In our last blog post, we gave you a run-down of some of the winners of the WhatCar? Awards which you can find in our dealerships. Here, in part two of our blog we bring you the best of the rest.
What Car? Car of the year 2018: Best Estate Car – Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technology
The Skoda Superb Estate is a solid car which offers plenty of space for both people and luggage, adaptable seating for practicality and an impressive performance, with the 148 bhp 2.0 TDI engine delivering more pulling power than a member of Geordie Shore on a night out. It’s efficient too with CO2 emissions of 113g/kg. It’s an all-rounder which has the edge on its competitors thanks to its balance of practicality, power and spaciousness.
What Car? Car of the year 2018: Safety Award – Volvo XC60
If you want your drive to have all the comfort and security of being wrapped in a fluffy duvet, the Volvo XC60 is the car to choose. Although it gained the highest Euro NCAP score of 2017, it goes far beyond these requirements with its extensive safety features and driver assistance systems. The vehicle’s strong structure, seatbelts and airbags contribute to the 98% scoring for adult occupant protection and the in-build AEB camera and radar crash detection system can prevent accidents by steering the car out of danger. For the motoring equivalent to a hot cup of cocoa, the Volvo XC60 is a safe bet.
What Car? Car of the year 2018: Best Executive Car – Audi A4 2.0 TDI Ultra 190 Sport S tronic
If this car was a student, it would definitely be top of the class. The Audi A4 is the perfect car for racking up motorway miles just as it is for days out with the family. With a true mpg of 47.8 mpg, it’s a fairly efficient car too. An executive car should be comfortable and the Audi A4 doesn’t let you down on that front. The driving position is perfect, the engine delivers a smooth, solid drive and the technology in the cabin is as well-equipped as a workman’s tool belt.
What Car? Car of the year 2018: Best Luxury Car – BMW 5 Series 520d SE
The BMW 5 Series is the stand out winner of the best Luxury Car category, with its sumptuous interior providing absolute comfort and the BMW iDrive infotainment system providing easy accessibility and connectivity. Even the entry level SE trim includes sat-nav, leather upholstery and an automatic gearbox. It drives comfortably and has great handling too, offering greater torque than some of its rivals and the powerful 520d engine delivers a strong and quiet drive. The icing on the cake is the optional addition of a massage function which turns a standard journey into a trip to the spa.
What Car? Car of the year 2018: Best Hot Hatch – Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT
When Jeremy Clarkson reviewed the new Honda Civic Type R in November he likened the car’s agile drive to an electrocuted swallow. Typical Jezza and pretty much bang on. While some of its numbers haven’t set the world alight, its pure driveability and in particular its limit cornering raises the bar for what a hot hatch should really be about. The GT version comes with a glut of luxury extras, including parking sensors and climate control. However, given that this car is all about the fun of the drive, the regular model may be more than enough. Ok, its looks aren’t for everybody (this is a modern hot hatch after all) its personality should be enough to fall in love with.
What Car? Car of the year 2018: Best Coupé – Audi TT 1.8 TFSI Sport
This is the fourth year in a row that the TT has clinched this title. In fact it’s getting a little embarrassing now. If the TT was a celebrity presenting partnership they’d be (you guessed it) Ant and Dec. Constantly looking surprised and pretending that it hasn’t got an acceptance speech prepared. Let’s be fair though, Audi know how to make a coupé. In fact, it was the Audi A5 Coupé 3.0 TDI quattro Sport which topped the £30,000 – £50,000 category. But it wasn’t enough to topple the TT, with its luxury interior, smooth as a baby’s posterior handling and low running costs running away with it.
What Car? Car of the year 2018: Best Hybrid – Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Premium
For those dipping their toe into the EV arena but are still unsure about committing to full electric, Hybrid is the perfect solution and it’s a compromise that has been embraced by almost all manufacturers over recent years. That being said, the Ioniq feels anything but a compromise, with its dual clutch automatic gearbox and body control similar to its higher priced competitors. It’s the real alternative that car buyers have been crying out for and hopefully sets the standard for an affordable Hybrid/EV future.
What Car? Car of the year 2018: Best Electric Car – Nissan Leaf N-Connecta
“Garlic Bread, it’s the future.” No Peter Kay it’s not, the future is in fact the Nissan Leaf. Well it’s also the present. Errrr you know what I mean. This second gen model comes complete with sharper looks, 50% more battery range, 40% more power and….well, 100% more oomph. While more and more manufacturers are committing themselves to the fully electric future, Nissan is quite happy tinkering with their original formula. Being first out of the gates has helped Nissan set the bar, both in terms of practically and affordability, which others are just realising may be difficult to overcome.
And the winner is…….
What Car? Car of the year 2018: Overall Winner – Volvo XC40 D4 R-Design
It’s the Volvo XC40 R-Design of course. Previously much maligned as a brand more Arsenal circa 1995-1996 than a Manchester City circa now, Volvo is now one of the most prized marques on the forecourt. The fact that the XC40 was triumphant in such a competitive category (everyone loves a small to mid-sized SUV) gives it extra kudos. Comfort, quality, safety, style, it’s a car that will be hard to beat this time next year.
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