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Super Stelvio a high-performance winner for Alfa Romeo

30/06/2020 In the rarefied air of the Luxury/Performance category, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio came into the 2020 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards as something of an outsider. That status was comprehensively blown away as our jury – thrilled by what it described as “supercar” like levels of performance – made the Stelvio its clear choice. Never has the phrase ‘Italian stallion’ seemed so apt. https://youtu.be/p54bnIvoTbs We invited Bob Flavin of the Irish Car of the Year judging panel…

High and mighty: why Volkswagen’s terrific T-Cross is our Compact SUV of the Year

26/03/2020 Even before the Volkswagen T-Cross sped away with the Irish Compact SUV of the Year award, it was clear that VW had another winner on its hands. For starters, this is exactly the sort of car that Irish buyers are clamouring for right now. An SUV that’s not quite a full SUV but a shorter, taller version that’s perfectly suited to the city streets and packed with practical touches. As the Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year jury noted,…

Practical Peugeot Rifter loads up with 2020 Irish MPV of the Year award

19/03/2020 When it comes to car-like vans and van-like cars, Peugeot have long been the masters of blurring the lines for maximum practicality. The new Rifter is the latest incarnation of Peugeot’s MPV mastery, combining space and practicality galore with comfort and drivability, not to mention one or two surprising design flourishes along the way. No surprises, then, that the new Peugeot Rifter is the 2020 Continental Tyres Irish MPV of the Year. In our latest video episode, we invited ICOTY…

Low blow: how the Peugeot 508 won Irish Large Car of the Year

12/03/2020 A universal “ooh la la” accompanied the unveiling of the new Peugeot 508 last year, as the French manufacturer transformed its flagship executive model from a straightforward, up-and-down 4-door saloon to a veritable crouching tiger of a low-slung coupé. The new 508 is wonderful to look at – even better to drive – but it was mixing with some serious company in our Large Car of the Year category, up against big-hitters like the BMW 3 Series and Tesla’s dazzling…

The fun factor: How the Ford Focus ST won Hot Hatchback of the Year title

05/03/2020 It’s safe to say that our Irish Car of the Year jury probably looks forward to the Hot Hatchback category just a little bit more than any other. This, after all, is where the fun is to be found – grunting, growling, snorting, hot-hatch entertainment. You gotta love it! At this year’s Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards, the smart money in the Hot Hatchback category was on Ford’s rip-roaring, fourth-generation Focus ST, and so it proved. The…

Ford Puma, BMW Series 2, Toyota CH-R

04/03/2020 We’re well into 2020, and as the dust settles on the frantic first couple of months of the year – where the focus is firmly on sales promotions – we can start looking in earnest at the cars likely to catch the eye of our intrepid Irish Car of the Year jury. The 2021 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards don’t take place for another eight months or so (November 2020, to be precise) but as the year…

How Toyota Corolla saw off “fierce” competition to win Medium Car of the Year

27/02/2020 It’s a recurring theme of the annual Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards – of all the categories up for grabs, best Medium Car is invariably, inevitably, one of the most competitive shake-ups of the lot. So it proved again in the 2020 instalment of Ireland’s premier automotive awards, as a hatful of genuine heavyweight contenders – including Skoda, Kia, Mercedes, Mazda – jostled for the Medium category prize. In the end, though, it was no contest! “There…

‘Runaway winner’ Kia e-Soul ticks all the boxes

14/02/2020 This year’s Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards quickly turned into a victory parade for the Kia e-Soul. The funky, distinctive-looking e-Soul not only won the Compact Car of the Year and Green/Efficient Car of the Year categories but then cruised to victory as the overall 2020 Irish Car of the Year. A landslide victory for Kia, then, and a small slice of history to boot as the e-Soul became the first ever fully electric car to win…

Kia e-Soul, Ford Focus ST, Mercedes-Benz B-Class

22/10/2019 Tick tock, the 2020 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards are winging their way towards us with the year’s new model army set for their moment in the sun. Who will take their place on the podium? All will be revealed at the Gala Awards night that will take place in Dublin on the night of Thursday, 7th of November. In the meantime, it’s our pleasure to bring you another batch of live contenders for this year’s awards,…

Mercedes-Benz GLC 63 S Coupé, Audi SQ2, Nissan Leaf 62 kWh

03/09/2019 In our latest round-up of new arrivals, we focus on exciting new models from Mercedes-Benz and Audi, plus a very interesting update to the Nissan Leaf, our reigning Irish Green/Efficient Car of the Year. Well into 2019 at this stage, and the contenders for this year’s awards are coming thick and fast! Mercedes-Benz GLC 63 S Coupé Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupé (2019) A lovely coupé version of the much-lauded GLC, this latest offering from Mercedes-Benz is tipped for…

Honda HR-V, Range Rover Evoque, Skoda Scala hatchback

05/08/2019 Another month, another round-up of new vehicle launches to whet the appetite for the 2020 Irish Car of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres. This time out, we run the rule over three very different new offerings from Honda, Range Rover and Skoda. Whether you’re in the market for a new car or simply interested in the new vehicle scene, we hope you find our quick capsule reviews interesting. Enjoy! Honda HR-V Sport First off the blocks is…

Toyota Supra, Mini Cooper S, Jaguar F-Pace SVR

06/07/2019 Time flies when you’re having fun, and here at the Irish Car of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres, we’re having lots of fun watching all our major car brands launch their 2020 offerings onto the Irish market. As part of our ‘ones to watch’ series, we’re keeping track of all new contenders that arrive – not every single one will satisfy the strict criteria for inclusion in the awards programme proper, but that won’t matter hugely if…

VW T-Cross, Volvo V60, BMW 745

15/04/2019 2019 is marching on, with all major car brands continuing to launch their new models onto the Irish market. While not all ‘new’ models will wind up in contention for the 2020 Irish Car of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres, we’re keeping a close eye on all new arrivals anyway. After all, if you’re in the market for a new vehicle then the more information you have at your fingertips, the better! Here’s our latest batch of…

Peugeot 508, Citroen DS7, SEAT Tarraco, Toyota Corolla, Ford Mustang Bullitt

07/03/2019 We’re well into 2019, and Irish new car buyers are more spoiled for choice than ever with a raft of fabulous new model launches over the past number of weeks. With one eye firmly on the Irish Car of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres, here we round up the latest batch of shiny new arrivals… in a showroom near you! PEUGEOT 508 First up is the truly gorgeous Peugeot 508 family/fleet model, which already boasts the enviable…

VW Golf GTI TCR, Lexus RX 450hL, Audi Q8 50

06/02/2019 The countdown has begun! The Irish Car of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres, may be several months away, but we’ve already got one eye on the class of ’20. Even at this early stage we’ve seen the arrival of several hot new models into Irish showrooms. And here, as part of our ongoing news and analysis, we run the rule over three new cars widely tipped to feature as contenders in the Irish Car of the Year…