2016 What Car? Car of the Year winners – one year on

On Wednesday 11 January we'll reveal the winners of the 2017 What Car? Car of the Year Awards, but how have last year's winners stood the test of time?

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Large SUV

Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 TD4 180 SE Tech auto

At the 2016 What Car? Awards, the Discovery Sport's seven-seat interior, comfortable ride and impressive build quality helped it see off all rivals in this class. But if it's to retain it's crown for 2017, it will also have to beat sister-brand Jaguar's F-Pace and the seven-seat Skoda Kodiaq.

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Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI 110 Bluemotion Tech SE

Sales of MPVs have been declining in recent years, so Renault's new Scenic and Grand Scenic incorporate elements of SUVs in their design in an effort to reverse that trend. By contrast, the revised CitroΓ«n Grand C4 Picasso and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer are traditional MPVs, as is last year's winner, the Volkswagen Touran.

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Estate car

Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE Business

The Skoda Superb Estate obviously offers a huge boot, but it's far more than just a big box on wheels; you also get a strong, fuel-efficient engine, a classy interior and lots of practical touches. For 2017, though, it will be put to the test like never before, because two brands famous for their estates have launched new models: Mercedes has given us a new E-Class Estate and Volvo the V90.

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Hot Hatch

Ford Fiesta ST-2

The Fiesta ST's blend of fun and affordability have helped it dominate the hot hatch class in recent years, but the last 12 months have been incredibly exciting for fans of this sort of car, with Ford's much faster Focus RS, BMW's M140i and Audi's latest S3 all going on sale.

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