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I was never great on colours and I thought the Ford EcoSport that I drove last week looked amber or rust-coloured, but when Deirdre from Ford handed me the keys of the car she said that the official colour was "Mars Red". Over 40 years ago David Bowie wrote a song wondering if there was life on Mars. We still don’t know, but there is certainly plenty of life in this urban SUV...

I’m taking my au pair to the airport as she’s going back to Spain. She’s only going for a week, and yet has more baggage than an Elton John world tour.
Luckily my test car is a 2012 Skoda Superb TDI from E. Tarrant & Sons in Banteer; the top of the range ‘Elegance’ model, with an innovative twin-door boot that can be opened as a hatchback for larger...

As fuel prices continue to climb and pollution becomes worse, car manufacturers have responded to demands for more environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient vehicles, and now all major car brands carry several hybrid options.

A hybrid car is basically any vehicle that combines two or more sources of power. The most common are cars that combine an electricity with fossil fuels, thus...

The RST Adventure boot lives up to it’s name; the heavy duty buckle and Velcro closure keeps the boot in place and comfy if you’re standing on the pegs, while the sole will cope whatever conditions are underfoot when you're off the bike. €129 from Ross Motorcycles, No1 Carroll's Quay, Cork. Call 021 450 4800.

This fun Batman Group 1-2-3 Car Seat will ensure your little tike never complains about a car ride again. As your child grows the harness can be removed and your child can sit safely in the seat using the car's seat belt. €99.99, Smyths Toyshop, Maylor St. and Kinsale Rd. Roundabout.

The unique polymer silicone formula of Son of a Gun Protectant penetrates surfaces to shine and protect vinyl, rubber and plastic, preventing fading and cracking by reducing ultraviolet light, while bringing out color and restoring luster and shine. €6.85, Teamautoshop.ie.

Motor-Line's Trunk Protectors prevent pets, soil and messy cargo from ruining your car's interior. This trunk mat is made from natural rubber and can be trimmed and washed. €34.50, Team.ie.

Give your wheels a make-over with a set of KT Wheel Trims. 15" or 16", €29.22, Team.ie.

 Under 15k

Toyota Corolla Verso 7 Seater
Price: €10,950
Engine: 1.8 Petrol
Transmission: Manual
Year: 2009
Mileage: 50,500 miles
Colour: Silver...

The French have an expression for window shopping; ‘faire du lèche-vitrines’; literally, licking the windows. That’s what I’m doing at MSL Mercedes Cork; face pressed against the glass wall, staring at cars as muscled and sleek as a showroom of resting panthers.

Today, my three year old daughter and I are test driving a 2011 Mercedes CLS 350 CDI Blue...

It’s difficult to know where to begin with this week’s test car, the luxurious BMW X5. Straight away let me say that this massive SUV is "luxury with a capital ‘L’".

I will start with the cream leather seats, which give the interior a massive lift. It'll be difficult keeping those seats clean if the driver is wearing mucky wellingtons and operating in a...

Stylish and made out of faux leather, the Halfords Steering Wheel Cover helps provide protection and prolongs the life of your steering wheel. €12.99, Halfords, Mahon Point.

Offering you the space equivalent to that of a large car, the Exodus 470L Gloss Silver Roof Box is made from ABS material, which is extremely strong and scratch resistant. €299.99, Halfords, Mahon Point.

The Tom Tom TTST20EURLTM 4.3 Inch Europe and Lifetime Maps is ideal for anyone who's getting a sat nav for the first time - or for those who only occasionally need help getting from A to B - like holidaymakers heading to the coast. €139.99, Soundstore.

The Mini 0801 is a tiny, discreet dash camera that packs all the punch of much larger and more expensive units. The camera is small enough to mount out of sight behind the rear view mirror, which means it wont obscure your view of the road and wont attract unwanted attention from thieves. The Mini 0801 can be set up so that, after initial installation the power supply and motion detection take...

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