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.
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