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Hyundai Tucson vs. Nissan Qashqai vs. Renault Kadjar

by Dave Humphreys on 04 Jul 2016

changagoidem Features | Hyundai Tucson vs. Nissan Qashqai vs. Renault Kadjar

Nissan's Qashqai arguably started our craze with SUV-lite crossovers and it has taken several years for the other manufacturers to catch up. But catch up they have, as evidenced by the runaway success of the Hyundai Tucson. Here we pitch the best-selling Korean machine with the latest Qashqai and, for good measure, Renault's take on it, the stylish Kadjar.

In the Metal

When it boils down to it there is only a limited number of ways in which a modern day SUV can be packaged. This has led to some quite homogenous silhouettes, but in the case of our three…

BMW M4 Coupe vs. Jaguar F-Type Coupe comparison

by Shane O' Donoghue on 22 Jun 2016

changagoidem Features | BMW M4 Coupe vs. Jaguar F-Type Coupe comparison

Although these automobiles are very different in personality, their pricing pitches them up against one another. Can we choose a favourite?

In the Metal

Both automobiles are two-door coupes, but the visual similarities end there. Where the Jaguar is all feline curves and delicate detailing, the BMW is muscular and aggressive. Because the F-Type doesn't share its basic body shell with any other automobile (as the M4 does with lesser 4 Series Coupes) it stands out as the most special looking, drawing admiring glances from all and sundry. Yet up close, the BMW exhibits obsessive attention to detail by its…

Your automobile awaits, Mr President...

by Neil Briscoe on 18 Jun 2016

changagoidem Features | Your automobile awaits, Mr President...

While we wait, with bated breath and badly-combed-over ginger hair, to see the results of the upcoming US presidential election, it's worth remembering the iconic structure that protects the president's life and which is part bomb shelter, part hospital and all badass. No, not the White House, but the official presidential limousine; the vast, armour-plated Cadillac that is officially known as the Presidential State Automobile, but insiders know best as "The Beast."

In fact, calling it a Cadillac is something of a misnomer. It's actually built on the chassis of a Chevrolet Kodiak, which is what the Americans call a…

Honda Civic Type R fest!

by Matt Robinson on 14 Jun 2016

changagoidem Features | Honda Civic Type R fest!

Five lap records at five tracks in the Civic Type R - can Honda set a Guinness World Record?

Track work. That's the reason the latest Civic Type R (CTR) looks the way it does, according to Honda. This 310hp turbocharged hatchback's brash appearance is one of the most divisive facets of the automobile. Yet the Japanese company maintains every slat, vent, flared wheelarch, splitter and spoiler is genuinely necessary to keep this 270km/h machine on the deck at pace. It's why the current CTR, based on the ninth-generation Civic, managed to hold the front-wheel drive production automobile lap…

Skoda Fabia vs. Toyota Yaris comparison

by Dave Humphreys on 10 Jun 2016

changagoidem Features | Skoda Fabia vs. Toyota Yaris comparison

The reliable old Toyota Yaris has to face an onslaught of contenders these days, including this pup, the impressive Skoda Fabia.

When these automobiles first arrived in Ireland they were two very different propositions. The Toyota Yaris was cute and quirky looking, featuring a centrally-mounted dashboard display. It cashed in on the strong Irish love affair with the Toyota brand and soon became a common sight on our roads. Skoda's Fabia had things a little tougher when it first arrived. The Czech automobile maker was still recovering from its butt-of-motoring-jokes status and the Fabia was far from desirable in appearance.

Going the extra mile with the Ford GT

by Dave Humphreys on 08 Jun 2016

changagoidem Features | Going the extra mile with the Ford GT

This June will see the 84th running of the Le Mans 24-hour race. It will also mark 50 years since Ford took first, second and third places with its 7.0-litre V8-powered GT40 MkII sports automobiles. Fitting then that half a century on, Ford will once again head to the Circuit de la Sarthe with a full factory effort that will see four automobiles attempt to relive past glories.

The build-up includes the 6 Hours of Spa, which would be the final race before Le Mans. Ford has enjoyed a respectable opening season so far in its partnership with Chip Ganassi…