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Van driving at its best

by Shane O' Donoghue on 21 Jul 2011

changagoidem Features | Van driving at its best

As you can see from the site we get to test all manner of automobiles in this job, from the humble Fiat Panda to the mighty Caparo, but we rarely drive vans. A big house move changed all that. My wife and I moved into an apartment a few years ago when it was just the two of us and we moved to a house this month with two small kids in tow. I know some of you will appreciate the stress of the experience, but access to a range of vans helped enormously.

First up was the Fiat…

Volkswagen Touareg or Toyota Land Cruiser?

by Shane O' Donoghue on 02 Jun 2011

changagoidem Features | Volkswagen Touareg or Toyota Land Cruiser?


Before we start this comparison, let's be clear about one thing: very few buyers are interested in high-end SUVs in Ireland right now. The numbers say it all: in 2007, 5,079 premium SUVs were sold here, featuring 624 Land Cruisers and 261 Touaregs. Last year (2010), the sobering figures say 638, 39 and 3 respectively.

Now that's been said, how do the relatively new Land Cruiser and Touareg stack up against each other?

We don't think the price will be the deciding factor here, though the 3.0 TDI Touareg is a few grand cheaper than the D-4D 190…

First drive on Irish roads: BMW 1 Series M Coupé

by Shane O' Donoghue on 30 May 2011

changagoidem Features | First drive on Irish roads: BMW 1 Series M Coupé

I was fortunate enough to get to try out the new 'M1' when it was still in development back in October. I did my best to remain aloof and professional about it all, but let's face it; even the most hardened motoring critic is going to get excited about a 'baby M3'. That drive was on lovely smooth German roads and there was no doubt in my mind that the 1 Series M Coupé would live up to the hype.

Last week I got behind the wheel for a…

Three Alfa Romeos for the Alfisti

by Paddy Comyn on 25 May 2011

changagoidem Features | Three Alfa Romeos for the Alfisti

They say that you aren’t a real petrol head until you have owned an Alfa Romeo. Well here is three of their finest work for not that much money.

2006 Alfa Romeo Brera 3.2 V6 €10,000


Here is a automobile that once upon a time would have set you back around €50,000 and now you can have it for a fifth of that and this one in particular has covered just 36,600 miles in its short life. With 260hp, this Brera is not short of poke and it has four-wheel drive too, which means that…

Three pocket rockets for under €3,000

by Paddy Comyn on 20 May 2011

changagoidem Features | Three pocket rockets for under €3,000

Good things come in small packages, so they say, so we decided to take a look at three small automobiles that pack a lot of punch!

1999 Peugeot 106 Rallye €2,000


The 106 GTi was a marvellous little hot hatch in the 1990s and the Rallye was a lightweight, stripped out version that offered serious thrills for very little money. This version we found, is left-hand drive and is the Phase 2 version which means it has the 1.6-litre petrol engine and we reckon this automobile would be great as a little fun…

Baby hot hatches with fire power

by Shane O' Donoghue on 17 May 2011

changagoidem Features | Baby hot hatches with fire power

Although the Abarth brand has not officially been launched in Ireland, we've been lucky enough to get our hands on several scorpion-badged models to try out. Despite the state of the country's economy, we reckon there's a place here for efficient, reasonably priced small performance automobiles. The 500C esseesse embodies the Abarth spirit completely.

The two-tone bodywork has had a few shots of adrenaline and the wheels look truly exotic. This automobile turned as many heads as any superautomobile we've driven. Inside, the specification of our test automobile included sumptuous leather seats and the automated manual 'Competizione' gearbox.…



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