Land Rover Discovery named best new car
New SUV crowned Car of the Year at the Auto Express New Car Awards
The new Land Rover Discovery has been named Car of the Year 2017 by Auto Express. The judges praised its innovation, technology, comfort and space.
The award marked the culmination of a series of accolades, which also saw the Discovery take the trophy for Best Large Premium SUV, while sister brand Jaguar took top honours in the Best Compact Executive Car class for the XE, as well as the Design Award for the i-Pace electric SUV.
Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, said: "The new Land Rover Discovery is an incredible car, bringing new levels of luxury and go-anywhere ability to the SUV class. It rivals the very best cars you can buy for quality and refinement, offers all the practicality a family could ever need, will wow buyers with amazing technology they won't have seen before and offers efficiency you wouldn't expect for this size and class of car. On top of all that, it's brilliantly built by the guys and girls working for Land Rover in the Midlands. It's a great British success story."
Another big winner on the night was Skoda, taking home four trophies: Best Family Car for the Skoda Superb, Best Estate Car for the Octavia, Best Large SUV for the Kodiaq and Best Integrated Ad Campaign for Skoda-Reconnect starring Sir Bradley Wiggins.
In total, 27 awards were presented to 21 individual winners, reflecting the growing new car market. Highlights included the Technology Award, which was scooped by BMW’s clever plug-in hybrid models, and the Driver Power customer satisfaction award, which was won by Lexus. Citroen's British CEO Linda Jackson was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Full list of winners
Car of the yearLand Rover Discovery
Best superminiWinner – SEAT IbizaCommended - Citroen C3, Skoda Fabia
Best estate carWinner – Skoda OctaviaCommended - BMW 5 Series Touring, Skoda Superb
Best large premium SUVWinner – Land Rover DiscoveryCommended - Volvo XC90, Tesla Model X
Technology awardBMW’s plug-in hybrid models
Design awardJaguar i-Pace
Hall of fame Brit listLinda Jackson
Driver Power awardLexus
Van of the yearWinner – Volkswagen CrafterCommended - Peugeot Expert, Ford Transit