David Thomas, Managing Director of Volvo Ireland, accepting the Irish Car of the Year 2019 award for the Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 Wins Irish Car Of The Year 2019

David Thomas, Managing Director of Volvo Ireland, accepting the Irish Car of the Year 2019 award for the Volvo XC40
David Thomas, Managing Director of Volvo Ireland, accepting the Irish Car of the Year 2019 award for the Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40 has won the title of Irish Car of the Year 2019 at a gala event in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin.

Motoring journalists from print, online and broadcasting hosted the Irish Car of the Year 2019 Awards in association with Continental Tyres, with the event attended by Ireland’s leading car brands, importers, distributors and other motoring dignitaries.

The XC40 scooped the top prize from a field of 9 eligible category winners including the new Ford Focus, Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen Touareg. All new cars launched on the Irish market in the last 12 months are eligible for the awards, with 33 jurors, including this writer, voting in this year's competition.

The aim of Irish Car of the Year is to signpost the best new cars in a number of categories to guide Irish consumers looking to buy a new car. For a full list of the categories and contenders in this year’s competition, check out our new site at www.caroftheyear.ie.

There were also a number of categories winners as follows:

Ford Focus - Irish Small / Compact Car of the Year 2019

SEAT Arona - Irish Small Crossover of the Year 2019

Volvo XC40 - Irish Compact Crossover of the Year 2019

Skoda Karoq - Irish Medium Crossover of the Year 2019

Volkswagen Touareg - Irish Large Crossover of the Year 2019

Mercedes Benz CLS - Irish Executive / Premium Car of the Year 2019

Ford Fiesta ST - Irish Hot Hatchback of the Year 2019

BMW M5 – Irish Performance Car of the Year 2019

Nissan Leaf - Irish Green / Efficient Car of the Year 2018

Nissan Leaf E Pedal - Irish Car of the Year Innovation Award 2019

The Mercedes Benz Sprinter was voted as Irish Van of the Year 2019.

ICOTY Committee member Mark Gallivan said: “What a wonderful array of cars we had in this year’s competition, it was a very tight race and the XC40 is a very worthy winner.”

ICOTY Committee member Bob Flavin said: “Congratulations to the Volvo XC40 for winning through from a field of some 48 new models launched this year on the Irish market.”

Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres said about the awards: “The choices of the Irish Car of the Year jury provide a great helping hand to Irish consumers in navigating their way through the bewildering array of high tech vehicles that are launched in Ireland each year and in this regard, Continental is delighted to be associated with the Irish Car of the Year awards.”


Irish Car of the Year 2019 launched

Irish Car of the Year 2019 Officially Launched

Irish Car of the Year 2019 launched
Who will win this year's Irish Car of the Year 2019 award?

Irish Car of the Year 2019, in association with Continental Tyres, will take place on November 8th at a gala event in The Gibson Hotel, Dublin.

50 cars will compete in this year’s competition, in individual categories and for the overall title of Irish Car of the Year 2019. The aim of the Irish Car of the Year awards is to highlight for Irish motorists the best cars that have been launched in the country in the previous 12 calendar months, taking into account the particular requirements of the Irish market.

The jury for Irish Car of the Year is made up of 37 of Ireland’s most experienced motoring journalists, from across online, broadcast and print media, including this writer.

In October, jurors will have the opportunity to drive all eligible cars again at a number of Refresher Days before voting begins.

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 can be viewed here.

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

The Peugeot 3008 is the current title holder of Irish Car of the Year 2018.

Irish Car of the Year 2019 launched
Pictured at the launch of this year's awards are Mark Gallivan (left) and Bob Flavin (right) of the Irish Car of the Year Committee, with Tom Dennigan of awards sponsor, Continental Tyres (centre).

Here are the candidates for the Irish Car of the Year 2019 awards:

Audi A1Honda Civic Type RNissan Leaf
Audi A6Hyundai Electric KonaOpel Grandland
Audi A8Hyundai i30NPorsche Cayenne
Audi Q5Hyundai KonaRenault Alpine 110
Audi RS3Hyundai Santa FeSEAT Arona
Audi RS4Jaguar E-PaceSkoda Karoq
BMW X2Jaguar I-PaceSubaru Impreza
BMW X3Jeep CompassSubaru XV
BMW X4Jeep WranglerSuzuki Swift Sport
BMW M5Kia CeedToyota Yaris GRMN
BMW 6 Series GTKia Niro PHEVVolkswagen Polo
Citroen C3 AircrossKia StingerVolkswagen Polo GTi
Dacia DusterKia StonicVolkswagen Touareg
Ford EcoSportLexus LS 500hVolkswagen T-Roc
Ford Fiesta STMercedes A ClassVolvo V60
Ford FocusMercedes CLSVolvo XC40
Ford Mondeo HEVMitsubishi Eclipse Cross