10 Of Ireland’s Most Popular UK Import Cars
We are hearing more and more that it can be hard to find good value at traditional car dealerships in Ireland, with many of the cars priced expensively and with a lower specification than their UK equivalents. For that reason, the popularity of UK-sourced vehicles has risen massively here since 2008 and continues to grow as people realise the value they are getting. So what are some of the most popular cars that are exported from Britian to Ireland each year? Here are some of our most popular models:
The Audi A4 is a luxurious model available in both saloon and estate versions at Autoxpress.ie. Audi is certainly a brand to aspire to, with its stylish looks and rock-solid residual values. The 2010 and 2011 models have proven particularly popular with its classic styling and frugal 2.0 TDI engine. This is a car which is great fun to drive, and is amazingly comfortable on longer drives. A lot of the A4 stock that we source features S Line specification which means extras such as Bluetooth, parking sensors and Milano leather seats are included (hard to find on Irish specification A4s).
A direct alternative to the Audi A4, BMW’s 3-Series is a class-leading car with highly powerful diesel engines, a superbly refined interior and the latest technology. At Autoxpress.ie you will find a range of BMW 320d cars in saloon, estate and coupe bodytypes. The highest specification M Sport models are loaded with extras such as M Sport alloy wheels, suede interior upholstery, integrated sat nav and more.
Ideal for active families, the Galaxy is a large MPV which can seat seven people comfortably, while also staying stylish out on the road. It is generally powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine which offers strong performance and low road tax (€280 per year), coupled with excellent economy. From a main Ford dealer, you will find the Galaxy is expensive and not extensively equipped. With Autoxpress.ie, our Galaxy stock features niceties such as dual zone climate control, alloy wheels, Bluetooth and audio streaming, parking assist, roof rails and more.
An SUV available in both two and four wheel drive, the ix35 is one of Hyundai’s most popular models and it isn’t difficult to see why. With stylish looks, efficient diesel engines and an excellent serving of equipment, the ix35 is perfectly suited to those who lead a busy lifestyle.
The latest Mercedes E-Class was launched in 2009 and is a sharply styled model available in both estate and saloon body shapes. The E-Class is exceptionally refined and is renowned for its solid feel and roomy interior, making it perfectly suited to long motorway commutes and drives alike. Available with a range of different engines, we currently have an example in stock which has the revered 2.5-litre diesel engine.
Nissan released the Qashqai in 2007 and since then it has been hugely popular with motorists in Ireland and the UK. With its unique SUV styling qualities, comfortable interior and a frugal 1.5-litre diesel engine, the Qashqai is a great buy if you want low running costs and high reliability. There is also a larger Qashqai+2 model which features seven seats and we also stock this model here at Autoxpress.ie. The advantage of purchasing a UK-sourced Qashqai with us is that you can expect the car to be fitted with nice extras such as camera assist, cruise control, fog lights, alloy wheels and more.
The Opel or Vauxhaull Insignia has been available since 2009 and is one of the most popular UK import cars thanks to its timeless styling, spacious cabin and excellent serving of standard equipment. All of the Insignias that we source and stock at our Limerick showroom are the 2.0-litre diesel model, which means it is cheap to run and tax but refined out on the road. The SRI-specification Insignia which is hard to find in normal Irish models, features alloy wheels, sports seats and a premium sound system.
The latest Avensis was launched in 2009 and it is an elegantly styled car available in both saloon and hatchback body shapes. The main differences between the previous model are a much improved interior layout and materials, trendier looks and a more economical engine range. The advantage of buying an Avensis which has been imported from the UK market is a much higher level of standard equipment such as satellite navigation, cruise control, reversing camera, alloy wheels and much more. With a 2.0-litre diesel engine, the Avensis packs a punch when it comes to performance, while it can also return over 50 MPG and costs only €280 to tax per year.
The legendary Volkswagen Passat is one of Ireland’s best-selling models and it isn’t hard to see why. Overhauled in 2011, the Passat comes with a range of BlueMotion engines which will help to reduce your running costs. The 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine is undoubtedly the pick of the range, with 103bhp on tap and 250Nm of torque. Previous customers who have purchased this particular model from us have reported fuel economy of over 65 MPG! As with all of the cars at Autoxpress.ie, a UK-imported Passat in our showroom will feature niceties such as alloy wheels, heated mirrors, climate control and much more.