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Renault joins C-segment crossover field

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The Renault Kadjar.

By Gerry Murphy

One car in every five sold around the world today is a crossover, and the sector is projected to continue growing in the coming years.

Renault has entered the C-segment crossover field with the new Kadjar, which is a bigger brother of the Captur and they will be hoping that the new models will be equally liked by the car-buying public. Indeed, they are claiming already that this car will be their best selling model next year.

Based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s versatile Common Module Family (CMF), which allows a wide variety of cars of different sizes to be created using a common basket of out-of-view parts, it brings cost reductions which can be passed on to customers in the form of increased content at attractive prices.

All this means that the Kadjar is a direct relative of the Nissan Qashqai, using the same engines and many of the same parts.

The three engines on offer are a 1.2-litre turbocharged TCe 130 hp four-cylinder direct-injection petrol unit, a 1.5-litre ENERGY dCi 110 hp four-cylinder diesel available in manual and EDC, and a 1.6-litre ENERGY dCi four-cylinder 130 hp diesel. Intelligent four-wheel drive with three operating modes – Auto, LOCK and 2WD –is offered with the dCi 130 in the three upper trim levels.

The three engines, two gearboxes and two drive systems offer fuel economy of up to 74.3mpg (3.8 l/100km), with CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km. Prices start at €24,990 for the 1.2-litre petrol 2WD with the basic diesel model starting at €26,790.

The version that is likely to be the best seller is the Dynamique Nav S model which will set you back €29,290. The car is already in the showrooms and I had the opportunity to test drive it at the official launch this week.

On the open road it feels sturdy with just a hint of roll in the cornering. Also, the build-quality seems better than anything that Renault has ever produced. As with others in the sector, there is lots of space in the cabin and the ambience is bright and comfortable. Off-road, this car in 4WD mode does handle the terrain with ease.

Fifteen versions form a line-up of petrol and diesel models based on four trim lines familiar to owners of other Renault vehicles – Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav. You will also be able to specify a four-wheel drive and automatic versions, and all provide a comprehensive standard specification, rising to the truly luxurious at the top-of-the-range.

Renault’s fabled active and passive safety has been democratically applied across the range, while connectivity via the easy-to-use R-Link 2 system is fitted to all models above Expression+.

Standard safety features include ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, electronic stability control with traction and understeer control, cruise control, speed limiter, Hill Start Assist, six airbags, seat belts with load limiters and pretensioners at the front, side impact protection bars and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points on the two outer rear seats.

The Visio system on Dynamique Nav and above provides lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and automatic headlight beam adjustment, while Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav have front and rear parking sensors. Signature Nav also has a rear parking camera with a display in the R-Link 2 screen. Automatic park assist – capable of parallel, perpendicular and even angled steering into parking spaces – is also available on Signature Nav.

Kadjar allows a significant level of personalisation through individual options and cost-saving packages. There are seven themed high-value equipment packages, depending on model.

Other accessories include side running boards, wheel arch extensions, a retractable tow bar which can be released from within the boot and illuminated lower body side mouldings.

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Demand is set to outstrip supply for the ŠKODA ENYAQ 60 and ENYAQ 80

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The ŠKODA ENYAQ.

Last week ŠKODA introduces the Irish public to the new ENYAQ iV, their new all-electric SUV that looks set to be one of the most coveted cars of 2021 and has been getting a brilliant reaction by those who have driven it. Prices have also been announced and a limited numbers of the cars will be here in Ireland for the remainder of the year.

Just before the opening of order books for the ENYAQ iV – which will initially come to Ireland in two versions – ŠKODA has announced pre-grant prices starting from €46,570 for the ENYAQ 60 and €54,630 for the ENYAQ 80.

The ENYAQ 60 has a range of 390km thanks to a 58kWh battery. It comes with a generous standard equipment list, which includes 19” Proteus alloy wheels, Front Parking Sensors, LED headlights, Climate Control and a 13” infotainment system.

The ENYAQ 80 (which is expected to make up the bulk of Irish sales) has a 77kWh battery, capable of up to 510km (as measured under WLTP) and gains additional equipment such as a heated steering wheel, drive mode select, adaptive cruise control and 3-zone climate control.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Mazda3 a highlight of special editions to mark company’s 100th anniversary

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Mazda3

Salthill native David Bannon is the man employed to look after the marketing for Mazda in Ireland, and he will have few problems promoting their collection of special editions that celebrate Mazda being in existence for 100 years.

Recently I’ve been spending some time with the Mazda3 version, a car that is piled high with technical features that anyone would want in a car today. It has all the driver assistance to make for a brilliant driving experience, and the safety elements to make it really reassuring.

Against all that, these extras come at a rather hefty price and at an eye-watering €37,220. While you can get a Mazda3 with a starting price of €28,595, you do get a huge amount more in this anniversary model.

Like all Mazda cars, it drives so well, putting the driver front and centre. That is a given that all Mazda owners will know about, and something that puts the brand high on my list of firm favourites. They consider it to be like the relationship between a horse and a jockey in full flight and when it comes to its handling, cornering and ride quality, there are only a few that come close and hardly any that surpass this car in its class.

“As much as the limited-edition spec adds to the vehicle, the big change worth talking about is under the bonnet. The Skyactiv-X engine has received some updates in power and efficiency which I feel have noticeably improved the drive of the vehicle,” says Bannon.

That power comes from a 2.0 Skyactiv-X with mild hybrid assistance giving 186ps and 240Nm of torque. Both these are increased while the 0-100km time is reduced to 8.1 seconds.

Mazda claims that the car can deliver fuel economy (WLTP) of 5.3 L/km. Over almost 900 kilometres my fuel figure came to 5.9 L/100km which is very respectable compared to the catalogue figure and more than acceptable on a day-to-day basis. To put that figure in context, it is the same as the 1.8-litre diesel that has recently been discontinued in the Mazda3 range. CO2 emissions are recorded at 120g/km which equates to an annual €200.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Electric vans get into top gear

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Opel Combo-e Cargo

With numbers of electric cars on the increase by the day it is inevitable that electric vans would follow. Already there are a number on our streets and it makes sense that van owners and fleet managers would seriously consider them.

Opel is the latest brand to highlight their newest 100% electric van, the Opel Combo-e light commercial vehicle. Joining its Combo petrol and diesel engine siblings the zero-emission compact van does everything that the others do and has the same space for cargo.

Boasting a range of up to 275km from a single charge, the new Combo-e offers up to 4.4m3 cargo space and 800kg payload and is available in two lengths.

The 4.40m long Combo-e, which has the shorter wheelbase of 2,785mm and can carry objects up to 3,090mm long, offers payloads of up to 800kg and cargo volumes of 3.3 to 3.8m3. It has a towing capacity of 750kg.

The 4.75m extra-long XL-variant has a wheelbase of 2,975mm and a cargo volume of up to 4.4m3 that can accommodate objects up to 3,440mm in length. Six tie rings on the floor (with the option of four more at mid-height) help keep everything in its place.

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