And the 2017 Car of the Year is…

The awards season is in full flow and hardly a day passes by without some third-rate singer or actress getting the opportunity to stand up and make a tearful but ill-judged political speech whilst clutching the gaudy trinket they have just been awarded but apparently don’t want. No such nonsense from the UK’s motor trade however.

Krishan Bodhani of Mercedes- Benz UK (right) receives the award from John Challen, director of UK Car of the Year awards

The UK Car of the Year Awards have just been voted upon by a panel of 27 leading  motoring journalists, the award being sponsored by Cox Automotive, the parent company of Manheim and Motors.co.uk, amongst other things. The awards are spread over 12 classes, ranging from Best Small Hatch to Best Performance Car. However, it was the Mercedes E-Class that came out on top by not only winning Best Executive Car but also taking the vote for best overall. Top Gear’s Tom Ford summed it up by saying: “The E-Class reigns supreme: endlessly entertaining interior, top notch quality, comforting and comfortable dynamics.”

Whilst second and third places overall went to the Volvo V90 (Best Estate Car) and Jaguar F-Pace (Best Large Crossover) Mercedes also claimed the Best Cabriolet Award for its S-Class Cabriolet.

Category winners in the 2017 UK Car of the Year awards:

Best Small Hatch:                       Hyundai Ioniq

Best Family Car:                          Toyota Prius

Best Executive Car:                     Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Best Luxury Car:                          Rolls-Royce Dawn

Best Estate Car                            Volvo V90

Best MPV:                                     Renault Scenic/Grand Scenic

Best Crossover:                            SEAT Ateca

Best Large Crossover:                Jaguar F-Pace

Best Coupe:                                  Porsche 718 Cayman

Best Cabriolet:                             Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

Best Sports Car:                           Porsche 718 Boxster

Best Performance Car:               Ford Focus RS