Countdown to Continental Irish Car of the Year awards gathers pace


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Motoring Journalists test contenders ahead of vote

The roads around Mondello Park in County Kildare have been witness to the latest and finest motoring products this week, as Ireland’s motoring journalists undertake final tests of the contenders for the prestigious Continental Irish Car of the Year and Irish Van of the Year 2022 awards.

Thirty four cars are competing for seven category awards from which an overall winner of Continental Irish Car of the Year 2022 will be selected, while six panel vans have been shortlisted for the overall Continental Irish Van of the Year 2022 award.

With the winners to be announced early next month, the motoring journalists, who provide expert commentary and analysis in leading publications across print, television and online, have been making final comparison tests before casting their votes to select the best vehicles in each class. Fleet Car magazine is represented by Jarlath Sweeney and Cathal Doyle, while Paul White joins them in assessing the van contenders.

Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year 2022 Eligible Models
Compact Car Medium Crossover / SUV Luxury Car
Dacia Sandero Cupra Formentor Audi e-tron GT
Honda-e Hyundai Tucson BMW iX
Hyundai i20 Nissan Qashqai Mercedes-Benz EQV
Renault Arkana Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Medium Car Subaru Outback
Citroen C4 Performance Car
Cupra Leon Large Car BMW M3/M4
DS 3 Audi Q4 e-tron Ford Puma ST
MG5 Peugeot 508 PSE
VW Caddy  Passenger Kia EV6  Toyota Yaris GR
Škoda Enyaq VW ID.4 GTX
Small Crossover / SUV Toyota Highlander
Hyundai Bayon Volkswagen ID.4
Mazda MX30
Mercedes-Benz EQA
Opel Mokka
Toyota Yaris Cross


Continental Irish Van of the Year Contenders

Citroën e-Dispatch / Opel Vivaro-e / Peugeot e-Expert

Maxus e-Deliver 3

Maxus e-Deliver 9

Mercedes-Benz e-Sprinter

Toyota Proace City

Volkswagen Caddy