What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2018 – the long list
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What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2018 – the long list
What Car? has unveiled the full list of nominees for its highly anticipated Car of the Year Awards (in association with Warranty Direct) which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018.
The first ever What Car? Car of the Year Awards took place in 1978, when the Renault 20 TS was crowned the overall winner and, throughout the years, the winners have gone on to become some of the most popular cars on the market.
The long list, comprising 114 vehicles, represents all of the cars that have been nominated in one of the awards’ 17 categories; the winners of each category will also then be in the frame for the overall Car of the Year award.
Making this year’s event even more competitive is the fact that two new categories have been introduced – hybrid and family SUV. Along with electric cars, hybrids are gaining momentum in the market, fuelled by the introduction of the Government’s low-emission vehicle incentives, while the decision to split the small SUV category into small SUV and family SUV reflects the explosion in the popularity of these high-riding models over the past decade.
So what's in contention for each of the categories? Start this slideshow to find out.
Don't let their size fool you – these cars need to be spacious enough to carry a couple of tall adults and their luggage, powerful enough to nip in and out of urban traffic and able to park in the tightest of spaces. And they need to be able to handle longer motorway trips, too.
The Hyundai i10 has been one of our favourite city cars for a while now and its combination of good interior space, low running costs and long warranty ensures it's still a strong contender. It's not as fun to drive as a Volkswagen Up, though.
Smart inside and fairly practical, the latest Picanto is more of a match for its premium rivals than ever before. Kia's seven-year warranty sweetens the deal, as does this model's nippy handling, which makes it ideal for city streets.
While the Citigo is based on the same underpinnings as the Seat Mii and Volkswagen Up, it is cheaper than either of those cars to buy. Add in its relatively roomy interior and great driving style, and this is a city car that truly deserves a place on any shortlist.
Yes, the Volkswagen Up costs more to buy than both of its Seat and Skoda stablemates, but it has the nicest interior of the three and is also comfortable on longer motorway trips. The Up's economical range of three-cylinder petrol engines will keep running costs to a minimum, too.
These are some of the top-selling cars in the country, popular with working people, couples and even young families. They need to be big on space, offer low running costs and also be decent to drive.
The Ford Fiesta is consistently one of the best-selling new cars in the UK, so it's pleasing to note that it's also among the best cars in this class to drive. It's well equipped and even entry-level models come with plenty of safety kit including automatic emergency braking.
We like the Rio's refined range of petrol engines and the 1.0-litre turbocharged option we recommend is flexible enough to take on long motorway journeys as well as city commutes. The Rio is also well equipped, with even entry-level versions offering air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and electric windows.
Few cars have impressed us as much in recent times as the Ibiza. It's based on the same underpinnings as the Volkswagen Polo and offers a spacious yet classy interior and a remarkably spacious boot. It's also good to drive, coming close to the Ford Fiesta in terms of handling. A Skoda Fabia is cheaper to buy, though.
The Fabia has long been a champion in this market, because very few rivals can match its interior space and relaxed, confident driving style. It's not as classy inside as some others in this sector, though, and it doesn't offer the same advanced safety kit that you'll find on stalwards such as the Ford Fiesta. Need more space? The Fabia is also available as an estate.
The Swift is another stalwart in this class and the latest version is wider than ever to give the car more space inside. We've been impressed with its Boosterjet SHVS mild hybrid engine and the fact that even entry-level SZ3 models come with a DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and air conditioning. Step up to our recommended SZ5 version, though, and you get luxuries including automatic emergency braking, sat-nav and climate control.
The latest Polo is one of the best small cars around – it's spacious, quiet at speed and irons out many of the lumps and bumps you'll find on UK roads. Interior quality can be a little patchy in places, though, and the diesel versions are noisy.
Audi A3 Sportback
As its name suggests, this class is aimed at families on the move. For those who don't have the need of an MPV or an SUV, these hatchbacks are great all-rounders.
The Audi A3 Sportback is a former What Car? Car of the Year and remains one of the best choices in this market. Its beautifully built interior is spacious enough for most small families, plus the Sportback model offers the added practicality of five doors. You get a good range of punchy petrol engines to choose from and there's even a super-frugal hybrid on offer.
BMW 1 Series
BMW's offering in this market is the 1 Series. It's a plush car inside and out, and has a premium price tag to match, but it's also a solid performer and its low emissions make it a popular choice among company car drivers. BMW's excellent iDrive infotainment and navigation system comes as standard, too.
Hyundai's gamble in making its i30 hatchback more upmarket has paid off and it's now a worthy challenger to the likes of the Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus. We like its generous boot and comfortable ride, although it's still only mediocre to drive.
The 308 has a large boot and a smart interior, and we like that most of its engines offer low emissions. There's no need to look beyond the entry-level Active versions, either, as these come with 16in alloy wheels, climate control, rear parking sensors and sat-nav.
Despite its somewhat unconventional looks, the Octavia is indeed a hatchback and it's one of the most spacious cars in this class. Add in its smart and practical interior and the generous amount of equipment that you get as standard, and the Octavia more than deserves its five-star rating.
Ask 10 people to name a family car and chances are most of them will say the Golf. It's consistently among the most popular new cars sold in the UK, and with good reason. With such a wide range of engines and versions on offer – from frugal petrols through to diesels and even electric models – there's a Golf to suit everyone. It's also brilliant to drive and competitively priced.
Small SUVs (sponsored by cap hpi)
People have well and truly fallen in love with SUVs, and it's easy to see why. Their raised driving positions make them easy to see out of and park, and their added practicality means you can take the whole family and their luggage without any trouble. Most don't cost much more to run than a conventional family hatchback.
The Audi Q2 is the German manufacturer's smallest SUV but it still offers the kind of interior quality you'd expect to find in one of Audi's larger cars. It's practical, too, and will hold onto its value a lot better than some other cars in this class.
Citroën C3 Aircross
Imagine the Citroën C3 hatchback on stilts and with chunky styling, and that's basically the C3 Aircross. It's striking to look at, pleasant enough to drive and its flexible seats means you can either maximise boot space or leg room for rear passengers. And all that for a price that won't break the bank.
Hyundai hasn't had a small SUV to compete in this market before, so the Kona is a bit of a gamble for the Korean car maker. Fortunately, we like its smooth petrol engine and you get plenty of kit as standard, including air conditioning, cruise control and automatic emergency braking. The ride could be improved, though.
The Stonic is the smallest SUV in Kia's range, sitting underneath the Sportage and Sorento. It's good to look at and decent to drive. Plus, even on entry-level '2' versions, you get 17in alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers and rear parking sensors.
Even MG is getting in on the small SUV craze and the ZS has the potential to become the company's best-selling model worldwide. It has an ultra-low starting price and a simplified range of engines and trim levels, but our early drive was less than inspiring.
If you like the funky looks of the Mini hatchback but want the practicality of an SUV, then the Countryman is where logic should lead you. It keeps the hatchback's good looks but adds a dollop of extra practicality and a bigger boot.
Renault's funky small SUV faces off against key rivals including the Suzuki Vitara and Vauxhall Crossland X. That's some strong competition, but the Captur makes a good case for itself, thanks to its practical interior and impressive refinement.
The Arona is one of the newest entries to this class, but we've been impressed with what we've found so far. It is roomier inside than most rivals, good to drive and predicted to hold onto its value very well. The fact that its interior can't quite match up to premium rivals in terms of quality is only a small negative.
The Vitara has long been one of our favourite cars in this class, as very few rivals can offer the same mix of equipment and quality for such a low price. The Vitara is good to drive and its interior is one of the largest in this class.
Vauxhall Crossland X
Not too long ago, Vauxhall had only one SUV contender, the Mokka X. But now there's the larger Crossland X and even larger Grandland X. While neither car has been a class leader so far, we've been impressed by the Crossland X's generous amount of standard equipment and its interior space.
The clue here is in the name – these SUVs are designed with you and your family in mind. They're larger than the SUVs in the class below, and this means more space inside for people and luggage. They still need to be good to drive, though, and comfortable over long distances.
The Jaguar E-Pace is one of this class's newest entries and, following on from the success of the larger F-Pace, Jaguar has given its smallest SUV sharp styling inside and out. Good as it is, though, it doesn't move this class on very far.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The Eclipse name is well known to motoring fans, but many were surprised to see it appear on an SUV. Still, Mitsubishi's offering is spacious and well equipped, and we like the refinement of the sole petrol engine on offer.
The Qashqai is the car that started the current craze for SUVs and it remains one of the very best – in fact, it's another former What Car? Car of the Year winner. We like its classy interior that is also practical for families, while its efficient range of engines should keep running costs low.
The Ateca is a brand new type of car for Seat, as the Spanish brand has never before sold an SUV. Fortunately, the combined years of experience from elsewhere in the Volkswagen Group means the Ateca is a real corker – it's good to drive, well priced and has a spacious interior.
Given the success of the larger Kodiaq, it seemed inevitable that Skoda's second SUV effort, the Karoq, would be similarly good. This replacement for the Yeti is comfortable and practical, and even entry-level models come with lots of toys, including dual-zone climate control and an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen.
Vauxhall Grandland X
The largest of Vauxhall's trio of X-named SUVs is based on the Peugeot 3008 and so offers many of the same comfort and practicality benefits of that car. It drives fairly well, too, and our recommended 1.2-litre petrol engine is peppy yet frugal.
Volvo's smallest SUV has impressed us with its quality interior and comprehensive amount of safety kit. The engine range is fairly limited right now, mind, but once that expands the XC40 has real potential to be a game-changer in this market.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
A large SUV is anything more than 4.5 metres long – and given their size, these cars usually aren't cheap to buy on cash or on a finance deal. That means offering value for money is even more important, along with everything else you'd expect from a large car – namely luxury, comfort and practicality.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio was much anticipated by fans of the Italian brand and, fortunately, it keeps the fun and engaging driving style that Alfa Romeo is well known for. Add in competitive running costs and the smooth automatic gearbox, and it's a real contender. Interior quality could be better, though.
If you're looking for a plush SUV with a stunning interior, then the Q5 must surely be at the top of your shortlist. This five-star SUV is a true all-rounder, able to conquer hill and dale (or town and motorway roads) while keeping you and your family comfortable.
The latest X3 offers great handling and a strong range of engines, even if it's more expensive to buy on a PCP finance deal than most of its rivals. As a bonus, though, you get BMW's class-leading iDrive infotainment and navigation system as standard.
On the face of things, the fact that Mazda's largest SUV doesn't offer the option of seven seats would put it at a disadvantage. The truth, though, is that if you don't need space for seven, then this is one of the very best large SUVs on sale – it's comfortable, practical and comes with either a frugal diesel or punchy petrol engine.
Think of the X-Trail as a Nissan Qashqai with two extra seats, meaning you can take up to six people with you when you travel. It's spacious inside, so you can take all of your family's luggage too, but some of its rivals are better to drive.
Like the smaller 3008, the 5008 gets funky looks inside and out, and an interior modelled on the award-winning i-Cockpit design. It may look more form than function inside, but we've found it easy to use and live with, plus the 5008 offers a decent ride and flexible seating.
The Kodiaq is Skoda's first ever SUV model but, thankfully, the Czech car maker has produced a great all-rounder. It's got space inside for up to seven people plus their luggage, is good to drive over long distances and our recommended SE versions come with plenty of technology.
Imagine the plush Volvo XC90 put onto a photocopier, with the size set to 75% – and, hey presto, you've made an XC60. There's plenty of the same things to like about the XC60 as its larger sibling, including its elegant interior and superb driving position. The fact that you get lots of equipment as standard is a bonus, too.
So you don't just want an SUV, you want a luxury car too? Not a problem. These models combine the go-anywhere ability of an off-roader with the supreme comfort of a stretched limousine. You might want to look at their price tags through your fingers, though.
The Q7 is a very strong contender in this market, mainly thanks to its high-quality interior and cosseting ride. Go for an SE model and team it with our recommended 3.0-litre diesel engine and you'll have one of the finest cars on sale today.
Land Rover Discovery
The Discovery has been around for a long time now but, in its latest form, it is fully deserving of the title of 'luxury SUV'. It's sumptuous inside, offering the kind of comfort you'd usually expect to find in the larger Range Rover. Add in its continent-crossing ability (on and off road) and the fact that it will hold onto its value better than many others in this class and it's easy to see why so many people buy the Discovery.
Range Rover Velar
Looking at its dramatic styling, you might imagine the Velar is a case of style over substance. Oh, ye of little faith, says Land Rover. The Velar is luxurious inside, good off road and we've been impressed with its range of V6 engines. Only a fiddly infotainment system and average rear leg room let the side down.
If you want a luxury SUV with a badge that's truly special, then the Porsche Cayenne will likely already be on your shortlist. It's big, practical and fast, with our recommended Cayenne S version able to reach motorway speeds in 5.2sec. It's comfy inside, too.
We're already big fans of the regular Audi Q5, so it comes as no surprise to find that this version, which has more power and enough handling prowess to put a smile on your face come rain or shine, is even better still. What's particularly good, though, is that, despite its heady performance, the SQ5 remains supremely comfortable inside.
Mercedes-AMG GLC 43
This hot version of the Mercedes GLC comes with some seriously impressive statistics: a 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 362bhp, a 0-62mph sprint time of 4.6sec and a top speed of 155mph. And yet it's also usable as everyday family transport.
While the global shift from MPVs to SUVs means there's now less global demand for people carriers, for families for whom space is an absolute priority these cars can represent a bargain.
The 500L keeps the cute looks of the regular 500 city car but, as its name suggests, offers more space inside. We like its flexible interior space, esepcially in its rear seats, and the amount of safety kit that's on offer.
Renault Grand Scenic
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
Volkswagen Golf SV
Take the Golf hatchback, make it longer and taller and what you've created is the SV – a mini MPV that retains much of what we like about the regular Golf but adds the kind of interior practicality that a growing family needs.
BMW 5 Series Touring
These cars are all about boot space. If you don't want to commit to an SUV, estates are your next logical port of call. In this class, we're looking for space and grace; we don't want a bigger boot to come at the expense of a good driving experience.
The 5 Series Touring stands a better chance here than most. It is, after all, based on our Car of the Year for 2017. We've been impressed by its classy interior, massive storage space and strong range of engines, with the frugal 520d being our recommended choice.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain
For anyone who wants the go-anywhere capability of an SUV without the chunky looks, then cars such as the E-Class All-Terrain make a lot of sense. This is essentially a jacked-up version of the E-Class Estate, with added cladding to protect the bodywork but the same huge boot space.
Peugeot 308 SW
This is, you guessed it, a more spacious version of the Peugeot 308 family car. With a high-quality interior and plenty of space for people and luggage, it's as good as you'd expect in this class. What you might not expect, though, is how frugal it can be as well.
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
Who says that cars like the Panamera can't be practical too? If you're in need of a high-end car to move your family and their luggage to the Riviera, then you'll like the Sport Turismo's impressive space – as well as its pace.
Seat Leon ST
Skoda Octavia Estate
The Octavia is already a very practical car – in fact, it's among the most spacious family cars you can buy. This estate version, then, is practically gargantuan. It's also well equipped and you can add plenty of extra luxuries for a very reasonable price.
Skoda Superb Estate
The Superb Estate is, well, superb in almost every area. It's got more space inside for your family and their luggage than most other cars in this class, it's decent to drive and it won't break the bank to buy or run. It really is a great all-rounder.
Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer
This more spacious version of the Vauxhall Insignia is very well priced but can't match its rivals for sheer carrying capacity. It's also less comfortable over long distances than some others in this class.
Volkswagen Golf Estate
For many, the Golf is the de facto family hatchback. But if you're in need of more space, this estate version might better fit the bill. It's competitively priced and good to drive, and most versions come with plenty of kit.
Hot hatchbacks (sponsored by Warranty Direct)
These cars are all about offering the performance and driving fun you'd expect from a sports car but without the associated purchase price or high running costs. Most are based on existing family hatchbacks, too, so should be practical enough to use every day.
Think the regular A3 is just a bit… tame? Try this on for size, then. The RS3 packs a 394bhp punch, has four-wheel drive and a high-quality interior. In fact, very few rivals can match its all-weather pace.
The M140i's stats are certainly impressive – its engine produces 335bhp, it can cover the 0-60mph sprint in just 4.5sec and it will leave most rivals for dust if you put your foot down on a wet road. In short, it's intoxicating to drive quickly.
Ford Fiesta ST Line
Honda Civic Type R
Honda has a long history with the Type R badge, but this latest hot Civic is a revelation. Very few rivals can match either its pace or its fun driving style, and we like the performance-oriented touches in the interior, too.
Peugeot 308 GTi
Abarth 124 Spider
Think of a convertible car and you'll probably picture a sun-drenched road and the feeling of the wind in your hair. The truth, though, is that these cars need to be as usable during the winter months as they are during the summer.
The 124 Spider is based on Fiat's car of the same name, which in turn is heavily based on the Mazda MX-5, and the MX-5 has long since been one of our favourites in this class. Just as we'd hoped, the 124 Spider is fun to drive and has plenty of power.
Audi A5 Cabriolet
BMW 2 Series Convertible
BMW 4 Series Convertible
This convertible 4 Series is stylish and well equipped, even if it's not as luxurious as some premium rivals. As with any BMW, though, you get the class-leading iDrive infotainment and navigation system as standard and that's a real bonus.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Like the regular E-Class, the E-Class Cabriolet is more geared towards long-distance touring comfort than performance. Hence it has a wonderful interior and a comfortable ride, but it isn't the most engaging car to drive.
Porsche 911 Cabriolet
Aston Martin DB11 V8
These cars are all about style and we're willing to sacrifice some elements of practicality for stunning looks. They need to be good to drive, though, and so much the better if they won't cost you the Earth to own.
The DB11 is certainly striking to look at, but this is more than just a showpiece. It's hugely entertaining to drive, especially with the recent addition of a V8 petrol engine. The DB11's interior is beautifully crafted, too.
BMW 2 Series
BMW 4 Series
Want something the size of a 3 Series but with three doors instead of five? Enter the 4 Series. This is BMW's answer to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé and we like its engaging driving style and the fact that you can carry four people in comfort.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé
As its name suggests, this is a coupé version of the E-Class saloon and, as such, many of the same things we like about the regular E-Class apply here too, including its sumptuous interior and comfortable ride.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
In this class, performance and handling are our top priority. You'll want something with the sort of pace and agility that will leave lesser rivals eating your dust, a hardcore edge so you can test your limits on track, but also enough refinement so you can still use it on the motorway. Here, practicality and fuel economy are less important.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio is a good example of the sports saloon breed. It packs a 503bhp punch from its V6 petrol engine and can cover the 0-62mph sprint in 3.9sec. It has a downright crazy top speed, too, at 191mph.
The M5 is already off to a flying start here, given that it's based on our 2017 Car of the Year, the 5 Series saloon. It's a lot faster, though, thanks chiefly to its 4.4-litre V8 engine that produces – gulp – 592bhp. That means you'll be hitting motorway speeds from a standing start in just over three seconds.
Lamborghini Huracán Performante
The Hurácan in its standard form is hardly a shrinking violet, but the Performante version is even lighter and even faster. It's one of the fastest cars you can buy right now, in fact. Just don't expect to use one on your daily commute.
McLaren 570S Spider
Think the 570S is too tame? Smashing – this 720S should suit you perfectly. It's one of the best supercars around right now; it's exciting to drive and easy to live with every day. Just try not to think too much about that hefty price tag.
The GT is Mercedes-AMG's first bespoke car and follows on from the now-discontinued SLS. It features a V8 petrol engine, a stunning interior and offers a truly inspiring driving experience. It's fairly usable every day, too.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS
The 911 GT2 RS was born from Porsche's racing experience and is essentially a 911 after a thorough diet and with more power. It's absolutely stunning to drive. You will, however, need to have more than £200,000 to buy one.
Driving along with no emissions, a silent engine and filling up costs a small percentage of what you're used to – sounds like a dream, right? Wrong. Electric cars are quickly becoming mainstream and, here, practicality, running costs and a smooth drive rule the roost.
The Leaf was one of the first mass-market electric cars and this new version is improved in every way. There's more power from its electric motor, a greater driving range and a better interior. Perhaps most tempting of all, though, is that it will cost you around £27,000 to buy – that's before the Government's electric vehicle grant.
Tesla Model S
The Model S is a luxurious electric saloon that offers one of the longest driving ranges of any electric car. The P100D performance version is among our favourites, because it can cover the 0-62mph sprint in a barely believable 2.5sec.
If you want an electric car that doesn't sacrifice anything in terms of comfort or practicality compared with your exsiting family hatch, then the e-Golf is a great choice. It is every bit as usable as a regular Golf and you can travel for up to 125 miles on a single charge.
If you're unsure about switching to a fully electric car, then a hybrid or plug-in hybrid could be the perfect halfway house. You'll be able to drive part of your journey on electric power but still have the reassurance of an engine. The best cars here are quiet and comfortable, no matter which power source they're using.
In the 330e, you can drive for up to 25 miles on electric power alone before switching over to the petrol engine. With claimed fuel economy of close to 150mpg, trips to the petrol station should be few and far between.
This plug-in hybrid version of the 5 Series saloon combines a four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor, allowing you to drive for up to 29 miles on electric power alone. With CO2 emissions of just 46g/km, it's an appealing choice for company car drivers.
BMW 740e iPerformance
The most luxurious of BMW's plug-in hybrids is the 740e, which, as you've likely guessed, is based on the 7 Series luxury saloon. It again combines a small petrol engine with an electric motor and, as with the 530e, can drive for up to 29 miles on eletric power alone before switching to combustion power.
The Ioniq is really three cars in one, because it can be had as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid or a fully electric car. In plug-in hybrid form, you can travel for up to 31 miles on electric power. With a combined 139bhp on offer, it feels sprightly too.
Lexus LC 500h
As its name suggests, this is a plug-in hybrid version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class executive saloon, mating a 2.0-litre petrol engine to an electric motor. Although your running cost should be small, so is the boot space.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Turning the Outlander large SUV into a plug-in hybrid has worked wonders for Mitsubishi, because its low CO2 emissions mean it's a strong contender for company car drivers. There's plenty of standard equipment, too, including sat-nav, leather seats and a 360deg camera.
Volkswagen Golf GTE
A Golf with the performance of a GTI hot hatch but with minimal running costs – sounds perfect, doesn't it? This GTE matches a 1.4-litre petrol engine with a small electric motor. It offers peppy performance and an electric-only driving range of around 20 miles.
Volkswagen Passat GTE
The GTE is available in both saloon and estate forms, but our favourite estate version is superbly spacious and allows you to drive for up to 31 miles using battery power alone. A slick six-speed auatomatic gearbox comes as standard, too.
Alfa Romeo Giulia
This is the class for company car drivers, where low CO2 emissions and cruising refinement are just as important as having a posh badge on the bonnet.
If you're tired of all the me-too German executive saloons, then the Giulia is intended just for you. Combining Italian driving flair with handsome looks, the Giulia is a strong contender in this market. The interior quality on some versions can be disappointing, though.
Audi's executive saloon is a former What Car? Car of the Year winner. You can choose from a strong range of petrol and diesel engines, but our favourite 3.0-litre diesel option combines punchy performance with good fuel economy. The A4's interior is at the top of this class for quality, too.
Audi A5 Sportback
Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport
The Insignia is as synonymous with company car drivers as Slade is with Christmas music. The old car wasn't especially good, but this Grand Sport version is well equipped and cheap to buy.
In this class, how comfortable the rear seats are is just as important as how comfortable the front occupants are. If you're in the market for a car here, you'll want a sumptuous interior, supreme refinement and a ride that can soak up the worst lumps and bumps.
The A8 is a fast and comfortable luxury grand tourer, with class-leading interior quality and a smooth range of petrol and diesel engines. You'll have to wait a while before you can use its full range of self-driving capabilities, though.
BMW 5 Series
The 5 Series is our defending luxury car champion and our overall Car of the Year for 2017. Its interior quality can put rivals that cost twice as much to shame and it's also stunning to drive. The 5 Series is a truly great all-rounder.
BMW 6 Series GT
The 6 Series GT is a kind of halfway house between the 5 Series and the 7 Series. It goes up against rivals including the Audi A7 Sportback and Mercedes-Benz CLS, and we've been impressed both with its interior space and class-leading infotainment system.
The S-Class has a long history in the luxury car market and has won our luxury car award more than once. It's still one of the best propositions around, offering great comfort and all the gadgets you could reasonably want.