What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2018 – the long list

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1. What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2018 – the long list
What Car? Car of the Year contenders
Hyundai i10
Kia Picanto
Skoda Citigo
Volkswagen Up
Ford Fiesta
Kia Rio
Seat Ibiza
Skoda Fabia
Suzuki Swift
Volkswagen Polo
Audi A3 Sportback
BMW 1 Series
Hyundai i30
Peugeot 308
Skoda Octavia
Volkswagen Golf
Audi Q2
Citroën C3 Aircross
Hyundai Kona
Kia Stonic
MG ZS
Mini Countryman
Renault Captur
Seat Arona
Suzuki Vitara
Vauxhall Crossland X
Volkswagen T-Roc
Jaguar E-Pace
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Nissan Qashqai
Seat Ateca
Skoda Karoq
Vauxhall Grandland X
Volvo XC40
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Audi Q5
BMW X3
Mazda CX-5
Nissan X-Trail
Peugeot 5008
Skoda Kodiaq
Volvo XC60
Audi Q7
Land Rover Discovery
Range Rover Velar
Porsche Cayenne
Audi SQ5
Mercedes-AMG GLC 43
Fiat 500L
Renault Grand Scenic
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
Volkswagen Golf SV
Volkswagen Touran
BMW 5 Series Touring
Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain
Peugeot 308 SW
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
Seat Leon ST
Skoda Octavia Estate
Skoda Superb Estate
Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer
Volkswagen Golf Estate
Audi RS3
BMW M140i
Ford Fiesta ST Line
Honda Civic Type R
Hyundai i30N
Peugeot 308 GTi
Abarth 124 Spider
Audi A5 Cabriolet
BMW 2 Series Convertible
BMW 4 Series Convertible
Mazda MX-5
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Porsche 911 Cabriolet
Aston Martin DB11 V8
Audi TT
BMW 2 Series
BMW 4 Series
Lexus LC
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Audi RS5
BMW M5
Lamborghini Huracán Performante
McLaren 570S Spider
McLaren 720S
Mercedes-AMG GT
Porsche Cayman
Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Nissan Leaf
Renault Zoe
Tesla Model S
Volkswagen e-Golf
BMW 330e
BMW 530e
BMW 740e iPerformance
Hyundai Ioniq
Lexus LC 500h
Mercedes-Benz C350e
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Toyota Prius
Volkswagen Golf GTE
Volkswagen Passat GTE
Alfa Romeo Giulia
Audi A4
Audi A5 Sportback
Kia Stinger
Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport
Volkswagen Arteon
Audi A8
BMW 5 Series
BMW 6 Series GT
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
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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.

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