2019 What Car? Car of the Year Awards – the contenders

This evening we'll name the best new cars on sale in the UK, and crown one overall champion as our Car of the Year for 2019. These are the cars in contention for our top accolade...

22 December 2018
Kia Ceed

Kia Ceed

Kia Ceed

The latest Ceed has plenty of space inside, is well built and comes with the reassurance of Kia's seven-year warranty. It's relatively cheap to finance, too.

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Kia e-Niro

Kia e-Niro front

This all-electric version of the Kia Niro SUV managed an impressive 253 miles between charges on our Real Range tests. It feels quick on the road and is reasonably spacious inside.

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Kia Proceed

Kia Proceed

This halfway house between the regular Kia Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon estate aims to offer more space in a svelte shape.

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Lexus ES

Lexus ES

Lexus's sleek ES offers a supple and quiet ride and even handles better than some rivals. It's offered with a refined hybrid engine that rewards a frugal driving style.

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Lexus RX L

Lexus RX L LHD 2019 right rear static

Take the Lexus RX, add two more seats in the back and a bit more length and, hey presto, you've created the RX L. It's impressively reliable, well built inside and comes bursting with equipment.

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Lexus UX

Lexus UX 2019 front tracking shot

An appealing hybrid family SUV with a plush interior and pleasant performance around town.

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McLaren 600LT

McLaren 600LT

The 600LT is a limited-production McLaren that can hit 62mph in an astonishing 2.9 seconds and keep accelerating to a top speed of 204mph. As you might expect, it's absolutely exhilarating.


Mercedes-AMG 4-door

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door front

AMG's first stand-alone four-seat grand tourer has considerable pace and poised handling.

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Mercedes-AMG C43

Mercedes-AMG C43

This is a warmer version of the regular C-Class and is hugely entertaining to drive, while remaining comfortable.


Mercedes-AMG GLC 63

New Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 vs Porsche Macan

This 503bhp version of the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV is certainly potent, and makes a good case for itself despite a high price tag and poor fuel economy.

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