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...

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22 December 2018

New Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs Audi A3 Sportback vs BMW 1 Series

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

New Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs Audi A3 Sportback vs BMW 1 Series

The A-Class is Mercedes' rival for premium hatchbacks including the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. It offers a stunning interior featuring a class-leading infotainment system, and is good to drive. 

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Mercedes-Benz CLS

Mercedes CLS front

This four-door coupé is enjoyable to drive and is driven by a range of punchy engines. Strong resale values only sweeten the deal.

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Mercedes-AMG G 63

Mercedes-AMG G63

A 577bhp 5.0-litre V8 engine is what powers this range-topping version of the Mercedes G-Class. It's powerful and sounds glorious, while the G-Class remains exceptional off-road.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE

Mercedes GLE 2019 front 3/4

There's plenty to like about Mercedes' large SUV, including its interior space, generous levels of equipment and strong performance. Some of its rivals are better to drive, though.

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Nissan e-NV200 Combi

Nissan E-NV200 Combi

Electric MPV offers seating for up to seven and has an official range of up to 187 miles. Like most electric cars, it can get you up to speed pleasantly quickly.


Peugeot 508

Peugeot 508

The 508 makes plenty of sense as a company car and scores well for safety, but rivals are better to drive and are more practical.

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Peugeot 508 SW

Peugeot 508 SW

Like the look of the new Peugeot 508 but need more space? This SW version could be right up your street.

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Peugeot Rifter

2018 Peugeot Rifter cornering

It might not have the style of some other MPVs, but few rivals can match the Rifter for space and practicality.

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Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne

The Cayenne offers a range of powerful engines, but is also seriously practical for families, with flexible rear seats. The standard kit list is pretty stingy, though.

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Renault Megane RS

New Renault Megane RS vs Honda Civic Type R vs Volkswagen Golf R

The Megane RS might not be the fastest hot hatchback in the world, but it is great fun to drive and cheaper to buy than most rivals.

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