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Monday, 12 December 2016
What Car has announced the full run down of its cars of the year, with our choices announced too.
What Car? has revealed the full list of contenders for the coveted Car of the Year Awards as the annual celebration of the very best in automotive draws ever closer.
A What Car? Award win is amongst the most sought-after accolades in the car industry. What Car? tests each car back-to-back with key rivals to ensure that only cars able to deliver exceptional quality are shortlisted.
Covering 15 separate categories, the awards range from the best city runabouts to luxurious executive and performance cars. The overall Car of the Year will go to a newcomer that’s raised the benchmark sufficiently to beat not only the established competition across all categories, but all the other new metal from the past 12 months.
British-built models feature strongly, with 16 making the list as the UK automotive industry continues to produce exceptional cars. Hailing from Nissan’s Sunderland factory, the Nissan Qashqai (Small SUV) and Leaf (Electric Car) are both nominated.
Vauxhall’s British-built models have also made the list, as the latest Vauxhall Astra and Astra Sports Tourer compete for Family Car and Estate honours respectively.
What Car? editor Steve Huntingford said: “The automotive industry has excelled in the UK over recent years and that is evident in the list of nominees, in which many British-built cars have taken the market by storm and continue to do so.
“As the industry goes from strength to strength, so have the What Car? Awards; it’s a real fixture of the automotive calendar and an exhilarating period for us as we begin to build up to awards night, starting with announcing the excellent 2017 contenders.
“Our panel of experts has a tough job ahead as it selects the stand-out car in each category and then the overall What Car? Car of the Year for 2017, which has to be extraordinary.”
The What Car? Awards set the highest standards for the automotive industry, and awards are only given to cars that truly excel in their class, and only the best of these will be named What Car? Car of the Year 2017. Last year’s overall winner was the Audi A4.
Elsewhere, the Reader Award will be one of the most hotly-contested prizes on the night. Voted for by What Car? readers, the award gets the public’s view on the most anticipated cars being brought to market over the next 12 months.
The What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2017 takes place on January 11 2017 at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.
*16 British-built cars Aston Martin DB11 Bentley Bentayga Honda Civic Jaguar F-Pace Land Rover Discovery Sport McLaren 540C McLaren 570GT Mini Clubman Mini 5dr Nissan Leaf Nissan Qashqai Range Rover Rolls-Royce Dawn Rolls-Royce Ghost Vauxhall Astra Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer
WHAT CAR? CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2017 LONG LIST:
City Hyundai i10 Skoda Citigo Suzuki Celerio TMW CHOICE Volkswagen Up
Small Car Citroën C3 TMW CHOICE Dacia Sandero Ford Ka+ Mini 5dr Nissan Micra Renault Clio Skoda Fabia Suzuki Baleno
Family Car Audi A3 Sportback Honda Civic Hyundai Ioniq Nissan Pulsar Renault Mégane TMW CHOICE Seat Leon Skoda Octavia Toyota Prius Vauxhall Astra
Small SUV Audi Q2 BMW X1 Kia Niro Nissan Qashqai Peugeot 3008 TMW CHOICE Seat Ateca Suzuki Ignis Suzuki Vitara TMW CHOICE Toyota C-HR Volkswagen Tiguan
Large SUV Ford Edge Ford Kuga Jaguar F-Pace Land Rover Discovery Sport TMW CHOICE Mazda CX-5 Mercedes-Benz GLC Skoda Kodiaq
Luxury SUV Audi Q7 Bentley Bentayga TMW CHOICE Porsche Macan Range Rover Tesla Model X Volvo XC90
MPV Citroën C3 Picasso Citroën Grand C4 Picasso TMW CHOICE Ford Galaxy Renault Scénic Renault Grand Scénic Volkswagen Touran Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
Estate Audi A4 Allroad Skoda Fabia Estate Skoda Superb Estate Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate Mini Clubman Renault Mégane Sport Tourer Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Volvo V90 TMW CHOICE
Hot Hatch Audi S3 BMW 140i Ford Fiesta ST Ford Focus RS TMW CHOICE Renault Mégane Renaultsport 275 S Suzuki Swift Sport
Convertible Audi A3 Cabriolet Audi TT Roadster BMW 4 Series Convertible Fiat 124 Spider TMW CHOICE Mazda MX-5 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet Rolls-Royce Dawn
Coupé Audi A5 Audi TT Aston Martin DB11 TMW CHOICE Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé
Sports Car Audi R8 Audi R8 Spyder Audi TT RS BMW M2 Ferrari 488 GTB McLaren 540C TMW CHOICE McLaren 570GT TMW CHOICE Porsche Cayman Porsche Boxster Porsche 911
Electric Car BMW i3 Hyundai Ioniq Nissan Leaf Renault Zoe Tesla Model S TMW CHOICE Tesla Model X TMW CHOICE Volkswagen e-Golf
Executive Car Alfa Romeo Giulia TMW CHOICE Audi A3 Saloon Audi A4 Mazda 6 Skoda Superb
Luxury Car BMW 5 Series BMW 7 Series Porsche Panamera Maserati Levante Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon Mercedes-Benz S-Class Rolls-Royce Ghost TMW CHOICE Volvo S90 TMW CHOICE