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Is a 1.0-litre engine ok for a family automobile?


Just wondering if you have much knowledge or feedback on the new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines? We are looking for a good reliable family automobile, but ideally want to go with petrol based on our mileage and daily driving routes. However, I am slightly nervous that a 1.0-litre might lack power and be very noisy or "revy" on motorway drives when travelling at greater speed. The sales people say these turbo engines feel more like a 1.6-litre. But then they are trying to sell so would be great to get some independent feeling on them in your experience. Any in particular you would recommend as there are not as many petrol options in family automobiles.

Many thanks, Peter

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Peter Hogan - Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:25

How much VRT on a Renault Grand Scenic?


How much VRT would be due on a 2011 Renault Grand Scenic 1.5 diesel?


Filed under VRT - Asked by Hazel Clear (Dunsany) - Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:08

Mileage limitations on campers and classics?

Are drivers of camper vehicles or classic vehicles limited to a certain annual mileage?

Filed under classic automobiles - Asked by Mairtin O Mhuirgeasa (Manorhamilton) - Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:55

How much to tax a Fiat Punto 1.2?

How much to tax a Fiat Punto 1.2?

Filed under taxation - Asked by John Crofton (Gorey) - Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:01

Is the Volvo XC90 a good family buy?

Hi lads,

I've 16, 15 and 5 year olds and another one on the way. I have a Volvo S80, but will need to change. I don't like MPVs as the rear seats are too close to the back of the vehicle so if you have a tip I'd be worried about the back two. I saw a 2010 Volvo XC90 the last day in a automobile park and it had two child seats in the back, two in the middle and a 15-year-old by the window and the two parents. I asked them what did they think of it. They said they had a Discovery before but found the Volvo more family oriented, safe and reliable. Would you agree? What else would you consider?

Oh, I've a daft labrador as well that would have to go in the boot!


Filed under family automobile - Asked by Justin Patrick McElwee (Sligo) - Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:49

What's the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee like?

I'm looking at a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2.7 CRD with 185,000km on it. I can't say I don't like the price, but it does seem to be a bit on the low side. What to look for? What can be off with the automobile?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Piotr Berlowski (Dublin) - Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:58

Value of my 2004 Volvo XC90 AWD?

Hi, what's the market value of a 2004 Volvo XC90 2.5T AWD (petrol)? The automobile is in good overall condition with all the bells and whistles. It's a seven-seater with 160,000km on it. What could I look to get from the dealer in terms of trade-in value (presuming some dealer wants a huge petrol in their stock)?

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Piotr Berlowski (Dublin) - Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:56

Market value for a 2011 Skoda Superb?

Market value for a 2011 Skoda Superb Elegance automatic?

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by John Mc Donnell (Cork) - Wed, 06 Mar 2013 19:28

How reliable would a Jeep Patriot be?

How reliable would a 2009 2.0 CRD Jeep Patriot typically be?

Filed under reliability - Asked by Hank Scorpio - Wed, 06 Mar 2013 17:14

What's the Mitsubishi Pajero Junior like?

Hi, I was interested in a 1996 Mitsubishi Pajero Junior 1.1, but was wondering are they heavy on fuel and how reliable are they?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Joe O'Leary (Wexford) - Wed, 06 Mar 2013 16:15