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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
Compact Crossover
Dacia Duster
Jeep Compass
Jaguar E-pace
Volvo XC40
Medium Crossover
Honda CR-V
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Opel Grandland
Skoda Karoq
Subaru XV
Large Crossover
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
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
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.