It is that time of year again when myself and my colleagues in the Irish Motoring Writers Association (I.M.W.A) judge the Continental Irish Car Of The Year Awards.
Many people ask us how do we pick one car above another as really there are no “bad” cars nowadays?
Well i suppose this is true. Cars in general these days are all very good, but some are much better than others and our criteria for judging this is based on some very good guidelines.
We compare, safety features, economy, road holding, standard specification, practicality, performance, styling, and much more to decide which car deserves themost points. Points are awarded over these and other areas and the winner of Irish CarOf The Year is of course the car with the most points.
Obviously also we must compare like with like and that is why the IMWA also has category winners. For example there is little point in comparing a BMW X5 with a Ford Fiesta they are two cars in completely differing classes.
This year was a particularly competitive year with many very good newcomers on the market.
However in the end it was the new Citroen C4 Picasso which took the title.
I road tested this car just a few months ago and my verdict was clear and unambiguous.
“It is really stylish, beautifully equipped and the goodies in the higher spec versions will have the kids entertained on even the longest of trips.
Yes if you must have an MPV you really need to take a closer look at the new C4 Picasso, quite simply, it’s excellent!”
The Citroen C4 Picasso received 377 votes from myself and my colleagues in the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA) jurors, ahead of the VW Golf (364 votes) and the Mazda6 (327 votes). It is the third time that Citroen has taken the overall Continental Irish Car of the Year title, after the Citroen Xsara (1998) and the Citroen C5 (2009).
The trophy was presented to Frederic Soulier, Managing Director of Citroen Ireland, by Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland, who commented: “The Citroen C4 Picasso is an outstanding car and a worthy winner of our main award. It combines excellent driving qualities with a range of truly impressive technologies, and is a credit to everyone connected with Citroen.”
In addition to the overall award, five other category winners were also announced: Continental Irish Small Car of the Year Peugeot 2008; Continental Irish Compact Family Car of the Year Citroen C4 Picasso; Continental Irish Family Car of the Year Mazda6; Continental Irish Executive / Luxury Car of the Year Range Rover; Continental Irish Performance Car of the Year Volkswagen Golf GTI
Meanwhile, the award for Continental Irish Van of the Year 2014 went to the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. All in all then some very deserving winners across all categories.
The new Peugeot 208 is a little cracker, for those looking for a high performance hot hatch the legendary VW Golf GTi is hard to beat and if a family saloon is what you need the new Mzada6 is a really lovely motorcar. If on the other hand you win the lotto, I must say I would pop down to my local Land Rover dealer and buy the simply stunning and very capable new Range Rover.