The What Car? Car of the Year Podcast - listen now

Listen to our reviews team discuss the major talking points from the 2018 Car of the Year Awards...

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What Car? team
24 January 2018

We've chosen the very best new cars on sale across 21 different categories, but why did they win?Why is the Volvo XC40 the best of the best? What cars surprised us the most this year? Should you buy a diesel?

Find out the answers to those questions and much more by listening to the What Car? judging panel discuss the major talking points from the biggest new car awards in the country.

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Running order

Part 1 – What are the What Car? Awards? (0m 52s)

Part 2 – Why the XC40 won; what next for Volvo? (3m 40s)

Part 3 – Close contenders; Seat Ibiza, Peugeot 5008, Skoda Karoq (13m 22s)

Part 4 – Year of the hot hatches; Honda Civic Type R, Hyundai i30N (21m 26s)

Part 5 – Sports car; Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, McLaren (31m 03s)

Part 6 – Electric car & technology award; New Nissan Leaf and Tesla (39m 40s)

Part 7 – Should you buy a diesel?; cars to look forward to in 2018 (48m 08s)

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Read the full Volvo XC40 review here