The German-made Audi A3 has officially been named by What Car? as Britain’s Car of the Year at the 36th annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards. The prize is coveted by car manufacturers every year, and it is sure to benefit the sales of the Audi A3 in the year to come, especially as it also won the Small Family Car of the Year category.
Chas Hallett, the Editor in chief of What Car? said: “The Audi A3 Sportback mixes excellent refinement and an accomplished driving experience with easily the finest cabin quality ever seen in a small family hatchback. It sets a new benchmark and it is keenly priced, a combination that makes it a worthy Car of the Year.”
Other notable winners at the awards that were held at the Grosvenor House on Park Lane in London included Ford, who won the Supermini category with the Ford Fiesta, the Best Family car category with the Mondeo, and the Best Hot Hatch category with the Focus ST-1. This tops off a great twelve months for Ford who had the best-selling car of 2012, with over one hundred thousand registrations of the Ford Focus reported by the DVLA. Mr Hallet said: “Ford is really building great cars. Its cars look good, are great to drive, reliable and make great buys.
BMW also managed to pick up three trophies at the awards for its X2 SUV, the 320d ED automatic, and the Mini Roadster Cooper S. Porsche won Sports Car of the Year with its Boxster, while the Seat Alhambra won the MPV award for the third year in a row. Finally, the magazine gave the Luxury car of the Year award to the Range Rover, and the City Car of the Year award to the Vauxhall Up.
For those that are thinking of buying a new car in 2013 the awards will sure have some influence over what manufacturers they will choose to consider first. It will also have a knock on effect on car insurance companies who will surely start seeing the amount of quotes for certain makes and models start to increase.