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26 October 2020

Ford Wins Big in the 2021 Parkers New Car Awards

Ford Puma SUV bags the Parkers New Car of The Year award ahead of some very tough rivals

Ford Transit Custom scoops Van of The Year while the Ford Ranger is Best Pickup

Previous-generation Ford Fiesta (2008-1017) is awarded Used Car of The Year

Out of 13 car categories SUVs dominate, with five hugely impressive winners

The stylish new Ford Puma SUV has won the 2021 Parkers New Car of The Year award after sweeping to victory in the hard-fought small family car category.

Ford’s latest model shows that the company hasn’t lost its magic touch for delivering vehicles perfectly judged for today’s buyers – reflected by the Ford Transit Custom taking the Van of The Year and the Ford Ranger scooping the Best Pickup award.

The expert reviewing team at Parkers, the UK’s biggest new car buying and advice website, love the Puma saying:

“We love the Puma’s combination of quirky styling, family-friendly practicality and some very thoughtful design and engineering touches. These include a range of powerful and efficient EcoBoost mild hybrid engines, which keep the Puma at the head of the pack – while the arrival of the ST version adds even more excitement.”

“It was always going to be good to drive as it’s based on the brilliant Fiesta. Adding to that, the Puma is incredibly practical with clever touches like completely flat boot walls, the useful Megabox and a parcel shelf attached to the tailgate where it’s out of the way.”

Speaking about the Puma’s victory, Keith Adams, Editor of says: “Bursting on to the scene as a stylish, useful and affordable family-sized SUV, Ford has hit the bullseye with its latest – and quite brilliant – Puma. Powered by a range of economical mild-hybrid EcoBoost petrol engines, the Puma delivers all the pep most drivers need while delivering excellent fuel economy.”

“You can see that Ford has really worked hard to make this the most practical and enjoyable family car possible, a fact that helps it not only win the awards category for Best Small Family Car but for overall honours – the Ford Puma truly is a family car for now – and it’s a truly worthy Parkers New Car of The Year winner!”

Ford takes the spoils in the Van of The Year and Best Pickup awards, with CJ Hubbard, Van and Pickups editor saying: “The Ranger is a hugely impressive pickup truck, with a choice of body styles, great payload capability and a vast options list.” Meanwhile, the Transit Custom just keeps on getting better. “With a continuous programme of updates and the addition of new models to suit an even broader range of customers,” CJ adds, “this van now has so many talents it was the clear choice for the 2021 Parkers Van of the Year Award.”

Rounding out Ford’s awards haul, the previous-generation Fiesta has been crowned Best Used Car for the second year in a row. Keith Adams says: “It’s a great car to drive that’s available in myriad versions, from the super-economical EcoBoost petrols to the brilliant ST hot hatch. Prices are competitive, servicing is cheap and it’s a reliable and safe car to invest your money in.”

Other winners at the Parkers New Car Awards 2021 include SEAT which took home the Best Large Family Car award and Best Seven-Seater with the Tarraco, and BMW, which wins the Best Company Car award for the excellent 330e plug-in hybrid. Renault also wins a pair of awards with the Clio taking Best First Car and Zoe taking the spoils in the new Best Small Electric Car category.

The Best Medium Family Car is the Mercedes-Benz GLB, while the Land Rover Defender sweeps to an easy win to take the Best Off-Roader award. The outgoing Car of The Year – the Tesla Model 3 – is still impressive enough to take the win in the hotly contested Best Large Electric Car category.

Keith Adams adds: “The Parkers New Car Awards winners show just how good cars, vans and pickups are these days, as they set such an amazingly high standard all round. We’re obsessive over recommending the best vehicles for the Great British public – and choosing this year’s winners has been a very thorough and enjoyable process.”


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Best First Car 

Renault Clio

Best Small Family Car   

Ford Puma

Best Medium Family Car 

Mercedes-Benz GLB

Best Large Family Car   

SEAT Tarraco

Best Small Electric Car   

Renault Zoe

Best Large Electric Car 

Tesla Model 3

Best Car for Thrill-Seekers   

Porsche Cayman GTS

Best Car for Sun-Seekers   

Mazda MX-5

Best Off-Roader   

Land Rover Defender

Best Seven-Seater

SEAT Tarraco

Best Luxury Car   

Audi A8

Best Company Car 

BMW 330e

Best Pickup 

Ford Ranger

Best Small Van 

Citroen Berlingo / Peugeot Partner / Toyota Proace City / Vauxhall Combo Cargo

Best Medium Van 

Ford Transit Custom

Best Large Van 

MAN TGE / Volkswagen Crafter

Best Electrified Van 

Citroen e-Dispatch / Peugeot e-Expert / Vauxhall Vivaro-e

Best New Car Finance 


Best Used Car 

Ford Fiesta


Keith Adams, Editor Parkers

01733 468630, 07753 452970


CJ Hubbard, Editor Parkers Vans and Pickups


Keith WR Jones, Managing Editor Automotive Hub



EDITOR’S NOTES is one of the UK’s biggest motoring advice websites, drawing more than three million visits a month who consume our expert car reviews, buying tools, valuations, advice, features and cars for sale (GA, August 2020).

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