Following their 2014 win in the UK Car of the Year Awards with the i3, the equally as game-changing BMW i8 has taken top spot in the 2015 UK Car of the Year.
The plug-in hybrid, powered by a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder 231hp engine mated to a powerful 131hp electric motor combines performance and efficiency with stunning futuristic design elements, all of which have made it the talk of the motoring industry before the production version was even released.
“The automotive industry has seen many hybrid models in recent years, but nothing quite like the i8,” said John Challen, Managing Director of UK Car of the Year Awards, and Editor of ukcoty.co.uk. “The term ‘game-changer’ is sometimes overused when talking about new cars, but in the case of the i8, it is totally justified. The latest ‘i’ model completely redefines the performance car segment, and is helped by a hybrid powertrain that is really quite special.”
Since its launch last summer, the BMW i8 was sold out after just two weeks and now there is a waiting list for a car that has also claimed the Best Performance Car title beating the McLaren 650S and Nissan GT-R.
Graeme Grieve, BMW UK CEO commented: “The BMW i8 is the culmination of many years of investment, hard work and commitment to create the world’s most progressive sports car. With our first two BMW i vehicles – the i3 and i8 – being named consecutive UK Car of the Year winners, our technology strategy is being recognised as truly game-changing for the car industry.”
Motoring.co.uk tested the multiple award-winning BMW i8 last year describing it as ‘a supercar for beginners’ due to how easy it was to drive, with none of the anxiety often attached to some high-powered offerings as you floor the throttle.
Narrowly missing out on the top spot was the Citroen C4 Cactus, the French brand designing quite a unique looking hatchback, with the eye-catching Airbump technology winning over motoring journalists as it took Best Small Hatch honours.
Another French entrant and taking third place was the quirky, rear-engined Renault Twingo which won the City Car award, while Alister Whelan’s stunningly designed Jaguar F-Type Coupe triumphed with the Best Coupe accolade.
Now in its second year the UK Car of the Year Awards bring together a selection of Britain’s motoring journalists to form a judging panel, which this year includes Motoring.co.uk’s road tester Olivia Gauch, to cast their votes on the top models in 12 different categories, eventually choosing one winner to take the coveted top prize.
Full list of UK Car of the Year Awards 2015 winners:
Best City Car - Renault Twingo
Best Supermini – Skoda Fabia
Best Small Hatch – Citroën C4 Cactus
Best Family Car – Ford Mondeo
Best Executive Car – Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Best Luxury Car – Rolls-Royce Ghost
Best Estate Car – Volkswagen Passat
Best MPV – BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
Best 4x4 – Porsche Macan
Best Coupé – Jaguar F-TYPE
Best Open Top Car – Porsche Boxster GTS
Best Performance Car – BMW i8