What Car? have earned their reputation for providing no-nonsense, common sense advice to UK car buyers. For over forty years, their reviews and ratings have added marks of distinction to some of the world’s most recognised vehicle manufacturers. So it’s no surprise that last night’s What Car? Car of the Year Awards, were eagerly anticipated by drivers and motor makers alike. Being one of the industry’s showcase events, GForces were of course in attendance. Here are some of our highlights.
We were especially pleased to see long-standing clients Mazda recognised for the dynamic and brilliant MX-5 roadster, which took the crown in the Best Convertible category. As you can see from our previous blogs, we’ve spent considerable time with the 4th generation MX-5, and it’s long been a winner as far as we’re concerned. We’re thrilled to see it made official.
As a leading provider of technology products and services to the automotive industry, we were especially interested in seeing what would be awarded the Best Car Technology Award. This was a new category for 2016, and we’ll be excited to see the innovation and breakthroughs it will no doubt bring the spotlight to in future. The first winner of the new award though, was the Peugeot 3008 i-cockpit.
A finalist in Best Car Technology, and outright winner of Best Electric Car, was the Renault Zoe. Praised for making electrical motoring as accessible as possible for everyday drivers, it offers practicality and affordability in what is often still seen as a specialist sector.
Both the new Skoda Kodiaq and Audi Q7 took home awards, in the Large SUV and Luxury SUV categories respectively. We can’t help wondering if a new £150,000+ bracket should be added in future. That way, the sensational Bentley Bentayga might extend the VW Group’s domination of the awards even further.
Skoda also walked away with Best Estate for the clearly aptly named Superb. The Fabia too took Best Small Car. Best Family Car was claimed by the Audi A3 Sportback, and the VW Touran won Best MPV. Coupe considered best was, almost unsurprisingly now, the Audi TT, and the executive car of choice for 2017 will be the Audi A4 3.0 TDI 218 Sport. Best Sports Car saw Porsche take the overall title with the Cayman, with the 911 Carrera PDK winning the £50,000-£100,000 bracket.
So, that just leaves the big one. What Car? Car of the Year. And it went to…the BMW 520d SE. What Car? declared it simply the pick of the 5 Series range. In fact, they went as far as declaring the victory a knockout rather than coming down to points. In what is always a hotly contested award, that’s definitely fighting talk. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in next year’s bout.