First Drives

Access all our first drives in new cars here. The test drives usually take place at international launches abroad months before the cars go on sale in Ireland. Sometimes the cars won't be to Irish specification and pricing may not be available at the time of writing.

BMW 550e xDrive (2024) review

Is it worth upgrading to the high-performance hybrid version of the BMW 5 Series saloon, the 550e?

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MINI Cooper SE electric (2024) review

A new electric MINI Cooper is here with a bigger battery than ever - and a swanky new interior.

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Aston Martin Vantage Coupe (2024) review

The stunning new Aston Martin Vantage has a lot more than blistering performance on its side.

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Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (2024) review

Jeep’s iconic off-roader gets a light overhaul, though it’s still not sold in Ireland.

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Mazda MX-5 1.5 (2024) review

Mazda further tweaks the superb fourth-gen MX-5, with predictably likeable results.

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Dacia Duster Hybrid 140 (2024) review

Rugged looks and a new hybrid option make the third-gen Dacia Duster the most appealing yet.

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