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Mercedes Benz CLS is Irish Executive / Premium Car of the Year

The Mercedes Benz CLS has been named Best Large Crossover of the Year at the 2019 Irish Car of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres.

The Mercedes Benz CLS is equipped with the company’s ‘Intelligent Drive’ system as well as a range of driver assist technology including Blind Spot Assist, Active Distance Assist, Head Up Display and AIR Body Control, while the car also features the ‘Mercedes me connect’ system.

The Mercedes Benz CLS came out on top of a category that included other Executive / Premium contenders such as the Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, BMW 6 Series GT, Kia Stinger – GT Line, Lexus LS 500h and Volvo V60.

The award for 2019 Executive / Premium Car of the Year was presented at this evening’s Irish Car of the Year awards, which took place at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin.

Congratulations to Mercedes Benz!

VW Touareg named 2019 Large Crossover of the Year

The Volkswagen Touareg has been named Best Large Crossover of the Year at the 2019 Irish Car of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres.

The VW Touareg is packed with driver assist features and safety equipment including Dynamic Light Assist and four cameras to show what is happening around the vehicle. A rear-view camera system is optional, while the Touareg also features Blue Light Technology designed to improve efficiency and reduce fuel consumption.

Runners-up in the Large Crossover category included the BMW X4, Hyundai Santa Fe and Porsche Cayenne.

The award for 2019 Large Crossover of the Year was presented at this evening’s Irish Car of the Year awards, which took place at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin.

Congratulations to Volkswagen!

Skoda Karoq crowned 2019 Irish Medium Crossover of the Year

The Skoda Karoq has been named Best Medium Crossover of the Year at the 2019 Irish Car of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres.

The Skoda Karoq is equipped with an impressive package of safety features including Lane Assist, Front Assist with predictive pedestrian protection, Blind Spot Detect and Rear Traffic Alert. The Karoq also features driver technology including Adaptive Cruise Control and Traffic Sign Recognition.

The Skoda Karoq came out on top of a category that included contenders such as the BMW X3, Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Opel Grandland and Subaru XV.

The award for 2019 Medium Crossover of the Year was presented at this evening’s Irish Car of the Year awards, which took place at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin.

Congratulations to Skoda!

Volvo XC40 is 2019 Irish Compact Crossover of the Year

The Volvo XC40 has been named Best Compact Crossover of the Year at the 2019 Irish Car of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres.

A true urban crossover, the Volvo XC40 features City Safety which identifies other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and large animals ahead, as well as technology features including a centre touch screen for high-res driver display and voice control; that understands normal speech.

The Volvo XC40 emerged the winner from a category that also included the BMW X2, Dacia Duster, Jeep Compass and Jaguar E-pace.

The award for 2019 Compact Crossover of the Year was presented at this evening’s Irish Car of the Year awards, which took place at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin.

Congratulations to Volvo!

SEAT Arona takes 2019 Small Crossover crown

The SEAT Arona has been named Best Small Crossover of the Year at the 2019 Irish Car of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres.

SEAT’s smart new crossover features a range of customisable features as well as Full Link Technology and features including Wireless Charger and Keyless System. The Arona is also equipped with safety features including ACC with Front Assist, a total of 6 airbags, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Alert.

The victorious SEAT Arona beat off stiff competition in the category including the Citroen C3 Aircross, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Kona and VW T-ROC.

The award for Small Crossover of the Year was presented at this evening’s Irish Car of the Year awards, which took place at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin.

Well done to SEAT!

Ford Focus is Irish Small/Compact Car of the Year

The new Ford Focus has been named Best Small / Compact Car of the Year at the 2019 Irish Car of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres.

The new Focus features an array of driver technology including Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go centring and Active Park Assist 2, as well as smart safety technology including Active Braking and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection. The car is available with a range of fuel-efficient engines.

The Ford Focus came out on top of a highly competitive category that also included the Kia Ceed, Mercedes A Class, Volkswagen Polo and Subaru Impreza.

The 2019 Irish Small / Compact Car of the Year award was presented at this evening’s Irish Car of the Year awards event, which took place at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin.

Congratulations to Ford!

Irish Car of the Year ‘Refresher Drive’ days at Mondello

Monday and Tuesday October 22 & 23 were the designated ‘Refresher Drive’ days for the Irish Car of the Year.  All 48 cars that are eligible for the Irish Car of the Year 2019 awards were at Mondello Park Racing Circuit and parked up along the pit lane waiting to be tested by the 34 accredited jurors, motoring journalists from a range of online and print titles from across the country.

The Refresher Drive days are organised so as to give the jurors an opportunity to ‘refresh’ their memory of cars they may have driven more than six months ago, ahead of the final voting deadline on October 31.

The line up of 48 cars (and 7 vans) made for a very impressive sight as they were lined up along the pit lane.

The 10 categories and overall Irish Car of the Year winner for 2019 will be announced at a gala black tie event at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday night November 8.

Irish Car of the Year 2019 (and Van)

Small / Compact Car
Ford Focus
Kia Ceed
Mercedes A Class
Volkswagen Polo
Subaru Impreza
Executive/Premium Car
Audi A6
Audi A7
Audi A8
BMW 6 Series GT
Kia Stinger – GT Line
Mercedes CLS
Lexus LS 500h
Volvo V60
Small Crossover
Citroen C3 Aircross
Ford EcoSport
Hyundai Kona
SEAT Arona
VW T-ROC
Compact Crossover
BMW X2
Dacia Duster
Jeep Compass
Jaguar E-pace
Volvo XC40
Medium Crossover
BMW X3
Honda CR-V
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Opel Grandland
Skoda Karoq
Subaru XV
Large Crossover
BMW X4
Hyundai Santa Fe
Porsche Cayenne
Volkswagen Touareg
Green/Efficient Car
Ford Mondeo HEV
Jaguar I-Pace
Kia Niro PHEV
Nissan Leaf
Hot Hatchback
Ford Fiesta ST
Hyundai i30N
Volkswagen Polo GTI
Renault Megane RS
Suzuki Swift Sport
Toyota Yaris GRMN
Performance Car
Alfa Romeo Stelvio QF
Audi RS3
Audi RS4
BMW M5
Kia Stinger GT
Innovation Award
Audi A8 – Level 3 Autonomy
Citroen Advanced Comfort Seats
Citroen Progressive Hydraulic Cushion Suspension
Mercedes Benz – MBUX interface
Nissan LEAF – E Pedal
Volvo XC60 – Run off Road Mitigation
Volvo XC40 – Smart Storage
Irish Van of the Year
Ford Transit Custom
Iveco Daily Blue Power
LDV eV80 Electric
MAN TGE
Nissan eNV200
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
VW Crafter

50 new cars in the running for 2019 Irish Car of the Year awards

The Irish Car of the Year committee has this week revealed the 50 vehicles in the running for the 2016 Irish Car of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres.

This year’s awards ceremony will take place at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday, 8th November 2018.

The 50-strong ‘longlist’ was selected by a jury comprising 37 of Ireland’s most experienced motoring journalists. The jury will have a refresher drive day in October – where they will have an opportunity to appraise all cars again – before casting their votes for the Irish Car of the Year 2019.

Here are the 50 cars in the hunt for Irish Car of the Year 2019:

  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV
  • Audi A1
  • Audi A6
  • Audi A8
  • Audi Q5
  • Audi RS3
  • Audi RS4
  • BMW X2
  • BMW X3
  • BMW X4
  • BMW M5
  • BMW 6 Series GT
  • Citroen C3 Aircross
  • Dacia Duster
  • Ford EcoSport
  • Ford Fiesta ST
  • Ford Focus
  • Ford Mondeo HEV
  • Honda Civic Type R
  • Hyundai Electric Kona
  • Hyundai i30N
  • Hyundai Kona
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Jaguar E-Pace
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Jeep Compass
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Kia Ceed
  • Kia Niro PHEV
  • Kia Stinger
  • Kia Stonic
  • Lexus LS 500h
  • Mercedes A Class
  • Mercedes CLS
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Opel Grandland
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • SEAT Arona
  • Skoda Karoq
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru XV
  • Suzuki Swift Sport
  • Toyota Yaris GRMN
  • Volkswagen Polo
  • Volkswagen Polo GTi
  • Volkswagen Touareg
  • Volkswagen T-Roc
  • Volvo V60
  • Volvo XC40

Good luck to all runners and riders! We’ll have more news and updates as the big day gets closer.