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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 Dec 2018 08:00

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Rolls-Royce Cullinan front

Even Rolls-Royce is getting in on the SUV act these days, creating one of the most luxurious cars in the world in the process. 

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Seat Tarraco

Seat Tarraco front

The Tarraco is Seat's largest SUV, and is essentially the same underneath as the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan. Seat is hoping to give its SUV a sportier nature, however.

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Suzuki Swift Sport

Suzuki Swift Sport

The Swift Sport is well equipped and good fun to drive, and offers cheap running costs. A high list price stops it from being ranked among the greatest in the hot hatch class, though.

Read our full review, or find a great deal.


Toyota Proace Verso

Toyota Proace Verso

The Proace Verso is a great option if you need to seat nine people, plus the it has a large and family-friendly interior.

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Vauxhall Combo Life

Vauxhall Combo Life 2018 tracking shot

Offering more space per car than just about anything else on sale, the Combo Life is a good choice if you have a big family to move.

Read our full review, or find a great deal.


Volkswagen Polo GTI

Volkswagen Polo GTI

This Polo is a fine and comfortable all-rounder, offering a great driving position and some thrills. Most rivals will put a bigger smile on your face.

Read our full review, or find a great deal.


Volkswagen T-Cross

Volkswagen T-Cross front

Volkswagen's newest SUV is its smallest yet, and is based on the same underpinnings as the Seat Arona. It's set to cost around £17,000 in the UK.


Volkswagen Touareg

New Lexus RX L & Volkswagen Touareg vs Audi Q7

The Touareg is the largest SUV Volkswagen makes, and is very spacious inside for both passengers and luggage. It's also exceptionally good at towing, and is comfortable even at motorway speeds. It doesn't feel as luxurious inside as you'd expect at this price point, though.

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Volkswagen Up GTI

New Volkswagen Up GTI vs Abarth 595

A cracking engine and decent handling makes this Up GTI one of the best hot hatches you can buy – especially if you're on a tight budget.

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Volvo S60

2019 Volvo S60 T8

A refined, quick and attractive saloon that could prove a popular alternative to the Germanic options.

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Volvo V60

Volvo V60

Volvo's newest estate is luxurious and comfortable inside, and offers plenty of space.

Read our full review, or find a great deal.

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