The latest motoring news and car reviews from the Irish Farmers Journal

For Mercedes-Benz economy is more than the brand
Michael Moroney
The latest Mercedes-Benz hybrid cars deliver where it counts, in terms of economy and that converts to low running costs.
19 June 2024 Motors
Can the Opel Grandland PHEV be as practical as it is comfortable?
Opel’s Grandland has solid credentials that reflect its German heritage in what is a spacious mid-range SUV but can it be a practical option as a family car?
5 June 2024 Motors
Ford revamps for an attractive Transit Custom
Ford’s best-selling van range the Transit Custom has been upgraded with a new design along with engine power performance changes and some improved performance features.
BYD broadens electric car range
Ireland’s newest all-electric car brand, the Chinese-built BYD range, has two new models and is making impressive inroads into the market, based on range and value. Michael Moroney reports.
22 May 2024 Motors
Renault blends new hybrid system smoothly in Arkana refresh
Four years after Renault first launched the Arkana SUV, it has refreshed the mid-size model and given it a full hybrid drive treatment with ambitions to deliver diesel-like economy.
8 May 2024 Motors
Toyota enters the BEV market with competitive bZ4X
Toyota’s first full battery electric car (BEV), called the bZ4X, has a name that’s either easy to forget or hard to remember.
24 April 2024 Motors
Opel’s Astra delivers diesel economy in Sports Tourer
To say that he liked the new Opel Astra Sports Tourer would be an understatement. For Michael Moroney, it was a welcome return to economical and open range diesel driving.
10 April 2024 Motors
ICE age is still part of the van future
The Stellantis Group, which owns the Citroën, Fiat, Opel, and Peugeot van brands, recently unveiled new battery electric vans. The subtext was that internal combustion engines are not going away.
27 March 2024 Motors
A Hyundai tale of two Kona SUVs
With the increased supply of electric cars, there are now more options available in the new Hyundai Kona that was launched towards the end of 2023. The Kona range has doubled with eight electric cars.
13 March 2024 Motors
Grenadier 4x4 excels in the rough
The new Ineos Grenadier has true off-road pedigree based on the passion and belief of the owner, British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, so not surprisingly it’s truly at home in the mud.
28 February 2024 Motors
Kia’s big EV9 sparks some statement
You’ll definitely notice the new Kia EV9 when you see it on the road. The big all-electric SUV is Kia’s statement of intent that it aims to be a leader on the electric car market.
14 February 2024 Motors
Amarok moves Volkswagen to a higher comfort zone
More recently, Michael Moroney has got acquainted and comfortable with the German brand workhorse, that owes much of its new pedigree to the success of the Ford’s very popular Ranger 4x4 pickup.
3 January 2024 Motors