundai Bayon

Mazda MX30

Mercedes-Benz EQA

MG ZS

Opel Mokka

Toyota Yaris Cross

 

Medium Crossover/SUV

Cupra Formentor

Hyundai Tucson

Nissan Qashqai

Renault Arkana

Subaru Outback

 

Large Car

Audi Q4 e-tron

Hyundai IONIQ 5

Kia EV6

Škoda Enyaq

Toyota Highlander

Volkswagen ID.4

 

Luxury Car

Audi e-tron GT

BMW iX

Mercedes-Benz EQV

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

 

Performance Car

BMW M3/M4

Ford Puma ST

Peugeot 508 PSE

Toyota Yaris GR

Volkswagen ID.4 GTX

...

Stay up to date on all the latest Irish Car of the Year news with Changing Lanes!

By Caroline Kidd


The new Mercedes-Benz EQA

Mercedes-Benz EQA Review (2022)

Read Caroline's Mercedes-Benz EQA review for everything you need to know about the German brand's new electric small SUV on sale in Ireland in 2022.

The EQA is the first all-electric model in the Mercedes' compact car range. It's a close relation of the GLA, the popular compact crossover available here for some years now.

Mercedes-Benz has been on a mission to bring a whole range of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to market. We have seen a slew of plug-in hybrid models reach these shores including the GLC 300 de, the E-Class 300 e and the GLC Coupe 350 de.

Then there has been the brand's first full battery electric vehicle, the EQC, followed by the EQV and now this, the EQA!

The new Mercedes-Benz EQA
The new Mercedes-Benz EQA

What's so special about the Mercedes-Benz EQA?

The EQA was conceived as an all-electric small SUV from the brand's EQ family of electric vehicles. Based on the GLA class, the Mercedes-Benz EQA goes on sale in Ireland priced from €56,120.

It's a full battery electric vehicle powered by a 66.5 kWh battery with a claimed range of 426 km (WLTP) and 190 hp at its disposal.

In design, it does bear a resemblance to the GLA but with a more futuristic look around the front end in particular. Plus a striking light signature that's become a standard of Mercedes EQ vehicles.

The EQA may be described as compact. But it does have a considerable presence when you meet it for the first time. The front end stands out for a closed black panel radiator grille with large central Mercedes star. There are also EQ blue headlamp strips and a distinctive fibre-optic strip running along the front and at the rear.

In Ireland the new EQA goes on sale in three trim lines: Progressive, Electric Art and AMG Line. The Progressive line is expected to be the most sought-after model here. All-wheel-drive models will join the range at a later date with more power, including one version with a WLTP range of over 500 km.

The EQA is on sale in Ireland from €56,120
The EQA is on sale in Ireland from €56,120

Inside the EQA

Inside the EQA, convention is at work. We get a classic Mercedes-Benz compact car interior. The brand's new generation compacts lead the way in contemporary luxury. It's no different here. Everything is familiar Mercedes-Benz territory.

There is no compromise to quality. Everything feels good to use. Digital technology is on-point. There's a 10" digital instrument panel for the driver and a 10" touchscreen housing the MBUX infotainment system that responds to 'Hey Mercedes' commands.

It also feels spacious inside the EQA for a compact, with generous footwells in the rear and plenty of headroom. Boot space has taken a hit however to accommodate the EV powertrain. It's down to 340 litres. Though a low loading sill and wide opening boost practicality. There's also space to store charging cables under the boot floor.

Standard specification is good on the Progressive model. Features include high-performance headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, electrically operated tailgate, light 18-inch alloys, 64-colour ambient lighting, adjustable lumbar support, reversing camera and leather sports steering wheel.

The interior of the new EQA
The interior of the new EQA

Driving the Mercedes-Benz EQA

The new EQA is built on the GLA platform. But the combustion engine has been replaced by a 66.5 kWh battery and an electric motor that sends power to the front wheels (190 hp). Performance is fine, in line with the EQA's relaxed and premium feel behind the wheel. It will hardly throw you back in your seat every time you touch the accelerator. But handling is quite neutral as opposed to sporty, so efficiency is key here.

Mercedes has worked to improve the efficiency of the car with aerodynamic features like front and rear aprons, smooth underbody, closed cooling air system, and wind-optimised wheels with spoilers. There is a quoted range of over 400 km with average energy consumption of 17.6 kWh. During my time with the car, my average consumption was 20.8 kWh. The heat pump uses waste heat from the electric motor to warm passengers, increase range and reduce the draw on battery power.

The new electric Mercedes moves off effortlessly in silence. Refinement is a strong point for the EQA, no matter the road or road surface. The electric motor is isolated from the chassis and body to improve comfort and reduce noise and vibration. Numerous damping measures have been designed to prevent the transmission of airborne sound so the EQA can offer a premium driving experience in the compact electric SUV space.

The new EQA is the brand's first electric compact
The new EQA is the brand's first electric compact

Did you like it?

The Mercedes-Benz EQA moves the German brand into the competition for a compact premium electric vehicle. It's now the most affordable electric EQ model in the line-up based on the stylish and popular GLA. The EQA offers a competitive range of over 400 km, though that will depend on your driving style and other factors like the ambient temperature and the speed you are driving at.

The EQA has the advantage of an 11 kW on board charger allowing more flexibility in AC charging. While up to 100 kW DC fast charging is available, so you can get 80% battery charge in around 30 minutes at a motorway charger for example.

Mercedes trump card is the interior of the EQA. All the factors that make their compact car interiors so desirable are here with an 'EQ' branded twist to reflect the electric powertrain. Quality is excellent, equipment levels high.

For Mercedes fans seeking an electrified driving solution, the brand has also recently brought a GLA 250 e plug-in hybrid to market in Ireland. Priced from €48,690, the car's 15.6 kWh battery allows owners to sample driving electric for a range of up to 61 km, with the back up of a 1.3-litre petrol engine.

The EQA is a considerable investment but it fills a gap in Mercedes' portfolio and will be joined soon by the all-electric EQB.

The Mercedes-Benz electric charge continues in 2022 with the launch of the new EQS and EQE!

Mercedes-Benz is on a mission with a new range of EQ vehicles
Mercedes-Benz is on a mission with a new range of EQ vehicles

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 Progressive
Price:
€56,120
Battery: 66.5 kWh
Power:
 190 hp
Torque: 375 Nm
0-100km/h: 
8.9 seconds
Top speed: 160 km/h
Motor tax: 
€120 per year


The new Hyundai IONIQ 5 on test for Changing Lanes!

Hyundai IONIQ 5 Review (2022)

Read Caroline's latest Hyundai IONIQ 5 review for everything you need to know about Hyundai's exciting new electric car in Ireland in 2022.

The Hyundai IONIQ 5, the first model from Hyundai’s new IONIQ electric vehicle-exclusive brand, arrived in Ireland in 2021. The IONIQ 5 goes on sale priced from €37,995, with two batteries available - a 58 kWh with up to 384 km of range and a 72 kWh with up to 481 km of range (WLTP).

With striking good looks, revolutionary Hyundai interior, long range and fast charging, the IONIQ 5 makes a dramatic debut!

The new Hyundai IONIQ 5 on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Hyundai IONIQ 5 on test for Changing Lanes!

Hyundai as a brand has an impressive pedigree in electric vehicles already with the Hyundai Kona Electric being one of Ireland's most popular compact electric vehicles. The small crossover was a game changer when it arrived in Ireland at the end of 2018, with an electric range in excess of 400 km.

Since then the electric vehicle market has got even more competitive, but Hyundai strikes back with the launch of the IONIQ 5. It's a larger car than the Kona Electric. In fact the space inside is more comparable with the Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai's large family SUV. Let's take a closer look.

What's so special about the Hyundai IONIQ 5?

The IONIQ 5 marks a new direction for Hyundai in design. It is built on Hyundai Motor Company’s dedicated battery electric vehicle architecture called Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which allows it to have unique proportions on an elongated wheelbase.

The IONIQ 5 looks like a concept car. It's a fresh new look for the Hyundai brand, with a futuristic presence on the road. The front of the car has Hyundai’s first clam shell bonnet that minimises panel gaps for the best aerodynamics.

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is very striking and interesting to look at
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is very striking and interesting to look at

The front bumper has an eye-catching V-shape incorporating distinctive daytime running lights that provide an unmistakable light signature unique to IONIQ 5. Small pixel-like light clusters also appear at the rear of the vehicle. Auto flush door handles provide clean surface styling and enhanced aerodynamic efficiency. It's a beautiful car that really makes a statement.

Inside, the IONIQ 5 has a lounge-like feel. The dedicated electric vehicle platform has allowed for an innovative use of space inside the vehicle. There's great width to the cabin and loads of space beneath the dashboard and where a centre console traditionally lies.

It's a new interior design concept for Hyundai - futuristic but functional. Yet it's easy to get comfortable in here. The controls are all intuitive to use. The quality is worth a mention too. It's truly excellent. Everything feels good to touch from the dials and switches, to the inside surfaces of the doors.

Digital technology is on point as you would expect from a trendsetter like the IONIQ 5. Two 12.3” LCD screens give an almost widescreen effect - one for the driver information display and one for multimedia. There's also wireless phone charging for compatible devices, a rear view camera and smart navigation-based cruise control.

Inside the new Hyundai IONIQ 5
Inside the new Hyundai IONIQ 5

Is it practical?

Hyundai pitches the IONIQ 5 between the Tucson and Santa Fe in size. In fact space inside is more comparable to the Santa Fe. There's loads of room in the front of the cabin.

Hyundai has reduced the thickness of the front seats by 30 percent, providing more space for those seated in the second row. You can also recline almost flat in those front seats!

Rear leg room is really excellent because of the stretched wheelbase. The rear seats split fold 60:40 and also slide as standard. There's a flat floor too making it more comfortable for a middle passenger.

The boot has over 500 litres of space and a traditional hatchback-style opening. There's also a handy space under the boot floor to store charging cables away cleanly. There is a small amount of extra storage under the bonnet too.

What's available in the IONIQ 5 range in Ireland?

In Ireland there is a choice of three battery and drive types for IONIQ 5: a 58 kWh, single motor, rear wheel drive; a 72 kWh, single motor, rear wheel drive; or a 72 kWh dual motor all-wheel drive model.

The 58 kWh model on test for Changing Lanes is single motor and sends 170 hp to the rear wheels. There's 350 Nm of torque available, with 0 to 100 km/h achieved in 8.5 seconds. The electric range of this model is up to 384 km (WLTP) and it's priced from €37,995, including all relevant grants and reductions.

The 72 kWh, single motor IONIQ 5 starts from €44,995. The same car with all wheel drive is available from €64,995 with the best performance of the entire range - 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds.

There are four trim levels in Ireland: Executive, Executive Plus, Premium and Premium Plus, with high levels of equipment across the range. Standard equipment includes 19” alloy wheels, interior mood lighting, 12.3” LCD audio, visual and navigation system with DAB, Apple Car Play™ and Android Auto™, LCD drivers instrument cluster, and wireless phone charging for compatible devices. There's also a rear view camera, LED Multi-Faceted Reflector headlamps, LED stop, tail and turn lamps, rear parking sensors. Highway Drive Assist, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Following Assist.

Charging the Hyundai IONIQ 5
Charging the Hyundai IONIQ 5

Driving and charging the Hyundai IONIQ 5

On the road, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 58 kWh is swift and supple. There's a natural feeling to this car on the road that is very pleasant; it doesn't feel too heavy. It's not designed to be sporty but it is still agile and well-balanced through corners.

The transmission is very refined. The IONIQ 5 is quiet and comfortable on the move with little transmission noise entering the cabin. It's capable of driving long distances on one charge, while being comfortable too for an electric car with a balanced ride quality.

IONIQ 5 features 800V charging as standard, which makes it one of the best EVs on the market right now for charging. Of course this depends on the infrastructure available to you but the IONIQ 5 has a lot of things in its favour. If you can find an IONITY station, you can charge at the IONIQ 5's maximum charging rate of 220 kW, and get 80% battery charge in just 20 minutes.

There is also a powerful 11 kW on-board charger with more flexibility for AC charging. It allows the IONIQ 5 to charge almost twice as fast as a lot of other EVs on the market using those 22 kW public chargers in Irish cities and towns.

WATCH MY VIDEO OF THE NEW IONIQ5 !

Did you like it?

Hyundai has already proven itself as a front runner in the race to electric with the launch of the Kona Electric back in 2018 and its stellar electric range for a sub-premium compact.

But IONIQ 5 brings the game on again for the Korean car brand. The IONIQ 5 feels fresh, new and a generation ahead with its innovative design and 800V fast charging capabilities.

The 11kW on board charger brings even more flexibility in AC charging and is a great feature to have as standard.

It's no doubt an unusual car, more a hatchback than an SUV. Though the raised ride height will make it popular among drivers seeking a more crossover-style vehicle.

The IONIQ 5 deserves to draw attention to itself with its futuristic design, considering what Hyundai has packed into this car. All things considered, the IONIQ 5 58 kWh is well-priced, loaded with equipment and technology, and a sound buy. The 72 kWh version will bring even more comfort when it comes to range, with over 400 km available on a full battery charge.

The new Hyundai IONIQ 5 is just one more reason why electric is closer than you think.

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 on sale now from €37,995
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 on sale now from €37,995

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Hyundai IONIQ 5 58 kWh Premium
Price:
€44,995
Battery: 58 kWh
Power: 
170 hp
Torque: 350 Nm
0-100km/h:
8.5 seconds
Top speed: 185 km/h
Motor tax: 
€120 per year


The new Hyundai Tucson was Ireland's bestselling car in 2021!

What Were The Bestselling Cars In Ireland In 2021?

As we welcome the new 221 registration plate, let’s first recap on the Irish new car market in 2021!

What were the bestselling cars in Ireland in 2021 and what trends are emerging?

2021 was the year electric vehicles finally moved from the fringes into the mainstream with registrations more than doubling between January and December. A total of 8,646 new electric cars were registered with hybrids rising in popularity also. Expect electric and hybrid to continue to gather pace in the new car market in Ireland in 2022.

The Irish new car market began to recover once again in 2021 after a difficult 2020. 104,932 new cars were registered here up to December 2021. Diesel remains the most popular engine type, but only just, while hatchbacks are the most popular body type. Automatic gearboxes also continue to gain traction in new car purchases, not surprising considering the rise in EVs and hybrids.

There were some winners in 2021, cars that the Irish public just love. Scroll down to view Ireland's most popular cars last year.

10. Kia Sportage2,101 units
The new Kia Sportage on sale in Ireland in 2022
The new Kia Sportage on sale in Ireland in 2022

Back in the game! The Kia Sportage has been a huge success in Ireland and keeps getting better and better. The Sportage returns in 2022 with an all-new generation of the popular family SUV now with hybrid technology for the very first time and a super new look. It's available as hybrid, diesel or mild hybrid and is on sale now. This latest version is bound to bolster the car's fortunes even more into 2022.

9. Ford Focus

2,147 units

The new Ford Focus is selling well in Ireland
The new Ford Focus is selling well in Ireland

A fall in the leaderboard but a hatchback still hanging on while the SUVs stampede for the top! The Ford Focus is a reliable choice of hatchback, one of those perennials that survives on Irish roads. It's good-looking, fun to drive, good value, with petrol and diesel engines available. ST Line models are the sportiest while the Ford Focus Active adds crossover style to the classic mix. There’s also a high performance Ford Focus ST available.

8. Volkswagen Golf

2,343 units

The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf now on sale in Ireland
The new Volkswagen Golf 

Like the Focus, the Golf has slipped down the sales chart but remains one of the bestselling family hatchbacks in Ireland. The new generation of the iconic German hatchback arrived in Ireland back in 2020 with a range of petrol and diesel engines, as well as some new hybrid variants. Performance versions are also available including the Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid.

7. Skoda Octavia

2,556 units

The new Skoda Octavia range has arrived in Ireland!
The new Skoda Octavia range

The Octavia is another consistent bestseller in Ireland. The latest version arrived in Ireland in 2020 with new styling and technology, as well as plug-in hybrid versions for the very first time. It's cavernous of course inside. It's also available as an estate with high performance variants now on sale including a high performance plug-in hybrid.

6. Toyota RAV4

2,564 units

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

A new entry in the top 10. The Toyota RAV4 is a hybrid SUV rising in popularity as buyers seek alternatives to traditional diesel SUVs. This latest generation of the car is the best hybrid to date with improved design, efficiency and refinement. The RAV4 has been around for years and is spacious, comfortable and a reliable presence on Irish roads.

5. Toyota C-HR

2,588 units

The C-HR is now available with a 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain with more power and performance
The Toyota C-HR brings efficient hybrid power to its class

The Toyota C-HR has been a real success story for the brand in Ireland since it launched here back at the end of 2016. In 2020, Toyota Ireland welcomed a new facelifted version of the C-HR, which is now sold exclusively as a petrol hybrid, with two versions available. The new 2.0-litre hybrid offers more performance, but the C-HR remains a very efficient and sophisticated hybrid.

4. Volkswagen Tiguan

2,670 units

The Volkswagen Tiguan is more popular than the Golf in Ireland
The Volkswagen Tiguan is more popular than the Golf in Ireland

The current generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan has been a stellar success in Ireland since it launched here in 2016. In 2021 the popular Volkwagen SUV received a facelift with even more premium looks and features, as well as the the arrival of a new plug-in hybrid version.

3. Toyota Yaris

2,702 units

The 2020 Toyota Yaris!
The new Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris moves up to claim third place! It's no surprise it's Ireland's favourite small car. Already an award winner, the latest Yaris arrived in Ireland in late 2020 with petrol and hybrid engines available. It's now a much improved small car with a nicer design and interior. There's also the Yaris Hybrid, which now has more power and is more efficient and responsive than before.

2. Toyota Corolla 

4,361 units

The 2020 Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla has been an incredible success in Ireland since launch

The Corolla has another incredible year in Ireland in 2021. Hybrid has changed everything for the Corolla. The new generation model launched in Ireland in 2019 with an exciting new design and transformed driving dynamics and refinement thanks to the new TNGA platform underpinning it. Available as a hatchback, saloon or estate, the Corolla offers buyers a fuel efficient hybrid compact car no matter what body style you go for. In 2020, a new trim level was added, GR Sport, and a more performance oriented 2.0-litre hybrid.

1. Hyundai Tucson

5,467 units

The Hyundai Tucson sold well in November
The new Hyundai Tucson should bolster sales of this SUV in Ireland even more in 2021

The Hyundai Tucson takes the crown as Ireland's bestselling car in 2021!

The Corolla and Tucson have tussled for the top spot all year but it's the Tucson that takes it this year. It's no surprise. An all-new generation of the popular Tucson arrived in Ireland in 2021. The latest model stands apart with a distinctive new look, cool new interior and a myriad of engine options including a new plug-in hybrid.

By Caroline Kidd


The new Toyota Yaris Premier on test for Changing Lanes!

Toyota Yaris Hybrid Review (2022)

Thinking of buying a new Toyota Yaris in 2022? Read Caroline's Toyota Yaris Hybrid review for everything you need to know about Toyota's small hatchback.

The Toyota Yaris is one of Ireland's most loved small cars. It's been around for over 20 years and is a consistent top 10 bestselling car in Ireland. In 2020 Toyota launched an all-new generation of the popular Yaris and it was quick to snatch the award of European Car of the Year 2021.

In 20 years, the Yaris has become Toyota’s most important model in Europe, steadily increasing both its sales volume and its market share.

The new Toyota Yaris Premier on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Toyota Yaris Premier on test for Changing Lanes!

What's so special about the new Toyota Yaris?

There's something major happening at Toyota in recent years. It's called TNGA or Toyota New Global Architecture. If you thought Toyotas were boring cars, you need to drive their new generation vehicles.

The new Yaris is the first small Toyota to be built on Toyota New Global Architecture. The GA-B platform is central to the car’s improved dynamic performance, giving a lower centre of gravity and much greater body rigidity. A range of Toyota Safety Sense active safety systems come as standard, including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) such as Lane Trace Assist and Emergency Steering Assist.

The Yaris Hybrid is more powerful and efficient than before
The Yaris Hybrid is more powerful and efficient than before

The latest Yaris is also a much cooler looking car than the model it replaces. It's a far more energetic and dynamic design. A bi tone roof is available with alloy wheel sizes up to 17" and new LED light technology.

Inside the Yaris

Toyota has transformed the interior of the latest generation Yaris. Quality and design have taken a real step up in line with this car's cooler and more youthful image.

The interior has a more open and spacious feel when compared to the outgoing model. The driving position is better, sportier.

There are more soft touch materials and cool ambient lighting available on some models. There are 7" and 8" touchscreens available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The steering wheel is smaller and sportier. New auxiliary buttons have a greater tactile quality.

The new GA-B platform allowed for a reduction in the car’s overall length, making it the most compact model in its class, but with an increase in its wheelbase for more space and comfort for everyone on board. The new Yaris has more space and elbow room - an extra 20 mm between the driver and front passenger. The boot is nowhere near class-leading but it has some depth and offers an adequate 286 litres of space.

Inside the 2020 Toyota Yaris
The interior of the new Toyota Yaris

In Ireland the Toyota Yaris is available in five trim levels –  Aura, Luna, Luna Sport, Platinum and Premier. The 2022 Toyota Yaris range kicks off in Ireland with a 1.0-litre petrol with 72 hp, while there is also a 1.5-litre petrol manual and a 1.5-litre hybrid auto.

Pricing starts at €20,140 for the Yaris Aura petrol, while the Toyota Yaris Hybrid pricing starts from €23,990 in Luna trim.

How economical is the Toyota Yaris Hybrid?

The new Toyota Yaris uses the latest, fourth-generation Toyota hybrid technology. New components have been engineered to be compact, lightweight and efficient. The focus in the development of this car was not just to make it more efficient, but to also make the car more enjoyable to drive.

The Toyota Yaris Hybrid now offers EV driving for longer periods in urban traffic. CO2 emissions have dropped, while it's more efficient than before too. Under the bonnet there's a 1.5-litre petrol electric hybrid powertrain to improve efficiency by 20% and put out even more power at 116 hp. It's quicker and more responsive to the throttle.

Behind the wheel, the new driving position gives you a greater sense of control and connection with the car, supporting the fun-to-drive character of the new Yaris. The car feels more agile and engaging at the wheel. The steering is quicker and more direct. The hybrid delivers the power in a smoother, quieter and more refined way than the previous generation of the Toyota Yaris Hybrid.

While built for efficiency, the Yaris Hybrid feels natural on the road, like any petrol driven small car. A revised suspension set-up means it covers the tarmac better, with a softer and smoother ride. In town driving it can run up to 80% of the time on electric power, with the engine only cutting in when needed. So in urban environments it helps your eco-credentials, while sipping at the fuel.

Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 5.5 litres per 100 km, with some long distance motorway runs included. So this is a good return on fuel economy for a small car.

The new Yaris is a radically improved car
The new Yaris is a radically improved car

Did you like it?

The new Toyota Yaris is far more desirable than the car it replaces. It has truly blossomed as a small car on the new TNGA platform. It looks great and even quite sporty in higher trim levels like the top of the range Premier model on test for Changing Lanes.

Already an award winner, the new Yaris has been suitably revamped inside and now feels a lot more competitive in its segment with the latest technology and digital features.

The Toyota Yaris Hybrid has also been greatly improved. It's much more refined now on the road to drive. The car is more fun to drive than it was before. It's comfortable by small car standards too. It is more expensive to buy than the petrol models in the range, but the car has power and feels good on the road.

Toyota has just welcomed the new Toyota Yaris Cross to Ireland, an SUV spin off of the Yaris sharing much of the same DNA but in more of a crossover style.

The Yaris picks up the baton as a small simple efficient hatchback, with good value and choice available in the range.

It's a classic and reliable choice of small car but the Yaris now feels truly competitive in its class of vehicle and one you can pick with your heart too.

A transformation for one of Ireland's favourite cars.

The Yaris Hybrid is available from €23,990
The Yaris Hybrid is available from €23,990 in Ireland

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Toyota Yaris Hybrid Premier
Price:
€27,680
Engine: 1.5-litre petrol electric hybrid
Power: 
116 hp
0-100km/h: 
9.7 seconds
Top speed:  175 km/h
CO2 emissions: 
88 g/km
Motor tax:
€160 per year


Volkswagen ID.4 1ST Max

New Car Registrations Ireland In 2021

Volkswagen ID.4 1ST Max
The Volkswagen ID.4 was the bestselling electric vehicle in Ireland in 2021

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has released new car registrations data for Ireland in 2021 and it shows that 104,932 new cars were registered here in 2021 compared to 88,325 for the same period in 2020. This is an increase of 18.8% but remains 10% down on 2019.

The data shows that 8,646 new electric cars were registered in Ireland in 2021, compared to 4,013 in the same period in 2020 and 3,444 in 2019.

The five bestselling brands were 1. Toyota, 2. Volkswagen, 3. Hyundai, 4. Skoda, and 5. Ford.

The five bestselling cars were 1. Hyundai Tucson, 2. Toyota Corolla, 3. Toyota Yaris, 4. Volkswagen Tiguan, and 5. Toyota C-HR. The Volkswagen ID.4 was the bestselling electric vehicle in Ireland in 2021.

Diesel remains the most popular engine type despite a decline in its market share last year (9.85%), while hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid continue to gain market share in 2021.

Diesel accounted for 33.44% of the Irish new car market, petrol for 32.16%, hybrid for 16.22%, electric for 8.24%, and plug-in hybrid for 7.26%.

There were 63,617 imported used cars in Ireland in 2021, a decrease of 20.4% on 2020 (79,969) and a decrease of 44.2% on 2019 (113,926).

Manual transmissions had 51% market share, while automatic transmissions continue to increase their popularity, accounting for now 40% of the new car market in Ireland, driven by sales of new electric and hybrid cars.

The hatchback remains Ireland’s top selling car body type of 2021. Grey is the top selling colour and has continued to keep this title for the past six years. It's followed by black in second place and blue in third place.

New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations in 2021 saw an increase of 32.3% (28,741) compared to 2020 (21,732) and +13.4% compared to 2019 (25,336).

New Heavy Commercial Vehicle registrations (HGV) saw an increase of 31.5% (2,716) in comparison to 2020 (2,066) and +2.1% on 2019 (2,659).

Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General, said:

“The difficulties arising from both COVID and Brexit impacted on the supply and demand for cars, which made 2021 another challenging year for the Irish Motor Industry. While new car sales show a 19% increase on 2020, they remain behind 2019 levels. On a positive note, the sale of Electric Vehicles (EVs) more than doubled in 2021, and with the sale of EVs being underpinned by SEAI Grants, we can expect to see an increasing number of new EVs on Irish roads in 2022.

Commercial Vehicles sales also saw a significant improvement in 2021, with light commercial vehicles up over 30% on 2020, reflecting the increase in business confidence as the year progressed.

The Industry is hopeful that 2022 will see further improvements in business levels. Pre-orders do indicate a strong appetite for new and used cars, providing a positive outlook for our Industry and with a return to pre-pandemic 2019 new car sales levels expected.

However, even these anticipated sales will not be sufficient to reduce Ireland’s ageing car fleet. We need to see significant growth in the years ahead if we want to optimise the benefits of reduced emissions from new cars. We will see annual increases in Electric Vehicle sales, but the extent of their penetration into the fleet will not only be determined by the increased choice of EVs been supplied but also by the continuation of Government supports.”


Looking for a new van? Check out these 211 van deals

Van Deals 2022 For Ireland

Looking for a new van? Check out these 211 van deals
Looking for a new van? Check out these 221 van deals

Looking for the best deals on a new van in 2022? In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at offers and scrappage deals available on commercial vehicles in Ireland in 2022. From cargo vans, to compact and panel vans, crew vans and car-based commercial vehicles, there’s plenty on offer!

Check out the latest offers from the manufacturers below and find the best van for you. We'll add more as we get them. Check the manufacturer's website for more information on models and offers.

CITROEN

0% APR Business Hire Purchase Finance on Berlingo, Dispatch and Relay vans for 221. Offer applies to qualifying Citroën Vans ordered and delivered between 03/11/2021 and 31/03/2022.

FORD

Valid until 31st March 2022, finance a Fiesta Van or Transit Connect on Ford Hire Purchase with 2.9% APR. Finance a Transit Courier on Ford Hire Purchase with 2.9% APR and get up to a €3,000 saving. Finance a Transit Custom on Ford Hire Purchase with 2.9% APR and get up to a €5,500 saving. Finance a Transit Courier on Ford Hire Purchase with 2.9% APR and get up to a €6,500 saving. Until 31st March 2022, you can finance a Ranger on Ford Hire Purchase with 2.9% APR and get up to a €3,700 saving.

NISSAN

Guaranteed Minimum €2,000 Scrappage on the Nissan commercial van range including Leaf Van, Qashqai Van, Interstar and Primastar.

OPEL

2.9% APR finance on Opel Combo Cargo, Vivaro, Vivaro-e and Movano vans registered until 31/01/2022 at participating dealers.

PEUGEOT

3.9% APR finance available on Peugeot Partner, Expert, and Boxer.

RENAULT

3.9% APR finance on Kangoo, Kangoo E-TECH electric., Master and Trafic vans.

TOYOTA

3.9% APR hire purchase finance on the 221 Toyota Hilux, Proace and Proace City.

VOLKSWAGEN

Purchase contribution of €1,000 on the new Caddy Cargo and 3.9% APR HP finance. €1,500 purchase contribution on the Transporter and 3.9% APR HP finance. €2,000 purchase contribution on the Crafter and 3.9% APR HP finance.


The new Kia Sportage on sale in Ireland in 2022

New Cars Coming To Ireland In 2022!

The new Kia Sportage on sale in Ireland in 2022
The new Kia Sportage on sale in Ireland in 2022

There are plenty of exciting cars and SUVs to look forward to in 2022. Expect to see even more hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles arriving here as brands continue to move towards electrification of key model ranges. There will be a range of new hatchbacks, saloons, estate cars, compact crossovers, family SUVs and 7-seaters to look forward to.

What cars are new in Ireland in 2022? We’ve listed all the new models from the brands reaching Ireland in 2022 and those already here for the new 221 registration! We will try to keep this article updated throughout the year as more new models are added.

ALFA ROMEO

The new Alfa Romeo Tonale compact SUV will arrive in Ireland in 2022 with a number of different powertrains available.

AUDI

In 2021, the big news in the Audi range was the arrival of two exciting new electric models, the Audi e-tron GT and the Audi Q4/ Q4 Sportback. Audi will bolster their range of new plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2022 with the launch of the new Q3/Q3 Sportback TFSI e, the first plug-in hybrid models from Audi in the compact SUV class, with a range on electric power of up to about 50 km. The flagship Audi A8 saloon will also receive an update in 2022. For high performance Audi fans, there's the arrival of the latest Audi RS 3, equipped with a 400 hp, five-cylinder engine.

BMW

2021 was all about new electric models at BMW including the new iX3, i4 and iX. The second generation 4 Series Gran Coupe is available to order now with first Irish customer deliveries from now. There's a new 2 Series Active Tourer expected with both electrified and conventional powertrains and it will debut the BMW Operating System 8 in a compact-class BMW. It's available to order now. Early 2022 will see the arrival of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé, the only vehicle in its segment to offer a six-cylinder in-line engine. The line-up includes the 374hp, all-wheel-drive BMW M240i xDrive Coupé.

The new BMW 2 Series Coupé
The new BMW 2 Series Coupé

CITROEN

The new Citroen C4 range was a welcome debut from the French brand in 2021. The new flagship Citroen C5 X will launch in the second quarter of 2022, with petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains, and a fully electric version to follow at a later stage. The C5 Aircross will be updated just in time for summer. Citroen also plans to launch the new Citroen Ami compact urban electric vehicle next summer with a range of 75 km and a top speed of 45 km/h.

CUPRA 

The big news for CUPRA in 2022 will be the arrival of the brand's first electric vehicle, the new CUPRA Born. It will arrive here towards the end of the first quarter with three battery options - 45kWh, 58kWh and 77kWh - delivering ranges of 350km, 424km and 540km respectively. The Born will join a newly launched CUPRA range that includes the new Formentor and CUPRA Leon plug-in hybrids.

DACIA

2021 was all about the new Sandero and Sandero Stepway, as well as a facelifted version of the popular Duster. Dacia will bolster their line-up in 2022 with the arrival in the second quarter of the new Dacia Jogger, a seven seater powered by a petrol engine.

DS

DS relaunched in Ireland in 2021 with a new distributor. The DS 3 and DS 7 SUVs are already on sale here and will be joined in 2022 by the new DS 4 hatchback in the first quarter, with plug-in hybrid and fuel derivatives. The new DS 9 saloon will arrive for July, with fuel and plug-in hybrid derivatives available.

The new DS4 is expected in Ireland in 2022
The new DS4 is expected in Ireland in 2022

FIAT

The new electric Fiat 500e and Fiat 500 mild hybrid will arrive in January. The new Fiat Tipo Cross is also expected in 2022.

FORD

The new all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-e will begin to arrive in dealerships from now. The updated Ford Fiesta will arrive in March 2022 with the updated Ford Focus expected in June. Both will have enhanced hybrid options.

HONDA

The new Honda Jazz Crosstar will arrive in Ireland in 2022 and will be available as a hybrid. It's pitched as a mini SUV and will be sold alongside the new Jazz that arrived earlier in the year.

HYUNDAI

Hyundai has a recently updated range in showrooms including the all-new Tuscon now with hybrid technology, Santa Fe, Bayon, updated Kona, and the new all-electric IONIQ 5.

JAGUAR

Jaguar launched a suite of new plug-in hybrids in 2021. In 2022 there's a new all-electric I-PACE Black Edition that comes with enhanced specification including gloss black detailing, privacy glass, a full panoramic roof and 20” alloy wheels.

The new all-electric Fiat 500e
The new all-electric Fiat 500e

JEEP

Early in 2022 we can expect to see the new Jeep Compass mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.

KIA

The all-electric Kia EV6 has just arrived in Ireland. The new Kia Sportage goes on sale in January, with diesel available from launch, to be followed by hybrid. The plug-in hybrid will arrive in March/April. Towards the end of the year there will be a new Kia e-Niro and Niro plug-in hybrid. Also arriving in October/November will be the EV6 GT with 577hp and all wheel drive.

LAND ROVER

A new Range Rover will arrive in Ireland in the second quarter of 2022. New 510 hp and 440 hp plug-in hybrids will have an electric range of up to 100 km.

LEXUS

A plug-in hybrid will be added to the NX mid-size SUV range, called the NX 450h. The ES saloon will also get an update for 2022 with new wheel trims, headlamps, grille and updated interior trims with a 12.3-inch touchscreen.

MAZDA

2021 was about the new Mazda MX-30 electric crossover for the Japanese brand. In early 2022 a number of models will receive an update including the Mazda2, Mazda3, CX-30, CX-5 and MX-5. A new large SUV, the CX-60, will launch in Ireland later in 2022, as well as a plug-in hybrid version of the MX-30. For 2022, the Homura special edition grade has been expanded across the line up and will be available in Mazda CX-5, Mazda3, Mazda CX-30 and the Mazda2. Sporty design enhancements include black alloys and wing mirrors, and additional equipment and styling, which will differ depending on the model.

The new Mercedes-Benz EQS
The new Mercedes-Benz EQS

MERCEDES-BENZ

A new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has just arrived in dealers. The Mercedes-Benz 2022 product offensive in Ireland will see the German manufacturer extend its presence in the market for electric vehicles with the arrival here of a number of new models from the Mercedes EQ family. The S-Class inspired all electric EQS luxury saloon will arrive first in the spring. Also due in the first quarter will be the EQB, which slots into the Mercedes-EQ range above the entry-level EQA and below the larger mid-range EQC. The second quarter will see the arrival of the E-Class inspired, electric EQE, designed as a sporty business saloon. It will be followed later in the year by high performance Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 and Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 versions. new Mercedes-AMG SL will arrive early in the second quarter. Following later in the year will be a high performance AMG GT 4-door Coupé.

MG

MG enters 2022 with a new line-up including the MG5 electric estate car, MG HS plug-in hybrid and a freshly updated MG ZS electric SUV with more battery range and a new look. Another compact electric vehicle from the brand is expected in Ireland in late 2022.

MINI

Following its introduction on the MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman in early 2021, the Shadow Edition is now available to order on the MINI Hatch, MINI Convertible and MINI Electric. Offered exclusively in Ireland and the UK, the Shadow Edition comes with a higher standard specification, focuses on blacked out features and edition-exclusive bonnet design and graphics.

NISSAN

2022 will see Nissan expanding its line-up of electric cars with the debut of the new Nissan Ariya. Nissan’s new electric coupe crossover will have a range of up to 500 km (WLTP). There will two batteries available: 63 kWh and 87 kWh, and the choice of two wheel drive and all wheel drive. The Ariya will be available to pre-order from early in 2022, with first models arriving in late spring. Following on from the launch of the new Nissan Qashqai mild hybrid in 2021, a new Nissan Qashqai E-Power hybrid will join the range in July.

The next generation Opel Astra
The next generation Opel Astra

OPEL

2021 was all about the new Opel Mokka and all-electric Mokka e. 2022 will see the arrival of the all-new Opel Astra hatchback and Astra Sports Tourer in the second quarter, now with plug-in hybrid technology for the first time, as well as petrol and diesel derivatives. It will be followed by an all-electric version in 2023. There's also a facelifted Opel Grandland expected in Ireland in March 2022. It will be available in petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid, with two and four-wheel drive variants. The new five seater Opel Combo-e Life will arrive in early 2022 and can drive up to 280 km (WLTP) on a single charge with a 50 kWh lithium-ion battery.

PEUGEOT

New arrivals in 2021 included facelifted 3008 and 5008 SUVs, along with a new high performance 508 PSE fastback and estate. The big news in 2022 will be the arrival of the new generation Peugeot 308 hatchback and estate, now with plug-in hybrid technology for the first time. It will arrive in Ireland in the first quarter, with fuel derivatives also available.

RENAULT

In 2021, Renault launched an all-new Arkana SUV coupé with hybrid engines. 2022 will see the arrival of the new Renault Megane E-TECH, the first electric Megane, with a striking new design and a choice of 40 kWh or 60 kWh battery giving a range of up to 450 km (WLTP). It's expected to arrive in the autumn.

SEAT

New in dealerships for 2022 are updated versions of the popular SEAT Arona and SEAT Ibiza with updated styling, equipment and connectivity, and a new Xperience trim for the Arona. The new SEAT Tarraco e-Hybrid will arrive towards the end of the first quarter, joining the Leon e-Hybrid in the brand's line up of plug-in hybrids.

The new Renault Megane E-TECH Electric on the way to Ireland in 2022
The new Renault Megane E-TECH Electric on the way to Ireland in 2022

SKODA

2021 saw the arrival of the new Skoda Enyaq electric SUV and in May an Enyaq Coupé will join the range. Other new arrivals for the brand will be the new Fabia from February and an updated Karoq from April.

SUBARU

Subaru will launch the brand's first electric vehicle in 2022, the Subaru Solterra, a compact electric SUV.

SUZUKI

A new Suzuki S-Cross with hybrid technology will debut in 2022.

TESLA

The new Tesla Model Y mid-size electric SUV is expected in Ireland in 2022.

TOYOTA

The new Toyota Yaris Cross and RAV4 plug-in hybrid are fresh in dealer showrooms. The brand's first electric model will arrive in Ireland in May 2022, the Toyota bZ4X, with up to 450 km range. The new Toyota Aygo X compact crossover will arrive in April with a 1.0-litre petrol engine. The new Toyota Corolla Cross will arrive later in 2022.

The Volvo C40 Recharge
The Volvo C40 Recharge

VOLKSWAGEN

2021 saw the launch of the new ID.4 and a host of new plug-in hybrid models including the Tiguan, Arteon and Touareg plug-in hybrid. 2022 will see the launch of the ID.5 electric SUV coupé and the new T-ROC, expected mid-year. An updated Polo will also go on sale, as will a new Taigo, a compact crossover coupé. The all-electric ID.Buzz is also coming in 2022.

VOLVO

The new Volvo C40 Recharge arrives in 2022. The new electric SUV coupé is powered by a 78 kWh battery with a battery range up to 444 km (WLTP). The Recharge plug-in hybrid powertrain in the 90 and 60 Series models has also been improved for 2022 with the all-electric range up now to a projected 90 kilometres on a single charge.

Caroline Kidd