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

From our initial long list of more than 100 cars, these are the new models in with a chance of being crowned the What Car? Car of the Year for 2018...

1. What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2018 – the shortlist
Car of the Year shortlist
Abarth 124 Spider
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Audi A5 Cabriolet
Audi A5 Sportback
Audi A8
Audi Q5
Audi RS5
BMW 5 Series Touring
BMW 6 Series GT
Citroën C3 Aircross
Ford Fiesta ST Line
Hyundai i30
Hyundai i30 Tourer
Hyundai i30N
Hyundai Kona
Jaguar E-Pace
Kia Picanto
Kia Rio
Kia Stinger
Kia Stonic
Land Rover Discovery
Lexus LC
Mazda CX-5
McLaren 720S
Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé
Mini Countryman
Nissan Leaf
Peugeot 5008
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
Range Rover Velar
Seat Arona
Seat Ibiza
Skoda Karoq
Suzuki Swift
Vauxhall Grandland X
Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport
Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer
Volkswagen Arteon
Volkswagen Polo
Volkswagen T-Roc
Volvo XC40
Volvo XC60
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What Car? has announced the shortlist of 48 new vehicles battling it out to win the coveted overall Car of The Year 2018 accolade, in association with Warranty Direct, at its annual awards ceremony on the 23 January.

The Car of the Year crown will be awarded to a newcomer that has proved itself over all other contenders to be the overall best new car on the UK market.

The shortlist includes a wide variety of vehicles, from city cars and hot hatches through family cars and estates to luxury and sports cars. No fewer than 15 SUVs have made the cut, from large and family versions to luxury, reflecting the explosion in popularity of this versatile sector.

The winner from the shortlist will succeed the BMW 520d SE, which took the prize in 2017.

Click through this slideshow to see all of the cars in the running to be crowned as the What Car? Car of the Year for 2018.

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