What gets your vote?

A field of 47 candidates for the Irish Car of the Year 2019 awards, in association with Continental Tyres, was announced recently. The Irish Car of the Year (ICOTY) will be revealed at a gala event in The Gibson Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday, November 8th.

Voted on by a jury of some 37 of Ireland’s most experienced motoring journalists, the Irish Car of the Year awards highlight for Irish motorists the best cars that have been launched in the country taking account of the particular requirements of the Irish market.

New for this year, the Irish Car of the Year Committee is launching a new dedicated website where Irish consumers and those interested in buying a new car will be able to get all of the detail on the range of new cars that have been launched in Ireland this year – the website is available at: www.caroftheyear.ie.

The website will also feature details of the vehicles that have been successful in the 2019 awards programme following the awards event on November 8th.

The full field of candidates for the Irish Car of the Year 2019 awards is as follows:


Small/ Compact Car; Kia Ceed, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, VW Polo and Subaru Impreza.

Small Crossover; Citroën C3 Aircross, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Kona, SEAT Arona and VW T-ROC.

Compact Crossover; BMW X2, Dacia Duster, JEEP Compass, Jaguar E-Pace and Volvo XC40.

Medium Crossover; BMW X3, Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Opel Grandland X, Škoda Karoq and Subaru XV.

Large Crossover; BMW X4, Hyundai Santa Fe, Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg.

Executive/ Premium Car; Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, BMW 6 Series GT, Kia Stinger GT-Line, Mercedes-Benz CLS, Lexus LS500h and Volvo V60.

Hot Hatch; Ford Fiesta ST, Hyundai i30N, VW Polo GTI, Renault Megane RS, Suzuki Swift Sport and Toyota Yaris GRMN.

Performance Car; Audi RS3, Audi RS4, BMW M5 and Kia Stinger GT.

Green/ Efficient Car; Ford Mondeo HEV, Jaguar I-Pace, Kia Niro PHEV and Nissan LEAF.


Contenders for the ‘Innovation Award’ include:

Audi A8 – Level 3 Autonomy.

Citroën – Advanced Comfort Seats.

Citroën – Progressive Hydraulic Cushion Suspension.

Mercedes-Benz – MBUX Interface.

Nissan LEAF – e-Pedal.

Volvo XC60 – Run Off Road Mitigation.

Volvo XC40 – Smart Storage.