What Car? Car of the Year 2020: the shortlist

Tonight we'll name the best new cars on sale in the UK, and crown one overall champion as our Car of the Year for 2020. These are the cars in contention for our top accolade...

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The cars in contention to take home the overall What Car? Car of the Year Award for 2020 have been revealed.

The winner will be announced tonight at the annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards ceremony, held in association with MotorEasy.

In addition to the overall Car of the Year, What Car? will name winners in 27 categories, ranging from Small electric car to Performance car and Family car to Luxury SUV.

What Car? is renowned for its thoroughness when assessing new cars, with all models driven back to back with their rivals on road and track, and practicality, reliability and running costs all factored into its final verdicts.

As a result of this exhaustive testing over 47 years, the What Car? Awards are recognised among manufacturers as the most prestigious in the industry.

To qualify for the overall Car of the Year Award, a car has to have been launched in the previous 12 months, and it needs to be available to order by the time of the ceremony.

Click through this slideshow for more information about each car, as well as links to our full written reviews of each model, and to What Car? New Car Buying, where we guarantee to find you a great deal. Cars are presented in alphabetical order.