The new BMW M5 Competition is on its way to Ireland

BMW M5 Competition Pricing For Ireland

The new BMW M5 Competition is on its way to Ireland
The new BMW M5 Competition is on its way to Ireland

BMW has revealed details of the new BMW M5 Competition, marking the return of the high-performance saloon in its sharpest and most performance-focused form to date.

Highlights include a 4.4-litre V8 turbocharged engine with finely-tuned chassis that incorporates new dampers. The BMW M5 Competition is pitched as delivering the everyday usability and comfort of an executive saloon twinned with driving pleasure and exceptional on-track ability.

New features will include M Mode and a larger 12.3 inch central information display.

What's the performance like?

The M5 Competition's high-revving, eight-cylinder engine develops 625hp at 6,000rpm. Peak torque of 750 Nm is available between 1,800 and 5,860rpm. The characteristics of the V8 can be altered at the touch of a button from the EFFICIENT mode to SPORT and SPORT+, the latter two further enhancing the engine’s response to movements of the accelerator. The BMW M5 Competition sprints from 0-100 kmh in 3.3 seconds, with 0-200 kmh achieved in 10.8 seconds. Top speed is 250 kmh – or 304 kmh with the optional M Driver’s Package specified.

The eight-speed M Steptronic transmission gives drivers short shift times and fast, precise responses. M xDrive with rear-wheel bias promises exceptional agility. The BMW M5 Competition has a specially tuned chassis, which includes double-wishbone front suspension and five-link rear suspension. It benefits from experience gained in the development of the new BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé.

The M Servotronic steering gives drivers the choice of COMFORT mode for greater ease of use and lightness – in town driving and on short journeys, for example – and SPORT mode, where greater steering force is required and feedback through the wheel increases noticeably.

Inside the M5 Competition
Inside the M5 Competition

What modifications does the new BMW M5 Competition have?

The BMW M5 Competition is fitted with forged, bi-colour, 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in Y-spoke design and mixed-size tyres. The drop in ride height of between 5 and 20 millimetres enabled by the coilover suspension results in a lower centre of gravity, which reduces body roll and enables higher cornering speeds. The M5 Competition also has bespoke engine mounts, which have a spring rate of 900N/mm. The engine’s firm connection to the vehicle’s structure results in extremely fast engine response and immediate transmission of its power to the drivetrain. The stiffness of the mounts also helps the car turn into corners with greater precision.

The M Sport dual-branch and flap-controlled M Sport exhaust system develops a highly distinctive and sporty note. Its sound can be varied via the different engine modes from sporty to understated at the touch of the M Sound Control button in the centre console.

BMW M-specific design features distinguish the high performance version from other BMW 5 Series models. The bonnet is made from aluminium and the roof is made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic to create a striking look while also saving weight. The newly designed BMW kidney grille featured on the BMW 5 Series has a more upright appearance and drops down further into the front apron. On the BMW M5 Competition, it features a black surround, M-specific double fins and a black M5 Competition badge.

The front apron has been revised with bolder contouring and larger air intakes at the sides, with a large central, hexagonal-shaped intake incorporating the oil cooler together with the radar sensor for the Active Cruise Control (ACC) system. New Adaptive LED headlights coupled with high-beam assist come as standard. M gills on the sides and M exterior mirrors are both also finished in high-gloss black.

Anything else?

At the rear, there’s a new apron with a large diffuser and black inserts, and restyled LED lights. The boot also has a high-gloss black finish spoiler and black M5 Competition badging. M-specific twin tailpipes in black chrome complete the look.

Inside, multifunction seats with illuminated M5 logos in the head restraints come as standard and are finished in Merino leather.

BMW Ireland has released indicative pricing for the new BMW M5 Competition of €169,020.


The new Land Rover Defender is now on sale in Ireland

2020 Land Rover Defender On Sale In Ireland

The new Land Rover Defender is now on sale in Ireland
The new Land Rover Defender is now on sale in Ireland

Land Rover Ireland has confirmed that the new Land Rover Defender is now on sale in Ireland, priced from €59,410.

It will be available in 90 and 110 body designs (short and long wheelbases), with six trims: Defender, S, SE, HSE, Defender X and First Edition. Commercial models will join the line-up later in the year.

The first model to arrive in Ireland this summer is the Defender 110, while the three door, short wheelbase Defender 90 will arrive later in 2020. Irish pricing starts from €68,160 for the Defender 110 2.0 SD4 AWD Auto model. The Defender 90 will start from €59,410.

What's so special about the 2020 Land Rover Defender?

The Defender is an iconic model for the Land Rover brand, known for its all-terrain capability and toughness. It has now been reimagined for the 21st century, with a modern design and the latest technology and features.

The new generation of the classic Defender is powered by petrol and diesel engines with electrified powertrains introduced with mild-hybrid technology and a plug-in hybrid coming later. 200 hp and 240 hp diesel engines will be the backbone of the range in Ireland at launch.

Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 technology is enhanced with new Wade programme, while Configurable Terrain Response allows the driver to tailor set-up more precisely. A maximum payload of up to 900kg, static roof load of up to 300kg, towing capacity of 3,500kg and wading depth of up to 900mm help the new Defender to live up to the image as the ultimate 4x4 for overland adventures.

Four Accessory Packs - The Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban - each give the new Defender a distinct character. The exclusive First Edition model features a unique specification and will be available throughout the first model year of production.

Finbar McFall, Land Rover Global Product Marketing Director, said:

“We have experienced unprecedented demand for New Defender 110 and the official introduction of Defender 90 is sure to boost interest. As the family grows to include an efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain and commercial derivatives later this year, we look forward to continuing this success. If our experience with the Defender 110 is anything to go by, we can expect over half of customers to opt for one of the four Accessory Packs, making New Defender the most accessorised and personalised Land Rover we have ever produced.”


The new Toyota Corolla GR Sport is now on sale in Ireland

Toyota Corolla GR Sport (2020) Review

The new Toyota Corolla GR Sport is now on sale in Ireland
The new Toyota Corolla GR Sport is now on sale in Ireland

Caroline drives the new Toyota Corolla GR Sport!

2019 saw the arrival of the all-new Toyota Corolla to Ireland. The Corolla’s arrival was heralded by three new derivatives – hatchback, estate and saloon – with hybrid a key part of the brand’s mission in the compact segment.

The new Corolla has been an indisputable success in Ireland and is the 2020 Continental Tyres Irish Medium Car of the Year.

What’s so great about the new Toyota Corolla?

Well there are three distinct models all with fuel sipping hybrid powertrains built upon Toyota’s more agile and dynamic TNGA platform. All feature modern interior design and there are even optional two tone paint finishes that take even more years off the Corolla. This car has never looked better. Now Toyota sees even more potential with this car, introducing a sportier hybrid powertrain and new GR Sport trim level, exclusive to the Corolla Hatchback.

It’s wonderful to watch the Corolla explore its new, more fashionable position in the market. It's even better to experience this car from the driver’s seat. I couldn’t quite believe that I was picking up a sporty Corolla. For too long Corolla stood for sensible, reliable transport. But it was hardly a car that you really, really desired to drive, over say a Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf. Now all that has changed.

Toyota has big plans, not least a rumoured full on Corolla GR performance hatchback in the next few years, a follow up to the rapturous Yaris GR. The GR Sport is a trim level where you get sportier visual updates to the car inspired by high performance models. To recap GR stands for the wonderfully named Toyota performance division ‘Gazoo Racing’. The Corolla GR Sport is just the second model to join the European GR Sport line-up following the introduction of the Yaris GR Sport in 2019.

The GR Sport gives a sporty makeover to the Corolla, Ireland's bestselling car
The GR Sport gives a sporty makeover to the Corolla, Ireland's bestselling car

What features does the Corolla GR Sport get?

The Corolla Hatchback range starts from €26,390 in Ireland and now exclusively uses a petrol electric hybrid powertrain. There are two hybrid powertrains to choose from - the 1.8-litre with 122 hp that we tested last year in the Corolla Hatchback - and the more powerful 2.0-litre hybrid with 184 hp tested here in GR Sport specification. This top of the range model has a list price of €35,053. The GR Sport trim level is also available with the 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain. It retails from €32,485 in this configuration.

The GR Sport makeover looks really good on the Corolla. It’s a handsome hatchback anyway but sporty features look genuinely comfortable here. The Toyota Gazoo Racing influence comes in distinctive styling elements like a new honeycomb mesh pattern front grille with piano black surrounds, lower skirts, and sills. At the rear there is a silver insert in the lower bumper, creating the look of twin tailpipes and a diffuser. A black roof comes as standard matched to a choice of five body colours. Wheels are 18” black alloy with a contrasting bright machined finish to the tips of each spoke and red GR centre caps. There is also rear privacy glass and bi-LED headlights. The finishing touches are black backgrounds for the Toyota emblems on the bonnet and boot lid, and official GR badging.

What's it like inside?

Inside the GR Sport has a few bespoke features too. There are lots of soft touch black panel finishes. Red stitching on the gear selector, steering wheel and seats adds a nice contrast. The seats have a sports design with fabric in the centre and leather-effect bolsters. They are comfortable and supportive. The GR Sport also benefits from the same interior technology as the rest of the Corolla range. Infotainment is controlled via a touchscreen that can connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity has just been added to the 2020 Corolla range too.

The interior of the 2020 Toyota Corolla GR Sport
The interior of the 2020 Toyota Corolla GR Sport

There's a new seven-inch colour TFT multi-information screen. Other standard features include Toyota Safety Sense, smart entry, rear privacy glass, automatic wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and power-adjustable door mirrors with an auto-folding function.

The Corolla Hatchback will seat five however the Touring Sports (estate) and Saloon have more legroom because of a longer wheelbase. The rear legroom in the hatchback is on the small side for this class of vehicle, especially if there is a tall driver and front seat passenger! Boot space in the 2.0-litre hybrid models is also slightly compromised because the car’s battery is positioned under the boot floor. The standard Corolla Hatchback has 361 litres of boot space, however the 2.0-litre hybrid has less at 313 litres.

On the road in the 2020 Toyota Corolla GR Sport!

Driving the new Corolla GR Sport was an opportunity to experience the brand’s new 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain. There’s more power and torque than in the standard 1.8-litre version. It has been engineered to be more responsive and fun to drive. This is all while still retaining a low emission hybrid powertrain.

Immediately the hybrid engine impressed me. It feels faster, more robust, smoother and more mature in drive. Power delivery is on the pedal responsive and with 184 hp, the Corolla 2.0-litre can really take off. The Corolla is a much improved car dynamically. I enjoyed the more powerful set-up in this car with smoother CVT automatic operation. Paddle shift gear changes are also possible. Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 7.1 litres per 100 km, while motor tax is just €180 per year.

My verdict on this car is two fold as I’m essentially reviewing two things – the GR Sport spec additions and the 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain.

Last year I performed a number of test drives with the Corolla 1.8 litre and for many people this engine will suffice. It is the one to go for if you are genuinely looking for a fuel sipping car to save on fuel costs as time and time again it returned great economy for me. The 2.0-litre hybrid is more powerful and fun to drive. It feels like a more grown up affair yet fuel consumption does suffer a bit with the more performance bias of the design.

The Toyota Corolla GR Sport explores Corolla's sporty new character
The Toyota Corolla GR Sport explores Corolla's sporty new character

I think the GR Sport is a wonderful addition to the range. I adore the sporty look of this Corolla.

Corolla has grown up and got some street cred. The GR Sport explores the Corolla’s cool new character even more!

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Toyota Corolla GR Sport 2.0-litre Hybrid
Price: 
€35,053 (from €26,390)
Engine: 2.0-litre petrol electric hybrid
Power: 
184 hp
Torque: 190 Nm
0-100km/h:  
7.9 seconds
Top speed: 180 km/h
Fuel consumption (WLTP): 
5.3 l/100km
CO2 emissions (WLTP):
120 g/km
Motor Tax: €180 per year


The 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

New Cars 2020 Coming To Ireland

What cars are new in Ireland in 2020? We've listed all the new models from the brands reaching Ireland in 2020 and those already here for the 202 registration!

Alfa Romeo

The Alfa Romeo range in Ireland at the moment is based around the Giulietta hatchback, Giulia saloon and Stelvio SUV. We haven't seen any new models yet in 2020. But a new compact SUV called the Tonale is expected in 2021 and will slot in below the Stelvio in the range. It will be available as a plug-in hybrid and the brand's first electrified car. In Ireland, the brand is offering some limited edition Giulietta models, along with refreshed styling and interiors for the Giulia and Stelvio.

Audi

A revised Audi A4 and Audi Q7 arrived in dealers at the beginning of 2020. Both models feature changes in design, connectivity and a new engine line-up incorporating mild hybrid technology. Since January the range has also been bolstered by the arrival of the Audi A1 citycarver, Q3 Sportback and Audi Q5 TFSI e, the latter which has 367 hp and a pure electric range of over 40 km. This summer will see the arrival of the new generation of the Audi A3 Sportback, with the new A3 Saloon scheduled to arrive in the autumn. The new A3 will be available with petrol and diesel engines, and a digital cockpit will come as standard. Audi will also expand the electric range with the new Audi e-tron Sportback. This SUV coupé derivative of the e-tron will have a range up to 446 kilometres and will arrive later in summer 2020.

BMW

There are new plug-in hybrids in the BMW camp including the X5 xDrive45e, BMW X3 xDrive30e and X1 xDrive25e. In March the all-new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé arrived in Ireland. BMW recently took the covers off the facelifted 5 Series range and the new 4 Series Coupé so we should see these models in Ireland before the end of the year. Mild hybrid technology is also being introduced across 51 models from this year including the 5 Series, 3 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series and X range, to improve dynamic performance and reduce fuel consumption in BMW combustion engines.

The new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé, one of the cars heading to Ireland in 2020
The new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé, one of the cars heading to Ireland in 2020

Citroen

The Citroen C5 Aircross is one of the brand's most popular models now in dealers and will be joined by a new C5 Aircross PHEV before the end of 2020. The plug-in hybrid combines a PureTech 180 hp petrol engine and an 80 kW electric motor to deliver an electric range of 50 km. The new C4 will debut in 2021 as a crossover, with petrol, diesel and electric powertrains.

CUPRA

The new CUPRA Formentor is expected in the second half of 2020 and will be the first model launched exclusively to the CUPRA brand. The high-performance plug-in hybrid will have 245 hp and an electric range of up to 50km. A CUPRA Leon is also expected in 2020.

The new CUPRA FormentorDacia

The Dacia Duster gets a more efficient TCe 100 petrol engine. Air conditioning is now standard for the 2020 model year.

Fiat

The new Fiat 500 Hybrid is available now. Expect to see a new Fiat 500e La Prima battery electric vehicle in the first few months of 2021.
There are also 2020 model year updates for the 500X, 500L and Tipo.

Ford

The new Ford Puma compact crossover arrived in Ireland in January and introduces mild hybrid technology. The new Kuga SUV has just arrived in dealers. It's available as a plug-in hybrid or with a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The new Mustang Mach-E is expected in Ireland before the end of the year. There are also mild hybrid variants of the Fiesta and Focus expected here.

The new Ford Mustang Mach-E!
The new Ford Mustang Mach-E!

Honda

The new Honda Jazz and Honda e are expected later in 2020. The new Jazz will be hybrid only. Buyers will also find the Civic and CR-V ranges in dealers, including the CR-V Hybrid. A subtly updated Civic range is expected from August.

Hyundai

New in dealers is the Hyundai Kona Hybrid, Ioniq Electric - which comes with an increased range of 312 km - and the new generation of the Hyundai i10 city car. Other interesting new models include the Tuscon now with mild hybrid technology and the Tucson N Line.

Jaguar

There's a new Jaguar F-TYPE in dealers with updated styling, equipment, engine and technical upgrades. Jaguar also has special 'Chequered Flag' editions of models like the E-PACE, F-PACE, XE and XF with more equipment and sportier styling.

The new Jaguar F-TYPE
The new Jaguar F-TYPE

Jeep

The first Renegade plug-in hybrid badged '4xe' is expected by the end of the year. Elsewhere, Renegade, Compass and Wrangler have all received updates for the 2020 model year.

Kia

New models include a facelifted Kia Niro PHEV and e-Niro. There's also the new XCeed range, which has been bolstered by the recent arrival of the XCeed plug-in hybrid. The Kia Sportage is now available with a 1.6 diesel with mild hybrid technology. A new seven seater Kia Sorento is expected before the end of the year, as is a facelifted Rio range.

Land Rover

The new Land Rover Defender has just arrived in dealers. Plug-in hybrids of the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque are also on the way, along with a new three-cylinder petrol Ingenium engine.

The new Land Rover Defender
The new Land Rover Defender

Lexus

And updated RX large SUV arrived in January. A new UX 300e all electric compact crossover is expected in 2021.

Mazda

The latest arrival in the Mazda camp is the all-new CX-30 SUV. There's also a revised Mazda2 in dealers. The brand's first electric crossover, the Mazda MX-30, is expected in early 2021.

Mercedes-Benz

The latest arrivals in dealerships are the new GLB and GLA compact SUVs. The GLB is available with five or seven seats. Further SUV launches will be the GLS and the GLE Coupé. A facelifted E-Class range will arrive in July, followed by a new S-Class before the end of 2020.  We will also see the second EQ model in the form of a fully electric powered EQA SUV at some point this year. New hybrids are joining also, with the first to arrive being the new E300de and the E300e saloon and estate models.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLB will arrive in Ireland in early 2020!
The new Mercedes-Benz GLB will arrive in Ireland in 2020!

MINI

A new MINI Electric based on the brand’s iconic three door hatchback has arrived in Ireland with a range of 235 to 270 kilometres.

Mitsubishi

A revised Space Star arrived in January of this year. The 1.2-litre petrol model is available in both manual and automatic transmission. In the second half of 2020, a Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV will arrive.

Nissan

The new Nissan Juke is the latest arrival in dealer showrooms this summer. It debuts with a new 1.0-litre petrol engine. For 2020, the Micra will be available with a new three cylinder 100 hp engine  - the same as the one currently in the CVT (automatic). The SV Premium grade has also been added to the Micra range and includes privacy glass, front fog lights, automatic air con and iKey, rear parking sensors and extra personalisation options. The Qashqai SE replaces the Qashqai SV with a price reduction of about €1,200. ProPilot has been added as an option to the Qashqai and X-Trail range for €1,000. Pricing has come down across the X-Trail range for example there's €3,000 off the volume selling 7 seater SVE (top spec model).

The new Nissan Juke is arriving in Ireland in November!
The new Nissan Juke has just arrived in Ireland

Opel 

A new generation of the Opel Corsa arrived in dealers at the beginning of the year. The range has now been joined by an all-new electric Corsa-e and the Grandland X plug-in hybrids (front wheel drive and all wheel drive). Arriving later in the year will be a facelifted Insignia range. Early 2021 will see the arrival of the new Mokka crossover, which will be available with combustion engines and as an electric vehicle. There will also be a new Crossland X.

Peugeot

The new Peugeot 208 arrived in Ireland earlier in 2020 with  petrol, diesel and electric variants available. The new Peugeot 2008 is also on sale in dealers now. Plug-in hybrid versions of the 3008 and 508 are also new for Peugeot.

Renault

There's a new Renault Clio and Captur range in dealers with petrol and diesel engines available. Hybrid variants are expected soon also. A new electric Renault Zoe with 52 kWh battery and a range of up to 395 km has just arrived in dealers. There are also facelifted ranges of the Koleos, and the Mégane due soon.

The second generation of the popular Renault Captur heading this way in 2020
The second generation of the popular Renault Captur heading this way in 2020

SEAT

The new SEAT Leon has just arrived in dealers this summer with petrol and diesel engines, mild hybrid technology and a plug-in hybird to follow later in the year. The SEAT Tarraco FR is also expected in 2020. The FR trim will complete the Tarraco range with sportier styling. The SEAT el-Born is the brand’s first fully electric car and is expected by the end of 2020 with a range of up to 420 km.

Skoda

The new Kamiq crossover and facelifted Superb range are in dealers now. The Superb is available with petrol and diesel engines and as a new plug-in hybrid 'Superb iV'. A new Octavia is on the way in the summer also. Skoda's first electric SUV, the Enyaq, is expected in 2021.

The 2020 ŠKODA Octavia!
The 2020 ŠKODA Octavia!

SsangYong

There's a new Korando SUV range and this summer sees the arrival of an updated Tivoli crossover range with a new 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine.

Subaru

Subaru has introduced new e-BOXER mild hybrid technology to the Subaru XV Crossover and the all-new Forester. Both are on sale now.

Suzuki

There's a new facelifted Ignis range now in dealers, with hybrid now available. New 48-volt self-charging hybrid technology is also now available in the Vitara and S-Cross. These models are equipped with a new K14D Boosterjet turbocharged engine, an even higher standard specification than before (including Automated Emergency Braking now standard on all Vitara and S-Cross Hybrid variants) and directly replace the outgoing 1.4-litre Boosterjet models with manual transmission.

Toyota

There's an updated Toyota C-HR range in dealers now with two hybrid powertrains available. A new 2.0-litre petrol electric hybrid joins the current 1.8-litre model. A new GR Sport trim level has been added to the Toyota Corolla range, along with 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain with more power. A new generation of the Toyota Yaris supermini is one the way before the end of 2020 and will be available as a 1.5-litre hybrid. There's also a RAV4 plug-in hybrid on the way. The new Yaris Cross small SUV and Higlander seven seat SUV are expected in Ireland in early 2021.

The 2020 Toyota Yaris
The 2020 Toyota Yaris

Volkswagen

The eighth generation of the iconic Volkswagen Golf has just arrived in dealers, and the new all electric ID.3 hatchback will arrive in September. Buyers will also find an updated Passat and Passat GTE in showrooms. A new T-ROC R performance SUV also arrived in 2020. The Toureg R hybrid is also expected before the end of the year, as are Golf plug-in hybrid variants and new Golf GTI, GTD and GTE. An updated Arteon range will arrive from September with a 1/5 litre petrol and 2.0 litre diesel. For the first time the range will be joined by a new Arteon Shooting Brake. The new Arteon R and Arteon eHybrid are expected in November.

Volvo 

A new Volvo XC40 plug-in hybrid has joined the range. There are also recently added V60 and S60, T8 plug in hybrids and the V60 Cross Country. This summer, buyers can expect to see a refreshed Volvo S90 saloon and Volvo V90/Cross Country estate models in showrooms. The S90 T8 plug-in hybrid is available from the end of June, while the V90 is available as a D4 FWD Automatic and a T6 plug-in hybrid. The V90 Cross Country is available in D5 AWD Automatic.

A new Bowers & Wilkins audio system and Advanced Air Cleaner technology are now available on all 90 and 60 Series models, along with double USBC charging points in the rear, replacing the 12 volt outlets. The wireless charging functionality for smartphones, first introduced on the XC40 SUV, is now also available on most variants in the 90 and 60 Series. The exclusive tailored wool blend seats first introduced on the XC90 last year are now also available on all 90 and 60 models, while there is also a leather free interior option for the top trim levels.

An all electric XC40 Recharge is expected in 2021.

The new Volkswagen Golf expected in Ireland in 2020
The new Volkswagen Golf expected in Ireland in 2020

Thinking about buying a new car this winter? You will want to get the best 201 offer Thinking about buying a new car this summer? You will want to get the best 202 offer

202 Offers And Car Deals For Ireland

Thinking about buying a new car this winter? You will want to get the best 201 offer Thinking about buying a new car this summer? You will want to get the best 202 offer
Thinking about buying a new car this summer? You will want to get the best 202 offer

Thinking of buying a new car this summer? Manufacturers are releasing 202 offers, car deals and finance offers ahead of the new 202 registration period, which starts on July 1st 2020. At Changing Lanes, we’ve put together a list of 202 offers and any scrappage deals available in Ireland at this time to help you find the best deal for you. This list will be updated as more manufacturers release their offers. For more information visit the manufacturer’s website or your local dealer.

Alfa Romeo

5.5% HP and PCP finance will be available.

Audi

Audi has announced updated finance rates on the Audi A3, Audi A4 and Audi A6 models with monthly repayments from €299, €399 and €499 on PCP for the current A3, A4 and A6 respectively.

BMW

There's 2.9% APR on all petrol and diesel models in BMW's X range of SUVs. The range topping X7 is available with 5.9% APR. The BMW 3 Series is available with 3.9% APR. The 5 Series is also available with 3.9% APR.

Citroen

0% PCP finance on Citroen C3, C3 Aircross, C4 Cactus, C4 Grand Picasso/ Spacetourer and C5 Aircross. 3.9% APR on C1, Berlingo and Spacetourer. Scrappage up to €4,000 is available for non-finance customers, except on Berlingo and C5 Aircross.

Dacia 

Dacia has released a 'Buy Now, Pay Later' offer on the Duster SUV, Sandero, Sandero Stepway SUV and Logan MCV. It includes 3 months deferred payments and 4.9% APR. This offer is available on all orders taken from 1st May to 31st July and registered by 31st July 2020 on current stock only.

Fiat

5.9% 61 month HP or 48 month PCP finance. Panda available for €35 PW, 500 for €45 PW, Tipo for €55 PW and 500X €65 PW.

Ford

Offers include optional three month ‘peace of mind’ payment deferral, 7 year warranty, savings of up to €2,250 on selected models and low 4.9 percent APR. There are also price reductions on highly specced versions of several of Ford’s most popular models including the  Ford Fiesta with a saving of up to €500, EcoSport with a saving of up to €2,000, with a saving of up to €1,500, Focus with a saving of up to €2,500, new Kuga with a saving of up to €2,500 and the Mondeo with a saving of up to €1,500.

Honda

3.9% across the entire Honda Civic range for cars registered before 31st July 2020.

Hyundai

Buyers can avail of 5 years free servicing or 3.9% finance or scrappage of up to €5000 on all new cars ordered before June 30th and registered before 31st July 2020.

Jaguar

Jaguar has announced details of new 202 offers across the special edition Chequered Flag range, offering monthly payments from €380. There's 2.9% APR finance available across the XE, XF, E-PACE and F-PACE models, coupled with an optional 3-month payment holiday.

Jeep

5.5% 61 month HP finance or 48 month PCP contract.

Kia

Hire Purchase from 0-3.9% APR. There's 0% APR on Sportage, Stonic, e-Soul, Niro Plug-In Hybrid and Ceed family - excluding XCeed PHEV. PCP Finance at 3.9% across the Kia range. New for 202 – low deposit HP over 60 months at 4.9%.

Land Rover

Land Rover has announced details of new 202 offers across the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque SUVs, with monthly payments from €413. 3.9% APR finance available for both models, coupled with an optional 3-month payment holiday.

Mazda

4.9% APR finance available on Mazda2, Mazda3, new CX-30, CX-5 and Mazda6.

Mercedes-Benz

Star Finance PCP available across the Mercedes-Benz range guarantees the minimum future value (GMFV) of your Mercedes-Benz model, with APR rates starting at 3.9%.

Mitsubishi

Order a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV by 31st July 2020 to avail of 0% APR HP finance and a free Wallbox Pulsar home charge point worth €800. Mitsubishi is also offering two years free motor tax worth €380 on the new Space Star.

Nissan

New Nissan scrappage scheme for 202 offers €3,000 towards the cost of new Micra, Juke and all-electric Leaf, €4,000 towards Nissan Qashqai and €5,000 towards the X-Trail. The Nissan 'Subscribe and Drive' offer allows motorists to own a new car for as little as €356 per month without having to pay a deposit. Other offers include low rate 3.9% PCP finance available across the range and 0% HP finance on the Nissan Micra.

Opel

Customers who register their new 202-Opel passenger car before 31st August can avail of Hire Purchase or PCP finance from 2.9%, plus three years’ free servicing. Offer applies across the range including Corsa, Astra, Insignia, Crossland X and Grandland X.

Peugeot

202 offers from the brand include 5 year warranty (3 year manufacturer warranty + 2 year extension), APR from 3.9% and scrappage up to €4000 or a deposit contribution up to €500.

Renault

Renault’s 202 'Buy Now, Pay Later 3+2+1 Offer' is valid on all current stock across the Renault car range and includes 3 months deferred payments, 2.02% APR + €1,000 cashback. This offer is available on the electric Renault ZOE, Clio, Captur, Kadjar, Mégane, Scenic and Koleos models. Offer applies to all orders taken from 1st May to 31st July and registered on or before the 31st July 2020. Renault’s payment deferral offer is also applicable on selected used cars at Renault dealerships. Customers can 'Buy Now, Pay Later' on 191 and 192 models.

SEAT

0% PCP finance available on all Ibiza, Leon, Arona, Ateca and Tarraco models with an optional 3-month payment break and heavily discounted 3-year service plan. An online discount voucher can be downloaded from the SEAT Ireland website allowing for discounts of up to €3,000 on selected models. There's also a scrappage offer that includes 5.9% PCP finance starting from €209 per month as well as scrappage of up to €5,000 available on selected models across the SEAT range. 202 offers valid up until 30th June.

On used SEAT cars (2016 - 2020 models), there's 2.9% PCP finance available. The brand is also offering customers discounted service plans. Customers get a complimentary Sanity System vehicle clean with any used car purchase.

Skoda

Skoda's 202 offers include from 0% PCP finance on select models and the option to defer payments for three months on finance agreements. Offer available on all orders taken before 30th June 2020 and registered before 31st July 2020.

Suzuki

0% APR finance on the Ignis, Swift and Vitara ranges. There's also a three month deferred payment scheme to enable a new car to be purchased for July registration and payments not started until the autumn.

Toyota

Across the Toyota range there are finance contributions of up €3000 with 3.9% APR with Flex PCP Finance, allowing for lower monthly payments. Toyota Ireland is also offering a Trade-in Booster of up to €3,000 for non-finance customers, and 3 years servicing as standard for all customers.

Volkswagen

202 offers from Volkswagen include PCP finance starting from 0% APR on new Golf, the e-Golf, the Tiguan, the Tiguan Allspace, Passat, Passat GTE Plug-in Hybrid and the Arteon. Purchase contributions of up to €2,000 available on the Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace, new Passat, new Passat GTE, Touran and Sharan. Reduced-Rate Service Plans for three years for €10 per month. There are also Flexible Deposit Options ranging from 0% to 30% tailored to each individual’s needs. Buyers can avail of the option of a 3-month Payment Deferral to start their repayments 90-days after collecting their new Volkswagen. Finally, with a PCP contract, Volkswagen say that they guarantee the minimum future value of the vehicle at the end of the contract for further peace of mind.

The brand has also launched the Volkswagen Approved Used cars programme which includes 1-year warranty, 1-year roadside assistance, a full vehicle history check, reconditioning and sanitisation. Customers can also avail of 4.9% APR PCP finance. Service Plans available for €14.99 per month when combined with a used car finance contract and offers two services over a two-year period.

Volvo

Volvo has a number of offers on popular models for 202. There's 0% PCP finance and a complimentary Volvo Service Agreement on the XC40. For a limited-time, there is a €2,000 purchase contribution and complimentary Volvo Service Agreement on the XC60. The Volvo XC90 is also available with a purchase contribution of €1,500 and complimentary Volvo Service Agreement. There's also a Lounge Pack with extensive equipment for only €999. The Volvo V90 offer includes a €2,000 purchase contribution and complimentary Volvo Service Agreement. There is a complimentary Volvo Service Agreement available for all registrations on Volvo cars between now and 31st July 2020.

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


Changing Lanes The Edit Newsletter

Changing Lanes Launches 'The Edit' Newsletter!

Changing Lanes The Edit Newsletter
Changing Lanes is launching our first newsletter 'The Edit'!

Changing Lanes is launching our first newsletter! 'The Edit' is a new weekly newsletter featuring exclusive content and the best of Changing Lanes straight to your inbox.

The newsletter will allow readers to stay informed with our latest car reviews, motoring news, interviews and features, while also enjoying exclusive access to newsletter-only content.

Readers can subscribe to our newsletter mailing list by following the link on every page of our website to a simple sign-up form.

The launch of The Edit comes as Changing Lanes prepares to celebrate 6 years in automotive media and online publishing. I'm delighted to be expanding our portfolio and exploring new ways to connect with readers with our first digital newsletter!

Changing Lanes is a leading Irish online automotive magazine updated weekly with a mix of on-point motoring news, definitive car reviews, top industry interviews and fab features. At Changing Lanes, we aim to give you a fun, honest and alternative viewpoint on cars and the motor industry.

As a proud independent voice and trusted authority on motoring in Ireland, we have no agenda other than to help readers navigate the numerous choices available when it comes to buying a new car. We test and review all types of cars, from SUVs to hatchbacks, saloons and sports cars, budget models, family heroes, luxury cars, electric, hybrid, petrol and diesel. Our news items are specially selected for an Irish audience with all the pertinent information that matters to you. We also travel the globe virtually to publish the best motoring stories and interviews with some of the most influential and interesting voices!

With the launch of The Edit, you can now browse the best of our news, reviews and motoring stories in an interesting newsletter layout, direct to your inbox.

I'm excited about this new chapter for Changing Lanes and I hope you will enjoy it!

I would like to invite you to subscribe to The Edit by filling out the form here: http://eepurl.com/g5Q5ML

As always, if you have any feedback please email me caroline@changinglanes.ie

Thank you!

By Caroline Kidd

Founder & Editor of Changing Lanes


Opel Ireland is offering EV customers more with a collaboration with Energia

Opel Ireland Announces Collaboration With Energia

Opel Ireland is offering EV customers more with a collaboration with Energia
Opel Ireland is offering EV customers more with a collaboration with Energia

Opel Ireland has announced a collaboration with Energia, Ireland’s leading independent energy provider, in a bid to simplify the transition to electric vehicles for Irish consumers.

The partnership offers all eligible Opel customers a comprehensive Energia bundle when they purchase an electrified Opel vehicle, including free installation of a smart domestic charger. Customers will also benefit from a 20% discount off Energia’s 100% renewable energy supply. Opel says that this equates to up to 11,000 kilometres worth of free driving and "fulfilling a truly sustainable, end-to-end eco-friendly mobility solution".

The partnership has been announced as the first deliveries of the new electric Corsa-e and the new Grandland X plug-in hybrids arrive in Opel dealers this month.

The promotion is open to friends and family and sees the offer of a €750 Opel eco-booster towards the purchase of the all new Corsa-e or Grandland X PHEV models, for all existing Energia customers.

James Brooks, Managing Director at Opel Ireland, said:

“The coming years are hugely important for Opel as we move to offer an electrified version of our entire range of passenger cars and light commercial models by 2024. We are very excited to partner with Energia, enabling our customers to experience all the benefits of owning an electric vehicle, in a seamless and most importantly, in a sustainable fashion. Customers simply visit their local Opel dealer, select their new electric or hybrid vehicle, check their SEAI grant eligibility and Energia will take care of the rest.”

Gary Ryan, Managing Director at Energia Group Customer Solutions said:

“Energia supplies around 25% of the island of Ireland’s total electricity requirements and 21% of total wind power, meeting the energy needs of over 250,000 homes and businesses.”

He continued: “We are proud to be a key enabler in the decarbonisation of transport on the island of Ireland and we are delighted to partner with Opel Ireland to offer motorists the ultimate, streamlined EV experience. For many, the opportunity to have a smart charging point installed in their home, that is powered from 100% renewable energy, will make this transition even more attractive. It will give consumers a clear choice about the energy they are using to power their electric cars and allow them to truly reduce their carbon footprint. This collaboration is an exciting one for consumers and we look forward to responding to increasing demand for EV vehicles in the coming years.”


The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf now on sale in Ireland

Volkswagen Golf (2020) On Sale In Ireland

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

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf is on sale in Ireland now, priced from €23,950. More than 35 million units of the Golf have been sold to date, and the car has been a best-seller in Ireland for generations.

Now in its eighth generation, there will be a range of petrol, diesel and hybrids available for new Golf, with more high performance versions on the way before the end of the year. Standard equipment has been improved across the range to ensure that even entry models give a modern digital experience to every driver.

What's new?

The styling of the new generation of the iconic German hatchback has evolved once again with a wider profile and sharper design lines. LED headlight technology is now standard across the range to give the Golf a distinct road presence in 2020. Every part of the body has been reshaped, and the result is a more aerodynamic Golf with the drag coefficient (Cd value) cut from 0.3 to 0.275, making it quieter and more efficient.

Inside there is a fully digital cockpit with intuitive touch controls, background lighting and an optional head-up display. The new instruments and online infotainment systems merge at the same level to form a digital cockpit. Touch buttons and touch sliders have been consistently digitised, so their functions are intuitive to use. Volkswagen says this makes the Golf the first model in its price segment to feature a completely digital, high-end cockpit as standard.

A new voice control responds to natural voice commands. Amazon’s Alexa assistant is directly integrated into the Golf. Drivers can ask Alexa to play music, control compatible smart home devices, or retrieve information such as news and weather. We Connect Plus brings streaming, internet radio and other online features on board.

Pricing and equipment for Volkswagen Golf 8

The new hatchback will be available in five trim lines in Ireland: Golf (from €23,950), Golf Comfort (from €26,695), Golf Life (from €27,750), Golf Style (from €30,750) and Golf R Line (from €31,050).

Standard equipment will include LED headlights, electric windows, digital instrument panel, 8.23" media system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, electric mirrors, air conditioning, Lane Assist, keyless go and 'Car 2X Technology' car-to-car wireless information transfer.

The Comfort model adds a leather wrapped steering wheel, 16" alloys, adaptive cruise control, and front and rear parking sensors.

Life models add comfort support seats with lumbar support (front), auto dimming rear view mirror,surround lighting with welcome light, 10" "Discover Pro"  multimedia system, 10 colour ambient lighting, wireless charging, dynamic road sign display, natural voice control ('Hello Volkswagen') and automatic wipers.

The Style model adds front sports seats, 17" alloys,chrome trim, upgraded LED headlight design incl. poor weather light and static cornering light, 'Travel Assist' with lane keeping system, 30 colour ambient lighting, Emergency Assist and Traffic Jam Assist, tri zone climate control, rear view camera, keyless entry with mobile key and high beam control.

R Line models have exclusive R Line sports styling and trim elements, while equipment upgrades include aluminium pedals, sports suspension, progressive steering and driving profile select.

The interior of the new Golf
The interior of the new Golf

Engine options for new Golf in 2020

The new Volkswagen Golf 2020 model has been developed with petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains. Engine options include an entry level 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol with 90 hp or 110 hp and a 2.0-litre diesel with 115 hp or 150 hp. Diesels are available from €28,150. These new TDI engines feature twin dosing – dual AdBlue injection, to significantly cut nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx). Fuel consumption in the new TDI is up to 17% lower than in the equivalent predecessor.

There's also a 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol with 130 hp.

Mild hybrid technology debuts in the Golf for the first time in the form of the new 1.0 eTSI 110 hp MHEV with a DSG automatic gearbox. The start price for this model in Ireland will be €30,350, while there is also a 1.5 eTSI DSG MHEV with 130 and 150 hp.

Two plug-in hybrid versions will join the range at a later date. There will be a more efficiency focused output with 204 PS and a more performance-biased ‘GTE’ with 245 hp. A new 13 kWh lithium-ion battery gives an electric range up to 60 kilometres for these models.

High performance GTI and GTD models are also expected.

Anything else?

Elsewhere, Volkswagen will launch an all new electric car this summer in Ireland in the shape of the Volkswagen ID.3. We can expect to see a revamped Tiguan SUV range soon, with a new plug-in hybrid model to be added.

The Volkswagen Golf will enter the fray once again in the compact family hatchback segment where historically it has held an excellent position. New Golf is going upmarket once again, with more technology and digital features meaning that it's knocking on the door of the premium compact class against the likes of the Audi A3 Sportback and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

We look forward to bringing you a full Irish road test later in the year.

The Golf will be available with petrol, diesel and hybrid engines
The Golf will be available with petrol, diesel and hybrid engines

The new Opel Zafira Life

Opel Zafira Life (2020) Review

The new Opel Zafira Life
The new Opel Zafira Life

Caroline drives the new Opel Zafira Life.

With summer 2020 looking like it will be the summer of the staycation, some car brands in Ireland are already reporting more interest in large people carriers, camper vans and van-based MPVs.

At the Opel camp, the brand's offering in this sector is the Zafira Life. Opel's new van-based MPV is blessed with up to 8 seats, a huge cabin and lots of versatility.

According to Opel, stylish highly equipped shuttles are in great demand in this market segment and that's the philosophy behind this model. Priced from €51,195, Opel Ireland is aiming the Zafira Life at the executive travel side, though the appeal of this vehicle as a holiday van is undeniable right now.

At Changing Lanes, we had an extended test drive with the Zafira Life for over 2 months while Ireland was in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. My weekly shopping trips took place with the Opel Zafira Life and I became very familiar with its features including the electric sliding doors, full leather interior and automatic transmission. Somehow we made it memorable, despite no camping trips or relaxed Sunday drives to the coast. Instead we learnt to navigate near empty roads and supermarket car parks.

The Opel Zafira Life is available in two lengths - Medium and Long
The Opel Zafira Life is available in two lengths - Medium and Long

What's so special about the Opel Zafira Life?

The Opel Zafira Life is hugely versatile and is available in two lengths - Medium or Long. At the moment, the Zafira Life is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine with a different power output depending on gearbox - 150 hp with the 6-speed manual gearbox or 180 hp with the 8-speed automatic. My test car was the Long model with 8-speed automatic gearbox and a recommended retail price of €55,695.

The other part of Opel's strategy is to launch Zafira Life in just one high specification 'Elite' trim level. Things that you might consider options all come as standard including the twin electric, sliding doors, head-up display, full leather interior, electrically adjustable heated driver’s seat with massage function, roof mounted rear ventilation controls, seat back tables, rear view childminder mirror, integrated window blinds and panoramic glass roof. There's also a 7” colour touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, cruise control, dual zone climate control, chrome effect front grille, 17” alloys, rear view camera, rain sensitive windscreen wipers, high beam assist, xenon headlights, dark tinted rear windows, side blind spot alert, front and rear parking sensors, keyless open and start, and a tailgate with separate opening window.

The Zafira Life is available with 7 or 8 seats in a number of configurations
The Zafira Life is available with 7 or 8 seats in a number of configurations

What's it like inside?

In standard specification you get two rows of three seats all with child seat fixtures or as a no cost option you can select two individual swivel seats in row 2. As Opel notes, this means that VIP passengers can sit facing each other and enjoy the legroom! The advantage of the Long model is more boot space, especially if you are carrying 7 or 8 people regularly and their luggage.

The sliding electric doors are a real boon as standard and can be operated from the key alone, by just a simple tug on the door handles or released by the driver from a button on the dashboard. There's also a button inside the door frame where passengers can release the doors themselves.

For the driver, there is lots of adjustment in the seat to get comfortable. Door mirrors are large and the rear parking camera and sensors are a great help when manouvering this vehicle in car parks or tight spaces. The image from the rear view camera is displayed on the 7.0-inch screen with 180-degree visibility from the bird’s eye view, which really helps when reversing into spaces.

The dashboard is a typical Opel affair, while on the automatic model, the gear selector is operated from a dial within close reach on the centre console. The infotainment system syncs easily with Apple and Android smartphones, while navigation is also included in the system itself. There's dual zone air con to keep everyone cool on board. While the rear windows do not open, there are extra ventilation controls in the roof at the rear of the vehicle.

My test car also had the IntelliGrip Pack. This useful feature is for extra reassurance on grass or gravel off road for example, by increasing grip without adding the weight of a four wheel drive system. Settings include snow, mud and sand, which can be simply selected from a circular dial just behind the indicator stalk on the right hand side of the dashboard.

The interior of the Opel Zafira Life
The interior of the Opel Zafira Life

Driving the Zafira Life

Though there are van origins to the Zafira Life, it handles well within the confines of this platform. Obviously allowances need to be made in the handling and agility side, but it's comfortable and you quickly get into the groove with it. The automatic transmission performs well and adds an ease to the driving experience. The diesel engine is relatively refined and only gets noisy under hard acceleration. Motor tax is €390 per year while my overall consumption was 7.7 litres per 100 kilometres. So considering the size and weight of the vehicle, this is not bad for touring around Ireland!

Opel is a brand now with the wind behind its sails again. We are seeing more of the fruits of the PSA merger in the brand's line-up and there's more on the way. At the moment, buyers will find a refreshed Astra range in dealers along with the flagship Insignia, Grandland X, and the all-new Corsa and Corsa-e. We can expect to see a new Mokka crossover and Crossland X in early 2021, which should really boost the brand's fortunes.

The Opel Zafira Life fits well now into the brand's lifestyle portfolio, offering a spacious people carrier with wide appeal among families, businesses and let's not forget taxi drivers. There are competitors in this segment with a lower entry price for a more budget offering without the Opel's bells and whistles. Opel has taken a different approach, choosing to launch one singular high spec model with all the options on it, adding greater convenience to customers in the process. Though it lacks the outright polish and agility of a seven seat car-based MPV, the Zafira Life makes up for it with a huge versatile interior and comfortable seating. If you are looking for your own personal tour bus, this could be it!

The Zafira Life on test for Changing Lanes
The Zafira Life on test for Changing Lanes

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Opel Zafira Life Elite L Automatic
Price: 
€55,695 (from €51,195)
Engine: 2.0-litre diesel
Power: 
180 hp
Torque: 400 Nm
0-100km/h:  
10.4 seconds
Top speed: 169 km/h
Fuel consumption: 
7.0 – 8.1 l/100km
CO2 emissions:
151g/km
Motor Tax: €390 per year


NCT testing is resuming in Ireland

NCT Service Resumes With New Safety Protocols

The National Car Testing Service (NCTS) has confirmed that the phased reopening of the NCT service will begin from 8th June 2020.

15 centres around Ireland will reopen in compliance with the National Return to Work Safely Protocol. Roadworthiness testing will be on a limited basis and restricted only to those vehicles that had a test due date prior to 28 March 2020 (before the 4-month extension to vehicle certificates of roadworthiness came into effect). This will include vehicle owners who were unable to secure a retest date because of the suspension of the service and those affected by the vehicle lifts issue. The company says customers should take note of the Government’s travel restrictions before booking a test.

Those who fall into these categories can book an appointment for a test on the NCT website in any of the 15 centres re-opening on 8th June. The re-opening of more test centres will be announced in the coming weeks and updates will be posted on the website. NCT centres now open for testing include:

  • Cork – Little Island
  • Cork – Blarney
  • Northpoint 1 & 2, Dublin
  • Deansgrange, Dublin
  • Fonthill, Dublin
  • Galway
  • Limerick
  • Waterford
  • Letterkenny
  • Athlone
  • Ballina
  • Naas
  • Drogheda
  • Derrybeg

What to expect at the test centre

There will be detailed measures in place in each NCT test centre to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect customers and staff. You will have to make an appointment, prepay your test when booking online for pre-authorisation purposes and the transaction can be completed using the card in the test centre. No cash will be accepted in the centres.

Social distancing controls will be in place inside and outside the test centre. Physical distancing floor markers will be in place.

All staff have received mandatory training on COVID-19 safety and hygiene protocols covering social distancing requirements, personal hygiene, and the correct use of PPE equipment.

Any customers who qualified for the 4 month extension to the period of validity of their NCT roadworthiness certificate are encouraged to log onto the NCT website where they can check their new test due date.

Protocol for customers booking NCT

  • Tests must be booked and paid online
  • Ensure your vehicle is presented in a hygienic state and free of any unhygienic matter such as used tissues, gloves and wipes.
  • Only customers with confirmed appointments should present their vehicle for inspection.
  • Only one person must present the vehicle for inspection. Vulnerable drivers and those with an underlying illness should not attend. Instead organise for someone else to present their vehicle where possible.
  • A maximum number of customers will be permitted to enter the centre and this will be clearly sign posted as you enter the centre.
  • All customers must adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
  • Driver identification will still be required to be shown at check in, but it should not be handed to the staff member.
  • Once checked in, customers will be advised to wait in their vehicles or if they prefer to wait outside the building.
  • Leave windows lowered slightly to allow for air to ventilate naturally throughout the vehicle.
  • Ensure the air vents in the vehicle are closed and the fans are reduced to the lowest level.
  • Once the inspection is complete, the Vehicle Inspection Reports and NCT Certificates (if applicable) will be left on the front seat of the customer’s vehicle following the test, thus eliminating the need for customers to re-enter the test centre, unless they have a query.