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Performance SUVs: a (non)rebuttal

by Neil Briscoe on 19 Aug 2019

Complete Car Features | Performance SUVs: a (non)rebuttal

I should like, with this article, to offer a robust and complete rebuttal to the words of my esteemed colleague Mr Matthew Robinson. I should like to, but the problem is that I can't.

A few months ago, I probably could have done. You see, Matt has recently written that he likes high-performance SUVs and thinks that they're basically ace. This is a viewpoint with which I previously would have had no truck. Ironically. 

It's not that I don't like SUVs. It's that, in the past, I have hated them. I hate the way that…

Not all hybrids are created equal

by Neil Briscoe on 12 Jul 2019

Complete Car Features | Not all hybrids are created equal

There's an easy, even lazy tendency to assume that all hybrid cars are the same. A bit of petrol power, a dash of electric assistance, some lower fuel consumption and CO2 figures, and away we go. Well, it's not - quite - that easy, and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a classic case in point. Not all hybrids are the same, nor even equal...

The Outlander PHEV has been on sale for half-a-decade now and has evolved considerably in that time. It's a plug-in hybrid, which means that unlike a, shall we say 'classical'…

Performance SUVs: they're not half-bad

by Matt Robinson on 03 Jul 2019

Complete Car Features | Performance SUVs: they're not half-bad

Confession time: I like performance crossovers and SUVs. Phew! There! I said it! What a weight off my chest!

Honestly, I feel like I'm about to be struck off the motoring journalist register for even admitting such perversity, but this is where I am right now. And yes, I totally understand that SUVs are heavy, and tall, and have huge footprints, and that - if you accept you need one for family life - then a good midrange turbodiesel model is going to be far more sensible than a thunderous V8 version with a petrol engine that'll struggle to achieve…

No bridge too far for Land Rover

by Dave Humphreys on 24 May 2019

Complete Car Features | No bridge too far for Land Rover

It isn't every other day that Land Rover launches a new model, so when it does, the company likes to make it memorable. One of those tasked with ensuring that happens is a man called David Sneath. He holds the enviable position of overseeing the global PR side of Land Rover's Drive Experience. He and his team are the folks that scout the globe to find the best locations, most challenging terrain and stunning landscapes for us journalists to put the latest Land Rovers through their paces.

Greece was chosen as the launch location for the second-generation

Gordon Bennett Cup run to relive 1903

by Neil Briscoe on 15 May 2019

Complete Car Features | Gordon Bennett Cup run to relive 1903

What's the news?

Care to hazard a guess at what the most-attended sporting event in Irish history might be? An All-Ireland final, surely? Maybe a major World Cup qualifier?

Nope, in fact it was the Gordon Bennett Cup Grand Prix of 1903. Even now, 116 years on, this epochal car race drew the largest sporting crowd in Irish history, with an estimated 150,000 people turning out for the event, some of them seeing a car for the very first time.

This year, as is tradition, some of the most spectacular classic, vintage and veteran cars in Ireland will take part…

MINI gets ready to electrify

by Neil Briscoe on 13 May 2019

Complete Car Features | MINI gets ready to electrify

As MINI celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, the BMW-owned brand is preparing for its biggest shake-up since the second-generation Mini was first introduced in 2000. An all-electric MINI, the first full production battery electric model in the brand's history since 1959, is on the way. We'll see it in full, and find out its technical specs, in June, while production starts this November. The first customer cars should start landing here in March 2020, or thereabouts.

There's a significant Irish connection to the development of the MINI E, as the electric model will be known. Dundalk native James Redmond's…