The Kia e-Soul has won the overall Car of the Year award at the 2020 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards.

The e-Soul, which also won the award for Green/Efficient Car of the Year and Compact Car of the Year, was chosen as overall Irish Car of the Year ahead of nine other category winners, which in turn were selected from a field of 49 new models launched during 2019. The 2020 Irish Car of the Year trophy was presented to Kia at today’s gala awards event, which took place at the Westin Hotel, Dublin.

The 2020 Irish Car of the Year awards were voted for by a jury comprising 34 of Ireland’s most experienced motoring journalists.

The award for 2020 Irish Car of the Year was presented to Kia by Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres (Ireland) along with Bob Flavin and Tony Conlon of the Irish Car of the Year jury.

Joint-Chairman of the Irish Car of the Year Committee, Bob Flavin said: “This is the first time that an electric car has won Irish Car of the Year, a real sign of things to come I think. Regardless of its fuel type, the e-Soul came out as the clear winner and was hugely popular with my motoring journalist colleagues.”

Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres said about the awards: “The advice of the Irish Car of the Year jurors is instrumental in helping consumers here to make sense of the ever-growing complexity of the cars we drive – both from the point of view of the increased fuel options and the myriad of new safety features and technologies that are found on even the entry level models of all brands.”

The Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards are an annual showcase of the best new cars launched each year, taking account of the specific requirements of the Irish market.