Brace yourself. What Car? has revealed the vehicles in contention for its Car of the Year Awards.
Brace yourself. What Car? has revealed the vehicles in contention for its Car of the Year Awards. This is guaranteed to make motorists take note - but be careful. Raising this subject with friends tends to result in dangerous debate, crazy controversy, and mildly offensive language. This year there are thirteen categories to fight over, including 'city car', 'estate', and 'MPV'. The What Car? judges also face the tantalising task of choosing an overall winner before their ceremony in January. Before then they must drive hundreds of miles, evaluate 'witchcraft' inspired systems - then settle their debates with pistols at dawn.What Car? Editor-in-Chief, Chas Hallett, commented: “The decision-making process this year is going to be harder than ever, because the automotive industry keeps building better, more economical and more desirable cars that offer consumers great value for money. The objective of the annual What Car? Awards is to let our readers know the best car in every class. The final decision is far from settled and many more miles of driving and hours of controversial discussions will take place between now and January 11.” The What Car? Car of the Year contenders are: - City Car: Fiat 500, Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto, Seat Mii, Skoda Citigo, Volkswagen Up. - Coupé: Audi A5, Audi TT, BMW 3 Series Coupé, BMW 6 Series, Jaguar XK, Mini Coupé, Volkswagen Scirocco. - Supermini: Audi A1, Chevrolet Aveo, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i20, Kia Rio, Renault Clio, Volkswagen Polo. - Open Top: Audi A3 Cabriolet, Audi TT Roadster, Bentley Continental GTC, BMW 6 Series Convertible, BMW Z4, Mazda MX-5, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet. - Small Family Car: BMW 1 Series, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus, Hyundai i30, Nissan Leaf, Skoda Octavia, Vauxhall Ampera, Vauxhall Astra GTC, Volkswagen Golf. - Performance Car: Audi R8 Spyder, BMW M5, Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Aventador, Lotus Evora, McLaren MP4-12C, Porsche 911, Porsche Cayman R. - Family Car: Ford Mondeo, Mazda 6, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Peugeot 508, Skoda Superb, Volkswagen Passat. - SUV: Audi Q3, BMW X3, Hyundai Santa Fe, Land Rover Discovery, Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Range Rover Evoque. - Estate: Audi A6 Avant, BMW 5 Series Touring, Ford Focus Estate, Ford Mondeo Estate, Hyundai i40 Tourer, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, Skoda Octavia Estate, Volkswagen Passat Estate. - Executive Car: Audi A6, Audi A7 Sportback, BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, Citroën DS5, Jaguar XF, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Porsche Panamera. - MPV: Citroën C3 Picasso, Ford Galaxy, Ford S-Max, Peugeot 5008, Renault Grand Scénic, Seat Alhambra, Volkswagen Sharan. - Luxury Car: Audi A8, Bentley Mulsanne, Jaguar XJ, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Range Rover, Rolls-Royce Phantom. - Hot Hatch: Mini Cooper S, Renault Clio Renaultsport Cup, Renault Mégane Renaultsport Cup, Renault Twingo Renaultsport Cup, Suzuki Swift Sport, Volkswagen Golf GTI.