Continental Irish Car Of The Year 2016 Winners!

Who wins Irish Car Of The Year 2016?

Irish Car of the Year 2016 (2)
Rosemary Smith pictured with the winning car, the Ford Mondeo, and IMWA, Chairman, John Galvin.

On Friday 20th November, the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association (IMWA) and guests gathered in Dublin to announce the winners of the Continental Irish Car Of The Year (ICOTY) 2016 awards. Rosemary Smith, ex-rally driver, announced  our overall winner for Irish Car Of The Year 2016…the Ford Mondeo!

The overall results, with weighted scores, were as follows:

  1. Ford Mondeo – 148 points
  2. Volvo XC90 – 147 points
  3. Mercedes-Benz GLE – 144 points
  4. Kia Sorento – 144 points
  5. Skoda Superb – 140 points

The category winners were as follows:

Irish Small Car Of The Year – Opel Corsa

Opel Corsa Continental Irish Small Car Of The Year 2016
Opel Corsa: Continental Irish Small Car Of The Year 2016

Irish Compact Family Car Of The Year – Honda HR-V

Honda HR-V Continental Irish Compact Family Car Of The Year 2016
Honda HR-V: Continental Irish Compact Family Car Of The Year 2016

Irish Medium Car Of The Year/Irish Car Of The Year – Ford Mondeo

Ford Mondeo Irish Car Of The Year ChangingLanes.ie
Ford Mondeo: Continental Irish Medium Car Of The Year 2016

Irish Large Car Of The Year – Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento Continental Irish Large Car Of The Year 2016
Kia Sorento: Continental Irish Large Car Of The Year 2016

Irish Executive Car Of The Year – Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 Continental Irish Executive Car Of The Year 2016
Volvo XC90: Continental Irish Executive Car Of The Year 2016

Irish Performance/Sport Car Of The Year – Audi TT

Audi TT Continental Irish Performance/Sport Car Of The Year
Audi TT: Continental Irish Performance/Sport Car Of The Year

The Irish Motoring Writers’ Association judges awarded points on the basis of criteria ranging from design, comfort, safety, economy, handling and performance, as well as driver satisfaction, value for money and technical innovation. The awards are in their 39th year.

John Galvin, IMWA Chairman said: “The Irish motoring writers have selected an exciting model and no doubt the 2016 Irish Car of the Year accolade will provide a huge boost to the popularity of the Ford Mondeo in the Irish market, particularly in the context of the current competitive economic environment.”

The Ford Mondeo succeeds the Nissan Qashqai, which took the title last year.

Caroline Kidd

4 Comments on Continental Irish Car Of The Year 2016 Winners!

  1. I’m also a huge car fan but am dissapointed by the winner of the Irish Continental Car of The Year 2016 (Ford Mondeo)
    Do not get me wrong. I think the Mondeo is a fantastic family car that looks good and is well priced but it’s a little late to the
    scene considering it arrived on Irish shores in late 2014. By right it should have gotten the award for Irish Continental Car of The Year 2015 (or at least nominated etc).
    I’m also confused as to why the Mercedes-Benz GLE was considered. I’ll admit it’s handsome and of course new but lots of motoring journalists still don’t think it’s a major improvement in the ML (the car it replaces). It’s also quite pricey.
    I personally believe (from the list of nominees) that the Volvo XC90 OR Skoda Superb should have been crowned the award.
    The Volvo is comfortable, luxurious yet also spacious and practical and has smart safety tech and a striking design. I’ll admit that it is quite expensive but compared to competition (such as the Audi Q7 & Land Rover Discovery) it’s cheaper.
    The Skoda Superb is…..well SUPERB! It’s quite, well built, looks good, afforadable and practical and I’m honestly shocked it didn’t get the award.
    Lastly, I’m suprised that cars such as the Jaguar XE, BMW X1, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Hyundai Tucson weren’t even considered!
    You can argue that the judges may not have had enough time to review the cars due to their late arrival into the year but they should really make it their business.
    And if a 16 year old who can’t even drive yet can come up with this WHY hasn’t anyone else!?

    • There were only 8 points between the top 5 so it was very close, and well the XC90 only missed out by 1 point. The Mondeo wasn’t included in last year’s nominees because its Irish launch date was after the cut off date for inclusion, some time in November I think.

  2. I still don’t understand why other good cars (cars in fact as good as or better than some of the nominees) weren’t nominated such as the Jaguar XE?
    It WAS available in Ireland in June/July, actually a friend of mine collected theirs in early October, so why was that not even considered? So many journalists claimed it was the best in its class
    And on a side note , do you personally have have a car in mind that you would crown Irish Car of the year?

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