Chris O’Dowd tops the list for Irish people’s favourite celebrity driving partner

SEAT Summer survey reveals our driving loves and loathes


  • Over half of Irish people would like Chris O’Dowd as a passenger in their car
  • 47% pick a partner over a friend as their driving companion
  • Wicklow’s Sally Gap and Galway to Clifden tie as favourite Irish driving routes
  • Route 66 voted most wanted international drive
  • Over half (53%) of people voted phantom breaking as most irritating passenger behaviour

 Chris O’Dowd tops the list for Irish people’s favourite celebrity driving partner

Irish actor Chris O’Dowd is the celebrity driving partner Irish people would most like to accompany them in their car. The findings of SEAT’s summer driving survey place the Moone Boy star firmly at the top with almost 57% of people polled opting for funny man O’Dowd to sit in their passenger seat. Fellow actor Colin Farrell was next in line scooping with 16% while 8% say Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane would be their perfect passenger.


SEAT’s summer driving survey also looked at which international celebrity driving partner, Irish people would most like to accompany them. A third say they would like to take a road trip with Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence while 1 in 4 would like to zip along the highways with Hollywood heart throb Brad Pitt.


Survey respondents were also questioned on what their favourite driving movie was. The 2011 movie ‘Drive’ staring Ryan Gosling came out top (28%) while iconic movies ‘Thelma and Louise’ and ‘The Italian Job’ tied for second both on 22%.


The results also saw the Irish public reveal who their preferred day to day driving partner would be. Romance is alive and well as almost half (47%) chose their spouse or partner while a further 31% looked towards their best friend.


When asked about their favourite iconic driving routes both at home and abroad,  it’s a tie between The Sally Gap in Wicklow and the road from Galway to Clifden both at 24% as the roads people want to drive at home.  Staying West, one in five of respondents chose the Conor Pass in Kerry as their favourite driving route followed closely by The Burren in Co. Clare (16%).


When it comes to taking to the road further afield, Irish people also revealed which international driving route they would most like to tackle with Route 66 in the USA accounting for 33% and 24% opting for the Cote d’Azur across Italy and France.


Finally Irish motorists declared that the most irritating thing a passenger can do on a long journey is to brace dramatically at the faintest hint of danger (53%). The next most irritating passenger trait was people fiddling with the radio/CD player (20%).


Neil Dalton, Head of Marketing at SEAT Ireland commented; “The results offer an interesting insight into the driving preferences of Irish motorists. We all know Ireland is a beautiful country but not many people make the most of the excellent driving routes we have. This reminds us that there is no better time to experience it than this summer!”


SEAT’s summer driving survey comes at a time when SEAT announced an extension to its amazing 152 offers across the SEAT range until 31st August. Customers who order any Leon or Ibiza for 152 at their local SEAT dealership can avail of 0% PCP from Volkswagen Bank as part of the 152 offers.


As well as exceptional value on the Leon and Ibiza range, SEAT is also offering its 3 Year Service Plan at a reduced price of €199 across the full range of SEAT models including; SEAT Mii, Ibiza, Leon, Toledo, and the Alhambra models. Meanwhile, customers can also avail of the I-TECH pack which is available on the SEAT Ibiza and SEAT Toledo for just €299.


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