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2020 What Car? Car of the Year Awards: the contenders

In January, we'll reveal the best new cars in every category, plus our overall Car of the Year. These are the models in contention...

28 Nov 2019 09:00

2020 What Car? Car of the Year Awards: the contenders

What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2020 long list

What Car? has released the list of vehicles set to compete for the coveted Car of the Year title at the What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2020, comprising of 23 categories and nearly 200 models.

The ceremony, recognised as being akin to the Oscars of the car industry, will see winners named across each of the categories, as well as an overall victor which will be crowned What Car?’s Car of the Year. 

The winners of the 2020 What Car? Car of the Year Awards will be announced in January, but in this slideshow you'll get an early look at all of the models in contention.

Value car: Dacia Sandero

Dacia Sandero front three quarters

Save money on a new Dacia Sandero with What Car? >>

It might be one of the UK's cheapest new cars, but there's plenty to like about the humble Sandero, including its spacious interior and economical engines.

Read our full Dacia Sandero review >>

Hyundai i10

Hyundai i10 front

Save money on a new Hyundai i10 with What Car? >>

With a bold new look inside and out and more technology than before, the latest Hyundai i10 is making a renewed bid for city car leadership.

Read our full Hyundai i10 review >>

Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto front

Save money on a new Kia Picanto with What Car? >>

The Picanto is our reigning city car champion, impressing with its tidy handling, decent boot and an infotainment system that's easy to get along with.

Read our full Kia Picanto review >>

Suzuki Ignis

Suzuki Ignis front three quarters

Save money on a new Suzuki Ignis with What Car? >>

The Ignis is one of the smallest and cheapest SUVs you can buy, and offers a spacious interior and generous amounts of equipment.

Read our full Suzuki Ignis review >>

Toyota Aygo

Toyota Aygo front

Save money on a new Toyota Aygo with What Car? >>

The Aygo is cheap to run and comes with the reassurance of a five-year warranty. It also offers a great driving position, so can be comfortable even over longer journeys.

Read our full Toyota Aygo review >>

Small car: Audi A1

Audi A1 front three quarters

Save money on a new Audi A1 with What Car? >>

Audi’s smallest will hold on to more of its value than the competition, and offers a smooth ride and tidy handling.

Read our full Audi A1 review >>

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta front three quarters

Save money on a new Ford Fiesta with What Car? >>

The Fiesta is consistently the UK’s best-selling new car, and with good reason. It’s great to drive, has a punchy range of engines and is well equipped.

Read our full Ford Fiesta review >>

Nissan Micra

Nissan Micra front three quarters

Save money on a new Nissan Micra with What Car? >>

Buyers looking for a peppy petrol engine and a smart, well-equipped interior might well be swayed by the Nissan Micra.

Read our full Nissan Micra review >>

Peugeot 208

Peugeot 208 front three quarters

Funky looks aside, the latest 208 impresses with a smart interior and a vast array of standard safety kit.

Read our full Peugeot 208 review >>

Renault Clio

Renault Clio front

Save money on a new Renault Clio with What Car? >>

A range of class-leading safety kit and a practical boot means there’s plenty to like about Renault’s smallest car.

Read our full Renault Clio review >>

Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa 2019 LHD front wide tracking view

The latest Corsa is decent to drive and well equipped and is available with electric power for the first time.

Read our full Vauxhall Corsa review >>

Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo front and side

Save money on a new Volkswagen Polo with What Car? >>

Last year’s defending champion puts cars from the class above to shame with its generous space and high-quality interior.

Read our full Volkswagen Polo review >>

 

 

 

Family car: BMW 1 Series

BMW 1 Series front three quarters

Save money on a new BMW 1 Series with What Car? >>

BMW’s new family hatchback has an excellent infotainment system and entertaining handling, and its diesel engines are efficient.

Read our full BMW 1 Series review >>

Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq front and side

Save money on a new Hyundai Ioniq with What Car? >>

This hybrid version of the Ioniq promises low running costs, but feels refreshingly normal to drive too.

Read our full Hyundai Ioniq review >>

Kia Xceed

Kia Xceed front

Save money on a new Kia Xceed with What Car? >>

If you’re looking for a family hatchback with rufty tufty looks, the Kia Xceed could fit the bill, with a decent boot and industry-leading seven-year warranty.

Read our full Kia Xceed review >>

Mazda 3

Mazda 3 front and side

Save money on a new Mazda 3 with What Car? >>

Interior quality and excellent infotainment are both stand-out qualities in Mazda’s latest Ford Focus rival.

Read our full Mazda 3 review >>

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mercedes-Benz A-Class front

Save money on a new Mercedes A-Class with What Car? >>

The A-Class looks futuristic inside, and its swish infotainment system is backed up with plenty of features. It’s also good to drive and comfortable.

Read our full Mercedes A-Class review >>

Skoda Scala

Skoda Scala front

Save money on a new Skoda Scala with What Car? >>

It may be one of the cheapest cars here, but the Scala impresses with its comfortable ride and big boot.

Read our full Skoda Scala review >>

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla front three quarters

Save money on a new Toyota Corolla with What Car? >>

Drive the Corolla and you’ll enjoy seriously low running costs, as well as a comfortable ride and all the kit which comes as standard.

Read our full Toyota Corolla review >>

Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall Astra front and side

Save money on a new Vauxhall Astra with What Car? >>

Updates to the Vauxhall Astra in 2019 have made it an even more compelling family car, with plenty of space and low emissions. That it’s also available with big discounts only sweetens the deal.

Read our full Vauxhall Astra review >>

Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf Mk8 front studio

The latest version of Volkswagen's big-selling family hatchback arrives with a range of mild hybrid engines to help improve your fuel economy, plus the option of plug-in hybrid power too. Inside, there's a minimalist layout featuring digital instruments and a large infotainment touchscreen, which should be especially useful since new Golf is always connected to the internet, so can, for example, show you the latest fuel prices.

Small SUV: DS 3 Crossback

DS 3 Crossback front three quarters

Save money on a new DS3 Crossback with What Car? >>

DS’ smallest SUV comes with a good range of safety kit and clean engines, plus it’s available with electric power.

Read our full DS3 Crossback review >>

Ford Puma

Ford Puma front three quarters

The Puma name returns on a small SUV with mild-hybrid engines and more space than its key rivals.

Honda HR-V

Honda HR-V front three quarters

Save money on a new Honda HR-V with What Car? >>

Interior and boot space are both abundant in the HR-C, plus there’s flexible seating to aid practicality even further.

Read our full Honda HR-V review >>

Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke front and side

The latest Juke continues to offer the stand-out looks of its predecessor but improves on just about everything else. A smart interior and a good driving position are just two highlights.

Read our full Nissan Juke review >>

Renault Captur

Renault Captur front

Renault’s small SUV is a quiet cruiser, and its flexible boot and rear seats are likely to appeal to growing families.

Read our full Renault Captur review >>

Seat Arona

Seat Arona

Save money on a new Seat Arona with What Car? >>

Our defending champion is still one of the best in the business, with tidy handling, low running costs and more space than you’ll find in most rivals.

Read our full Seat Arona review >>

Skoda Kamiq

Skoda Kamiq front

Save money on a new Skoda Kamiq with What Car? >>

Skoda’s take on the small SUV is remarkably practical, and comes with nifty features designed to make family life as easy as possible. It’s also good to drive and classier inside than most rivals.

Read our full Skoda Kamiq review >>

Suzuki Ignis

Suzuki Ignis front three quarters

Save money on a new Suzuki Ignis with What Car? >>

The Ignis is one of the smallest and cheapest SUVs you can buy, and offers a spacious interior and generous amounts of equipment.

Read our full Suzuki Ignis review >>

Volkswagen T-Cross

Volkswagen T-Cross front three quarters

Save money on a new Volkswagen T-Cross with What Car? >>

The smaller of the two Volkswagen-badged SUVs which appear in this category comes with an impressive array of safety kit. It also offers a smooth ride and a spacious, flexible interior.

Read our full Volkswagen T-Cross review >>

Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen T-Roc front three quarters

Save money on a new Volkswagen T-Roc with What Car? >>

The T-Roc offers many of the same advantages as the T-Cross, such as impressive safety kit and a big boot, but is packaged in a slightly larger body. It’s a fine buy, then – especially if you stick to the cheaper trims in the range.

Read our full Volkswagen T-Roc review >>

Family SUV: BMW X1

BMW X1 front three quarters

With a high-quality interior that’s also spacious and practical, the latest BMW X1 appears to fit the family SUV brief nicely.

Read our full BMW X1 review >>

Dacia Duster

Dacia Duster front three quarters

Save money on a new Dacia Duster with What Car? >>

It’s the cheapest car in this class by some margin, but the Duster is also spacious and offers low running costs. Could it be a winning formula?

Read our full Dacia Duster review >>

Mazda CX-30

Mazda CX-30 front

Save money on a new Maxda CX-30 with What Car? >>

Slotting in between the existing CX-3 and CX-5 SUVs, the new CX-30 features Mazda’s SkyActiv-X petrol engine, which promises fuel economy comparative with a diesel.

Read our full Mazda CX-30 review >>

Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque front three quarters

Save money on a new Range Rover Evoque with What Car? >>

The second-generation Evoque improves on its predecessor in just about every way – it’s well equipped, has a great driving position and good to drive.

Read our full Range Rover Evoque review >>

Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq front

Save money on a new Skoda Karoq with What Car? >>

Skoda’s family SUV is a five-star contender, with a cosseting ride, a smart-looking interior which stands up well to the rigours of family life, and flexible seating.

Read our full Skoda Karoq review >>

Ssangyong Korando

Ssangyong Korando front

Save money on a new Ssangyong Korando with What Car? >>

If you’re looking for value in the family SUV market, then the Korando costs significantly less than the competition, yet still offers a powerful engine and is very practical.

Read our full Ssangyong Korando review >>

Subaru XV e-Boxer

Subaru XV e-Boxer front three quarters

While four-wheel drive and mud-plugging ability have traditionally been the XV’s strong points, this new e-Boxer version aims to add frugality to that list of strengths too.

Read our full Subaru XV e-Boxer review >>

 

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 front three quarters

Save money on a new Volvo XC40 with What Car? >>

Last year’s defending champion is still among the best in this class, with a stylish, high-quality interior, a useful boot and, as you’d expect from Volvo, it’s brimming with safety kit.

Read our full Volvo XC40 review >>

Large SUV: Audi Q5

Audi Q5 front

Save money on a new Audi Q5 with What Car? >>

This five-star large SUV has an exceptionally well put together interior, accompanied by an excellent infotainment system. A range of smooth but punchy engines only increases the Q5’s appeal.

Read our full Audi Q5 review >>

Citroën C5 Aircross

Citroën C5 Aircross front

Save money on a new Citroën C5 Aircross with What Car? >>

Citroën’s largest SUV is comfortable over most surfaces, quiet inside even when you’re on the motorway, and keeps running costs low with a range of frugal engines.

Read our full Citroën C5 Aircross review >>

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover Discovery Sport front three quarters

Save money on a new Land Rover Discovery Sport with What Car? >>

Updates in 2019 have earned the Discovery Sport an extra star on our road test, meaning it now sits alongside the best in this class. It’s well equipped, comes with a refined range of engines and available with seven seats.

Read our full Land Rover Discovery review >>

Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 front and side

Save money on a new Mazda CX-5 with What Car? >>

If you don’t need seven seats, then the CX-5 could be a perfect choice – it’s got a classy interior, tidy handling and is very well equipped.

Read our full Mazda CX-5 review >>

Mercedes GLC

Mercedes-Benz GLC front three quarters

Save money on a new Mercedes GLC with What Car? >>

Updates to the GLC in the past year have made it even more compelling, with stacks of equipment and a punchy range of engines.

Read our full Mercedes GLC review >>

MG HS

MG HS front

Save money on a new MG HS with What Car? >>

The HS costs far less than most rivals, yet comes well equipped and has a plush interior. That it also rides well and has impressive handling is an added bonus.

Read our full MG HS review >>

Peugeot 5008

Peugeot 5008 front and side

Save money on a new Peugeot 5008 with What Car? >>

The 5008 has won this category for the last two years. It’s still brilliant in 2019, so could Peugeot be about to make it a hat trick?

Read our full Peugeot 5008 review >>

Subaru Forester e-Boxer

Subaru Forester e-Boxer front three quarters

Subaru’s take on the family SUV has always been better off-road than on it, but could the addition of hybrid power broaden its appeal?

Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4 front and side

Save money on a new Toyota RAV4 with What Car? >>

Low running costs are the name of the game in Toyota’s hybrid SUV, but there are a host of other strengths too – namely low depreciation and a strong reliability record which means it won’t go wrong.

Read our full Toyota RAV4 review >>

Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60 front

Save money on a new Volvo XC60 with What Car? >>

The XC60 takes much of what we love about the smaller XC40 – a high-quality interior, lots of standard kit and a superb driving position – and translates it into a larger body to suit bigger families.

Read our full Volvo XC60 review >>

Luxury SUV: Audi Q7

Audi Q7 front three quarters

Save money on a new Audi Q7 with What Car? >>

Is there any topping the Audi Q7? It’s won this category for the last two years, and updates in 2019 have only made the flagship Audi better.

Read our full Audi Q7 review >>

Bentley Bentayga

Bentley Bentayga front and side

Save money on a new Bentley Bentayga with What Car? >>

If you can afford to splash some serious cash on a new SUV, then the Bentayga offers exclusivity, power and tremendous luxury. It’s also decently practical, and has space for seven people.

Read our full Bentley Bentayga review >>

BMW X7

BMW X7 front

Save money on a new BMW X7 with What Car? >>

Its looks might be divisive, but behind the X7’s massive front grille lies a car with a brilliantly built interior, an outstanding infotainment system and a comfortable ride.

Read our full BMW X7 review >>

Mercedes G-Class

Mercedes-Benz G-Class front three quarters

Save money on a new Mercedes G-Class with What Car? >>

While there’s no denying the G-Class is an expensive choice, there’s little to argue about its excellent off-road ability, its eye-widening performance or its spacious interior.

Read our full Mercedes G-Class review >>

Mercedes GLS

Mercedes-Benz GLS front and side

Save money on a new Mercedes GLS with What Car? >>

The GLS is the most luxurious SUV which Mercedes makes, and it shows. It’s interior as spacious and crammed with tech, it comes with a huge amount of equipment and it rides comfortably.

Read our full Mercedes GLS review >>

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 front three quarters

Save money on a new XC90 with What Car? >>

Volvo’s most luxurious model has a classy and spacious interior, and comes with a vast array of convenience and safety technology. Even better, if you go for the plug-in hybrid version you can still have seven seats.

Read our full XC90 review >>

Sports SUV: Audi SQ2

Audi SQ2 front three quarters

Save money on a new Audi SQ2 with What Car? >>

The SQ2 keeps everything we love about the regular Q2 – its stunning interior, easy to use infotainment system and decent space – but adds a 296bhp petrol engine under the bonnet for eye-widening acceleration.

Read our full Audi SQ2 review >>

Audi SQ7

Audi SQ7 front three quarters

How do you make the Q7 luxury SUV even better? Well, fitting a V8 diesel engine under the bonnet, a throaty exhaust and adaptive air suspension is an excellent start.

Read our full Audi SQ7 review >>

Audi SQ8

Audi SQ8 side profile

Save money on a new Audi SQ8 with What Car? >>

Going fast in the SQ8 is both effortless and intoxicating, but what also impresses is its composed ride and handling and high-quality interior.

Read our full Audi SQ8 review >>

Audi RS Q3

Audi RS Q3 front

Despite being a family SUV, the RS Q3 can beat most sports cars in a sprint to 62mph, thanks largely to its 395bhp 2.5-litre petrol engine. Despite that heady performance, the RS Q3 returns 32mpg on official WLTP tests.

Read our full Audi RS Q3 review >>

Bentley Bentayga Speed

Bentley Bentayga Speed front three quarters

If you want to travel at almost 190mph while also sitting in the lap of a luxury SUV, then the Bentayga Speed is one of very few ways of doing it. It’s an uprated version of the regular W12-engined Bentley Bentayga with a staggering 626bhp available.

BMW X2 M35i

BMW X2 M35i front three quarters

Save money on a new BMW X2 M35i with What Car? >>

The M235i’s 302bhp petrol engine ensures that this X2 feels fast, both in a straight line and around corners, but there’s also an attractive, high-quality interior to enjoy.

Read our full BMW X2 M35i review >>

BMW X3 M Competition

BMW X3 M 2019 RHD front right tracking

Save money on a new BMW X3 M Competition with What Car? >>

This is the most hardcore version of BMW’s large SUV, and is powered by a 503bhp 3.0-litre petrol engine. It’s fast, then, but also surprisingly easy to live with, with a generous amount of equipment and composed handling.

Read our full BMW X3 M Competition review >>

BMW X3 M40i

BMW X3 M40i side profile

If you don’t fancy the full fire-breathing X3 M Competition, this M40i version is your next logical step. It’s still powerful, with 335bhp available and a 0-62mph sprint time of 4.8sec, and pleasantly flexible thanks to being able to pull hard from low revs.

Read our full BMW X3 M40i review >>

BMW X4 M Competition

BMW X4 M Competition 2019 RHD front left cornering

Save money on a new BMW X4 M Competition with What Car? >>

Think of the X4 M Competition as a coupé-styled version of the X3 M Competition and you won’t be far wrong, because that’s exactly what it is. It gets the same 503bhp engine and is a hoot to drive fast.

Read our full BMW X4 M Competition review >>

Cupra Ateca

Cupra Ateca front and side

The Cupra Ateca is proof that you don’t need to spend a lot to drive a thrilling SUV. It’s fast, fun to drive and yet costs substantially less than most of the other cars listed here – in fact, it’s our defending champion in this class.

Read our full Cupra Ateca review >>

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Jaguar F-Pace SVR front

Save money on a new Jaguar F-pace SVR with What Car? >>

This performance version of the Jaguar F-Pace strikes a sweet balance between ride comfort and handling finesse, all accompanied by a wonderful soundtrack from its V8 engine.

Read our full Jaguar F-pace SVR review >>

Mini Countryman JCW

Mini Countryman JCW front

If you’re looking for something which combines space, style and performance, the Countryman JCW could be right up your street. It’s peppy rather than outright fast, but impresses with keen handling.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Porsche Cayenne Turbo front three quarters

Save money on a new Porsche Cayenne Turbo with What Car? >>

The regular Porsche Cayenne isn’t exactly slow, but the Cayenne Turbo produces the kind of performance which would have been reserved for supercars even a few years ago. It’s frankly bonkers that this kind of performance is available in an SUV.

Read our full Porsche Cayenne Turbo review >>

Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan front three quarters

Save money on a new Porsche Macan with What Car? >>

The Macan is as sporty and as good to drive as you’d like a Porsche-badged SUV to be, but also offers a high-quality interior and reasonable boot space.

Read our full Porsche Macan review >>

Volkswagen T-Roc R

Volkswagen T-Roc R front

Save money on a new Volkswagen T-Roc R with What Car? >>

The T-Roc is the smallest Volkswagen SUV to get the R treatment, adding a 296bhp petrol engine under the bonnet and a host of other performance upgrades. It all adds up to a car that’s great to drive.

Read our full Volkswagen T-Roc R review >>

MPV: Citroën Berlingo

Citroën Berlingo front three quarters

Save money on a new Citroën Berlingo with What Car? >>

Practicality is the name of the game in this class, and our defending champion is exactly that. With space for up to seven people, plus all of their luggage, and a flexible petrol engine.

Read our full Citroën Berlingo review >>

Ford Galaxy

Ford Galaxy front three quarters

Save money on a new Ford Galaxy with What Car? >>

Although these days you’re more likely to see one being used as a taxi than on someone’s driveway, the Galaxy still makes a lot of sense if you value space. It’s huge inside and, like the best Fords, is great to drive.

Read our full Ford Galaxy review >>

Ford Tourneo

Ford Tourneo front and side

Save money on a new Ford Tourneo with What Car? >>

A huge boot and masses of passenger space means the Ford Tourneo is akin to a Tardis on wheels. That it’s also cheap to buy and run only sweetens the deal.

Read our full Ford Tourneo review >>

Renault Trafic Passenger

Renault Trafic Passenger front three quarters

It might be based on a van, but that means this version of the Trafic offers both stellar space for big families and reasonable running costs.

Vauxhall Vivaro Life

Vauxhall Vivaro Life front three quarters

Save money on a new Vauxhall Vivaro Life with What Car? >>

Like the other MPVs here, passenger space in the Vivaro Life is excellent, but where it really shines is in offering flexible seating, and by being easy to drive and maneuver – despite its size.

Read our full Vauxhall Vivaro Life review >>

Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen Touran front

Save money on a new Volkswagen Touran with What Car? >>

A former winner in this class and still one of the best MPVs on sale, the Touran is roomy, practical, well built and good to drive. Big discounts also mean that it’s not overly expensive.

Read our full Volkswagen Touran review >>

Estate: Audi A4 Avant

Audi A4 Avant front three quarters

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The A4 Avant starts on a good footing – after all, it’s based on a former What Car? Car of the Year in the Audi A4 salon – and impresses with its big boot and refined engines.

Read our full Audi A4 Avant review >>

Audi A6 Allroad

Audi A6 Allroad front and side

Fancy a halfway house between an estate and an SUV? This version of the Audi A6 gets rufty tufty looks, a raised ride height and four-wheel drive.

Read our full Audi A6 Allroad review >>

BMW 3 Series Touring

BMW 3 Series Touring front

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Takes everything we love about the regular 3 Series saloon – its stunning interior, decent engines and enjoyable handling – and adds a big boot. What’s not to like?

Read our full BMW 3 Series Touring review >>

BMW 5 Series Touring

BMW 5 Series Touring front three quarters

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The 5 Series Touring blends luxury and space to create a true all-rounder. Whether you’re hauling furniture, people or both, few cars do it better.

Read our full BMW 5 Series Touring review >>

Kia Proceed GT

Kia Proceed GT front

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The Proceed GT is a halfway house between the regular Ceed hatchback and Ceed estate, but still offers decent boot space alongside swooping looks. It’s well equipped, too.

Read our full Kia Proceed GT review >>

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake front three quarters

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The CLA Shooting Brake is the smallest estate Mercedes makes, but its alluring looks are likely to tempt buyers looking for more space from their A-Class.

Read our full Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake review >>

Mini Clubman

Mini Clubman front

Save money on a new Mini Clubman with What Car? >>

For those who want space but also the cutesy styling of a Mini, the Clubman holds serious appeal. It’s powered by a range of efficient engines and has a high-quality interior – just make sure you can live with its curious ‘barn’ boot door arrangement.

Read our full Mini Clubman review >>

Peugeot 508 SW

Peugeot 508 SW front three quarters

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This estate version of the 508 keeps the stylish looks and attractive interior of its sibling, but adds an extra dose of practicality in the form of its larger boot. Its engines are economical, too.

Read our full Peugeot 508 SW review >>

Skoda Superb Estate

Skoda Superb Estate front three quarters

Save money on a new Skoda Superb Estate with What Car? >>

The only transport with more space inside than the Superb Estate are commercial jets, because this Skoda can swallow your passengers, their luggage, the kitchen sink and any pets and still have room for more. Add in that it also has a high-quality interior, and it represents exceptional value for money, and it’s easy to see why it’s our defending champion.

Read our full Skoda Superb Estate review >>

Toyota Corolla Touring Sport

Toyota Corolla Touring Sport front

Low running costs meets decent space in this estate version of the Toyota Corolla, especially if you go for the hybrid version. Elsewhere, there’s a comfortable ride and lots of standard kit to enjoy.

Read our full Toyota Corolla Touring Sport review >>

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer front

Save money on a new Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer with What Car? >>

With big discounts available, low company car tax and competitive running costs, there are plenty of good reasons to choose the Astra Sports Tourer. It’s comfortable, spacious and affordable.

Read our full Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer review >>

Volkswagen Passat Estate

Volkswagen Passat Estate front

Save money on a new Volkswagen Passat Estate with What Car? >>

Updates to the Volkswagen Passat in 2019 have made it an even more compelling choice, with a wide range of engines, a spacious boot and an easygoing driving style which relaxes any driver.

Read our full Volkswagen Passat Estate review >>

Volvo V60

Volvo V60 front three quarters

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Volvo does estate cars very well indeed, and the latest V60 continues that tradition, offering well-balanced ride and handling, a smart but airy interior and excellent space for both people and luggage.

Read our full Volvo V60 review >>

Hot hatch: Audi RS3

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The RS3 offers incredible pace, even when the sun isn’t shining. Add to that a high-quality interior and decent practicality, and it’s a good all-rounder.

Read our full Audi RS3 review >>

BMW M135i

BMW M135i front three quarters

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It might have lost the 3.0-litre engine of its predecessor in favour of a smaller 2.0-litre unit, but the M135i is still fast, with sharp and enjoyable handling and a well-judged ride.

Read our full BMW M135i review >>

Focus ST

Focus ST front three quarters

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The latest Focus ST is a fine hot hatchback, with a strong engine, a great driving position and balanced handling.

Read our full Focus ST review >>

Ford Fiesta ST Performance

Ford Fiesta ST Performance front three quarters

This Performance model of the already potent Fiesta ST gets launch control for faster getaways and a shift light to tell you when to change up, among other things. They’re small changes, but they make for a terrific hot hatchback.

Read our full Ford Fiesta ST Performance review >>

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R front three quarters

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Our defending champion in the hot hatchback class for the last two years, the Civic Type R mixes driving thrills with everyday practicality extremely well.

Read our full Honda Civic Type R review >>

Mercedes A35 AMG

Mercedes A35 AMG front

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It's not as hot as the full-fat Mercedes-AMG A45, but this version of the Mercedes A-Class is still pretty toasty, with 302bhp available from its 2.0-litre petrol engine. We like that it's also comfortable by the standards of this class.

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Renault Megane RS Trophy

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From its stonking engine to its wonderful soundtrack, and from its comfortable sports seats to its distinctive looks, there’s plenty to like in the latest hot Megane.

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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

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This extra-hot version of the Golf GTI gets 286bhp to play with from its 2.0-litre petrol engine. It feels deliciously quick, but what also impresses is that it’s so easy to live with.

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Convertible: Audi A3 Cabriolet

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One of our favourites, and for many years a price point winner in our Awards, the A3 Cabriolet takes all that we love about the regular hatchback and adds all the thrills of open-top motoring. It’s stylish, refined and great to drive.

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Audi A5 Cabriolet

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Just like its smaller A3 sibling, the swanky A5 Cabriolet is a delight to drive, decently refined and comes with a classy interior that few can match. The folding fabric roof blocks out noise and can also be folded away and raised again quickly, and there’s even a good-sized boot.

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Bentley Continental GTC

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Very few cars can make a statement like the GTC – it’s a large and luxurious drop-top grand tourer of exceptional class and magnificent performance. It’s fast, comfortable and cosseting, and definitely not one for the shy and retiring. 

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BMW 8 Series Convertible

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We loved the old 6 Series Convertible and the newer 8 Series carries on all that car’s good qualities: it’s fast, striking and beautifully put together. Throw in a plush interior that’s loaded with plenty of kit and a class-leading infotainment system and it’s a mightily tempting open-top package. 

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

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The S-Class in all its forms is a breathtakingly competent vehicle, but add in the extra razzle-dazzle of a folding roof and it becomes a car few can match for overall glamour. Our defending champion is great to drive, too, and amazingly refined; the interior’s a sybaritic delight and the ride quality is superb.

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Mini Convertible

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Minis are well-known for their premium interiors, and this Convertible model doesn’t let the side down - there are soft-touch plastics and plenty of stylish and deliberately retro touches everywhere. Add in its enjoyable agility and eager performance and that wind-in-the-hair fun is almost guaranteed. 

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Porsche 911 Cabriolet

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Not only is the 911 Cabriolet an amazingly fast soft-top with top-class handling, it’s wonderfully luxurious inside, too. It’s a thrilling car, and one of the few at this level of performance you can easily live with every day.

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Coupé: Aston Martin DB11

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The beauty of the DB11 is that it can play either the long-legged grand tourer role or the track-day special one. It combines effortless performance with sharp handling and, of course, those head-turning looks; its interior is beautifully crafted and is a classy cocoon, too.

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Audi A5

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The A5 Coupé carried off this prize last year and it’s no surprise: it’s comfortable, quiet and has a really classy interior, for starters, and it comes with a range of strong and smooth engines, too. It’s even fairly practical, making this easily one of the most well-rounded coupes you can buy.

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Audi A5 Sportback

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All the pleasures of the A5 Coupé can be found in the Sportback version too, which adds in two rear doors and a hatchback for extra practicality. It’s also comfortable, refined and reasonably cheap to run, and its interior quality is class-leading.

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Audi A7

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The A7 is a beautifully made, very comfortable high-speed cruiser with a decent amount of space inside. It comes with a range of strong engines and a handsomely equipped and high-quality interior, too.

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Audi TT Coupé

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No car has won more of our awards over the years than the Audi TT, and it’s easy to see why. There’s the crisp styling, for one, and it’s also agile, fast and easy to drive, with sharp handling and a delightful interior. It’s well built, too, and always feels rock solid.

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Bentley Continental GT V8

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The Continental GT is a top-notch grand tourer that gets the balance between being a sports car and a luxury car exactly right. Its performance is prodigious, its ride and refinement almost unmatched and its interior is a wonderful place in which to spend a lot of time.

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BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé

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The 8 Series Gran Coupe strikes an excellent balance between sportiness and comfort. It rides and handles well, is luxurious inside and has all the style you’d expect from a four-door coupe. 

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Mercedes-Benz CLA

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The CLA is one of the smaller four-door coupes, being closely related under the skin to the much-improved A-Class hatchback. It rides and handles well and look smart, and features a bang up to date infotainment system.

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Volkswagen Arteon

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It might look a little like a Passat, but the Arteon is longer, lower and wider, and its glitzier, coupe-like exterior is much more interesting to behold. It’s good to drive, comfortable to ride in and amazingly practical, too.

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SUV-coupé: Audi Q3 Sportback

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We like the regular Audi Q3, but if you want a dollop of extra style added to the mix the Q3 Sportback’s the way to go. It’s still good to drive, decently refined and comes with that up-market Audi interior. It’s comfortable, too, with a well-composed ride.

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BMW X6

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The X6 combines the chunky proportions of an SUV with the sleek, sloping roofline you’d expect of a sporting coupe. It’s actually quite practical, as well as being good to drive and coming with a plush interior.

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Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé

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With the presence and lofty driving position of an SUV and some of the sleek styling of a rakish coupe, the GLC offers strong performance, a striking interior and a long list of standard kit.

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Range Rover Velar

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Think of the Velar as being the bridge between the Evoque and the cheapest Range Rover Sport. It’s huge inside, comfortable and – as befits the Land Rover badge – excellent off-road.

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