UK Car of the Year Awards

UK Car of the Year Awards Winners Announced 

The annual UK Car of the Year Awards have been announced, voted for by 27 leading motoring journalists. What do you think of the final line up?

UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Supermini – The SEAT Ibiza

The SEAT brand was the fastest growing brand in the UK in 2017 and with new models from the Spanish automotive manufacturer becoming quickly popular  it hasn’t surprised us that the SEAT Ibiza has risen in its status in the supermini market along with its new friends.

What did they like about the SEAT Ibiza?

Apart from its good looks this supermini also benefits from being the most spacious car in its class, helped by its 355-litre boot. With some premium options being available like touchscreen sat nav, leather steering wheel, gear stick and handbrake.

For deals on the SEAT Ibizia contact the iLease team on 03300 539 189

UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Small Hatch – Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen have made a number of small tweaks to make the Golf better than ever, but the core of the car remains unchanged, meaning you still benefit from everything you may have previously loved in the Golf like its comfort, refinement and upmarket appeal.

For deals on the Volkswagen Golf contact the iLease team on 03300 539 189

UK Car of the Year Award for Best Family – Peugeot 3008

With so many cars on the market targeting the huge family car market, it is a big honour for the Peugeot 3008 to win this accolade. With so much competition, we knew this had to be top of the pack for many reasons!

The transformation from an MPV to a stylish yet practical crossover is no mean feat when the com

petition in the crossover and small to medium SUV market is so intense at the moment.

With up to date car technology and safety features such as driver alert system, lane departure warning system, rear parking guide and i-cockpit keeps this vehicle with the leaders of the pack such as the Nissan Qashqai.

The lovely interior, refined drive and coupled with its practicality and competitive engine range, this car will have pretty much everything you will need in a family car. It is economical, practical and available at reasonable monthly leasing costs.

For deals on the Peugeot 3008 contact the iLease team on 03300 539 189

UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Executive – BMW 5 Series

With over 40 years’ experience under its belt, it’s no surprise that the seventh generation of this vehicle has been voted Best Executive Car in the UK Car of the Year Awards plus many other accolades from Auto Express, WhatCar? and AutoCar.

There is high praise for the 5 series and its interior design, driving capabilities and driver assistance technology, plus its engaging rear-wheel-drive handling and excellent performance no matter what engine you choose. Our favourite part is the sheer technology on board.

We love the ‘Lane Keeping Assistant’ and ‘Lane Change Assistant’ which reduces the driver’s workload but also takes a notable step forward to fully autonomous driving.  You can also add extras like the ‘Parking Assistant’ and ‘Parking Assistant Plus’ packages which enable automated parking.

For deals on the BMW 5 series contact the iLease team on 03300 539 189

UK Car of the Year Award for Best Luxury – Rolls-Royce Phantom

Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want a Rolls-Royce Phantom? But with many other beautiful and luxurious cars on the market we were pleased to see the Phantom take the top award.

Members of the UK Car of the Year Awards jury offered high praise for the new super-luxury motor car. Tom Ford of BBC Top Gear Magazine, commented, “Phantom epitomises luxury and slam dunks the sector with the latest iteration…none are as elegant or desirable.” Paul Hudson of The Telegraph praised the Phantom’s “simply astounding levels of luxury” while Anthony ffrench-Constant (CAR Magazine) acknowledged its “sense of occasion like no other.”

We don’t currently stock the Rolls-Royce Phantom but if you do fancy a car from the family, then contact the iLease team on 03300 539 189 for the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Estate – BMW 5 Series Touring

The BMW 5 Series Touring is a business all-rounder with sporting aspirations. It continues to lead in its class and is equipped with cutting-edge technology, maximum functionality and plenty of sporting flair.

There is plenty of space to take part in a numerous activities and with an enjoyable drive, you will find this a versatile car for business or leisure.

For deals on the BMW 5 Series Touring contact the iLease team on 03300 539 189

UK Car of the Year Award for Best Small Crossover – Citroen C3 Aircross

Small SUVS are hot right now (read our blog Rise of the SUV’ for more information) and Citroen must be absolutely made up to be crowned winner of the best small crossover with their Citroen C3 Aircross. Unless you have been living in a hole the last month you wouldn’t have been able to miss the advertising for this model on television, radio, billboards to name a few placements.

The Citroen C3 Aircross promises a stand out choice, it is unique and appealing to this fashion-led sector. Plus it is a practical family vehicle and reasonably priced in the range.

For deals on the Citroen C3 Aircross contact the iLease team on 03300 539 189

UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Medium Crossover – Volvo XC60

Launched in the summer of 2017, the new premium XC60 won praise from the 27 top motoring journalists for its style, comfort and versatility.

Judge Matt Robinson said “Volvo shrinks the class-leading XC90 seven-seat SUV into the five-seat XC60 and comes up with another winner,” while fellow panellist Al Suttie praised the XC60 for its “magnificent quality, comfort and space“.

The XC60’s quality interior was noted by several judges, with Debbie Wood calling it “hard to match… even for premium offerings“. Tom Sharpe referred to the model as “the most stylish creation to date from the Swedish brand” in an “already very accomplished Volvo line-up“.

With class leading technology, connectivity and safety plus luxuriously equipped as standard this is crossover you are going to love.

For deals on the Volvo XC60 contact the iLease team on 03300 539 189

UK Car of the Year Award for Best Large Crossover – Skoda Kodiaq

So we can’t help by starting with telling you that the name ‘Kodiak’ is named after a type of Alaskan bear and as we are animal lovers this caught our interest!

It has a lot of similarities to its premium counterparts and with its practicality, enjoyable drive and smart interior, we think you will find this car incredibly good value for money.

The Kodiak gives you lots of choice too – there are four levels of trim to choose from plus you can choose between 5 and 7 seat configurations (depending on the trim you choose).

We love Skoda for their continued reliability and fantastic use of space.

For deals on the Skoda Kodiaq contact the iLease team on 03300 539 189

UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Coupe – Lexus LC

Launched last summer, the LC is a new flagship coupe for Lexus which showcases the manufacturer’s latest advances in design, engineering and technology.

Ewan Shepherd, Director of Lexus in the UK, said: These new models are building our brand appeal and attracting new customers to Lexus.”

The judging panel, comprising some of the UK’s most experienced and best-respected motoring journalists, was fulsome in its praise for the LC, describing it as “stunning to look at, great to drive” and “the most head-turning car I drove in 2017”.

Another summed up: “Why do you buy a coupé? To stand out, to be slightly different from the norm? That’s what the Lexus LC does with aplomb. And it’s backed up with generous tech and reliability.”

For deals on the Lexus LC contact the iLease team on 03300 539 189

UK Car of the Year Award for Best Cabriolet – Mazda MX-5 RF

With snow in the air you must think any motoring journalist would be crazy to be out in an open topped sports car but 27 journalists took to the roads and voted the Mazda MX-5 RF the best Cabriolet in its class.

The retractable hard top and extra sound insulation boost refinement and end the old noisy days on the motorway. It is pricier than the soft top but if you are looking for all-round cabriolet that can take you from town to motorway to country, then the Mazda MX-5 RF is your best buy.

The Mazda MX-5 feels like you are in a racing car due to its low seating position. The title of TLC’s fantastic album ‘crazy, sexy, cool‘ comes to mind when we think of the MX-5 and we can see why it still is the world’s top selling two seater convertible sports car.

For deals on the Mazda MX-5 RF contact the iLease team on 03300 539 189

UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Hot Hatch – Hyundai i30 N

It’s Hyundai and its hot! The UK loves a hot hatch so we weren’t surprised when Hyundai launched one onto the market at the end of last year. Being it Hyundai’s first performance car, there wasn’t much thought that this could end up being as impressive as it actually is. Although the acquisition of Albert Biermann to lead the N-division. Biermann masterminded most of BMW’s best M cars for 20 years until Hyundai poached him in 2014.

Back to the car, the drive is uplifting, livens up the dullest of commutes and with three different settings for suspension – Normal, Sport and Sport + you will find the one that fits you best.

In our opinion the i30 N Performance is not only a great first from Hyundai’s performance division but is just pretty great in itself.

For deals on the Hyundai i30 N contact the iLease team on 03300 539 189

UK Car of the Year Award for Best Performance – Kia Stinger

The introduction of the Kia Stinger was a big move by the Korean manufacturer, taking a huge step forward away from its current line-up of the cee’d, Sportage and Picanto to name a few.

Kia commented: “We’re done with paddling in the shallow end,” it says, “and we’re tired of playing second fiddle to that bigger sibling brand. We’re a world-class car-making outfit. And anything that Europe can do…”

It is a saloon car in its essence but has undeniably better proportions than a normal executive saloon, long in the wheelbase and both lower and wider than most of its European rivals. With its mix of sporting and refined styling touches, we think Kia is on to a winner.

The car has an eight speed gearbox which might not be as grippy as some competitors, it makes up with being suited for longer distance driving which will be poised and engaging. Like any car in the performance range, you are going to have to accept the financial strain at the fuel pump but you will be more than made up with the excitement of the engine.

For deals on the Kia Stinger contact the iLease team on 03300 539 189


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