Honda HR-V

First Drive Review: Honda Jazz and HR-V

There’s nothing quite like some shiny new cars to start the week, and when two come along together, it’s even better.

It must be a treat for Honda Ireland too and their associated Irish dealer network. With 2015 already bringing revised Civic and CR-V models, the arrival of a new third generation Jazz, and all new HR-V compact SUV, will add further options. For petrolheads, there’s a Civic Type R on the horizon, and the NSX must not be too far away either.Read more


insiders guide rural roads

The Insider’s Guide To Rural Roads

I’m always amazed by the number of city dwellers who tell me how nervous they are about driving on rural roads.

Why? Well, I thought they would be battle-hardened by the cut and thrust of city driving. And I know lots of people who live in the country but won’t drive in the city. So it works both ways.

I spend a lot of time driving on rural roads so if you’re an urban dweller and just a bit nervous about your next sojourn ‘down the country’, I have an insider’s guide to rural roads to make you more nervous.

Don’t say you weren’t prepared!Read more


Volkswagen up! city car review

Volkswagen up! 1.0-litre (75bhp) Review

Volkswagen up! city car review
The Volkswagen up!: the smallest car in the VW range

The Volkswagen up! is the smallest car in the Volkswagen range, slotting in below the Polo, and since it was launched in 2012, the up! has been the car to beat in the city car class. I have driven quite a few small cars, but this was my first time to drive the up!, and because it's widely regarded as the benchmark in this class, I was curious to see what it would be like.Read more


vanish product review

Vanish Product Review Video And Competition

I like to keep my car clean and my routine goes a little like this - I wash it, then vacuum it and wipe down the surfaces inside.Read more


ChangingLanes.ie Best Automotive Blog

Jump For Joy! ChangingLanes.ie Is A Blog Awards Ireland 2015 Finalist

I’ve just received the happy news that I’m a finalist in the Best Automotive Blog (Personal Category) at the Blog Awards Ireland 2015!Read more


Car finance volkswagen ireland survey

A Crisis At The Volkswagen Group

It’s over a week ago since news broke that a ‘defeat device’ had been installed in nearly half a million Volkswagen Group diesel cars sold in the US, a piece of software that was able to manipulate emissions tests so that the cars appeared cleaner.Read more


Trabi Berlin

ChangingLanes.ie On Tour: Part 2 Berlin, Trabants and Ampelmännchen

Trabi Berlin

It's time to swap the bright lights of Frankfurt for some Berlin grit. I leave the show and hop on a train to Berlin. It's history that brings me to the city, not cars, but then I find a car that's part of that history.Read more


Opel Astra Frankfurt

ChangingLanes.ie On Tour: Part 1 Frankfurt Motor Show

Those of you that follow me on Twitter and Facebook will know that I’ve been in transit this week - but now I’m back on terra firma, it’s time to update you on what I’ve been up to.

A few weeks ago I shared with you some of my confessions as a car blogger. But there was another glaring omission from that list – I’ve never been to a motor show. A proper motor show.

So I had to put that right. And I decided to make my motor show debut at the mother of all motor shows – the massive, frenetic, exciting, feet blistering, sweat inducing, battery charge zapping, ‘tweettastic’ Frankfurt Motor Show.Read more


Mllennials SUVs

Why The Millennials Are Wrong About SUVs

Mllennials SUVs

As Ford gets ready for an SUV bonanza at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the company has released the results of a survey that serves to validate its investment in bringing five new SUVs and crossovers to market in the next three years.Read more


audi A1 review

Audi A1 1.0TFSI S tronic Review

audi A1 review

The Audi A1 is the entry level model into the Audi range and promises a premium car experience within the compact dimensions of a small hatchback. The A1 has recently been given a small facelift, some new engines, some changes to the suspension and steering, new colours, new alloy wheel designs and some more equipment. With prices starting at €20,800, the A1 slots firmly into the premium small car class, where image and kerb appeal are the currency of sale. Has the A1 still got it?

Watch my video review of the Audi A1 or scroll down to read a review:Read more