WE are taught from an early age that “sharing is caring”. It starts with toys, sweets and bath water — then, later in life, it eventually leads to wife-swapping. Well, that’s what I read on Dear Deidre. What you may not know is that sharing is pretty commonplace in the car world too. And by that I mean equipment, not throwing your keys in a bowl. Many cars and vans have the same bones to keep costs down. The Citroen C1 is a Toyota Aygo is a Peugeot 108, much like the Vauxhall Vivaro is a Renault Trafic and the Fiat Fullback is a Mitsubishi L200. As for little sports cars, the Toyota GT86 is a Subaru BRZ and the Fiat 124 Spider is a Mazda MX-5 in drag. Now let’s applaud BMW and Toyota for playing nicely together because 2019 will see the return of two legends . . . the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra. The Z4 is a drop-top, the Supra isn’t, so they’ll look quite different. But under the skin they will use identical BMW engines and … [Read more...] about Legendary cars BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra look different but are the same underneath with advanced tech and high-powered engines
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I have a 152 Toyota Auris Luna diesel with 60,000kms, as recommended by your column in the first place actually, so thanks. I commute 200km a day, all M1/M50. Traffic on the M50 has me changing through gears every 30 seconds, so I'd love an automatic. I spend about €300/m on diesel, so fuel efficiency is a massive consideration. I'm afraid I'm doing so much mileage now that my Auris will lose value quickly. Any thoughts on if I should change? Budget would be €5k plus trade-in. Gillian: The mileage on your car is just below average, so if you don't want to change just yet, you have another good six months at your current driving before you'd start feeling a pinch on value. I understand the desire for an automatic, so with your budget being around €18k, I have a few suggestions. I will stick with hatchback body-styles, but it might be tricky to find one that's newer than 152 because I'm presuming you will want to come up a year for your additional €5k. A VW Golf … [Read more...] about Switch to diesel? Best seven-seater? Buy for new year? €20,000 to spend?
THE wind was lifting my hair as we sped along the back roads and twisting byways of Ireland in Mazda’s MX-5 with the roof down. Canopies of trees bowed to us as we took the straights and curves in our stride, powering past fields and hills cloaked in green. This car featured the new 2.0-litre engine that has been given an extra boost by Mazda, increasing its power from 160PS to 184PS and, in the automatic version that we were driving, it was magnificent. Power apart, it slid up and down the gears effortlessly and when we pulled out to overtake on a particularly narrow road, I put my foot down and it just burst from the blocks. Mazda’s MX-5 is a gem of a car and one of the best-selling little roadsters worldwide. Indeed, in April 2016, it passed the one million sales mark. Impressive. It comes to us now upgraded and with more safety features but neither of these things take away from what the MX-5 does best – delivering a spectacularly good drive. It is the car of … [Read more...] about Mazda MX-5’s fun factor gets a boost
We have an 03 Corolla. Need to change next year. I came across a 151 Auris 1.4 diesel (20k) €15,000. Seems a good deal but should I buy a diesel? Hybrids are dear for second car. Or do I buy a new petrol and get a scrappage deal. My annual mileage is 12,000km. We have a 161 Verso diesel, so we don't want a double hit. Gillian & Eddie: Keep the Verso for another while to lessen the hit on it. Your 03 won't make you any money back but you could use it on a scrappage offer. Your annual kms don't warrant a diesel, so while you did come across a good deal, it's probably not where you should be putting your €15k. Petrol or hybrid would be where we'd be going. How about sticking with an Auris, which is available in both? The new-model 1.2 petrol came out in 152 and you would get a nice Luna spec for your budget. You would need to stretch to around €16k for the same year in the hybrid. Or you could go back to a 13/14 plate and have a lower cost to change, starting at … [Read more...] about Thinking of buying new or trading up this year? Here are answers to your crucial questions
This is the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan and it is unquestionably the most luxurious 4x4 to hit the market – at least until Aston Martin gets in on the act. The iconic British marque says its first purpose-built sports utility vehicle is inspired by Lawrence of Arabia's military-readied Roller - although it has undoubtedly been designed with the super-rich in mind - as it curtsies to let you in and deploys leather-bound picnic chairs so you can enjoy equestrian events without ever leaving the vehicle. Bosses at BMW-owned Rolls-Royce claim the new £250,000 SUV is ‘the ultimate rough diamond’ – taking its name from the legendary 3,106 carat Cullinan gem, unearthed in 1905 in South Africa that was the largest and most flawless ever found and elements of which are in the Crown Jewels. However, Rolls-Royce will face competition in three years' time, as fellow British brand Aston Martin has confirmed it will also make its first SUV in 2021 - and that will only come … [Read more...] about Rolls-Royce unveils the Cullinan SUV