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All-new Renault Clio crowned Best Car in Britain by Carbuyer

The all-new Clio has been named Carbuyer Car of the Year 2020

  • New Clio named Carbuyer Car Of The Year 2020
  • The Clio dethrones two-time winner, the Ford Fiesta
  • Skoda collects five awards in total

The all-new Clio has been named Carbuyer Car of the Year 2020 - the first major accolade for Renault’s supermini, just launched in its fifth generation.

Carbuyer’s panel of expert judges said the new Renault Clio has set a new quality benchmark for how good a small car can be. It combines great practicality and comfort, a stylish design, strong fuel economy and a best-in-class, tech-laden interior to make an unbeatable all-round package.

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As well as winning the Car of the Year award, the Clio was also named Best Small Car for 2020. The Clio’s double triumph ends the dominance of the previous winner, the Ford Fiesta which won both awards consecutively for 2018 and 2019.

Renault Clio

Skoda’s haul of five awards confirms its place as the maker of some of the best thought-out, most practical and well-priced cars on the market, with wins for its Citigo, Scala, Superb, Superb Estate and its latest model, the Kamiq SUV.

In choosing the Award winners, the team at Carbuyer completed an in-depth analysis of search data to confirm precisely what buyers want from a car. This information is also used to collate Carbuyer’s popular 'Best Cars’ section, which provides a detailed breakdown of how the best models compare with the top rated models eligible for consideration in the Best Car Awards.

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As with all of our 2020 awards winners, the Clio was thoroughly tested by our expert team and rated using a rigorous scoring process to prioritise the factors that matter most to new car buyers. Running costs, practicality and reliability are all analysed, along with safety and reliability. The Carbuyer review aims to make it as easy as possible for car buyers to compare cars side-by-side, to make a fully informed purchase decision.

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James Batchelor, Carbuyer editor-at-large, said: “This is the best incarnation of the Clio yet - and there have been some brilliant ones over the years. It ticks all the boxes for today’s supermini buyers by blending chic style with the latest technology, excellent build quality and decent space, too. That it’s great to drive and efficient is icing on the Clio cake.”

Vincent Tourette, Managing Director for Renault UK commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to accept this prestigious award for All-New Clio. Thirty years in the making, All-New Clio represents an exciting step change in the small car sector, particularly in its interior layout, which delivers unrivalled technology, quality and style. Yet All-New Clio also retains the eye-catching exterior styling that has made it the best selling car in its class in Europe since 2013. With the forthcoming addition of the E-TECH hybrid version, 2020 promises to see the Clio success story continue.”

Carbuyer Best Cars Awards 2020 - the winners

Carbuyer Car Of The Year - Renault ClioBest City Car: Skoda CitigoBest Small Car: Renault ClioBest Family Car: Skoda ScalaBest Estate Car: Skoda Superb EstateBest Large Family Car: Skoda SuperbBest Small Luxury Car: BMW 1 SeriesBest Compact Executive Car: BMW 3 SeriesBest Large Executive Car: BMW 5 SeriesBest Company Car: Toyota Corolla Touring Sports HybridBest Luxury Car: Mercedes S-ClassBest 7-Seater Car: Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourerBest Sports Car: Mazda MX-5Best Convertible: MINI ConvertibleBest Hot Hatch: Ford Fiesta STBest Small SUV: Skoda KamiqBest Medium SUV: Peugeot 3008Best Large SUV: Land Rover DiscoveryBest Pickup: Ford RangerBest Electric Car: Kia e-NiroBest Hybrid Car: Hyundai IoniqBest Customer Service: Lexus

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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