In defence of the square car

by Neil Briscoe on 03 Mar 2016

I cannot truly explain it, but I'll try to. I have always had a strange attraction to those cars whose designers rolled up to work with a set-square rather than a protractor. I just have a thing for square cars.

Take a recent motor show, for example. The Tokyo show of 2013. I could have been wowed by any number of the swoopy, low-slung stuff with engines in the middle and exotic names apparently picked from a food blender catalogue. But no, my heart was won by the Nissan IDx concepts, a pair of throwbacks to the Datsun Violet that…

Nissan Qashqai vs. Renault Kadjar...

by Neil Briscoe on 23 Feb 2016

Some 15 years from the turning of the last century, a young warrior did strike forth to make his fortune and maybe his fame, but many and treacherous were the turns and fates that awaited him on his path. From the House of Renault did he come and Kadjar was his name. A tall, broad, handsome lad, with narrow, piercing eyes and a vast diamond-shaped shield held in front. No similar warrior had ever held that shield before them, so breaking new ground young Kadjar certainly was.

But, said the doubters and the throwers of…

Car psychology 101: what your car says about you.

by Melanie May on 12 Feb 2016

So the '161' edition of our iPad mag is upon us and while the CompleteCar.ie men are helping you choose a new car based on performance, road handling and value for money, I am here to help you in a slightly different way. I'm here to help you choose the right colour of car, because, you know, I'm the token girl and that is all us females know about cars.

Of course, I jest. You see, not a lot of you will know this, but I hold an MSc. in Psychology from Trinity and was…

Driving the hydrogen-powered Audi A7 Sportback

by Shane O' Donoghue on 08 Feb 2016

Hydrogen fuel-cell power may not be just around the corner, but it has potential, as a drive in Audi's latest technology demonstrator reveals.

The star of the Audi stand at this year's Detroit Auto Show in January was the h-tron quattro concept, a sporty looking SUV that many believe will morph into a production car called the Q6. Under the aggressive styling lines, however, is a potentially bigger story. The 'h' stands for hydrogen, as this concept is powered by a fuel cell stack fed by the stuff. Most will dismiss that aspect of the concept as airy-fairy motor show…

Land Rover Discovery Sport in Australia

by Kyle Fortune on 29 Jan 2016

Land Rover Discovery Sport gets a new diesel engine; we test it over 1,000km of Australia's tough Outback to make sure it's up to the job of coping with our own roads.

Model tested: Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 180
Pricing: €tbc
Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel
Transmission: nine-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
Body style: five-door, seven-seat SUV
CO2 emissions: 139g/km (Band B2, €280 per annum)
Combined economy: 53.3mpg (5.3 litres/100km) 
Top speed: 188km/h
0-100km/h: 8.9 seconds
Power: 180hp at 4,000rpm
Torque: 430Nm at 1,750rpm
Boot space: 150 litres