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.

MINI Countryman C petrol (2024) review

Will the most wallet-friendly of the new MINI Countryman models prove as capable as the electric version?

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MINI Countryman SE All4 electric (2024) review

MINI brings the spark of electric power to the Countryman with this 313hp SE All4.

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Volkswagen Passat Estate 1.5 e-TSI (2024) review

The new VW Passat is purely an estate and isn't coming to Ireland at all. Will it be missed?

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Peugeot E-3008 GT (2024) review

Peugeot's new 3008 crossover-SUV gains an all-electric derivative from launch.

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BMW iX2 xDrive30e (2024) review

For the first time, there's an electric version of BMW's X2, so what's the iX2 like?

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BMW X2 M35i (2024) review

BMW gives the new X2 a true coupe look, plus a 300hp range-topping M35i too.

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