WhatCar? Car of the Year Awards 2012
This week 'WhatCar?' held its cars of the year award ceremony 2012. By driving thousands of miles, and testing every car on sale in the UK, the best cars on any budget were selected, from superminis, to huge 4x4s.
Car of the Year / City Car of the Year – Volkswagen Up from £10,390
The biggest winner of the night was the Volkswagen Up, which triumphed as Car of the Year. The classy car, comfortable in a city centre as well as the motorway offers an impressive combination of quality, capacity and sophistication. All this comes with an affordable price of £10,390 which makes it 'WhatCar?'s car of the year. Below is a full list of the other winning vehicles.
Supermini of the Year – Audi A1 from £15,670
The Audi A1 is a premium car, with limited dimensions.
4 x 4 and SUV of the Year – BMW X3 from £32,965
This big and powerful SUV impressively manages over 50mpg.
MPV of the Year – Seat Alhambra from £24,780
The sheer size of the Alhambra is impressive, but its spacious interior gives it the edge against competitors.
Estate Car of the Year – Ford Mondeo Estate from £22,145
The Mondeo Estate is gigantic, flexible and great to drive.
Luxury Car of the Year – Mercedes S-Class from £60,005
This big Mercedes is the optimum when it comes to elegance and comfort.
Sports Car of the Year – Porsche 911 from £83,629
The Porsche 911 is a much more rounded, modern performance car.
Executive Car of the Year – BMW 3 Series from £29,425
BMW's best selling model for a reason, a compact and executive model.
Coupe of the Year – Audi TT from £27,140
The Audi TT is stunning visually, plus a slick ride with great handling.
Family Car of the Year – Ford Mondeo from £20,795
The Ford Mondeo is perfect to run irrespective of whether you're driving business or personal.
Hatch of the Year – Renault Megane from £24,020
The Renault Megane is a hot hatch suitable for all ages.
Convertible of the Year – Audi TT Roadster from £29,120
The Audi TT Roadster has made subtle amendments to give it the edge over rivals.
Best Fuel Consumption of the Year – Kia
Kia models introduced in the past year have the lowest average CO2 emissions of any launched in the last year. The Kia Rio for example, is emitting just 85g/km of CO2 and returns more than 88mpg.
Car Safety of the Year – Volkswagen Up
Volkswagen wins the award for safety due to its City Emergency Braking system. At low speeds, the useful feature observes the road ahead and applies emergency braking if it feels you're about to drive into the vehicle in front.
Car Security of the Year – MG6
The MG6 has been strengthened with the industry's top-rated alarm and immobiliser system, refined with perimeter detection. Body security has been secured with first-press double locking, and vehicle identification heightened with markings.
Readers Car of the Year- Jaguar C-X16
The Jaguar C-X16 has been voted the most exciting car to be launched in the new year. The spectacular C-X16 will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show in the spring and be available to purchase by the end of the year, expected to cost around £50,000.