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Seat model that looks and handles like an estate but is equally capable off-road

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The new Seat ST XPERIENCE.

Lifestyle cars are filling every niche in the marketplace these days and car makers are filling every void that they can find or create to attract more customers.

SEAT, the Volkswagen-owned brand is making some inroads with new models in the field of sports and activity vehicles for the young energetic driver who works hard during the week and plays hard at the weekend. Their latest creation is the SEAT Leon ST X-PERIENCE.

Here is a car that looks and functions like a regular estate but, with some design features that give it a bolder look and technology that means you can take it off-road when the need presents itself. For the outdoor adventurer you get 4-Weel Drive, which SEAT call 4Drive, and extra ground clearance making it suitable for driving on rough roads, fields and the harshest of weather conditions.

When driving normally, the clutch transmits most of the power to the front wheels. Off-road when traction is compromised, power is diverted to the rear wheels too in a matter of milliseconds. This happens so smoothly you will hardly notice it and full four-wheel drive gives you all the traction you need in the circumstances.

It is similar looking to the SEAT Leon ST, it is equipped with 587-litres of luggage space but has a more robust look with protection mouldings on the door sills and wheel arches in addition to aluminium touches for the rear bumper and lower front spoiler. Also included are integrated fog lamps and twin chrome tailpipes, together with substantial air intakes at the front.

There is a choice of three models, a 1.6 TDI 110hp two-wheel drive which is priced at €29,495, a 2.0-litre TDI 150bhp 4WD which costs €32,495 and the 2.0-litre TDI 184bhp 4WD DSG for €35,495.

I have been driving the top-of-range model and like most cars from the Volkswagen stable, it lacks for nothing in terms of power and steadiness on the open road too. Shod with 17” alloy wheels and fitted with rear park distance control, cruise control, 5” colour touch screen with USB/SD/Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, this car it well equipped. The 184bhp DSG model that I drove is also armed with SEAT Drive Profile, which provides the option of upgraded steering and throttle response.

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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