Car Rental Styles in Ireland
Keep in mind that when you rent a car, just like here in the United States, you are renting a particular class of
car and not a specific make and model. If you rent an economy car, the rental agency may have several different makes
to choose from and you're given what is available at the time of check-in.
If you are looking to rent a car without accommodations or airfare then I suggest using Auto Europe
for your rental -- they're the lowest price for rental cars throughout Europe when booked separately. When purchasing in
combination with airfare and/or accommodations like Irish B↦Bs,
Irish Hotels, or
Irish Castles -- please
request ask for a free Ireland Price Quote Request and I'll make sure you get
a package deal.
You'll want to rent the smallest size comfortable for your trip. Please read our Driving
Hints and Tips: Choosing Car for help on this subject.
- Economy Cars
Ford Fiesta, Nissan Micra, Renault Clio, Opel Corsa, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Polo
Fits two adults maximum and you might need to put luggage on the back seat if you pack too much.
- Compact Cars
Fiat Bravo, Ford Escort / Focus, Hyundai Accent, Mazda 323, Nissan Almera, Renault Megane, Opel Astra, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Bora, Volkswagen Golf
Perfect for two adults and fine for three if you are only staying 6-7 nights otherwise you might want to upgrade one size.
- Full-Size Cars
Daewoo Nubira, Ford Mondeo, Opel Vectra, Renault Laguna, Toyota Avensis, Toyota Carina
Perfect for three adults and comfortable for four if you're touring for 6-7 nights.
- Luxury Cars
A little luxury and perfect for four adults traveling with plenty of trunk space.
- Station Wagons
Ford Escort Estate, Toyota Corolla Estate, Opel Astra Estate 1.4
Ford Escort Estate
This is your best bet for four adults, ensuring room for luggage and people in the back seat.
Citroen Berlingo 5-seat, Ford Galaxy 5/7-seat, Nissan Serena 5/7-seat, Mitsubishi Spacewagon 6-seat, Opel Zafrira 5/7 seat Volkswagen Sharan 5/ 7-seat
The best size for 5 adults or 4 adults who plan on golfing or have lots of luggage.
Larger than a minivan but just as easy to drive and perfect for 6 - 8 adults with luggage.
Minibuses are great for 6 adults and up to 8, preferably if you are staying in one location and doing day trips.