Five of the best electric cars in Ireland

by on 09 Apr 2017

Complete Car Features | Five of the best electric cars in Ireland

While the government's and the ESB's predictions for the number of electric cars on Irish roads seem wildly wide of the mark right now, there's undoubtedly more momentum in the sector of late and plenty of new electric models coming on stream. We're also seeing useful gains in range, which is still seen by the buying public as a major hurdle. An electric car would suit far more motorists than they realise.

1 - BMW i3

The BMW i3 was launched in 2013 yet it still looks futuristic and while it may be flawed in terms of ride quality, we…

Five best mid-sized SUVs and crossovers in Ireland

by on 07 Apr 2017

Complete Car Features | Five best mid-sized SUVs and crossovers in Ireland

The rise in popularity of crossovers and mid-sized SUVs has led to a proliferation of new models in the market. Many of these are derived from normal cars, but go beyond simply having raised height on their side. Most also offer useful all-wheel-drive options, and while you may not plan on venturing off-road it does help in wet and icy conditions. This is our guide to the best models currently on sale in these two segments.

1 - SEAT Ateca

The SEAT Ateca is close to being the perfect SUV. It's big enough to have presence,…

Best April Fools' Day jokes by car manufacturers

by Maurice Malone on 01 Apr 2017

Complete Car Features | Best April Fools' Day jokes by car manufacturers

The Inisbofin Motor Show (IBMS) took place this week, although thanks to a huge error of judgement on the part of the organisers, hardly anybody knew that it was taking place. Eschewing the usual methods of advertising through websites, print media and social media channels, the organisers instead relied entirely on flyers with the phrase ‘IBMS on Inisbofin’ printed on them, and no other details. People mistakenly assumed that there was some sort of convention occurring for sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome and stayed away. When questioned on this, a spokesman bristled from inside his cable-knit Aran jumper and admitted…

How does a rally co-driver really feel?

by Maurice Malone on 27 Mar 2017

Complete Car Features | How does a rally co-driver really feel?

Nerves. They can manifest themselves in many ways. For some, it’s trembling, clammy hands. For others, a marked jump in the frequency of bodily functions signifies the onset of an event that the brain isn’t 100 per cent comfortable with. Me? I’m currently experiencing both, and I can barely zip up my overalls thanks to the useless, quivering sticks that are supposed to be my fingers. Oh great, I need to wee again. Back behind the trees once more. Around me, I spy three or four helmeted and overall-clad individuals doing the same.

Despite what you may be imagining, I’m…

10 Best Cars of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

by Dave Humphreys on 09 Mar 2017

Complete Car Features | 10 Best Cars of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

There's always something a little bit special about the annual Geneva Motor Show. As well as being the first major European motor show of the year, it's relatively compact and most manufacturers, big or small, seem to bring their A-game along. Naturally, there's a smattering of supercars, but some of the more normal stuff has just as much appeal. Here's a rundown of my top ten cars from the show, in no particular order.

1. Aston Martin Valkyrie

Granted, we already knew quite a bit about this car before the show. In fact, it was just the…

The joy of early morning driving

by Maurice Malone on 07 Feb 2017

Complete Car Features | The joy of early morning driving

"Why have you set an alarm for four in the morning? Have you lost your mind?" A valid point from a long-suffering girlfriend. "Don't you dare wake me!" .

It's 11pm on a Saturday night, a time when most people are doing something less nerdy than scouring maps and checking weather forecasts.

There's some semblance of method to my madness. I've long held the belief that roads and cars are best experienced in solitude. Don't get me wrong; road trips and group drives with friends are great, but there's always the danger of being goaded into pushing that bit too…