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Why our future is only going to be partially electric

by Dave Humphreys on 16 May 2015

changagoidem Features | Why our future is only going to be partially electric

It doesn't seem like all too long ago that a Jetsons-like automobile future was being sold to us by a highly-optimistic ESB (now Electric Ireland), predicting that a whopping 10 per cent of all automobiles on our roads would be electric by 2020. To say that we, as a nation of potential EV buyers, are lagging behind, would be somewhat of an understatement. In all of 2014, just 221 of the 96,343 new automobiles registered were in fact electrically powered - an additional 25 more were plug-in hybrids. Granted it's an improvement over the measly 49 electric automobiles registered in…

Friday Find 15th May 2015

by Neil Briscoe on 15 May 2015

changagoidem Features | Friday Find 15th May 2015

So, this week we found out what BMW is doing to update the 3 Series saloon, but to be honest, we were quite happy with the current model as it is. Better still, we managed to find a really tasty one that will cost you buttons to run and costs about as much as a mid-spec new Mondeo.

It's a 2012 316d in SE specification with the desirably Dakota leather trim. Don't be put off by the down-tuned engine either - the 316d may not be the most powerful 3 Series but it's sweeter…

Friday Find 1st May 2015

by Neil Briscoe on 01 May 2015

changagoidem Features | Friday Find 1st May 2015

Spotted the road test of the gorgeous new Jaguar XE saloon on the changagoidem.ie site this week? Thought so. Feeling jealous and fancying a Jag all of your very own, but want to keep the costs down? Thought so too... How about this - an early 2.2-litre diesel XF saloon? It's a 2012 in Luxury Sport, so there are tonnes of toys to play with and the road tax bill won't kill you either. Jaguar XFs are well-built, reliable, and superb to drive, and this one's on for just €29,950, or about the price of…

Set my SD1 love free!

by Neil Briscoe on 26 Apr 2015

changagoidem Features | Set my SD1 love free!

I'm sitting in front of the TV right now, remote in hand, confident that in the next 60 minutes or so, my life is going to take a turn for the better. You see, for too long now have I hidden a secret, dangerous love, a love that barely dare speak its own name - a love that brings down ridicule and abashment upon me. I love the Rover SD1.

Yes, I know. It's sick isn't it? How can a grown man, a rational man, an objective and critical reviewer of automobiles, love such a badly made hodgepodge of…

Friday Find 24th April 2015

by Neil Briscoe on 24 Apr 2015

changagoidem Features | Friday Find 24th April 2015

We, and by we I primarily mean me and fellow changagoidem-ist Dave Humphreys, were having a bit of a Twitter argument this week about MPVs and seven-seaters, and whether or not they can actually be considered desirable. The answer is of course that no they can't - nothing that practical can be properly desirable because desire is about things we want, not things we need. However, the Ford S-Max comes reasonably close. There is an all-new one coming very shortly, but the original is still a good thing and it was the first MPV…

Friday Find 17th April 2015

by Neil Briscoe on 17 Apr 2015

changagoidem Features | Friday Find 17th April 2015

Here is an underrated automobile for a cracking price - the Kia pro_cee'd  might have a grammatically dreadful name but it's actually a really good automobile to drive, and pretty too - nicely chunky, swoopy beltline, well-made and spacious cabin.

It is a far better driving experience than you might expect (nicely weighted steering, well-behaved chassis) and with the 1.6 diesel it is frugal to run and tax too.

each of that for a hair over €20K, with years of warranty yet to run? Bargain.

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