What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2018 – the winners

We've chosen the best new cars across 21 categories, and crowned one as our overall Car of the Year...

What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2018 – the winners

Our What Car? Car of the Year Award winners

The Volvo XC40 has been named as What Car?'s Car of the Year for 2018.

The Swedish SUV saw off competition from the Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq to win the Family SUV category, before beating 20 other category winners to be named as the overall Car of the Year – the highest honour that What Car? can bestow on a new car.

Other categories included Hybrid Car of the Year, Sports Car of the Year and Luxury Car of the Year, in which last year's winner, the BMW 5 Series, was once again competing.

The first What Car? Car of the Year Awards were held in 1978, with 2018 marking the 40th anniversary of the event.

Here we reveal all of the 2018 What Car? Car of the Year Award winners.

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Best city car for less than £9500: Suzuki Celerio SZ2

Suzuki Celerio

The Celerio is a superbly well-rounded city car. We like its peppy 1.0-litre petrol engine, its impressive fuel economy and its spacious interior. The best part, though, is that it costs just £7594.

Read our full Suzuki Celerio review >

See how much you can save on a Suzuki Celerio >

Best city car for between £9500 and £11,000: Skoda Citigo 1.0 60 SE 3dr

Skoda Citigo

This is the sixth time the Citigo has been our mid-point winner in this category. With 59bhp, our recommended 1.0-litre engine might seem short on power, but it’s ideally suited to city driving.

Read our full Skoda Citigo review >

See how much you could save on a Skoda Citigo >

Best city car for more than £11,000: Kia Picanto 1.25 3

Kia Picanto

The new Picanto offers a wide range of engines, but our favoured 1.25-litre unit is frugal yet punchy in town traffic. Add in a premium interior and the Picanto is easy to recommend.

Read our full Kia Picanto review >

See how much you can save on a Kia Picanto >

City Car of the Year 2018: Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto

Knocking the Hyundai i10 off its perch in this class was never going to be easy, but Kia has managed it, creating a car that’s more spacious inside and better to drive. And it’s cheap to buy.

Read our full Kia Picanto review >

See how much you can save on a Kia Picanto >

Best small car for less than £12,000: Dacia Sandero 0.9 TCe Ambiance

Dacia Sandero

It may be the UK’s cheapest new car, but don’t write the Sandero off as a bargain basement novelty – it’s surprisingly practical, with one of the largest boots in this class and loads of interior room.

Read our full Dacia Sandero review >

See how much you can save on a Dacia Sandero >

Best small car for between £12,000 and £20,000: Seat Ibiza 1.0 TSI 95 FR

Seat Ibiza

The new Ibiza had to fight off both the new Ford Fiesta and its VW Group cousins to take victory, but its brilliant driving characteristics and practical interior separate it from the chasing pack.

Read our full Seat Ibiza review

See how much you can save on a Seat Ibiza >

Best small car for more than £20,000: Mini 5dr 1.5T Cooper Chili Media XL

Mini Hatchback

Mini’s hatchback is a regular winner in this class, impressing with its agile handling and smooth 1.5-litre petrol motor. And the Media XL pack gives it the best infotainment system in this class.

Read our full Mini hatchback review

See how much you can save on a Mini hatchback >

Small Car of the Year 2018: Seat Ibiza

Seat Ibiza

The Ibiza is everything a small car should be. Its handling, practicality and running costs are class-leading, and it’s better to drive than the Dacia and Mini. There are no obvious weak points in its armour.

Read our full Seat Ibiza review

See how much you can save on a Seat Ibiza >

Best family car for less than £18,000: Seat Leon 1.2 TSI SE Dynamic Technology

Seat Leon

Seat is on a roll at the moment, and it’s the Leon that kicked things off. With a well-crafted interior and more fun driving dynamics than the pricier VW Golf, it’s a deserved winner at this price point.

Read our full Seat Leon review

See how much you can save on a Seat Leon >

Best family car for between £18,000 and £23,000: Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI 150 SE L

Skoda Octavia

The Octavia should be the go-to choice for families who want a comfortable and practical hatchback. It also costs less to run than the equivalent Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 308.

Read our full Skoda Octavia review >

See how much you can save on a Skoda Octavia >

Best family car for more than £23,000: Audi A3 Sportback 1.5 TFSI 150 Sport

Audi A3 Sportback

The A3 Sportback was our Car of the Year in 2013, and it remains one of our favourites. Its interior deserves special mention, because it puts similarly priced rivals’ to shame.

Read our full Audi A3 Sportback review >

See how much you can save on an Audi A3 >

Family Car of the Year 2018: Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia

The Octavia is well priced next to its rivals, yet also comes close to the A3 for interior quality. As a package, no rival comes close, so it could be a while before another car deposes the Octavia.

Read our full Skoda Octavia review >

See how much you can save on a Skoda Octavia >

Reader Award runner-up: Audi E-tron

Audi E-tron

Previewed by the Q6 e-tron quattro concept in 2016, Audi’s first mass-market electric car is powered by three electric motors and sends its power to all four wheels. Its claimed range is 311 miles.

Find out more about the Audi E-tron >

Reader Award runner-up: Citroën C5 Aircross

Citroën C5 Aircross

The original C5 was an executive saloon that rivalled the Ford Mondeo, but now it has morphed into the C5 Aircross, a roomy, high-tech family SUV that should cost around £20,000.

Find out more about the Citroën C5 Aircross >

Reader Award winner: Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar’s first electric car emerged as our frontrunner as soon as voting began. It will cost from around £50,000, sprint from 0-60mph in 4.0sec and travel up to 310 miles between charges.

Find out more about the Jaguar I-Pace >

Best coupé for less than £30,000: Audi TT 1.8 TFSI Sport

Audi TT

The TT is a familiar sight at our awards, but that’s because it has such a fantastic formula. This entry-level petrol version is sweet and peppy and offers the driving fun that coupé buyers look for.

Read our full Audi TT review >

See how much you can save on an Audi TT >

Best coupé for between £30,000 and £50,000: Audi A5 3.0 TDI quattro Sport

Audi A5 Coupé

Audi’s second car in this class is based on the brilliant A4 saloon, and in our favourite spec comes with a smooth and punchy diesel engine. It’s also practical and has a stunning interior.

Read our full Audi A5 Sportback review >

See how much you can save on an Audi A5 >

Best coupé for more than £50,000: Aston Martin DB11 V8

Aston Martin DB11

The DB11 impressed us in V12 form at last year’s awards, but this new V8 version is lighter, affording it sharper handling and better steering. It feels every bit as special inside as its rivals, too.

Read our full Aston Martin DB11 review >

See how much you can save on an Aston Martin DB11 >

Coupé of the Year 2018: Audi TT

Audi TT

The latest TT wins for the fourth time. It offers a stunning interior, a truly special driving experience, and superb value for money – and will hold on to its value better than most of its rivals.

Read our full Audi TT review >

See how much you can save on an Audi TT >

Best hot hatchback for less than £20,000: Ford Fiesta 1.0T Ecoboost 140 ST-Line 3dr

Ford Fiesta

The full-blown ST version of the new Fiesta won’t arrive until later this year, but you can already have the splendid ST-Line, which is more entertaining to drive than its rivals and fantastic value.

Read our full Ford Fiesta review >

See how much you can save on a Ford Fiesta >

Best hot hatch for between £20,000 and £30,000: Hyundai i30N 2.0 T-GDi 250

Hyundai i30N

Hyundai’s first hot hatch has really impressed us, not least because it’s outrageously fast, but also because it’s superb value for money, undercutting its key rivals by as much as £5000.

Read our full Hyundai i30N review >

Best hot hatch for more than £30,000: Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT

Honda Civic Type R

Honda has plenty of experience in this market, and the latest Type R feels like a leap forward for the class. It’s brilliant to drive quickly, yet remains perfectly usable as a family car.

Read our full Honda Civic Type R review >

See how much you can save on a Honda Civic Type R >

Hot hatchback of the Year 2018: Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

The Civic Type R isn’t the most powerful hot hatch around, but it is the most enjoyable to drive. It’s even comfortable, so is an exceptional hot hatch, especially in our favoured GT form.

Read our full Honda Civic Type R review >

See how much you can save on a Honda Civic Type R >

Best small SUV for less than £16,000: Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ4

Suzuki Vitara

The Vitara remains our favourite entry-level family SUV, which, given the new competition at this price point, is an achievement. It’s well equipped, especially in the SZ4 trim we recommend.

Read our full Suzuki Vitara review >

See how much you can save on a Suzuki Vitara >

Best small SUV for between £16,000 and £20,000: Seat Arona 1.0 TSI 95 SE Technology

Seat Arona

The Arona is only Seat’s second SUV, making the scale of its victory here truly impressive. The 1.0-litre petrol engine we recommend has done well in our True MPG tests but is also pleasantly gutsy.

Read our full Seat Arona review >

See how much you can save on a Seat Arona >

Best small SUV for more than £20,000: Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI 150 Sport

Audi Q2

Audi’s smallest SUV keeps everything we love about its larger models – namely an impressively plush interior, fantastic infotainment and an enjoyable drive. It’s attractively priced, too.

Read our full Audi Q2 review >

See how much you can save on an Audi Q2 >

Small SUV of the Year 2018: Seat Arona

Seat Arona

Great finance deals make the Arona more affordable than most rivals, while its interior is comfortable and well equipped. The cherry on top is the amount of personalisation options on offer.

Read our full Seat Arona review >

See how much you can save on a Seat Arona >

Best family SUV for less than £20,000: Seat Ateca 1.0 TSI Ecomotive S

Seat Ateca

The Ateca offers staggering value for money. Even this entry-level S model comes with plenty of kit, and the 1.0-litre petrol engine is punchy. The Ateca is both functional and fun.

Read our full Seat Ateca review >

See how much you can save on a Seat Ateca >

Best family SUV for between £20,000 and £30,000: Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 SE L

Skoda Karoq

This middle price point is teeming with competition, but the new Karoq impresses thanks to its practical interior, smooth ride and strong yet relatively economical 1.5-litre petrol engine.

Read our full Skoda Karoq review >

See how much you can save on a Skoda Karoq >

Best family SUV for more than £30,000: Volvo XC40 D4 R-Design

Volvo XC40

At this price point, buyers are looking for luxury and comfort as well as practicality, and the XC40 delivers on all three fronts. You’ll love its interior ambience, and you’ll enjoy its smooth yet hushed diesel motor.

Read our full Volvo XC40 review >

Family SUV of the Year 2018: Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40

At this price point, buyers are looking for luxury and comfort as well as practicality, and the XC40 delivers on all three fronts. You’ll love its interior ambience, and you’ll enjoy its smooth yet hushed diesel motor.

Read our full Volvo XC40 review >

Best large SUV for less than £27,000: Peugeot 5008 1.2 Puretech 130 Allure

Peugeot 5008

The 5008 has turned into a plush SUV in the same vein as the smaller 3008. It gets Peugeot’s i-Cockpit interior design, and comes with seven seats. In Allure form, it’s also loaded with kit.

Read our full Peugeot 5008 review >

See how much you can save on a Peugeot 5008 >

Best large SUV for between £27,000 and £35,000: Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 Sport Nav

Mazda CX-5

The new CX-5 builds on the strengths of the original, but also adds a bit more polish. Its interior is now a nicer place to spend time, there’s more kit inside and it’s cheap to run, especially as a diesel.

Read our full Mazda CX-5 review >

See how much you can save on a Mazda CX-5 >

Best large SUV for more than £35,000: Audi Q5 2.0 TDI quattro Sport

Audi Q5

The Q5 is beautifully made, offers an exceptionally smooth ride and its 2.0-litre diesel engine is smooth. It will also hold onto its value better than almost anything else in this class.

Read our full Audi Q5 review >

See how much you can save on an Audi Q5 >

Large SUV of the Year 2018: Peugeot 5008

Peugeot 5008

This is a very significant win for the 5008 – that it stands so tall over its rivals, including last year’s winner, the Skoda Kodiaq, is a huge achievement. No other large SUV offers you the same premium feel at this price.

Read our full Peugeot 5008 review >

See how much you can save on a Peugeot 5008 >

Safety Award finalist: Subaru XV

Subaru XV

The XV achieved a particularly impressive Euro NCAP score for pedestrian protection, and Subaru’s Eyesight system enables the car to interpret its surroundings, keeping you safer.

Read our full Subaru XV review >

Safety Award finalist: Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen T-Roc

The T-Roc is the safest small SUV you can buy right now, which is a real achievement in this ever-expanding market. Volkswagen includes its latest driver assistance tech as standard.

Read our full Volkswagen T-Roc review >

See how much you can save on a Volkswagen T-Roc >

Safety Award finalist: Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60

The XC60 impressed us with its state-of-the-art suite of driver assistance systems, which can prevent accidents with pedestrians, as well as head-on crashes.

Read our full Volvo XC60 review >

See how much you can save on a Volvo XC60 >

Safety Award winner 2018: Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60

The XC60 scored the highest overall Euro NCAP score of 2017, and its 98% for adult occupant protection for front and side impacts was the highest recorded last year. Need we say more?

Read our full Volvo XC60 review >

See how much you can save on a Volvo XC60 >

Best MPV for less than £22,000: Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 1.4 Turbo Design

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

Massively spacious and offering staggering value for money, the Zafira Tourer is a brilliant budget people carrier. It’s better to drive than its key rivals and gets a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, too.

Read our full Vauxhall Zafira Tourer review >

See how much you can save on a Vauxhall Zafira Tourer >

Best MPV for between £22,000 and £30,000: Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI 115 SE

Volkswagen Touran

Last year’s winner in this category is dependable, plush and practical. It’s fun to drive, has a cracking choice of engines and a comfortable ride. Plus,it has seven seats to fill with friends or family.

Read our full Volkswagen Touran review >

See how much you can save on a Volkswagen Touran >

Best MPV for more than £30,000: Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi 150 Zetec

Ford Galaxy

Ford’s family mover is Tardis-like, so makes fitting both your family and all their stuff inside easy. It’s also cheap to run, with the 2.0-litre diesel we recommend offering both pace and fuel efficiency.

Read our full Ford Galaxy review >

See how much you can save on a Ford Galaxy >

MPV of the Year 2018: Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen Touran

All of our finalists have their plus points, but the Touran remains the most well-rounded MPV on sale. More buyers may be flocking to SUVs, but the Touran shows there’s still plenty of life in this class yet.

Read our full Volkswagen Touran review >

See how much you can save on a Volkswagen Touran >

Best estate car for less than £20,000: Skoda Fabia Estate 1.0 TSI 95 SE

Skoda Fabia Estate

The Fabia hatchback is one of the best small cars, so it makes sense that the Estate version is good, too. It’s roomy and a delight to drive, especially when fitted with our favourite 1.0-litre petrol engine.

Read our full Skoda Fabia Estate review >

See how much you can save on a Skoda Fabia Estate >

Best estate car for between £20,000 and £30,000: Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technology

Skoda Superb Estate

The Superb Estate has more space inside than you could reasonably expect, and the 2.0-litre diesel engine we recommend has plenty of pulling power. SE Technology cars are very well equipped, too.

Read our full Skoda Superb Estate review >

See how much you can save on a Skoda Superb Estate >

Best estate car for more than £30,000: BMW 5 Series Touring 520d SE

BMW 5 Series Touring

The 5 Series Touring is one of the most complete cars money can buy; it’s spacious, comfortable and great to drive. The 520d offers impressive refinement, and you get plenty of kit, even on SE models.

Read our full BMW 5 Series Touring review >

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Estate Car of the Year 2018: Skoda Superb Estate

Skoda Superb Estate

The Superb Estate is classy, comfortable and more spacious than almost any other car on sale and offers buyers exceptional value for money. In short, it excels in every area an estate should.

Read our full Skoda Superb Estate review >

See how much you can save on a Skoda Superb Estate >

Best hybrid car for less than £25,000: Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Premium

Hyundai Ioniq

Toyota may be the most famous hybrid maker, but the Ioniq is a better all-rounder than the Prius. It’s faster, better equipped, cheaper, and more practical.

Read our full Hyundai Ioniq review >

See how much you can save on a Hyundai Ioniq >

Best hybrid car for between £25,000 and £35,000: Volkswagen Passat Estate GTE Advance

Volkswagen Passat Estate GTE Advance

The GTE takes everything that we like about the Passat – its space, equipment and reasonable price – and adds in exceptionally low running costs and an electric driving range of up to 28 miles.

Read our full Volkswagen Passat GTE review >

See how much you can save on a Volkswagen Passat GTE >

Best hybrid car for more than £50,000: Audi Q7 e-tron

Audi Q7 e-tron

The Q7 is one of the best luxury SUVs, so having it with an electric range of up to 34 miles and official CO2 emissions of 48g/km only sweetens the deal, even if you do lose the third-row seats.

Read our full Audi Q7 review >

See how much you can save on an Audi Q7 >

Hybrid Car of the Year 2018: Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq

The Ioniq is the ideal choice, combining low running costs and a modest price tag with a driving experience that’s reassuringly similar to those of its conventional rivals. It gets plenty of kit, too.

Read our full Hyundai Ioniq review >

See how much you can save on a Hyundai Ioniq >

Best electric car for less than £20,000: Renault Zoe Q90 ZE40 Dynamique Nav

Renault Zoe

Last year’s overall electric car winner remains among our favourites. It’s one of the cheapest EVs around, and will drive farther between charges than anything this side of the Tesla Model S.

Read our full Renault Zoe review >

See how much you can save on a Renault Zoe >

Best electric car for between £20,000 and £40,000

Nissan Leaf

The new Leaf may not get you as far as the Renault Zoe between charges, but it does have a longer range than the rival BMW i3, all while being cheaper and more practical.

Read our full Nissan Leaf review >

See how much you can save on a Nissan Leaf >

Best electric car for more than £40,000: Tesla Model S 75D

Tesla Model S

The Model S proves that electric cars can be fun to drive, accelerating faster than most sports cars. It dwarfs other electric cars’ ranges, too, with a claimed 304 miles between charges.

Read our full Tesla Model S review >

See how much you can save on a Tesla Model S >

Electric Car of the Year 2018: Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

While the Zoe continues to impress, the new Leaf is more comfortable, better to drive, more spacious and safer. That it’s also not much more expensive secures it the win.

Read our full Nissan Leaf review >

See how much you can save on a Nissan Leaf >

True MPG Award finalist: Toyota Yaris Hybrid Design

Toyota Yaris

While the Yaris Hybrid’s overall fuel economy isn’t exceptional, its figure of 80.0mpg around town is. It makes an ideal car for busy urban streets and proves that Toyota’s hybrid set-up works.

Read our full Toyota Yaris review >

See how much you can save on a Toyota Yaris >

True MPG award finalist: Suzuki Ignis 1.2 SHVS 2WD SZ5

Suzuki Ignis

The reason for the Ignis appearing here is simple – it’s the most frugal car we’ve tested to date. That’s partly thanks to its mild hybrid system, which charges when you slow down and then boosts acceleration.

Read our full Suzuki Ignis review >

See how much you can save on a Suzuki Ignis >

True MPG Award finalist: Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 2WD Sport Nav

Mazda CX-5

Mazda hasn’t followed the industry trend for downsized engines, yet in our tests, the 2.2-litre diesel CX-5 outperformed all of its 2.0-litre-engined rivals, as well as many 1.6-litre options.

Read our full Mazda CX-5 review >

See how much you can save on a Mazda CX-5 >

True MPG Award winner: Suzuki Ignis

Suzuki Ignis

The Ignis is already cheap to buy, and the fact it will also save you cash at the pumps only broadens its appeal. No matter how you drive it, this is one of the greenest cars on the market.

Read our full Suzuki Ignis review >

See how much you can save on a Suzuki Ignis >

Best executive car for less than £25,000: Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technology

Skoda Superb

The Superb is a remarkably compelling car. It’s massive inside, and SE Technology trim is designed with company car drivers in mind. The 2.0-litre diesel engine we recommend is strong yet efficient.

Read our full Skoda Superb review >

See how much you can save on a Skoda Superb >

Best executive car for between £25,000 and £40,000: Audi A4 2.0 TDI Ultra 190 Sport S tronic

Audi A4

The A4 is a former Car of the Year, and its interior quality and comfort sets it apart from its rivals. The 2.0-litre diesel engine we recommend is both punchy and economical.

Read our full Audi A4 review >

See how much you can save on an Audi A4 >

Best executive car for more than £40,000: Kia Stinger GT S

Kia Stinger GT S

This new 365bhp V6-engined fastback can thrill when you want it to, thanks to sublime handling, yet remains comfortable for your commute. And all for £8000 less than the Audi S5

Read our full Kia Stinger review >

Executive Car of the Year 2018: Audi A4

Audi A4

The A4 remains simply a cut above the competition in every way. Its interior sets new standards in quality, and the engine is refined and fuel efficient, so the A4 won’t cost a lot to run.

Read our full Audi A4 review >

See how much you can save on an Audi A4 >

Best luxury car for less than £50,000: BMW 5 Series 520d SE

BMW 5 Series

Last year’s Car of the Year remains plush and comfy enough to worry cars which cost twice as much. The strong and quiet 520d diesel engine is as cheap to run as a company car, too.

Read our full BMW 5 Series review >

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Best luxury car for between £50,000 and £100,000: Audi A8 50 TDI quattro L

Audi A8

The A8 saw off the brilliant Mercedes-Benz S-Class to claim this price point. The S-Class is still a great choice, but Audi’s luxury car offers a more cosseting ride and feels even more special inside.

Read our full Audi A8 review >

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Best luxury car for more than £100,000: Rolls-Royce Ghost EWB

Rolls-Royce Ghost

If money is no object, treat yourself to the Ghost’s ethereal quietness, storming V12 engine and seats which are quite possibly the most comfortable you’ll find in any car.

Read our full Rolls-Royce Ghost review >

Luxury Car of the Year 2018: BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series

The 5 Series appeals to both your rational and emotional sides – you’ll want it as much for its real world 45mpg as you will for its beautiful interior. There are flashier luxury cars, but this is the best all-rounder.

Read our full BMW 5 Series review >

See how much you can save on a BMW 5 Series >

Technology Award finalist: Tesla

Tesla

Tesla continues to impress. We liked its wireless software updates that ensure its cars have access to the latest features. We rate its ambition, too, with two new models revealed in the past year alone.

Read our full Tesla Model S review >

See how much you can save on a Tesla Model S >

Technology Award finalist: Nissan xStorage system

Nissan xStorage system

Nissan’s xStorage system uses recycled vehicle batteries to store energy when prices are low. These can then charge your car later. It can even make you money by selling power back to the grid.

Read our full Nissan Leaf review >

See how much you can save on a Nissan Leaf >

Technology Award finalist: Mercedes S500 L

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

This S-Class has a 48V electrical system and a mild hybrid motor, which should lead to reduced running costs and lower CO2 emissions. It’s turned an already good luxury car into a great one.

Read our full Mercedes S-Class review >

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Technology Award winner: Tesla

Tesla

Tesla is a true innovator in the car industry. Its history stretches back to only 2003, but in that short time it has managed to show much larger and older companies how things can be done.

Read our full Tesla Model S review >

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Best luxury SUV for less than £60,000: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 272

Audi Q7

The Q7 impresses thanks to its stunning interior, fantastic infotainment system and hushed V6 diesel engine. And you can have it for the price of a well-specced executive saloon.

Read our full Audi Q7 review >

See how much you can save on an Audi Q7 >

Best luxury SUV for between £60,000 and £100,000: Land Rover Discovery 3.0 Td6 HSE Luxury

Land Rover Discovery

The latest Land Rover Discovery gives you a penthouse view of the road, lots of gadgets and plenty of space for your friends and their luggage. The bonus is class-leading off-road ability.

Read our full Land Rover Discovery review >

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Best luxury SUV for more than £100,000: Bentley Bentayga Diesel

Bentley Bentayga

Bentley’s first SUV is supremely luxurious inside and well appointed, allowing you to cross entire continents and still emerge fresh at the other end. Plus, it has a great V8 diesel engine.

Read our full Bentley Bentayga review >

Luxury SUV of the Year 2018: Audi Q7

Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 offers much of the same luxury and comfort as rivals that cost a lot more yet is easier to live with every day and will be kinder on fuel bills. It’s the best car of its kind.

Read our full Audi Q7 review >

See how much you can save on an Audi Q7 >

Best sports car for less than £50,000: Porsche 718 Cayman 2.0

Porsche Cayman

Porsche’s decision to downsize the Cayman’s engine from six to four cylinders caused a few nervous faces, but they needn’t have worried. The Cayman remains exceptional to drive and poised at speed.

Read our full Porsche Cayman review >

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Best sports car for between £50,000 and £100,000: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

The Giulia Quadrifoglio takes a spot usually held by the Porsche 911, winning thanks to its amazingly responsive V6 engine, agile handling and ability to put a smile on your face

Read our full Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio review >

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Best sports car for more than £100,000

McLaren 540C

The 540C may be the ‘entry-level’ McLaren, but its performance is anything but. Its handling, ride quality and interior all impress, as do its 0-62mph sprint time of 3.5sec and top speed of 199mph.

Read our full McLaren 540C review >

Sports Car of the Year 2018: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

The sublime Giulia Quadrifoglio puts Alfa Romeo back on top. Its handling rivals the best that Porsche has to offer, and its performance can worry even the McLaren 540C.

Read our full Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio review >

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Best convertible for less than £25,000: Mazda MX-5 2.0 SE-L Nav

Mazda MX-5

Our overall convertible winner from 2017 remains a top choice. It’s fun to drive at any speed, has a simple but effective roof and is surprisingly plush inside, especially in this SE-L Nav form.

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Best convertible for between £25,000 and £35,000: Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI Sport

Audi A3 Cabriolet

The A3 Cabriolet is based on a former Car of the Year, so our expectations couldn’t be higher. And it meets them, being a pleasure to drive, balancing fun handling and ride comfort incredibly well.

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Best convertible for more than £35,000: Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI Sport

Audi A5 Cabriolet

The A5 Cabriolet impresses thanks to its stunning interior and smooth 2.0-litre diesel engine. Its fabric roof blocks out noise remarkably well and folds away quicker than most hard-tops.

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Convertible Car of the Year 2018: Mazda MX-5 2.0 SE-L Nav

Mazda MX-5

Mazda’s nimble roadster keeps its place at the top of this class, with its peppy petrol engine, classy interior and simplicity helping it to stand out even among such accomplished rivals.

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What Car? Car of the Year 2018: Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40

With its mix of comfort, class, safety and style, the new XC40 excels in all the areas that are important to SUV buyers. In a year of great new cars, it still stands out as the best by some margin.

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