I had the good fortune of being whisked off to Mondello Park by BMW for the Irish press reveal of the new 7-Series and X7 SUV. While I was there, they also put me behind the wheel of the latest 330, M2, M4 and M5, to promote its new and upgraded BMW Driving Experience
The Arona is SEAT’s new compact crossover that sits firmly in the popular B-SUV segment and sports all the cute trimmings of a city-born, never-off-roader, like a striking paint job accented by a contrasting roof colour and some eye-catching exterior trim
In the 1960s, Toyota and Nissan, or ‘Datsun’ as it was known, dipped their toes into the sports car market in the US, a move that would greatly improve their brand image. Now, some 50 years later, we have Korean marques attempting a similar strategy.
Shuffling through the hordes of well-dressed German businessmen and their chronically attractive high heeled associates you could easily convince yourself that you were in a Ferrero Rocher advertisement, if it wasn’t for the uncouth looking nerds, like myself, scuttling around with weapons grade cameras and open mouths.
Two months on from the reveal of Skoda’s new face lifted Octavia, the Czech mark has followed it up with the one-two combination of the blistering RS and all terrain Scout. A rag tag group of motoring journalists were shipped out to Austria’s beautiful capital city of Vienna to get better acquainted with the off road and on track variants of Skoda’s Octavia.
Some cars are over built, some cars are poorly built, but the Subaru Forester, like Goldilocks’ porridge, is just right. Subaru has a legacy for building cars that are indestructible and this Forester definitely maintains its family’s bulletproof bloodline.
On the back of Renault’s striking success with their Captur and Kadjar crossover models, the French marque has ventured further down the SUV route, with their premium level Koleos. Renault clearly have their sights firmly set on a more upmarket buyer as this car is festooned with premium quality perks, especially in the higher spec Signature Nav variant.
The cabin was hugely spacious, the seats were comfortable and everything felt terrifically well built. Perhaps too well built, if that’s possible, as my mum and girlfriend both struggled with the weight of the passenger doors.
I recently had the good fortune to be handed the keys to Mazda’s flagship executive saloon, the €41,545 Platinum edition Mazda6. The Platinum edition sits at the top of the Mada6 range, taking on the Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mondeo, while also keeping BMW, Mercedes and Audi firmly in its sights.