Jaguar I-Pace named Auto Express Car of the Year
All-electric Jag wins as Brits dominate Auto Express awards
British brands and British-built cars lead the way with wins for Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin, MINI, Vauxhall, Nissan and Honda
First ever Car of the Year Award for an electric car
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer named most influential person in the industry over the past 30 years
The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace has been named Car of the Year at the prestigious Auto Express New Car Awards at a ceremony in Central London. The I-Pace was voted the best new car on the market, with judges commending its innovative all-electric powertrain, style, driver appeal, comfort and quality. The model was also named the Best Premium Electric Car for 2018.
The Auto Express New Car Awards celebrate the best cars on sale, from city cars to performance models. Voted for by the expert reviewers at Auto Express, every single model on sale is analysed according to specific criteria, with only the very best cars making the winners’ list.
Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, said: "The I-Pace proves that brilliant electric cars are right here, right now – it’s the most exciting new car we’ve tested over the past twelve months. We love the way it looks, the space and quality of the interior and most of all that it drives exactly how a modern-day Jaguar should – it’s fantastic fun. On top of all that, it’ll cover city-to-city distances on a single charge in complete comfort – it’s a massively impressive car that bodes well for our electric future."
In what was a great night for British brands and British-built cars, other winners included the new Aston Martin Vantage, which won the reader-voted Design Award, the Land Rover Discovery, the Sunderland-built Nissan Leaf, the MINI Convertible, the Vauxhall Insignia and the Swindon-built Honda Civic Type R.
Auto Express also presented Anniversary Awards, celebrating the title’s 30th birthday. Andy Palmer, currently Aston Martin President and CEO, was named the Most Influential Person of the Past 30 years, while the Nissan Qashqai was named Car of the Past 30 Years and Kia named Car Company of the Past 30 Years.
For the full story on all the winners and commended runners-up, see the Auto Express Awards Special Issue, on sale today, or go to www.autoexpress.co.uk/awards.
|City Car of the Year||Volkswagen up!|
|Supermini of the Year||Ford Fiesta|
|Convertible of the Year||MINI Convertible|
|Compact Family Car of the Year||Volkswagen Golf|
|Family Car of the Year||Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport|
|Compact Executive Car of the Year||Mercedes-Benz C-Class|
|Executive Car of the Year||BMW 5 Series|
|Estate Car of the Year||Skoda Octavia Estate|
|Small SUV of the Year||Citroen C3 Aircross|
|Mid-size SUV of the Year||Skoda Karoq|
|Large SUV of the Year||Skoda Kodiaq|
|Small Premium SUV of the Year||Volvo XC40|
|Mid-size Premium SUV of the Year||BMW X3|
|Large Premium SUV of the Year||Land Rover Discovery|
|MPV of the Year||Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer|
|Roadster of the Year||Mazda MX-5 RF|
|Coupe of the Year||Lexus RC|
|Hot Hatch of the Year||Honda Civic Type R|
|Performance Car of the Year||Porsche 911 GT3|
|Luxury Car of the Year||Mercedes-Benz S-Class|
Affordable Electric Car of the Year, in association with Chargemaster
|Hyundai Kona Electric|
Premium Electric Car of the Year, in association with Chargemaster
|Affordable Hybrid Car of the Year||Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in|
|Premium Hybrid Car of the Year||Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine|
|Pick-up of the Year||Mitsubishi L200|
|Van of the Year||Mercedes-Benz Sprinter|
|Technology Award||Nissan Leaf|
|Social Media Campaign of the Year|
Jeep 'Set your own course'
Integrated Advertising Campaign of the Year
Volkswagen T-Roc 'Born Confident'
Driver Power Award, in association with Warranty Wise
|Car Design Award||Aston Martin Vantage|
|Hall of Fame||Duncan Aldred|
|Car of the Year||Jaguar I-Pace|