Winter, snow and ice driving tips.

by Neil Briscoe on 12 Jan 2017

Complete Car Features | Winter, snow and ice driving tips.

Shakin’ Stevens must have been psychic or something because snow really is falling and it is indeed all around. Whether the cold snap is just going to be a light dusting of the white stuff or whether this really is the beginning of the final Snowpocalypse, it seems like a good time to brush up on those winter driving techniques…

Preparation, preparation, preparation…

The first thing to do is make sure your car is ready for any serious weather. Tyres are critical here, so make sure you’ve got plenty of tread depth and that your pressures are correct all round.…

Get ready for less choice in new cars

by Neil Briscoe on 08 Jan 2017

Complete Car Features | Get ready for less choice in new cars

Is Brexit going to put the squeeze on right-hand drive production?

I got a lift to the airport the other day. Nothing exciting about that, I suppose, but the car in which I was being lifted was kind of interesting. It was a Renault Talisman, a big, roomy Volkswagen Passat rival that verges on being the same size as a BMW 5 Series. As we wafted through the streets of Paris on the way to make a connection at Charles De Gaulle airport, it…

Audi progresses with 'driverless' tech

by Shane O' Donoghue on 06 Jan 2017

Complete Car Features | Audi progresses with 'driverless' tech

How soon do you reckon driverless cars will dominate the road? It's further away...

In 2015, we experienced Audi's 'Piloted Driving' at its most exciting in the form of 'Bobby', an RS 7 Sportback modified to learn a race track and then lap it at unnervingly fast pace. On its own. The Volkswagen Group has been researching and developing autonomous drive technology for well over a decade, but never before had it grabbed headlines like that.

A lot has happened since then, and today we are in Neuburg, the home of Audi Sport,…

Is this what the car makers think of our youth?

by Maurice Malone on 05 Jan 2017

Complete Car Features | Is this what the car makers think of our youth?

Millennials get a lot of stick. Anyone born between 1982 and 2001 is seemingly doomed to be labelled as a Snapchatting, Instagramming, Starbucks-scoffing poser by older generations, but this group is fast becoming the largest demographic. What do car manufacturers do when tasked with providing transport solutions for people who have known nothing but advanced technology all their lives?

They get millennials to design their own cars of course. Chrysler’s Portal concept is one such example, and it’s just debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles…

Irish Icons: Lancia Delta Integrale

by Maurice Malone on 03 Jan 2017

Complete Car Features | Irish Icons: Lancia Delta Integrale

Group B rallying's demise left a vacuum that Lancia duly filled with the Group A Deltas, trouncing all comers for years. We drive the ultimate road-going version of the iconic Integrale.

Fever

There's a faint whirring noise emanating from in front of you, a beautifully mechanical tone. From the rear, a slightly offbeat thrum, not as gruff as a Subaru's flat-four growl, but characterful nonetheless. Compared to the industrial drone of most turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engines, this is very different.

The vents at the rear of the bonnet emit a shimmering heat haze, as the hot air in the engine…

Ford EcoSport vs. Nissan Juke vs. Renault Captur test

by Shane O' Donoghue on 14 Dec 2016

Complete Car Features | Ford EcoSport vs. Nissan Juke vs. Renault Captur test

Baby crossovers are all the rage right now, offering a little SUV cool on the footprint of a supermini. Here we pitch the Renault Captur against the Nissan Juke and the Ford EcoSport.

In the Metal

So different are the three cars under test in terms of appearance that we can well imagine buyers making their minds up before they see the prices, lists of standard equipment or running costs. The EcoSport looks the most SUV-like with its spare wheel carrier on the side-hinged boot door (that's not standard any more), though its proportions are a little curious - it…