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Nissan Micra vs. SEAT Ibiza twin test

by Shane O' Donoghue on 26 Sep 2017

changagoidem Features | Nissan Micra vs. SEAT Ibiza twin test

In isolation, the new Nissan Micra looks sharp. Indeed, I proclaimed it to be one of the best-looking superminis on the market when it was first launched, expressive, interesting and distinctive. Some of the detailing is a little contrived (check out the shape of the side glass, for example), but the net result is undoubtedly a small automobile that can turn heads and get a conversation going. In short, the antithesis of its predecessor.

And yet, park it next to the new SEAT Ibiza, even in this hideous ‘Mystic Magenta’ paint colour, and it looks like Nissan's designers were trying…

Stretching the legs of BMW’s most subtle M automobile

by Dave Humphreys on 25 Sep 2017

changagoidem Features | Stretching the legs of BMW’s most subtle M automobile

Photography by Jamie Lawlor and Daniel Sullivan

Whether you’re a rock star, foreign dignitary or simply like to be transported in style, there’s a good chance that at some point you will have sat in the rear of a black BMW 7 Series. However, today we’ve got our hands on a black 7 Series for a different reason, as we pay a visit to a newcomer to the automotive event scene in Ireland.

Runway Club is a pretty self-explanatory name and involves, as you might have…

Five of the best superminis in Ireland

by on 20 Sep 2017

changagoidem Features | Five of the best superminis in Ireland

Small and clever, these compact superminis should prove frugal and practical, but never boring. Some are more spacious, some are more fun to drive, but you should find your ideal compact automobile here whether you're starting out or trading down.

1 - Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta can seemingly do no wrong. Even just before it was replaced by a new model in the middle of 2017, Ford's 40-year-old nameplate maintained its position near the top of the sales charts and our list of best superminis. The new one is much better inside, distinctly more refined and yet just…

Editor's picks: Frankfurt Motor Show 2017

by Dave Humphreys on 15 Sep 2017

changagoidem Features | Editor's picks: Frankfurt Motor Show 2017

As another Frankfurt Motor Show winds down we’re left with two clear themes from it; electrification is developing at a fast rate, and the prospect of Chinese brands soon offering desirable automobiles to the European market.

From a concept perspective, there was one clear winner of the show for me, and that wasn’t the mind-bendingly fast Mercedes-AMG Project One concept. Instead, that accolade goes to the wonderfully resolved Honda Urban EV Concept.

If ever there was a concept that looked just right in every single aspect it’s this one. Many instantly…

Five best compact SUVs and crossovers in Ireland

by on 30 Aug 2017

changagoidem Features | Five best compact SUVs and crossovers in Ireland

These are the automobiles we, apparently, all want – small enough to be frugal and cheap to run, big enough to be useful for family duties, rugged enough (just about) to let us live out our MacGyver fantasies.

1 - Audi Q2

Small and very stylish, the Q2 is possibly the most fashionable urban runabout on sale this year. Looks great and has a terrific cabin, but it's tight in the back. The 1.0 TFSI turbo petrol is the pick of the engines.

Read the full Audi Q2 review here

2 - Peugeot 2008

Motorway boredom solved!

by Maurice Malone on 25 Aug 2017

changagoidem Features | Motorway boredom solved!

“Get in, get in... Oh, you f*****!”, I shouted at the €2 coin as it teetered teasingly on the edge of the receiving bowl at the toll booth, finally dropping to the ground and scurrying somewhere under the automobile. Couldn’t have done that in a thousand attempts. No time. Grab wallet, fish for another. This one goes in. Come on barrier, come on... GO! Motorway challenges can turn you into a demon.

Why have I just spent €4 to go through a €1.90 toll? And why am I shouting? Average speed, that’s why. You see, motorways can be a bit…