Car of the Year longlist announced

* 2013 What Car? Car of the Year contenders announced * Winner will come from this list * Results announced at ceremony on 9 January...

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Tom Webster
03 January 2013

Car of the Year longlist announced

The contenders for the 2013 What Car? Car of the Year Award have been revealed.

The winner will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at the Grosvenor House in London on 9 January, and it will definitely be one of the cars listed below.

It is already shaping up to be one of the toughest-fought years for Car of the Year, said What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett. There are plenty of top contenders in this years longlist, and this is proof that the automotive industry is producing plenty of good-value, economical and desirable cars.

Keep up with what is happening on the night by following @whatcar on Twitter with the hashtag #whatcarawards.

The 2013 What Car? Car of the Year longlist

City car
Sponsored by Warranty Direct
Last years winner:
Volkswagen Up

Other contenders:
Fiat Panda
Seat Mii
Skoda Citigo
Vauxhall Adam

Last years winner:
Audi A1

Other contenders:
Dacia Sandero
Ford Fiesta
Peugeot 208
Renault Clio
Renault Zoe

Small family car
This years contenders:
Audi A3
Kia Ceed
Mercedes A-Class
Seat Leon
Seat Toledo
Skoda Rapid
Volkswagen Golf Mk7

Last years winner:
Volkswagen Golf Mk6 (no longer on sale)

Family car
Last years winner:
Ford Mondeo

Other contenders:
Mazda 6
Skoda Superb
Volkswagen Passat

Estate car
Last years winner:
Ford Mondeo Estate

Other contenders:
BMW 3 Series Touring
Jaguar XF Sportbrake
Kia Ceed SW
Mazda 6 Estate
Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake

Sports car
Sponsored by Cobra
Last years winner:
Porsche 911

Other contenders:
Aston Martin Vanquish
Audi R8
Audi RS4 Avant
Ferrari F12
McLaren MP4-12C Spider
Mercedes C63 Black Series
Porsche Boxster

Last years winner:
Seat Alhambra

Other contenders:
Citroen C3 Picasso
Fiat 500L
Ford B-Max
Kia Carens
Toyota Prius+

Last years winner:
Audi TT

Other contenders:
Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Mini Coupe Cooper S
Subaru BRZ
Toyota GT86

Hot hatch
Last years winner:
Renault Megane Renaultsport 250 Cup

Other contenders:
BMW M135i
Ford Fiesta ST
Ford Focus ST
Kia Ceed Turbo

Last years winner:

Other contenders:
Audi Q3
Honda CR-V
Hyundai Santa Fe
Land Rover Freelander
Mazda CX-5
Mercedes ML
Vauxhall Mokka

Executive car
Sponsored by Allianz Global Assistance
Last years winner:
BMW 3 Series

Other contenders:
Audi A6
BMW 5 Series
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
Jaguar XF

Open-top car
Last years winner:
Audi TT Roadster

Other contenders:
Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet
Mercedes SL
Mini Roadster

Luxury car
Sponsored by Tracker
Last years winner:
Mercedes S-Class

Other contenders:
Audi A8
Jaguar XJ
Range Rover
Rolls-Royce Phantom

By Tom Webster