UK Car of the Year announce category champions

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Author: | Updated: 12 Feb 2020 11:59

The shortlist for UK Car of the Year 2020 has been announced, with the winners of nine categories battling it out to be crowned the ultimate winner.

The Jaguar I-Pace won the prestigious award last year, thanks to its mix of strong value, excellent specification, the driving ability it offers, as well as its genuinely usable range when fully charged.


Eight different manufacturers will be battling it out for the 2020 prize, with Porsche at a slight advantage having won the judges over in two categories with its petrol and electric powertrains.

There was a further endorsement for electric vehicle technology from the judging panel as Tesla triumphed in the Best Executive category and the Kia e-Niro was named Best Crossover.

One manufacturer returning to winning ways is Land Rover, with the Range Rover Evoque crowned Best Premium Crossover. This is the brand’s first win since the inaugural awards in 2014 when the Range Rover Sport triumphed.

The top model in each of the segments has now qualified for the next stage and one will ultimately be crowned overall UK Car of the Year 2020 on 28th February.

Full list of UK Car of the Year Awards 2020 category winners:


Best Supermini – Renault Clio

Launched in 1990 the Clio has become Groupe Renault’s best-selling model worldwide. Looking to continue that success, the new model combines a host of new tech, an updated external look and a high quality interior.


Best Small Hatch – Mazda 3

With its concept-inspired style, a minimalist interior and free-revving engines, the Mazda 3 offers something really unique to its segment. When we reviewed it we found it to be stylish, surprisingly satisfying and refreshingly simple.

Best Executive – Tesla Model 3

The long-awaited Tesla Model 3 is not only the best electric car on the market, it's one of the best cars there is. Full stop. It’s also a car that has shocked the system, having been UK's third most popular car in August: a first for an EV.

Bentley Flying Spur UK COTY

Best Luxury – Bentley Flying Spur

With Bentley’s centenary coming and going with the launch of the Flying Spur last year, what better way to celebrate than also being crowned UK COTY? It’s capable of 207mph while also offering one of the most refined, luxurious limousine experiences a car can offer.

BMW 3 Series estate

Best Estate – BMW 3 Series

The Touring version of the BMW 3 Series offers more practicality over the saloon while retaining its driving dynamics. This combines to make it one of the best all-rounders available.

Kia e-niro

Best Crossover – Kia e-Niro

Having suffered with stock issues due to its popularity last year, the Kia e-Niro has unmatched performance, range and comfort in its segment. Which manufacturer is going to step up to the challenge?

Best Premium Crossover – Range Rover Evoque

Replacing something that has seen the levels of success the Evoque has was always going to be tricky, but the new model has somehow proved even more popular than the previous one. Subtly yet comprehensively overhauled, the new Evoque remains stylish, quiet, practical, refined and luxurious.


Best Cabriolet – Porsche 911

The eighth generation of the Porsche 911 debuted last year and retained the iconic model’s looks while bringing with it more power, retro styling tweaks, improved infotainment and new connectivity tech.


Best Performance – Porsche Taycan

The Porsche Taycan is a real statement of intent from the brand. Featuring notable Porsche design cues, the Taycan gets two electric motors and a 93.4kWh battery pack. Running on 800 volts – currently unusual for an EV – the most potent Turbo S model produces 750hp and more than 1,000 Nm of torque.

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