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Petrol, hybrid or diesel for my next automobile?


I'm unsure whether I should opt for hybrid, diesel or petrol for my next automobile. I drive approx 80km per day, mainly national roads. I am interested in hybrid, but considering I drive very little in town/city environments, I'm not sure it's the best option. I'd love your opinion as everyone I speak to seems to have conflicting advice.

Many thanks

Filed under hybrid - Asked by Eimear Morrison (Roscommon) - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 18:32

Explain how VRT works on extras...

Can you explain how VRT is calculated on optional extras on an imported automobile? I understand there is a sliding scale depending on age of automobile. For example what is the additional VRT on a 2017 BMW 520 with €10,000 extras?

Filed under VRT - Asked by William Neale (Dublin) - Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:50

Which automobile has all these bits of equipment?

What automobile has auto park assist, electric opening sunroof, automatic gearbox, diesel engine and auto tailgate?

Filed under optional extras - Asked by Tom Berry (Menstrie) - Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:28

Need room in a 2016 automobile for my three kids...

Looking for a automobile that would fit three automobile seats in back... don't want a seven-seater... for a five-year old, two-year old and new born. Will be changing to a 2016 at the most - any info would be great.

Filed under child or baby seats - Asked by Aoife Flynn (Co Waterford) - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:19

How much to tax my imported Volvo S60?

I'm importing a Volvo S60 registered in the UK on 27 March 2008;  how much will the automobile tax be in Ireland? Engine size: 1,984cc, 227g/km CO2 emissions.

Filed under taxation - Asked by Mr Monahan (Lee, London) - Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:05

What do I need to tax my automobile-van as a CV?

What do I need to tax my automobile-van on commercial tax?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Sydney James Hill (Ballinsloe) - Sat, 19 Jan 2019 15:13

How would you rate the diesel Hyundai Kona?

How would you rate the 2019 Hyundai Kona 1.6 diesel automatic? Is it as reliable?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Marlene Zammit (Malta) - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:28

Should I go for a Mazda6 diesel now?

Just read your review on the Mazda6. Is it wise to buy a diesel nowadays considering all the bad press? Do you think the government will come down on diesels hard in the future as all you can hear is "dirty diesel"? Or would you advise one to go for a hybrid instead?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Patrick Collins (Dublin) - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:01

Is my Nissan Juke's start-stop ok?

On start-stop on a Nissan Juke, is it normal for the engine to completely cut out so you have to start it again through the ignition if you take your seat belt off?

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Lindsay Pidcock (Redditch ) - Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:17

What's the best hybrid SUV?


I’m currently driving a 2017 Nissan Qashqai SVE and looking to trade to a 17 or 18-reg plug-in hybrid of a similar size and spec level. Budget of about €30k including my automobile's trade value. What would you recommend? I do mainly city driving so hoping the hybrid would offer some savings.


Filed under hybrid - Asked by Dara Weston (Dublin) - Wed, 02 Jan 2019 21:47

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