THERE are two ways to look at 2-0-1-9. Brexit (“Surely better withdrawal terms have been negotiated during prison sex” – Frankie Boyle) and fail-by-Feb diet plans. Or . . . Harry and Meghan baby, Liverpool league triumph and a boatload of new cars to make us whinny like a horse. Yes, 2019 is going to be a biggie for car enthusiasts, so let’s get stuck in. FORD: Focus ST. All the goodness of the new Focus — my tip for 2019 European Car of the Year — in a PE kit. Expect 275hp from the 2.3-litre turbo and a £29,500 price tag. We’ve got to wait until 2020 for the 400hp hybrid RS. Grrr. Same with Ford’s first electric crossover, codenamed Mach 1. The Focus Active crossover arrives in March and an all-new Kuga is unveiled in April. Focus tech with plug-in hybrid option. Out September. Britain’s favourite pick-up, the Ranger, gets an upgrade and a new top model, the badass Ranger Raptor, pictured. Trophy-truck attitude, flared arches, … [Read more...] about From the Range Rover Evogue to BMW’s all new 3 series, the shiny new motors set to hit the country’s roads in 2019
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I need a handy runaround car for myself and my seven-year old daughter. It needs to be fresh with not too big an engine - maximum 1.6litre. My budget is small at €7k. What do you suggest? I only do school run and local mileage around Dublin. Has to be reliable and not cost a fortune to maintain. Can be a 2dr. Only problem is the seven-year-old daughter is opinionated on everything, so what would have a bit of cred? I like the Peugeot 208, 308, Renault Clio etc. Gillian: Superminis are the best. The choice is huge and there really are no bad options, so long as you buy a car with a good history from a reputable dealer offering suitable warranty. I also have an opinionated seven-year-old daughter, so I understand your situation. My first choice is a MINI. I mean, how cool is that for the school run? I ran it by my kid and she said I was too old, so if you are too old like me, let's go back to your favourites. I like the Clio. Your €7k will get you into the nicer-shaped 131 … [Read more...] about ‘Cred’ buy for €7,000; A tall order; Better boot; From TT to what? €25k budget?