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

What Were The Bestselling Cars In Ireland In 2021?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Ford Focus

2,147 units

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

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

8. Volkswagen Golf

2,343 units

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

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

7. Skoda Octavia

2,556 units

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

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

6. Toyota RAV4

2,564 units

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

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

5. Toyota C-HR

2,588 units

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

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

4. Volkswagen Tiguan

2,670 units

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

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

3. Toyota Yaris

2,702 units

The 2020 Toyota Yaris!
The new Toyota Yaris

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

2. Toyota Corolla 

4,361 units

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

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

1. Hyundai Tucson

5,467 units

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

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

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

By Caroline Kidd

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

Van Deals 2022 For Ireland

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

The new Kia Sportage on sale in Ireland in 2022

New Cars Coming To Ireland In 2022!

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

The next generation Opel Astra
The next generation Opel Astra


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

The Volvo C40 Recharge
The Volvo C40 Recharge


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


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

Caroline Kidd

Find new 221 offers to help buy your new car

221 Offers And Car Deals For Ireland!

Find new 221 offers to help buy your new car
Find new 221 offers to help buy your new car

Thinking of buying a new car in 2022? Car manufacturers and dealers are releasing their 221 offers, car deals and finance offers ahead of the new 221 registration period, which starts on 1st January 2022!

At Changing Lanes, we’ve put together a list of 221 offers, 0% finance offers, and any scrappage deals we know of available in Ireland at this time, to help you find the best deal for you. This list will be updated as more car brands release their offers. For more information visit the manufacturer’s website or your local dealer. Good luck!


3.9% APR on models including 1-Series, 2-Series, 3-Series, 5-Series, X1, X5 and plug-in hybrid models like the BMW 330e, 530e and 545e. New iX and i4 from 4.9% APR.


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


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).


4.9% APR PCP finance on new Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Duster. Available on all new cars ordered or registered by 31st March 2022.


PCP finance from 3.9% APR available on new range including DS3 Crossback and DS7.


Ford Options for 221 offers flexible personal contract purchase (PCP) packages, available with 2.9% APR and a deposit contribution towards your new car.


221 offers for Honda include 3.9% across the CR-V Hybrid range and 4.9% across the Jazz Hybrid range. There's also a free electric charger with the new Honda e and Energia.


Offers include 3.9% APR PCP finance on the new Tuscon ordered before 20 November or 5 years free servicing, a free Electric Vehicle Charger for your Hyundai electric car and 20% discount on energy with Energia, 5 years AA roadside assistance, 5 year unlimited mileage warranty, and 5 years complimentary health check.


Hire purchase finance from 0% APR and 3.9% PCP on selected 221 models. Order any 221 Kia before December 23rd and get a €500 SuperValu Gift Card. Free home charger available on selected electric models with Energia.


New all-electric Mazda MX-30 available from 3.9% APR PCP finance or from 5.9% APR with a free home charger installation. 3.9% APR available on Mazda CX-30 Homura editions while stocks last; 4.9% available on other models in the range. 4.9% APR available across the Mazda CX-5 range. 3.9% APR available on Mazda3 Homura editions while stocks last; 4.9% APR available across the Mazda3 range. 4.9% APR on Mazda2 and Mazda6 or 3.9% on Homura editions.


APR rates starting at 3.9% for the A-Class and from 4.9% for models including the B-Class, CLA, E-Class, GLA and GLC.


There's 2.9% APR PCP finance in addition to a free home charge point available on the electric MG5 Sportwagon and the MG HS plug-in hybrid. The MG ZS electric compact SUV is available for 221 with 1.9% APR PCP finance and a free home charge point while stocks last.


2.9% APR finance and 3.9% APR finance available on selected models including MINI Electric and MINI Countryman, plus upgrade contributions of up to €1000.


3.9% APR PCP finance on models including Micra, Qashqai and Juke. The Power of Zero initiative offers 0% finance on all-electric Nissan LEAF (both 40kWh and 62kWh models), free home charger and one year’s free servicing. Nissan 'Subscribe & Drive' monthly subscription service allows you to own a new 221 Nissan car for a monthly fee without having to pay a deposit. Subscription available on all Nissan models.


2.9% APR PCP and HP finance rate offer on models including Corsa, Insignia, Mokka, Crossland and electric models, Mokka-e and Corsa-e. Free home charger and 20% discount on energy when you register your new electrified Opel and switch your domestic electricity supply to Energia.


221 offers at Peugeot include PCP finance from 3.9% APR, scrappage up to €4,000 and service plan offers. New for EVs in the range, there is PCP finance at 2.9% APR and a free service plan on the e-208 and e-2008.


0% APR PCP finance available on all-electric Renault Zoe. 4.9% APR on Arkana, Clio, Captur, Kadjar and Megane E-TECH plug-in hybrids. The Renault 221 finance on the road offers are available on all new cars ordered or registered by 31st March 2022.


PCP Finance from 1.9% on Ibiza, Leon, Ateca and Arona, 2.9% on Leon e-Hybrid and Tarraco. 3 Year Service Plans can be added for €9.99 per month.


3 years servicing and PCP finance offers from 0% on Scala and Fabia, 3.9% on Octavia, Superb, Karoq, Kamiq, and 4.9% on Kodiaq and Enyaq.


PCP finance from 3.9% APR with finance contributions of up to €2,500, trade-in boosters of up to €2,500 on retail sales and 3 years servicing as standard on all retail sales. For example 3.9% APR on Yaris, Corolla and C-HR, and 4.9% APR on new Yaris Cross, Camry and RAV4 Hybrid.


PCP finance from 1.9% on selected models with low rate finance available across the range. 3 Year Service Plan available at a reduced rate of €12.99 a month. Flexible deposit options also available. Volkswagen customers also get 23% off car insurance online with Allianz.


The Volvo XC90 from 2.9% PCP finance, now with Lounge Pack for €1,299 that adds even more equipment. Price varies depending on model, ordered from 1st October 2021 – 31st January 2022. Volvo XC60 Recharge plug-in hybrid with Lounge Pack for €1,299 and PCP finance from 2.9%. 0% APR on Volvo XC40, Driver Assist Pack for €999 available, 4.9% APR on electric Volvo XC40 Recharge. 0% PCP finance on V60.

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

SUV vs crossover? Check out our article for all you need to know

SUV vs Crossover: What's The Difference?

SUV vs crossover? Check out our article for all you need to know
SUV vs crossover? Check out our article for all you need to know

What's the difference between an SUV and a crossover?

SUV vs crossover? Good question! The new car market is flooded with vehicles calling themselves SUVs, crossovers, SUV coupés, and now even CUVs. In this article we will attempt to understand what each model has to offer to help you make a decision on buying your new car in Ireland in 2022.

What is an SUV?

SUVs have been rising in popularity in recent years in Ireland, Europe and around the world. It's a major growth segment for car brands, with the latest data showing SUVs accounting for 45% of global passenger car sales in 2020. In Europe, SUVs accounted for 45% of the total new car registrations up to the end of August 2021.

SUV stands for Sports Utility Vehicle. Modern SUVs offer customers the high driving position and rugged design features typically associated with working off-road vehicles. Four wheel drive is available in some cases, but not all. That's okay - most buyers are attracted to these vehicles for their elevated driving position and style; not their off-roading or towing capability. These days SUVs are generally seen by consumers as more desirable than traditional hatchbacks and saloons, with customers willing to pay more to own one too.

The Toyota RAV4 is a popular hybrid SUV
The Toyota RAV4 is a popular hybrid SUV

Manufacturers have been quick to respond to consumer trends for SUVs, bringing new models to market across segments from small SUVs to compact SUVs, large family SUVs, luxury SUVs, hybrid SUVs, and now even electric SUVs. Five and seven seat SUV models are available on the market today.

It's a fine line between what is an SUV and what is a crossover, but the height and design of the vehicle is a clue.

Small, Midsize and Large SUVs

Small SUVs and compact SUVs include models like the Volkswagen T-Cross, Dacia Duster, Opel Mokka, Peugeot 2008, JEEP Renegade, and Renault Captur.

Family SUVS and mid-size SUVs include the Mazda CX-30/CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Ford Kuga, Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan Qashqai, and Peugeot 3008.

Large SUVs include the Toyota Highlander, Kia Sorento, Nissan X-Trail, SEAT Tarraco and Skoda Kodiaq.

Premium SUVs include the BMW X3, BMW X5, Audi Q3, Audi Q5, Volvo XC40, Volvo XC90, Jaguar F-PACE, Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLE.

Hybrid SUVs are becoming more and more popular including the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe, DS 7 and many more!

Small SUVs like the Volkswagen T-Cross
Small SUVs like the Volkswagen T-Cross

There are many electric SUVs coming to market too such as the BMW iX3 and iX, Toyota bZ4X, Nissan Ariya, Volkswagen ID.4, Skoda Enyaq, Tesla Model Y, Mercedes-Benz EQB and EQC, Volvo XC40 Recharge, Audi Q4 and Audi e-tron, Opel Mokka-e, Peugeot e-2008, and the MG ZS.

What is a Crossover?

The crossover is like a halfway house between a car and an SUV. They often feel like a more slightly elevated hatchback or estate car from behind the wheel. Crossovers are popular because they have a little more visual presence thanks to being a bit higher off the ground than a standard hatchback. They also have styling features typically associated with SUVs and 4x4 vehicles, for example, plastic cladding around the wheel arches and the lower extremities of the car, skid plates front/rear and roof rails.

Crossovers also feature in different segments of the new car market in Ireland, including compact crossovers, hybrid crossovers and electric crossovers like the new Ford Mustang Mach-e and the Jaguar I-PACE.

Manufacturers typically blur the lines between what is classed as an SUV and what is classed as a crossover. But cars like the Ford Puma, Hyundai Kona, Kia XCeed, Ford Focus Active, Citroen C5 X, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and CUPRA Formentor could definitely be considered crossovers!

The Ford Puma is a popular compact crossover
The Ford Puma is a popular compact crossover

What is an SUV Coupé?

SUV coupés have been popular among premium car manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW for some years now.

But in 2021, many mainstream car manufacturers like Renault and Citroen began to bring more SUV coupés to the market. Expect to see even more hitting the showrooms in 2022.

The SUV coupé shares a lot with an SUV, for example, an elevated height and driving position. But they also feature a more stylish and exclusive design inspired by a sporty coupé. Often there is a small compromise to practicality, boot space and rear headroom because of the lower, sloping roofline towards the rear of the car. But for many buyers that is not an issue. SUV coupés have a unique style that is becoming more and more fashionable among SUV buyers.

Some of the best examples of premium SUV coupés include the BMW X4 and X6, the Audi Q3 Sportback and Audi Q8, the Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLE Coupé. Many are available with petrol, diesel, and even plug-in hybrid powertrains. The Volvo C40 Recharge is a new all-electric SUV coupé from a premium car brand.

In 2021 the new Renault Arkana was launched, while the new Citroen C4 also has some SUV-coupé style.

The Renault Arkana is an SUV-coupé
The Renault Arkana is an SUV-coupé

What is a CUV?

CUVs are an emerging trend in the motor industry. CUV stands for Crossover Utility Vehicle. It's fair to say we are just talking crossovers here. So they typically can be easily identified by their height and design cues. A CUV might not be as tall as an SUV for example. It resembles an elevated hatchback in its design. Styling of the CUV is often less rugged than an SUV, but features like extra cladding and roof rails are common.

Some new CUVs hitting the market this year include the Hyundai IONIQ5 and the Kia EV6, both electric.

SUV vs Crossover?

So what will it be? In this article we've detailed the differences between these popular models. This decision is mostly about personal preference and price. SUVs are highly desirable in the market for their chunky looks and presence on the road. Crossovers have emerged over the last few years as a softer approach to the SUV, but with more presence and character than say a traditional hatchback or estate car.

When trying to decide between an SUV or crossover consider everything from price, value for money, equipment, practicality and efficiency, as you would with any new car purchase.

Hyundai class their new IONIQ 5 as a CUV
Hyundai class their new IONIQ 5 as a CUV

There are many exciting new crossovers and SUVs hitting the market in 2022, along with a fine selection already in dealer showrooms. Read specific SUV/CROSSOVER REVIEWS on Changing Lanes for our definitive verdict on the latest models on sale in Ireland.

By Caroline Kidd

Do you need no claims bonus protection with your car insurance?

No Claims Bonus Protection: Is It Worth It?

Do you need no claims bonus protection with your car insurance?
Do you need no claims bonus protection with your car insurance in Ireland?

Kennco insurance

Do you need no claims bonus protection with your car insurance in Ireland?


At Changing Lanes, we have teamed up with the experts at KennCo Insurance to explain what is no claims bonus protection and is it worth it.

A no-claims bonus is a discount a driver receives on their insurance premium based on the number of years they have held a car insurance policy without making a single claim.

The discount becomes higher the more years you've held your policy without an accident. A no-claims bonus only applies to the driver who has taken out the policy in their name. 

No Claims Bonus

A no-claims bonus will be worth a different amount to each insurer, but you will likely get a considerable discount if you have not made a claim in over five years or more. 

To earn a no-claims bonus, you must not have made a claim for an entire year on your policy, and this will reward you with a one-year no-claims bonus. The more years of claims free driving you build up, the more your insurance premium will decrease each year.

This is why drivers should consider protecting your no-claims bonus.

There are two options available to drivers to allow you to keep your no-claims bonus - Full No Claims Bonus Protection and Step Back No Claims Bonus Protection

1. Full No Claims Bonus Protection

When you take out your insurance policy, you will have the option to protect your no claims bonus. For an additional fee on your policy, your bonus will be protected even if you make a claim.

Purchasing a Full No Claims Bonus Protection is the most expensive option but does offer the most significant protection. So despite making a claim on your insurance cover, your no-claims bonus is still active. 

Some insurers may apply limitations to this, so make sure you know your insurer's terms and conditions. These may include restricting the amount of time you can make a claim before your no-claims bonus is affected. Even with no claims bonus protection in place, some insurers may still factor your accident into account. 

2. Step Back No Claims Bonus Protection

Step Back No Claims Bonus Protection is when the policy holder protects part of their no-claims bonus. It typically costs less than full protection but offers you less cover too. This protection may apply when you're at fault for an accident. Instead of losing all of your five-year no-claims bonus, you only lose two years and effectively 'step back' to having a three-year no-claims bonus. 

Benefits of No Claims Bonus Protection

There are several benefits to having no claims bonus protection, whether it's a full no claims bonus protection or step back no claims bonus protection.

The following are good reasons why you should consider protecting your no claims bonus next time your car insurance policy is up for renewal:

  • Cost: Having a no claims discount will significantly decrease the cost of your car insurance. Without protection, you could lose it all in just one accident.
  • Security: By protecting your no claims bonus, you will be keeping your discount secure. You will continue to pay less on your premium even if you are involved in an accident. You could receive a reduction of up to 67% by having a full no claims bonus.

If you're thinking of purchasing a new car insurance policy, follow this link to contact KennCo Insurance for a secure CAR INSURANCE QUOTE.

Kennco insurance


Now find out more about how younger drivers can get cheaper car insurance.

Looking for cheap car insurance for young drivers?

How Young Drivers Can Get Cheaper Car Insurance

Looking for cheap car insurance for young drivers?


Kennco insurance

Are you a young driver in Ireland looking for cheap car insurance?


At Changing Lanes, we have teamed up with the experts at KennCo Insurance to help you with insider tips on how to get the best deal on your car insurance!

If you are a young or new driver, it may be tricky to find affordable and cheap car insurance. As a new driver, you have overcome the hard part by passing your test and getting on the road. But at the end of that, you may feel that getting a suitable car insurance cover is difficult. There are some ways to reduce your insurance premium if you are under 25, which we will explain in this article.

Am I considered a young driver?

You are considered a young driver if you are aged between 18 and 24. It is typically more expensive to get car insurance until you are aged 25. At KennCo, we insure young drivers of 19 years old and above. If you are 18 years old, you may obtain car insurance as a named driver on a policy with an experienced driver, such as one of your parents.

Why is car insurance more expensive for younger drivers?

There are many reasons why insurance is pricier for young drivers. Car insurance premiums are calculated based on the risk of the driver having an accident. Statistically, young drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident than drivers over 25. Drivers over the age of 25 will be more experienced drivers, so the risk of an accident decreases. Young drivers car insurance should decrease with every year of your No Claims Bonus.

Types of car insurance cover for young drivers

There are two types of car insurance cover available for young drivers. it is a legal requirement to obtain car insurance for driving.

1. Comprehensive Car Insurance

Comprehensive cover means that your insurer will cover the cost of repairing your car and, if necessary, the cost of any damage or injury to a third party if you are involved in an accident.

2. Third-Party Fire & Theft Car Insurance

Third-Party Fire & Theft covers you if your car is damaged by fire or from theft. This cover also extends to any damage or injury to third parties where you are at fault for the accident. This type of insurance does not cover damage to your car.

Tips for reducing the cost of Young Drivers Car Insurance

There are several ways to reduce your car insurance as a young driver:

  • Named driver experience: Your insurer will take any named driver experience into account when you take out an insurance policy in your own name. They will reward you for your excellent driving history if you have not made a claim.
  • Pass your test! If you are a learner driver, then the sooner you pass the test, the better. Your insurance will decrease the longer you hold a full license.
  • Your choice of car: Choosing a car with a lower-powered engine will reduce the price of your insurance as they are less likely to be involved in an accident. You should also avoid any cars with modifications as you will end up paying extra for them.
  • Security: If you add more security measures to your car, your car will be safer from theft and may lower your insurance cost as you’re less likely to claim theft.
  • Add a driver: Another way to lower your premium is to add a driver with more experience to your policy. If a parent to partner has been driving for many years, your insurer may feel that you will be safer under their guidance.

At KennCo Insurance, we understand that it can be challenging for young drivers to get their first car on the road. That’s why we’re offering affordable and reliable car insurance for young drivers. Follow this link to the Kennco website to get a Car Insurance quote in minutes.

Kennco insurance


Now read our article on No Claims Bonus Protection with your next car insurance policy. Is it worth it?

Laurel Hill Racing

Interview With Laurel Hill Racing, F1 In Schools

Laurel Hill Racing
Genevieve Bachelet, Sophie Coleman, Alannah O'Connell, and Margherita Ní Fhlatharta of Laurel Hill Racing

Sophie Coleman, Alannah O'Connell, Genevieve Bachelet, and Margherita Ní Fhlatharta are all 6th Year students at Laurel Hill Secondary School in Limerick. The girls have formed a team 'Laurel Hill Racing' and entered it in the F1 in Schools competition. Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing them about this very special project, which is pioneering in their school.

F1 in Schools is a global competition where teams of students under 19 years of age are asked to design, build, and race their own miniature F1 cars. It starts out as a national competition, with the winning team going on to represent Ireland at the world final. Students use CAD/CAM software to design and manufacture their creations. The teams must raise sponsorship and manage budgets to fund their project.

It's the first time a team from the Limerick all-girls school has ever entered the competition. With no Engineering classes available at the school and Technical Graphics only added recently, the girls are entering the competition against the odds, watching videos and online tutorials to teach themselves how to use the software to create their F1 car. And after meeting them, I'm convinced that they are absolutely thriving at it!

"Sophie and Alannah were already really interested in F1 and we're all interested in the engineering part," says team project manager Margherita. "So when we heard about the competition from our Maths teacher we were excited about the idea we could make our own F1 car."

"During the first lockdown I was looking for something new to get into. I watched Drive to Survive on Netflix and I was so excited by it," says Alannah. "With Formula 1 there is so much going on - the physics of the car, the intrigue of racing against one another - it's not just about how fast your car can go; it's also about your engineering and your teamwork."

The girls began their project in October and now they are working on a proposal and looking for sponsors.

"We're really focusing on our car designs at the moment and how we can improve them every step of the way so we can build the fastest car," says Sophie, who has taken the role of social media and marketing manager in the team.

"Everything is a learning curve at this point," says Alannah, who is leading on the technical side and getting to grips with the software they need to create their car.

"We've studied the air flow going over the car, we've looked at aerodynamics, we know about the drag and thrust of the car. We're figuring out how to apply all of our science to the actual car right now and how we can use those to improve it and then we can see how fast we can get our car to go."

The girls with their early prototypes!
Sophie, Margherita and Genevieve with the team's early prototypes for the F1 in Schools project

The main objective of the F1 in Schools competition is to help change the perceptions of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, Formula 1, science, marketing and technology.

"Before the competition I always had a sort of interest in STEM but after doing this and experiencing a STEM career with this project, it's definitely something I would include in my college choices," says Genevieve, who looks after graphic design for the project team. "Now I feel I have a good idea of what to expect."

The girls reflect on the importance of role models in this space and where they draw their inspiration and motivation from. All talk about family who have set a great example, but also those in the public eye who draw attention to minorities and pave the way forward for them.

"In Formula 1 my idol is definitely Sebastien Vettel, he inspires me in every way - environmentally and in human rights, supporting the LGBT community," says Sophie. "He's also really fast and I just think he's great!"

"In motorsport, it's Lewis Hamilton," says Margherita. "He's the only black driver in Formula 1, paving the way for minorities in the sport."

"For me it's probably the first female F1 driver, Maria Teresa de Filippis," says Alannah. "She was the first woman to ever drive a Formula 1 car. She went out there and said I'm not going to be a housewife. I'm going to sit in that car and race against you all and prove that women can be here too."

"Michele Mouton is one of my big inspirations," says Genevieve.  "I've seen her interviews and how she empowers women."

"I love the fact that we are an all-girls team from an all-girls school," says Alannah. "A lot of the teams we are competing against are all boys so it's nice to know girls can do it too."

The girls are clearly really breaking through barriers and they hope to inspire other girls in their school with their project and women in general.

"Regardless of how far we get in the competition, I hope that us as 6th Years in our school will prove to the other girls below us that you can go that bit further. Maybe it will open up more resources and bring Engineering into the school," says Alannah. "It would open the doors to girls who might be more interested in that."

Laurel Hill Racing are already changing the world just by entering F1 in Schools and representing their school for the very first time in the competition. Their teachers and school have been very supportive, which means a lot to their project.

"It's really great to know there are people behind us, supporting us every step of the way," says Alannah.

It's clear that the girls are relishing this challenge and having loads of fun while doing it. In that way they will always be winners.

Laurel Hill Racing

Thanks to Sophie, Margherita, Genevieve and Alannah for taking part in this interview! I'm so excited to be following your journey in the F1 in Schools competition.

You can support Laurel Hill Racing by following them on Instagram here.

For more on F1 in Schools, click here.

Shane Codd and his BMW 4 Series

Shane Codd: Me and My Car

Shane Codd and his BMW 4 Series
Shane Codd and his BMW 4 Series

Irish DJ and producer Shane Codd rose to fame with his breakout single ‘Get Out My Head’, which was created in his bedroom during lockdown in 2020. The track saw immediate success, gaining support from BBC Radio 1, KISS FM, Capital FM and SLAM FM, and it’s currently sitting at over 75 million Spotify streams.

Heavily influenced by the 90s and early-2000s dance sound, Shane's first big break came when he became a finalist at the 2018 ‘Breakout Producer’ competition held by DJ Mark McCabe.

His latest single is ‘It Ain’t Right’ and is out now.

Shane talks to Changing Lanes about his BMW 4 Series.

1. Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m a DJ and music producer from Ireland, you may know me from my last track ‘Get Out My Head’, which reached the Top 10 in the UK and Ireland. I hope you’ll know me from my future music also.

2. What inspires your music?

The music that inspires me is mainly 2000's and 90’s dance music - artists such as Avicii and Calvin Harris.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Shane Codd (@shanecodd_)

3. What car do you drive?

I drive a BMW 4 Series M Sport.

4. What do you like about this car?

I love the power you get from this car and how smooth it is to drive.

5. Is there anything you would change about this car?

There’s nothing that I can think of that I would change about my car actually!

6. Favourite memory of the car?

My favourite memory is probably the first day I got the car, and feeling the power behind the steering. I loved how brand new it looked and how sporty it was. It was just the first car that I was really amazed and excited by.

Shane Codd
Shane wouldn't change anything about his 4 Series!

7. What's playing on the stereo?

On the stereo there’s a lot of house music. Actually the speakers are probably my favourite thing about the car, it’s got amazing speakers!

8. Three words to describe your car.

Fast, blue, comfortable.

Stay up to date with Shane on InstagramTiktokTwitter and Facebook.

New high power IONITY chargers have arrived in Ireland!

How To Use IONITY In Ireland

New high power IONITY chargers have arrived in Ireland!
New high power IONITY chargers have arrived in Ireland!

Circle K and IONITY have partnered to bring a network of 350 kW high power electric vehicle (EV) chargers to Ireland.

IONITY is a European network of high-power electric vehicle charging hubs present in 24 European countries, including Ireland.

The company operates over 390 charging sites across Europe, with over 1500 high power chargers by the end of 2021. Fees apply with membership available. There are currently six IONITY sites in Ireland, which we have included details of in our article below.

Here's a guide to using these high power charging hubs to charge your electric car in Ireland.

What is IONITY?

Europe’s leading high-power charging provider. IONITY was founded in 2017 with the aim of providing a network of reliable, high-performance charging stations along Europe's main transport routes. It is a joint venture by BMW Group, Mercedes Benz AG, Ford Motor Company, Hyundai Motor Group and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche. The company is headquartered in Munich with an additional office in Oslo, Norway, and employs more than 75 people. 100% renewable energy is available everywhere in the network so charging at IONITY means carbon-neutral driving.

How does it work?

You can use if your car is equipped with the leading European standard Combined Charging System (CCS). The charge point is usually found on the front wing of the vehicle or at the front of the car. Remove the adaptor from the charge point and insert into the CCS port on your car. The charger technology automatically optimises its charging speed to the maximum your car’s built-in battery management system can handle so you will always be charging at full speed. For example. the new Audi e-tron can charge at 150 kW so it's possible to get from 10% to 100% battery power in just 40 minutes.

IONITY is simple and easy to use
IONITY is simple and easy to use

How to pay for IONITY

A kilowatt hour based pricing structure is in place since 2020. In Ireland it costs 0.73 EUR/ kWh pay as you go with no monthly fees and no subscription. There is also a subscription model available for frequent users with a rate of 0.35 EUR/ kWh and a monthly access fee. You can also pay via the app when you register an account.

Many vehicle manufacturers have integrated IONITY into their charging services, with more attractive rates available.Typically, you are offered contactless payment options via RFID cards or smartphone apps.

You can also choose from other Mobility Service Providers (MSP) that integrate the IONITY high-power charging network into their offering. To find out if your MSP provides access to IONITY and on what terms, contact your provider directly.

Where can I charge with IONITY in Ireland?

There are currently six motorway Circle K sites in Ireland with this new high power charging installed: Circle K Cashel, Tipperary, Circle K Athlone on the M6, Circle K City North on the M1, Circle K Gorey on the M11, Circle K Kill South and Kill North on the M7. The cIONITY charging stations typically have 4-6 chargers on average to avoid queuing.

Is there an IONITY app?

Yes you can download a smartphone app from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Use the app to search for and find the nearest IONITY charging station. You can also start and stop your charging sessions directly from the app. It also informs you as soon as the battery of your vehicle is 80% or 100% charged. In the app you can see all your charging sessions at IONITY. You can also use the app to store your credit card details to pay for your charging sessions

Can Tesla use IONITY?

Tesla has its own supercharger network throughout Europe but popular models like the new Model 3 can be charged using IONITY chargers. Model S and Model X can be charged if you have a CCS charge port..

New IONITY rapid charging station opens at Circle K Kill South on the N7
New IONITY rapid charging station opens at Circle K Kill South on the N7

Local customer service phone numbers are displayed at all charging stations. For trouble charging using an IONITY charger in Ireland or any other support request, call +35316917020 for assistance.