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Renault Kadjar set to become one of the most popular models on Irish roads

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The Renault Kadjar.

By Gerry Murphy

It is the simple things that add up to defining a car. That Renault had the thinking to include a place for coins in the centre console shows that they are in touch with their customers.

Like Ireland, many roads in France are tolled too, and, as Renault is a French company, the inclusion of such a simple thing makes a whole lot of sense.

Indeed, there’s much more to like about the Kadjar. It is a sister vehicle of the Nissan Qashqai, and we all know how popular that is. The Kadjar runs on the same platform, and uses the same engines as the Nissan.

Visually, Renault designers have produced a car that is more muscular, with an aggressive front end and stylish body lines that reflects other cars in their range. As looks go, compared to the huge number of SUV/Crossovers on the road today, this car is, in my opinion, is one of the most striking there is.

Inside, that trend continues along the same lines with superb, body-holding seats and a dashboard that gives the cabin a robust authority. It also feels very solid and well-built, something that will stand the test of time and should help the desirability as a second-hand into the future.

Under the bonnet of the Energy model tested, you get a 1.6-litre 110hp diesel and a six-speed manual gearbox. There is also the ultra-reliable 1.5 diesel that will be the most popular in Ireland.

One of the highlights of the Kadjar is the silky gearbox that is well-spaced and is as smooth as anything I have come across in any car. It adds a huge amount to the overall pleasure of driving the car.

Base models all come with cruise control with speed limiter, LED daytime running lights, foglights, Hill Start Assist, automatic lights and windscreen wipers, digital-display speedometer (7 inch TFT screen), and electric front and rear windows.

Additional specifications for the test version include Renault hands free keycard, automatic dual zone climate control, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, automatic high/low beam, Nappa Leather steering wheel, 7” touch screen R-Link 2 live multimedia system including satellite navigation with Western European mapping and Bluetooth technology.

In addition, there are front and rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable door mirrors, heated and folding, fixed panoramic sunroof, and a wonderful Bose energy efficient sound system: seven speakers, DAB radio and MP3 with a digital amplifier plus subwoofer and 19″ Apollo diamond cut alloy wheels.

SUV/Crossovers can at times be tricky to handle because of their higher stance compared to a car. Some don’t behave that well on the road, but the Kadjar is a top-class family SUV/Crossover that takes to most road conditions with confidence.

Space is also a defining trait of the Kadjar. Passengers will not complain about the legroom or the headroom. The boot delivers 472 litres with the back seats intact and a very useful 1,478 with them folded.

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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tucson regains its market lead

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Hyundai Tucson Hybrid.

Hyundai Ireland is celebrating confirmation that the new Hyundai Tucson has regained its position as Ireland’s best-selling car.

Proving an instant hit since its arrival in December, the company says sales in January show the new Hyundai Tucson with a clear lead ahead of the second placed model.

Diesel remains very popular for buyers of the Tucson at 1,094 units of the total models sold in January but sales of the new Hybrid version is making an impact at 494 units.

“We are delighted to see the Tucson back at number one in the market, key to its success is its striking new design but also the ability of our dealer network to give honest advice to consumers as to the correct engine type for them,” said Stephen Gleeson, managing director at Hyundai Ireland

“Our overall market share performance (2,731 units – 10.84% of the market) is also satisfying given we are still waiting on deliveries of the all-New Santa Fe 7-seat PHEV, as well as supplies of the all new i20.”

Hyundai Ireland can confirm that despite current restrictions, the Hyundai dealer network is providing a full Click & Deliver sales service. For full details on how Click & Deliver works, log on to www.hyundai.ie.

 

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Peugeot a perfect Partner

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The Peugeot e-Partner.

Since its launch in 1996, the Peugeot Partner has been bought by more than two million customers in 100 countries. It has also won numerous awards including the International Van of The Year title in 2019.

It was the best-selling light commercial van in Ireland last year, capturing 6.91% share of the LCV market. Sales of the vehicle in January 2021 increased by 30% compared to January 2020, translating into an LCV market share of 10.63% month to date.

The model will soon be available with 100% electric power called e- Partner. Based on the platform as the regular Partner, the Peugeot e-Partner runs on a 100% electric engine with a maximum power of 100 kW and a maximum torque of 260Nm available from the start for immediate reactivity, without vibration, noise, gear shifting, odour, or CO2 emissions.

The electric drive train (electric motor, inverter and DC/AC charger-converter) is similar to the new Peugeot e-Expert. Much like the latter, the speed reducer has been adapted in order to fulfil the loading constraints inherent to the use of utility vehicles.

There are two body length and both versions (Standard and Long) are available with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 50 kWh, which provides a range of up to 275 km depending on the version, on driving profile.

Two types of on-board chargers are available to suit all uses and all customer charging solutions, with a 7.4 kW single-phase charger as standard and an optional 11 kW three-phase charger.

The charging socket, located on the left rear fender, means that the vehicle can be charged in from a standard socket, a reinforced socket or with a Wall Box and even on a quick charger.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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