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

Opel’s Astra delivers diesel economy in Sports Tourer
Michael Moroney
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.
ICE age is still part of the van future
27 March 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.
A Hyundai tale of two Kona SUVs
13 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.
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
What diesel car choices are left in Ireland?
With so much publicity around the growth in the sales of new electric cars, this week we look at what diesel engine car choices are left for Irish new car buyers.
20 December 2023 Motors
BYD delivers a new electric car challenge
Electric car sales are increasing at a significant pace, despite the slow rollout of more public charging points and the Chinese-built BYD Atto 3 is an attractive new option.
18 October 2023 Motors
Ploughing car display in the mud
Cars rarely look well in the mud and last week’s Ploughing display proved that point as few car companies were eager to open their car doors to allow visitors to taste and feel the new car comforts.
27 September 2023 Motors
Austral offers something special from Renault
Renault has created something special with the new Austral SUV, special in terms of engine performance and economy, as well as being special in terms of comfort and styling.
13 September 2023 Motors
Nissan solves electric range anxiety in new e-Power Qashqai
Nissan’s new Qashqai has one of Ireland’s best-selling SUVs. The new model has lots of positive changes, but more critical diesel power is replaced by a new electric drive system.
30 August 2023 Motors
Toyota unveils retro-look Land Cruiser for 2024
Last week, Toyota Europe unveiled its new version of the Land Cruiser that is due on sale here in Ireland towards the middle of 2024.
16 August 2023 Motors