The Peugeot e-208 on test for Changing Lanes!

Peugeot e-208 Review

Read Caroline's Peugeot e-208 review for everything you need to know about Peugeot's electric supermini on sale in Ireland.

Peugeot is fast pursuing the electric dream with a slew of new hybrid and pure electric models. Many of the French brand's key models now offer some sort of electrified option - from the smallest 208 to the popular 3008 SUV and new Peugeot 308 hatchback and estate.

The Peugeot e-208 offers a pure electric drive in Peugeot's compact and stylish small hatchback. It goes up against other small EVs such as the Opel Corsa-e, Renault Zoe and Mini Electric.

But is it any good? In this review we're going to take a closer look to find out.

The Peugeot e-208 on test for Changing Lanes!
The Peugeot e-208 on test for Changing Lanes!

What's so special about the Peugeot e-208?

The e-208 looks good from all the angles. Peugeot's latest models are some of the most stylish out there. The e-208 has a gorgeous design, making it one of the most desirable small electric cars.

There's sporty elegance to the e-208 with a compact stance and distinctive light signature front and rear. If you want a car with 'fangs' this is the one for you - check out those striking daytime running lights at the front. While Peugeot's trademark 'tri-claw' taillights complete the feline theme at the rear.

There are three trim levels available in Ireland - Active, Allure Pack and GT. The GT model on test is surely the sportiest of them all with 17" diamond cut alloy wheels, gloss black around the wheel arches, black roof and a chequered flag effect grille.

Electric badging is subtle - just a small 'e' on the C-pillar and tailgate, and a blue finish to the Peugeot lion on the front grille.

With pricing starting from €28,730 including all relevant grants and VRT relief, the Peugeot e-208 is also keenly priced among small electric cars. Granted it will cost more to buy than petrol and diesel versions of the 208.  And the glorious e-208 GT on test looks great and is packed full of equipment but will set you back €33,285.

The Peugeot e-208 is also one of the most fun to drive small electric cars, with a range of up to 362km measured by industry standards. Though in real world driving, 280km seems more realistic once factors such as the time of year and your driving style are taken into account. For example, certainly at low speeds around town you'll get farther on your battery charge.

The interior of the e-208
The interior of the e-208

Inside the e-208

The cabin of the Peugeot e-208 stands out for its quality, with an upmarket feel that can be hard to find in the very smallest electric cars. There's lots of gloss black accentuating the cabin's stylish design and the beautiful Peugeot i-Cockpit.

In the centre of the dash there is a 7" touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though Allure Pack and GT models get a more impressive 10" touchscreen. The ventilation controls are in the screen, but the elegant piano key underneath offer a shortcut to switch between menus quickly. Standard equipment includes automatic air conditioning, push button start and cruise control.

The e-208 is a small car so rear legroom is limited, though it's not impossible to carry adults. With the position of the battery in the e-208, Peugeot has managed to keep interior space and boot space the same as petrol and diesel 208s. The boot is compact too at 311 litres, but you can let the rear seats down for carrying larger items.

Driving the e-208

The e-208 is good fun to drive with agile handling and light steering. The 136hp motor in the e-208 provides enough power and the car moves effortlessly from town to rural roads to motorways.

On short journeys and in town driving the e-208 really shines, with the range of the car offering plenty of comfort between charging. The range diminishes more rapidly in high-speed motorway driving, but with a stop planned for charging, it's still a decent enough performance for the e-208.

And when it comes to charging, the e-208's 50kWh battery is pretty swift at adding the kilometres. With a 7kW wallbox installed at home it will take about 7.5 hours to charge the e-208 to full. Rapid DC charging is also possible using the standard CCS adaptor. Charging at the maximum 100kW, the e-208 can be 80% charged in 30 minutes.

The Peugeot e-208 is one of the best small electric cars
The Peugeot e-208 is one of the best small electric cars

Did you like it?

Electric suits the 208 very well. The Peugeot e-208 is super stylish, with a beautiful interior that feels more upmarket than much of the competition.

The e-208's 50kWh battery offers decent performance, particularly in the town and city environs where these small cars really feel at home. You couldn't find a better companion for city life.

I still think the Peugeot e-208 makes a great introduction to electric motoring. Like competitors, it is more expensive than an equivalent petrol or diesel car but there are many benefits to switching to electric at this time.  The e-208 is a very likeable small car that just happens to be electric too.

Model tested: Peugeot e-208 GT
Price: 
€33,285
Battery:
50 kWh
Range: 362km (WLTP)
Power: 136 hp
Torque:  260 Nm
Top speed:  150 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 8.1 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€120 per year

The Peugeot e-208 is on sale now from €28,730
The Peugeot e-208 is on sale now from €28,730

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes


The Mazda CX-5 Homura on test for Changing Lanes

Mazda CX-5 Homura Review

Read Caroline's Mazda CX-5 review for everything you need to know about buying Mazda's popular mid-size SUV.

The Mazda CX-5 has been a great success for the Mazda brand since it was first launched. Now in its second generation, the CX-5 is still Mazda's bestselling model in Ireland, ahead of the CX-30 and Mazda3.

Something about the Mazda CX-5's stylish SUV looks and spacious cabin keep it in the sweet spot of the market. Mazda also has a knack of treating the CX-5 to regular updates, which keep our attention on this vehicle.

In 2022, the Mazda CX-5 received an update and in this review we're going to take a closer look at what's new. And more importantly, is the CX-5 still a good buy as a five-seat, mid-size SUV?

Pricing starts from €36,745, with a range of trim levels and engines available.

The Mazda CX-5 Homura on test for Changing Lanes
The Mazda CX-5 Homura on test for Changing Lanes

What's new for the 2022 Mazda CX-5?

The Mazda CX-5 is one of the best-looking SUVs of its kind. It looks just as modern and stylish as it did when we first saw it at the European press launch in Barcelona in 2017.

Now in 2022, Mazda has added a little more distinct style to the CX-5. There are six trim levels available but some of the most notable in the latest series are the Newground, Homura and GT Lux.

However across the board all new CX-5s get a new grille and signature wing design, and new lights and bumpers. There’s also a new colour called Zircon Sand, but Soul Red Crystal and Polymetal Grey Metallic remain good options.

The Mazda CX-5 Newground starts from €38,745 and offers a more rugged 'outdoors' look to the CX-5's elegant lines. It gets silver underguard-style treatment to the front and rear bumpers and door garnishes, black door mirrors, lime green accents to the front grille and 19-inch black machine-cut alloy wheels.

The CX-5 Homura has also returned (from €43,895) and it's my pick of the range. It's a sporty look for the CX-5 with gloss black finish to the front grille, signature wing, lower bumper sections, wheel arches, door garnishes and door mirrors.There are also 19-inch alloy wheels finished in black metallic paint, and the front grille incorporates red accents.

The GT Lux (from €44,640) has a unified, one-colour exterior, matched with silver 19-inch alloy wheels for a high-end finish.

The interior of the Mazda CX-5 Homura
The interior of the Mazda CX-5 Homura

Inside the CX-5

The interior of the CX-5 is one of the most upmarket of the family SUV class. While the design has clearly aged, there's something timelessly classy about the Mazda's cabin. Sure newer rivals have more impressive digital displays and touchscreens at this stage but everything works in the Mazda just fine.

Infotainment is provided via a 10.25-inch centre display, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A heads-up display is available too. The seats have also been revised for more comfort. New equipment includes a four camera, 360 degree monitor and wireless phone charging.

Homura models get black leather seats with red stitching, which also features on the steering wheel, gear shift lever and door panels.

The CX-5 will seat five with good sized footwells in the second row. It might be tight for three back there, but children will be fine. There is over 500 litres of boot space, which is competitive for the segment and a powered tailgate comes as standard on some versions. Split folding rear seats boost practicality, with switches in the boot to let the seats down automatically The two-piece, reversible load-space floorboard and the tailgate sill are on the same level to help with loading.

The CX-5 has been updated for 2022
The CX-5 has been updated for 2022

Driving the Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 engine line-up in Ireland is exclusively petrol and diesel. There's no hybrid like what you will find in some of the rivals. The entry into the range is a naturally aspirated, 2.0-litre petrol engine with 165hp (‘Skyactiv-G’). Petrols are smooth and quiet but the performance can feel a bit uninspiring.

The 2.2-litre diesel with 150 hp in front wheel drive versions - and 184 hp in all wheel drive versions (‘Skyactiv-D’) - is more satisfying to drive because it has more torque and it offers the best economy of the range. Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 5.7 litres per 100 km.

It has plenty of power so it never gets too noisy under acceleration. The diesel CX-5 is certainly one of the best diesel SUVs in the segment for its refinement. Diesels start from €40,625.

6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearboxes are available depending on model. Even manuals are a breeze to drive, with the CX-5's agile handling and well-weighted steering contributing to what is still one of the best SUVs to drive. There have now been further enhancements to the CX-5's suspension and NVH (noise vibration harshness) performance.

Boot space in the Mazda CX-5
Boot space in the CX-5

Did you like it?

Equipment levels are high across the 2022 Mazda CX-5 range. Even the GS-L entry into the range gets 17-inch alloys, 10.25-inch colour screen display, keyless entry, cruise control, automatic air con, automatic lights and wipers, and parking sensors.

The GT adds black leather upholstery to the spec with power control and memory function, as well as 19-inch wheels, heated front seats and heated steering wheel. A powered tailgate and rear parking camera are available from GT Sport and above.

The Mazda CX-5 has definitely matured but it still stands out for its stunning good looks and upmarket interior. The cabin experience is no longer the most modern in the segment, but still feels ‘a cut above’ many competitors from the driver’s seat.

It’s subtle things like the way you are positioned in relation to the steering wheel and the controls, and the slick action of the manual gearbox, the refinement of the transmission. Things that last the test of time and make every drive a pleasure.

The CX-5 range now has more options than ever with some very distinct new offerings including the CX-5 Newground and the CX-5 Homura.

It’s easy to spend a lot of money on a CX-5 (looking at you Homura), which would be my pick of the range for a truly premium finish.

The Mazda CX-5 proposes a simple line-up of petrol and diesel engines. Hybrid has become a bit of a trend in this segment but it's absent here. Diesel seems like the best buy in the CX-5 range, which might be against market trends but there is still something to be said for the efficiency and satisfying drive behind the wheel.

Of course, later this year Mazda will launch their first ever plug-in hybrid SUV, the new Mazda CX-60. But it will be larger than the CX-5 so this car remains very much a key part of Mazda's line-up.

The Mazda CX-5 still has a lot to offer SUV buyers
The Mazda CX-5 has a lot to offer SUV buyers

Model tested: Mazda CX-5 Homura 2.2 Skyactiv-D
Price: 
€47,775
Engine: 
2.0-litre turbo diesel
Power: 150 hp
Torque: 380 Nm
Top speed:  204 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.9 seconds
CO2 emissions:
147 g/km
Motor Tax: 
€270 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes


The Nissan Juke Hybrid will arrive in Ireland later in 2022

Nissan Juke Hybrid First Drive Review

The Nissan Juke Hybrid will join the Nissan range in Ireland later this year.

The Juke is one of the brand's most successful models to date with over 11,000 finding homes in Ireland since it first went on sale in 2010. The second generation Juke launched in 2020. Now Juke goes hybrid for the very first time.

Caroline travelled to Milton Keynes with Nissan Ireland to drive the new Nissan Juke Hybrid.

The Nissan Juke Hybrid will arrive in Ireland later in 2022
The Nissan Juke Hybrid will arrive in Ireland later in 2022

Styling

The Nissan Juke Hybrid shares the same sporty crossover design as the rest of the Juke range. The Juke still looks modern and fresh with distinctive styling features including hidden rear door handles for a coupé style and a trendy contrast roof. Hybrid badges now feature on the front doors and the bootlid. The front grille of the Juke Hybrid displays the new Nissan brand logo and also features a strip of black gloss material where it meets the bonnet, a new feature of all electrified Nissan models including the upcoming electric Nissan Ariya. New two-tone 17" alloy wheels and 19" aero wheels will be available.

The Hybrid also gets a few design tweaks to improve aerodynamic efficiency including a new mesh grille with smaller holes. Modifications have also been made to the bodywork below the bumper to improve airflow. A radiator grille shutter has been added, allowing airflow to be automatically adjusted according to cooling needs. The rear spoiler has been restyled for cleaner airflow behind the car. And in front of the front wheels, the air deflectors have been reshaped and repositioned to clean the airflow. The rear axle has gained a cover to smooth the airflow under the car. Magic!

Interior

Inside the cabin, the Nissan Juke Hybrid has a sporty vibe with charismatic circular air vents and plenty of soft touch materials in our test vehicle. Hybrid models have an updated driver display including a power gauge and one for the battery's state of charge. A visual representation of the flow of power can be displayed on the 7" combimeter screen between the two dials. Infotainment is provided via an 8" touchscreen on top of the dash with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also a new button to activate e-Pedal one pedal driving on the centre console, as well as driving modes and an EV mode. It's a cool and modern cabin for this Juke.

The interior of the new Juke Hybrid
The interior of the new Juke Hybrid

Practicality

The Nissan Juke Hybrid is smaller inside than a Nissan Qashqai for example but it does offer similar space inside to many other compact crossovers on the market. It's possible for two adults to get comfortable in the rear. Headroom could be tight for taller adults but children will be fine. While the standard Juke petrol has an excellent boot volume of 422 litres, the hybrid loses some of that volume to accommodate the battery. It's down to 354 litres but that's still comparable to many hatchbacks.

Engine

The new Nissan Juke Hybrid uses a 1.6-litre four cylinder petrol engine, 1.2kWh battery and a 36kW electric motor. Power is up to 143hp, 25% more than what the 1.0-litre petrol Juke offers. According to Nissan, fuel consumption is reduced by 20% to between 5.0-5.2 litres per 100 km.

On the road

The Juke Hybrid starts in electric mode, moving off silently. Over our mixed test route across town, rural roads and motorway, we saw consumption as low as 5.6 litres per 100 km. It's a standard hybrid so no need to plug it in to get that sort of return on fuel consumption either.

On the road the extra power of the hybrid is apparent compared to the Juke 1.0-litre, offering pleasant acceleration and lively performance. The Juke's automatic gearbox seems to hold onto gears a bit longer than what you expect, no doubt to improve efficiency. There are no paddles or manual mode to override this. Though in Sport mode, the gear changes seem marginally quicker.

Elsewhere, the Nissan Juke Hybrid is a sporty and composed drive, offering lots of grip in cornering, and stability and refinement at high speeds on the motorway. It's compact and agile around town, though the ride seems firm over bumps.

Boot space in the Juke Hybrid
Boot space in the Juke Hybrid

Pricing & Equipment

Full pricing and equipment for the Nissan Juke Hybrid will be released later in the summer. The Nissan Juke 1.0-litre petrol currently starts from €25,745, so expect the hybrid version to carry a premium. Though Nissan Ireland say pricing will be competitive against hybrid rivals like the Toyota Yaris Cross and Renault Captur Hybrid.

Summary

The Nissan brand is gaining momentum again with the arrival of new electric and hybrid models like the electric Ariya and the Qashqai hybrid.

Now hybrid joins the Juke range, giving more options to buyers on the look out for a stylish and fuel-efficient compact crossover.

At Changing Lanes, we were already fans of the latest generation Juke. It's fun to drive and has a cool cabin and quirky coupé-inspired styling.

Thankfully these qualities have been retained in the new Juke Hybrid. It no doubt will be more expensive to buy, but the combination of more power and the ease of the automatic gearbox make it a more sophisticated offering.

The Nissan Juke Hybrid is a stylish and efficient compact crossover
The Nissan Juke Hybrid is a stylish and efficient compact crossover

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes


The Tesla Model Y on test for Changing Lanes!

Tesla Model Y Review

Read Caroline's Tesla Model Y review for everything you need to know about Tesla's new mid-size electric SUV in Ireland!

Tesla has expanded their range in Ireland this year with the arrival of the new Tesla Model Y. Following the successful launch of the Model 3, the Model Y will join the range as the brand's new electric mid-size SUV.

The Tesla Model 3 is already the brand's bestselling model in Ireland. The Model Y shares a lot of similarities with the Model 3, but is even more spacious with that oh-so fashionable look of an SUV, Tesla-style.

The new Model Y goes on sale in Ireland priced from €66,990. It's available in two 'flavours': Long Range All Wheel Drive (AWD) or Performance (from €72,990).

The Tesla Model Y on test for Changing Lanes!
The Tesla Model Y on test for Changing Lanes!

What's so special about the Tesla Model Y?

Built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, the Model Y’s aerodynamic design and battery technology make it one of the most efficient EVs on the market. The Long Range version offers 533 km (WLTP) driving between charges, and the battery performance is incredibly strong.

And it does look stunning. It shares lots of styling cues with the Model 3 but gains distinction as an SUV with more height, width and length, and even more utility styled alloy wheels. I love it!

And when you do hit the road cross country (or even cross continent), Tesla's Supercharger network is a reliable companion for quick and efficient charging. In Ireland it's also still exclusively provided for Tesla cars. A 10-80% charge takes a little over half an hour and the car starts to prepare the battery for optimum charging before you arrive there. The CCS charging connection means you can also use other public charge points.

Inside the Model Y follows Tesla's now trademark minimalist cabin. The dashboard has a simple horizontal layout with the 15" landscape style touchscreen taking centre stage. It is both the most innovative part of the cabin and potentially the most challenging in its brilliance too.

Inside the Tesla Model Y
The interior of the Tesla Model Y

Inside the Model Y

That's because you control pretty much everything from the screen. For example, even to activate the windscreen wipers requires a trip into the screen with a few scans and swipes. It's simply not the conventional way, leaving the driver with a steering wheel and not much else in their direct line of vision - one has to take a little glance to the left to see the speed of the vehicle on the screen.

But the screen's response, resolution, shortcuts and music/maps integration is simply brilliant. There's also a plethora of entertainment options, toybox, games and even a crackling fire effect, among many other wild and brilliant functions to discover in that screen. A folly or another digital wonder of the world - I'll let you decide.

The Tesla Model Y comes with synthetic leather upholstery and a simple palette of body colours. Quality follows that of the Model 3. These duo are now the most upmarket of the Tesla set with lots of soft touch materials, though the steering wheel does seem a bit basic looking for a premium priced car like this. On closer inspection, some of the fittings could be finished with a bit more elegance too.

All Model Y's have a high specification including 13 speaker premium sound system, power adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, and tinted panoramic glass roof. Generally the good stuff about this car outweighs any niggles about the finish.

The Model Y is the brand's new mid-size SUV
The Model Y is the brand's new mid-size SUV

Is it practical?

The Tesla Model Y offers more space than a Model 3 inside. The enlarged dimensions translate to an incredibly spacious living room in the Y. In the rear, three can sit comfortably with lots of headroom and legroom.

The boot opens in a practical hatchback style, with a powered tailgate as standard. It offers up to 854 litres with a large square opening, with good height and depth. You can also fold down the rear seats individually from switches in the boot and they fold flat neatly. There's also a frunk under the front bonnet for storing charging cables for example.

The loading sill is also low and flat making it easy to move things in and out of the boot.

The centre console has a large storage unit, while there are four USB ports and docking for two smartphones below the touchscreen. Modern minimalist with a sense of purpose.

Rear seating in the Model Y
Rear seating in the Model Y

Driving the Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y Long Range (from €66,990) offers sprightly performance with 0-100 km/h in just 5 seconds, and one pump of the accelerator is enough to throw you back in your seat.

The Model Y Performance (from €72,990) ups the ante somewhat with 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and a minimal drop in range to 514 km (WLTP) and top speed extended from 217 km/h to 250 km/h. It also gets 21’’ 'Überturbine' wheels, performance brakes, lowered suspension and aluminium alloy pedals.

Model Y's rapid straight line performance is enhanced by all wheel drive offering superb grip in corners. Tesla All-Wheel Drive has two ultra-responsive, independent electric motors that digitally control torque to the front and rear wheels—for far better handling, traction and stability control.

There's more lean in corners than a Model 3 for example but the Y is happy to hustle and is still fun to drive.

Cruising performance is excellent but the ride is very firm for a family SUV. At this price range, the Tesla Model Y should coast over bumps in the road with a bit more sophistication.

Did you like it?

Last year the Model 3 was the smartest car I've ever met. This year the Model Y follows suit, but as a trendy SUV.

It's only after spending time with these cars that you realise how revolutionary they are, how clever they are and how they do everything that little bit differently than every other car on the market.

But in the rapid electrification of the motor industry, it's the battery technology and reliable charging where the Tesla Model Y really shines. Everything seems to be have been taken care of in a way that makes the Tesla more compatible with modern life than any other EV I've driven.

The Model Y looks great but the ride comfort is disappointing in what is a sublime offering in many other areas. Still there's quite like a Tesla and the aforementioned fast charging, long range, badge kudos and behind the wheel experience mean the Y shall win many hearts regardless.

The Model Y is on sale priced from €66,990
The Model Y is on sale priced from €66,990

Model tested: Tesla Model Y
Price: 
€66,990
Battery: 75 kWh
Power:
434 hp
Torque: 493 Nm
0-100km/h: 
5 seconds
Top speed:  217 km/h
Motor tax: 
€120 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes


Check out the latest 222 offers for Ireland

222 Offers And Car Deals For Ireland

Check out the latest 222 offers for Ireland
Check out the latest 222 offers for Ireland

Thinking of buying a new car in  Ireland in summer 2022? Car manufacturers and dealers are releasing their 222 offers, car deals and finance offers ahead of the new 222 registration period, which starts on 1st July 2022.

It's a challenging time for new cars in Ireland, with reduced supply due to the global chip shortage so check availability with your local dealer.

At Changing Lanes, we’ve put together a list of 222 offers, 0% finance offers, and any scrappage deals we know of available in Ireland at this time. This list will be updated as more car brands release their offers. For more information visit the manufacturer’s website or your local dealer.

CITROEN

1.9% APR PCP finance across the range including Citroen C3, C3 Aircross, C4, E-C4, C5 Aircross and E-Berlingo. Free Home Charge Point and a 20% discount on energy when you switch to Energia.

CUPRA

2.9% APR PCP finance on CUPRA Leon, Leon Sportstourer, Formentor and Ateca. Includes CUPRA Care Pack (3 Year Manufacturer Service Plan, Complimentary CUPRA Courtesy Car, Complimentary Collection & Delivery, Complimentary Clean).

DACIA

4.9% APR PCP finance on new Sandero, Sandero Stepway, Duster and Jogger.

DS

PCP finance from 2.9% APR available on new range including DS3 Crossback and DS7, 4.9% APR on new DS 4.

FORD

Ford Options for 222 offers flexible personal contract purchase (PCP) packages, available with 2.9% APR on Puma, Kuga, S-MAX and Galaxy and 3.9% APR on Fiesta and Focus.  Deposit contribution on some models too.

HYUNDAI

Offers include 3.9% APR on the Tucson ordered before June 30th 2022.

KIA

Hire purchase and PCP finance from 3.9% APR across the Kia range including new Sportage, EV6, Niro PHEV, Ceed and Sorento. Free home charger available with Energia on selected electric and plug-in models.

MAZDA

4.9% APR available on MX-30, CX-5, Mazda6, Mazda MX-5, Mazda2, Mazda3 and CX-30.

NISSAN

3.9% APR PCP finance across the range including Micra, Leaf, Qashqai and Juke. Nissan ‘Subscribe & Drive’ monthly subscription service allows you to own a new 222 Nissan car for a monthly fee without having to pay a deposit. Subscription available on all Nissan models.

OPEL

2.9% APR PCP and HP finance rate offer on models including new Astra, Corsa, Insignia, Mokka, Crossland and electric models, Mokka-e and Corsa-e.

PEUGEOT

222 offers at Peugeot include PCP finance of 2.9% APR on e-208, e-2008, new 308 hybrid and 3008 hybrid, and EV Service Plan offer. There's 4.9% APR on the rest of the range including 208, 2008, new 308, 3008, 508, 5008 and Rifter.

RENAULT

4.9% APR finance available on new Arkana and Arkana E-TECH Hybrid, Captur SE Limited Edition, and Clio, and 3.9% APR on the all-electric Renault Zoe. These 222 Renault finance offers are available on orders and registrations made by 31st August. Offer period extended to 30th September on Arkana.

SEAT

PCP Finance of 1.9% on Ibiza, Arona and Ateca. 3.9% on Tarraco and 4.9% on Leon and Leon e-Hybrid. 3 Year Service Plans can be added for €9.99 per month.

SKODA

0% PCP finance on Scala, 1.9% on new Fabia, 3.9% on Kamiq, Karoq, Kodiaq and Superb, and 4.9% on the electric Enyaq.

TOYOTA

222 offers for new cars registered until 31st July. PCP finance from 3.9% APR on models such as the new Aygo X and both Yaris hybrid and petrol. Toyota Corolla and C-HR available at 4.9% APR. RAV4 and Camry from 5.5% APR. Toyota customers who avail of these offers in the early summer months can also get three years servicing.

VOLKSWAGEN

PCP finance from 1.9% on  selected models including new Taigo and T-Cross, 2.9% on Polo, 3.9% on Passat, 4.9% on ID.3, and 5.9% on Golf, Tiguan and Arteon. 3 Year Service Plan available at a reduced rate of €12.99 a month. Flexible deposit options also available. Volkswagen customers also get 18% off car insurance online with Allianz.

We’ll be updating this article as new offers are added.


The Jaguar I-PACE on test for Changing Lanes

Jaguar I-PACE Review (2022)

Read Caroline's Jaguar I-PACE review for everything you need to know about buying Jaguar's electric car in Ireland.

Jaguar has long been the purveyor of exotic sports cars and luxurious saloons. Staying relevant in today's market brought Jaguar into the realm of SUVs with the launch of the F-PACE and E-PACE.

So when talk in the motor industry went electric, it was only right that Jaguar should follow suit. The brand's racing division joined the Formula E motorsport championship for electric cars. And gave the world the first Jaguar electric car - the I-PACE.

The Jaguar I-PACE first went on sale in Ireland in 2018, which is ages ago in EV terms. A lot has happened in the interim. There are many new premium electric cars and SUVs vying for a growing market.

So what does the Jaguar I-PACE have to offer and is it still relevant in an industry that is moving so fast?

The Jaguar I-PACE on test for Changing Lanes
The Jaguar I-PACE on test for Changing Lanes

What's so special about the Jaguar I-PACE?

2019 World Car of the Year. European Car of the Year in the same year. The I-PACE was a much-anticipated car, the first electric vehicle from a brand that has committed to producing just electric cars from 2025. But things move so fast in the automotive world that prestigious accolades will only get you so far...

Yet there's just something about a Jaguar. A brand that is still so clearly inspired by their sports car roots. Meeting the I-PACE for the first time is quite an experience. Jaguar would probably like you to think of the I-PACE as an SUV, since the market loves SUVs.

But it's much more car-like than that. And all the more stunning for it. The I-PACE is a beautiful piece of design, and looks sporty, elegant and dynamic from every angle - exactly how a Jaguar should be.

Powering the I-PACE is a 90 kWh battery, which is key to the car's ability to stay relevant in the market today - it has a WLTP range of 470 km, yet in real world driving the I-PACE easily passes the 300 km benchmark that makes life with an EV more comfortable between charges.

Gorgeous from every angle - the Jaguar I-PACE
Gorgeous from every angle - the Jaguar I-PACE

Jaguar I-PACE Black - what's new?

On test for Changing Lanes was the new Jaguar I-PACE Black finished in eye-catching Caesium Blue. While the I-PACE range starts in Ireland from €76,890, we think the I-PACE Black is considerable 'good value' at €78,400 with more equipment and smart black detailing.

The Black enhances the exclusivity of the I-PACE with gloss black door mirror caps as well as gloss black finish to the grille, side window surrounds and rear badges. It also enhances the I-PACE's already generous standard specification with a full panoramic roof, rear privacy glass and 20-inch black alloy wheels.

Inside the I-PACE welcomes passengers with a full leather interior. The cabin is slick and high quality - reassuringly premium in a classic Jaguar way. It's great to see that there has been no compromise to quality in the quest to bring this car to market and it's stayed modern, even after four years.

Much of that is down to the integration of Jaguar's 'Pivi Pro' infotainment system with 10" screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. It works seamlessly, while there is also a digital display for the driver. A Meridian™ Sound System adds premium sound to the cabin of the I-PACE.

The interior of the Jaguar I-PACE
The interior of the Jaguar I-PACE

Is it practical?

The I-PACE is spacious up front and the platform yields generous interior space for passengers too. There are two large footwells in the rear and enough headroom for adults too despite those sports car looks.

The boot opens via a powered tailgate in a practical hatchback style. The I-PACE can stow away an impressive 656 litres.

There's also a small 'frunk' under the front bonnet for charging cables for example.

The I-PACE was future proofed with a 11kW onboard charger, which allows for faster AC charging. A full charge of the 90 kWh battery can be got in 8 hours or in just under 13 hours with a 7kW wallbox at home.

The Jaguar can also avail of up to 104 kW DC rapid charging. Some rivals do offer faster DC charging these days, though of course that's only possible with the right infrastructure. So the Jaguar can still make the most of more plentiful 50 kW and 100 kW chargers on the public charge network.

Rear space in the I-PACE
Rear space in the I-PACE

Driving the I-PACE

The I-PACE uses a 90 kWh battery with a healthy 400 hp from two electric motors and whopping 696 Nm of torque. Bespoke EV aluminium architecture delivers Jaguar’s most torsionally rigid body structure, with 50:50 weight distribution and all wheel drive performance.

This is an elegant electric car that gives a sports car feel behind the wheel. The I-PACE is a delight to drive, swift and agile with lots of grip and emotion that really helps it to stand out. Optional electronic air suspension (€1,765) gives this car an exquisite ride quality no matter the road surface. The car is easy to control and guide over the tarmac.

All wheel drive allows for a tidy put down of power with little drama or fuss. The I-PACE feels comparably light and agile on the road to some electric premium SUV rivals. Like it will dance a bit for you and play like a classic Jaguar. The accelerator pedal also appears well modulated with a feeling of acceleration and going through gears making the car more interesting than many.

Then pop it into dynamic mode and all those thrills are accompanied by a more aggressive 'engine note'. More a growl then than a purr from this cat!

The Jaguar I-PACE offers stunning on the road performance
The Jaguar I-PACE offers stunning on the road performance

Did you like it?

The Jaguar I-PACE is a gorgeous thing. It feels wrong to call it an SUV or even a crossover, though everything seems to sell faster these days with that tag.

If you spent years looking at a Jaguar saloon, the I-PACE is a refreshing and modern design.

Inside the Jaguar still feels modern and current, with a suitably luxurious feel and impressive digital technology.

Where the I-PACE really shines is from behind the wheel where Jaguar has made a really engaging and emotive drive worthy of the legendary badge.

Some EVs are more efficient and have more range for less money. But this one still outpaces many rivals with its design, class and sports car feel. For that reason the I-PACE is one of my favourite premium electric cars.

Model tested: Jaguar I-PACE Black
Price: 
€78,400
Battery: 90 kWh
Power:
400 hp
Torque:  696 Nm
0-100km/h:  
4.8 seconds
Top speed:  200 km/h
Motor tax: 
€120 per year

The Jaguar I-PACE Black is on sale now
The Jaguar I-PACE Black is on sale now

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes


The new Peugeot 308

Peugeot 308 Goes On Sale (2022)

The new Peugeot 308
The new Peugeot 308 has arrived in Ireland

The new Peugeot 308 hatchback has arrived in Ireland and goes on sale priced from €31,765. The new generation of Peugeot's compact car will be available with petrol and diesel engines, and for the first time ever, as a plug-in hybrid. An electric 308 will follow in late 2023.

The new 308 is the first model in the Peugeot range to use the French brand's new logo and in Ireland it will be sold in three grades: Active, Allure and GT.

What's new for the Peugeot 308?

The 55 mm extended wheelbase of the new generation 308 stretches the car's silhouette and offers more space for rear passengers. The 20 mm height reduction combined with a soft nose visually lengthens the bonnet. The boot volume is now 412 litres, while with the rear seats folded, the maximum load is 1,323 litres.

LED light technology features across the range and contributes to the identity of the new 308, alongside hook-shaped daytime running lights on the front bumper. On the GT model, the full LED headlamps are even thinner, with Peugeot Matrix LED technology for greater efficiency and safety. The rear lights are also LED technology with a modern, brand-specific claw-like light signature.

The new 308 is available in seven colours including Olivine Green, Vertigo Blue, Elixir Red, Pearl White, Ice White, Artense Grey,and Perla Nera Black.

The interior of the new Peugeot 308
The interior of the new Peugeot 308

The new Peugeot 308 uses the brand's latest generation of the Peugeot i-cockpit® with a 10" digital panel and enhanced features across the range. The new compact steering wheel includes sensors that can detect the driver's grip on the steering wheel when using the new driving aids.

The new infotainment system can store up to eight driver profiles and responds to commands of 'Ok Peugeot'. Wireless smartphone mirroring now features and it is possible to connect two phones via Bluetooth at the same time.

New equipment and plug-in hybrid for the first time

New equipment features include long-range blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, high-definition 180° reversing camera with integrated cleaning nozzle, 360° parking assistance with 4 cameras (front, rear and side), proximity hands-free start access, a fully heated windshield and steering wheel, and automatically tilting rear view mirrors when reverse gear is engaged.

The new Peugeot 308 is built from an evolution of the EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) multi-energy platform, so it can accommodate electrified powertrains. All models use an automatic transmission.

The 308 range kicks off in Ireland with a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 130 hp, priced from €31,765. A 1.5-litre diesel with 130 hp is available from €33,515.

There will be two new Peugeot 308 plug-in hybrids available from launch, with 180 hp (from €40,785) or 225 hp (from €48,785 in GT trim only).

The plug-in hybrids use a 12.4 kWh battery with a driving range of up to 60 km (WLTP) on electric power. A 3.7 kW charger comes as standard, charging the 308's battery to full in 7 hours from a standard socket. There's also the option of a 7.4 kW charger for a full charge in 1 hour and 45 minutes from a 7.4 kW wall box.

A new Peugeot 308 SW will follow in July and will cost €1000 more.

The Peugeot 308 SW will join the range in July
The Peugeot 308 SW will join the range in July

The new Mercedes-Benz EQS now on sale in Ireland

Mercedes-Benz EQS On Sale

The new Mercedes-Benz EQS now on sale in Ireland
The new Mercedes-Benz EQS now on sale in Ireland

The new Mercedes-Benz EQS has arrived in Ireland, a new flagship premium electric car for the German brand.

The arrival of the EQS also increases to six the number of electric EQ models the brand now markets in Ireland, including SUVs like the EQA, EQB, and EQC, as well as the recently launched EQE business saloon, and the EQV people carrier.

In Ireland the new Mercedes-Benz EQS comes in a choice of two model variants: the EQS 450+ (with rear axle eATS electric motor) priced at €129,965; and a EQS Mercedes-AMG 53 4MATIC+all-wheel-drive version (with motors on front and rear axles) priced at €180,015. Powering them are Mercedes-Benz’s own-manufactured batteries.

Helped by lightweight components and Cd value from 0.20, the new EQS has a driving range of up to 735 kms (WLTP), with a power output of up to 245 kW (333 bhp) and a quoted top speed limited to 210km/h. Electrical consumption is 18.9-16.2kWh/100km.

The EQS uses a new ‘modular’ construction method likely to be used in future battery-electric vehicles, with a cab-forward design and coupé-like exterior. The headlight design, wheels and black panel front with ‘star’ inset link it to other members of the Mercedes-EQ family.

Inside, a keynote feature is the optional concave dash-mounted MBUX infotainment ‘Hyperscreen’ whose curved and flexed surface appears to float across the full width of the vehicle. Now equipped with artificial intelligence and a ‘learning’ capability, it supports the driver in numerous additional ways beyond what was possible previously.

There's also a 15-speaker surround sound system. Motors in the seats deliver up to ten different massage programmes, while seat heating and inflatable air chambers replicate the body-soothing effects of a ‘hot stones’ treatment.

Reproduced on interior trim, wheels, and fascia is a Mercedes-Benz ‘pattern’ design based on a three dimensional star motif first featured on a 1911 Daimler trademark.

The new flagship EQS includes 40 new inventions and 20 new design applications.


The new Mercedes-Benz EQE is now on sale in Ireland

Mercedes-Benz EQE Arrives In Ireland

The new Mercedes-Benz EQE is now on sale in Ireland
The new Mercedes-Benz EQE is now on sale in Ireland

The new Mercedes-Benz EQE has arrived in Ireland and goes on sale priced from €85,980.

The EQE is the latest model to launch here from the Mercedes EQ brand of electric vehicles. The new electric business saloon from Mercedes-Benz is built on electric architecture developed specifically for electric vehicles that also underpins the larger EQS.

Available in numerous styling and specifications lines, the new Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ version is expected to be of most interest to the Irish market. Priced from €85,980, the EQE 350's battery has a usable energy content of 90 kWh, combined electrical consumption rated at 22.5-19.7 kWh/100 km, and 215 kW of power. Range is given up to 654km (WLTP).

At launch, there will also be the AMG EQE 43 with 350 kW of power and priced at €120,180.

Coming later will be a EQE 500 (300kW) and AMG EQE 53 (with up to 505kW), both equipped with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

Slightly shorter than EQS in terms of overall length, EQE is said to be comparable to the CLS in terms of its outer dimensions and visual appeal. Its aerodynamic design is reflected in sculpted surfaces. Other features include flush mounted 19 to 21-inch wheels, short front
overhangs, and sharp rear spoiler.

Inside, the EQE has been designed for a spacious executive interior, with an overall boot capacity of 430 litres. Interior design and equipment levels are heavily influenced by the larger EQS, including the availability of the MBUX 'Hyperscreen', automatic comfort doors and rear-axle steering.

Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland, said:

“Amongst dealers and customers, initial reaction to the coming of EQE has been extremely positive. We are confident EQE will be another electric powered winner as motorists convert to more eco-friendly motoring in ever increasing numbers.”

The new EQE will join the recently launched Mercedes-Benz EQS, as well as the brand's range of electric SUVs including the EQA, EQB, EQC and EQV.


Women@SIMI 2022

Women@SIMI Takes Place In Dublin

Women@SIMI 2022
Sharon Keegan, founder Peachy Lean, Lucy Gaffney, Director Digicel Group, Gillian Fanning, SIMI President, and Anne Cassin Master of Ceremonies.

The 2022 Women@SIMI event has taken place in Dublin. It coincides with the release of a new survey carried out by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), which finds that 71% of women would recommend a career in the Industry to others.

The survey of 140 women from across the industry was carried out as part of SIMI’s on-going drive to encourage more women to join what has traditionally been viewed as a male-dominated sector.

The 7th Annual Women@SIMI event took place at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin, and featured a panel of guest speakers: Anne Cassin, Master of Ceremonies; Lucy Gaffney, current Director of Digicel Group; and Sharon Keegan, founder of female-led athleisure wear company Peachy Lean.

The survey found that 67% of respondents believe that women have become more visible in the industry in recent years. While 67% of respondents said that their companies have increased the number of new female employees recruited in the last 3 years.

However, over half of survey respondents believe that women are under-represented in their organisation, while 40% said that women did not have the same opportunities for advancement as men in their companies.

Also, just 26% of survey respondents identified themselves as being at Director/Board level in their organisation. This is lower than the national average of 30%.

When asked about what factors could help progress women in leadership roles, a change in cultural perception of the automotive industry overall came out on top, followed by a more flexible working environment, greater management support, leadership skills/training along with mentorship.

Gillian Fanning, SIMI President, said:

“Research has shown that female employees contribute significantly to the long-term success of any company, yet the motor industry is lagging behind many other sectors in terms of gender diversity. While our research found that the majority of female employees have seen positive changes for women over the past three years, under-representation of women across the board, and particularly at senior levels, is clearly evident.

However, what’s encouraging is the fact that almost 86% of respondents feel supported by their male colleagues and this support is critical to the success of gender diversity initiatives. While there’s no doubt that progress has taken place over recent years, with greater visibility of women than ever in the industry, we still have a long way to go in terms of addressing the inherent gender imbalance. We must continue to stress that this is not just an industry for men and highlight the diverse range of roles and opportunities on offer for women if we are to reap the proven rewards of increased female participation in our sector. We need to plan for the future – a future that will hopefully mean a greater number of women joining us and more women taking on senior roles and making strategic decisions for their companies."

Derek McDermott, Managing Director of event sponsor Bank of Ireland Finance, said:

“In both the Banking Industry and Motor Industry, we have a way to go in the whole area of gender diversity.  We need to ensure that there are meaningful careers for women across our organisations and while we have made good progress, there is so much more to do. Bank of Ireland is proud to be a sponsor of this event - a tangible demonstration of the fact that we take the issue of gender diversity very seriously.”