While the new car market in Ireland shrunk by 10% in 2017 compared to 2016, you are still buying new cars in your droves with 131,356 new cars registered in 2017.
Which cars captured Irish hearts in 2017? Take a look at my countdown here:
10. Volkswagen Tiguan
A fine sample of a compact SUV. I had the pleasure to review the Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0TDI again in 2017.
9. Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla is a no-nonsense saloon car and a perennial Irish favourite. I reviewed a diesel Toyota Corolla in 2017 and it wasn’t hard to see why Irish buyers love this value for money family car.
8. Toyota Yaris
In 2017 Toyota launched a revised Yaris range and I managed to get my hands on a Toyota Yaris Hybrid for review. The Yaris is a straightforward supermini with a lot of fans.
7. Kia Sportage
The Kia Sportage is one of the most visible SUVs on our roads and has become a firm Irish favourite. I’m a big fan of the Kia Sportage and I had the opportunity to test one in 2016.
6. Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta is over 40 years old but it’s got a charm that’s always endeared it to the Irish public. A new model arrived in July 2017 so it’s a good time to check out one of Ireland’s favourite small cars.
5. Ford Focus
Another perennial Irish favourite, the Ford Focus might be looking a little old now but it’s still the best handling hatchback around.
4. Skoda Octavia
A small refresh for the Skoda Octavia in 2017 but still a great value car.
3. Nissan Qashqai
Once upon a time the Nissan Qashqai was Ireland’s bestselling car. It’s lost it’s crown somewhat but remains a very popular Irish family car. In 2017 I reviewed a refreshed Nissan Qashqai.
2. Volkswagen Golf
The Volkswagen Golf is a consistent topseller in Ireland and received a refresh in 2017.
1. Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson reigns supreme for another year. There is no stopping the Tuscon as it charges ahead with a considerable margin.