Volvo XC60 crowned UK Car of the Year
The Volvo XC60 has officially been confirmed as the overall winner of the UK Car of the Year Awards 2018.
After scooping Best Medium Crossover when the category winners were announced in January, the Volvo went up against another 12 triumphant new cars to fight it out for the top honour.
It was one of the most closely-contested UK Car of the Year Awards to date, with the XC60 clinching the prize from the arms of the Skoda Kodiaq by a single point. BMW’s 5 Series made up third place, finishing behind the two SUVs.
It’s the second Volvo to win a major award this year, coming just a month after the all-new XC40 was named overall Car of the Year in What Car?’s awards.
The 27 judges included our very own Alisdair Suttie, who commented: “The XC60 is everything you ever thought a Scandinavian SUV should be – and more. Magnificent quality, comfort and space.”
John Challen, managing director of the UK Car of the Year Awards, said: “The XC60 being crowned UK Car of the Year 2018 is very well deserved, at a time when crossovers are becoming increasingly popular.
“Having come close in 2016 with the XC90, it’s fantastic to see Volvo now claim the top spot with its smaller – but every bit as impressive – stablemate.”
Here’s a full list of the 2018 category winners:
|Best Supermini||Seat Ibiza|
|Best Small hatch||Volkswagen Golf|
|Best Family||Peugeot 3008|
|Best Executive||BMW 5 Series|
|Best Luxury||Rolls-Royce Phantom|
|Best Estate||BMW 5 Series|
|Best Small Crossover||Citroen C3 Aircross|
|Best Medium Crossover||Volvo XC60|
|Best Large Crossover||Skoda Kodiaq|
|Best Cabriolet||Mazda MX-5 RF|
|Best Hot Hatch||Hyundai i30 N|
|Best Performance||Kia Stinger|
|Best Coupe||Lexus LC|
The 2018 European Car of the Year Awards being announced on 5 March and, with the XC40 included in that shortlist too, could Volvo go for the hat-trick? You can read more about it and the other nominees here…