Thinking of buying a new set of wheels? Don’t make any decisions until you check out our Car and Van of the Year awards to find out which one is right for you.
1) Car of the Year – Ford Focus
Ford’s massive-selling Focus gets a sharp-looking redesign, bringing rival hatches like the Volkswagen Golf firmly into its sights.
2) Family Hatch of the Year – Seat Leon
Seat’s third generation Leon looks much like its popular predecessor but is fresh from the ground up.
3) Family 4×4 of the Year – Mitsubishi Outlander
The Mitsubishi Outlander makes an interesting left-field choice if you’re looking for a reliable, well-equipped seven-seater that’s keenly priced and decently screwed together.
4)Hot Hatch of the Year – Volkswagen Golf GTI
The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI moves the hot hatch into a different era.
5)Luxury 4×4 of the Year – Audi Q7
The Audi Q7 is a vehicle with hidden qualities.
6) Compact 4×4 of the Year – Honda CR-V
The fourth-generation Honda CR-V doesn’t look likely to break an uninterrupted run of success for this compact 4×4.
7) Compact MPV of the Year – Volkswagen Touran
The German marque’s classy design and obsessive attention to detail are in evidence while the all-turbocharged engine range produces the kind of performance and economy mix that’s sensible in a family vehicle.
8) Premium Compact Hatch of the Year – Audi A3
The third generation Audi A3 offers a lighter way to enjoy the premium compact hatch.
9) City Car of the Year – Peugeot 108
The Peugeot 108 has been reinvented and is now better than ever.
10) Large MPV of the Year – Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
The Zafira Tourer is the most sophisticated people carrier that Vauxhall has ever made.
11) Medium Range Car of the Year – Vauxhall Insignia
Vauxhall’s Insignia is now the complete car it should always have been.
12) Supermini MPV of the Year – Citroen C3 Picasso
The C3 Picasso has been a big hit for Citroen and now this supermini-based MPV is back in a revised guise.
13) Supermini of the Year – Suzuki Celerio
Suzuki delivers a citycar that might just appeal to those who view spending on cars as cash down the drain.
14) Crossover of the Year – Subaru XV
The XV is a Subaru like no other before. Now with more affordable pricing and a range of upgrades, it enforces the company’s distinct appeal.
15) Luxury Car of the Year – Jaguar XJ
There’s no doubt that this Jag is an outstanding technical achievement. Where this car is different though, can be summed up in one simple but very telling word – character.
16) Performance Sportscar of the Year – Jaguar F-Type
Now offered with all-wheel drive options and manual gearboxes, Jaguar’s baby soft top just goes from strength to strength.
17) Executive Car of the Year – Audi A6
The Audi A6 trims up and sets about its rivals with a package that’s based on efficiency, technology and yes, more power.
18) Convertible of the Year – BMW 4 Series
You won’t get the large boot and cutting-edge driving dynamics of the 4-Series Coupe but compensations come in the form of refinement, security and drop-top desirability.
19) Coupe of the Year – Peugeot RCZ
The RCZ was a car that Peugeot has made different, practical, fun to drive and drop-dead gorgeous.
20) Roadster of the Year – Nissan 370Z
Nissan has taken its successful sportscar formula to the next level with the 370Z roadster.
21) Pick-up of the Year – Mitsubishi L200 Challenger
The new superbly equipped L200 Challenger is the best value for money pick-up ever from Mitsubishi Motors.
22) Van of the Year – Nissan NV200
With good visibility, the NV200 is an ideal partner for urban driving.
23) Electric Car of the Year – BMW i3
This car is not slow off the mark and with figures such as 0-62mph in 7.2seconds, any Toyota GT-86 sportscar drivers will have a very hard time keeping pace.
24) Hybrid of the Year – Peugeot 3008
This car’s combined output through all four wheels of 200bhp is pretty impressive, especially as along with it comes a total torque figure of 369lb/ft – prodigious pulling power indeed.
25) Supercar of the Year – McLaren 650S
The McLaren 650S builds on the success of the 12C and offers a sharper, faster and more imposing rival to Ferrari and Lamborghini.