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I am a disabled driver and use hand controls for the brake and accelerator. For the last 12 years I have driven a Honda Accord 2.0 petrol automatic. It has been a fantastic car and now has 260k km on the clock. I am looking for a higher vehicle, an SUV, and am looking at the Honda CR-V Hybrid, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the Volkswagen Tiguan (I could wait for the hybrid later in the year). I live in rural Ireland and handling on twisty roads is important and accelerating to pass slower moving cars on those all too few straight stretches of road. Is this a good shortlist, and if so, which would you recommend?
Filed under hybrid - Asked by Robert Joyce (Clifden) - Sat, 16 Mar 2019 15:39
Do you have a list of hybrids?
Filed under hybrid - Asked by Tony O'Brien (Shankill, Dublin 18) - Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:20
Hybrid cars, like the ones that Toyota uses rather than plug-ins, have been around for quite some time now. Have you any information on the long term costs of owning a hybrid compared with petrol or diesel, eg, battery life span and replacement costs, longevity of electric motor, servicing costs, CVT transmission, etc?
Filed under hybrid - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Sat, 23 Feb 2019 19:13
Is it difficult and expensive to charge a BMW 740e xDrive in Ireland?
Filed under hybrid - Asked by Colm Wilkinson (Dublin) - Wed, 30 Jan 2019 12:46
I'm unsure whether I should opt for hybrid, diesel or petrol for my next car. I drive approx 80km per day, mainly national roads. I am interested in hybrid, but considering I drive very little in town/city environments, I'm not sure it's the best option. I'd love your opinion as everyone I speak to seems to have conflicting advice.
Filed under hybrid - Asked by Eimear Morrison (Roscommon) - Tue, 22 Jan 2019 18:32
I’m currently driving a 2017 Nissan Qashqai SVE and looking to trade to a 17 or 18-reg plug-in hybrid of a similar size and spec level. Budget of about €30k including my car's trade value. What would you recommend? I do mainly city driving so hoping the hybrid would offer some savings.
Filed under hybrid - Asked by Dara Weston (Dublin) - Wed, 02 Jan 2019 21:47
My aunt is looking at buying a hybrid. She currently has a 2010 SEAT Ibiza with 40,000km on the clock, which is in immaculate condition. As indicated by the mileage she doesn't do much driving and what she does is city and suburbs. She's interested in a new hybrid (as opposed to electric - she thinks it's too early in its development) that is reliable. Ideally she'd like an automatic, but doesn't want to pay a huge premium for that. Her budget is €20,000 plus the Ibiza.
What would you suggest?
Filed under hybrid - Asked by Enda Lowry (Dublin) - Wed, 05 Dec 2018 11:31
I am considering purchasing a second hand family size hybrid such as the Lexus IS 300h, as I am trying to save on running costs. I currently drive a 131 Vauxhall Insignia SRi 2.0 diesel, which is lovely to drive and decently economical. I am changing job, and will be communiting about 100km a day, mainly on motorway (although the M50 is like a car park at rush hour so I don't expect to be getting over 60km/h). This will be our only family car so need decent boot space for the baby and buggy etc. I have about €20-25k to spend, looking for a 151 model. I have read mixed advice about whether to go hybrid, or to stick with diesel for the size of car and amount of mileage I will be doing. Your advice and thoughts are much appreciated.
Many thanks, Emma
Filed under hybrid - Asked by Emma Tong (Skerries) - Sun, 01 Jul 2018 00:20
Currently driving a Qashqai and looking to change to a hybrid, but local Nissan dealer said they won’t have hybrid Qashqais until 2020. What alternatives can you suggest please?
Filed under hybrid - Asked by Dara Weston (Dublin) - Wed, 30 May 2018 23:05
I have a budget of €30-35k; what is the best plug in hybrid car available in the market now?
Filed under hybrid - Asked by Lee Russell (Dublin) - Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:51