Overall, the Citroën received 377 votes, with the Golf at 364 and the Mazda6 at 327.
Presenting the award to Citroën Ireland managing director, Frederic Soulier, Continental Tyres Ireland’s Tom Dennigan said: ‘The Citroën 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 Citroën.’
Meanwhile, there was good news for both Volkswagen and Mazda in the category awards.
The Mazda6 was named the Continental Irish Family Car of the Year, with the Volkswagen Golf GTi taking the Continental Irish Performance Car of the Year title.
The Peugeot 2008 (full review next week) crossover scooped the Continental Irish Small Car of the Year accolade, while the Citroën C4 Picasso also took the Continental Irish Compact Family Car of the Year award, ahead of the VW Golf, which was shortlisted.
The Range Rover was named the Continental Irish Executive/Luxury Car of the Year.
The Car of the Year awards are voted upon by members of the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association, taking into account comfort, practicality, equipment level, safety, fuel economy, ride and road holding.
All of the winning cars are available to test drive now.
16 vie for Irish Car of the Year 2014 title