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20 September 2017

Parkers reveal their New Car Awards 2018 has revealed the winners of their first ever annual New Car Awards, which has been supported by brands from across Bauer’s magazines, websites and radio stations.

Celebrated in the awards are 16 cars which have been tested rigorously by the Parkers team, who judged them on a combination of cost per month, value, quality, excellence and fitness for purpose.

Coming out on top is the Toyota C-HR, which has been named the New Car of The Year for its futuristic yet practical design, low-cost engine options and long five-year warranty.

Other categories include; Best First Car, Best Car for Thrill-Seekers and Best First Car- with many being sponsored by Bauer brands. These categories were shaped around the Parkers audience, as 78% of UK car buyers don’t like automotive jargon- such as SUV, Crossover or Supermini. As a result, the awards were based around car-buying ‘lifestages’ – for instance Best Car for Small Families or Best Seven-Seater – reflecting how the great British public buy cars to fit their lifestyles.

You can see the full list of winners and highly recommended below:




BEST FIRST CAR in association with Kiss Radio

Winner: SEAT Ibiza

Highly recommended: Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Up


BEST SMALL FAMILY CAR in association with Mother & Baby

Winner: Toyota C-HR

Highly recommended: Skoda Fabia Estate, Volkswagen Golf


BEST LARGE FAMILY CAR in association with Absolute Radio

Winner: BMW 5 Series Touring

Highly recommended: Skoda Superb Estate, Volvo XC60


BEST SEVEN-SEATER in association with Closer

Winner: Skoda Kodiaq 

Highly recommended: Land Rover Discovery, SEAT Alhambra


BEST CAR FOR SUN-SEEKERS in association with Magic Radio

Winner: Mazda MX-5

Highly recommended: Audi A5 Cabriolet, Porsche 718 Boxster


BEST CAR FOR THRILL-SEEKERS in association with

Winner: Ford Focus RS 

Highly recommended: McLaren 570S, Toyota GT86

BEST COMPANY CAR in association with Fleet News

Winner: BMW 330e

Highly recommended: Vauxhall Astra 1.0 Tech Line Nav, Volkswagen Golf GTE


BEST LUXURY CAR in association with Today’s Golfer

Winner: Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Highly recommended: Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Panamera


BEST ECO CAR in association with The Debrief

Winner: Renault Zoe

Highly recommended: Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Golf GTE


BEST VAN in association with Commercial Fleet

Winner: Volkswagen Crafter

Highly recommended: Ford Transit Custom, Renault Kangoo ZE 33


BEST PICKUP in association with MCN

Winner: Nissan NP300 Navara

Highly recommended: Mitsubishi L200, Volkswagen Amarok


BEST NEW CAR FINANCE SCHEME in association with

Winner: Skoda

Highly recommended: BMW, SEAT



Winner: Kia

Highly recommended: Jaguar, Mitsubishi


BEST CAR TECH INNOVATION in association with CAR magazine

Winner: Vauxhall OnStar

Highly recommended: Citroen C3 dash-cam, Jaguar Land Rover’s activity key


BEST SAFETY AWARD in association with Mother & Baby

Winner: EuroNCAP: 20 years of crash-testing

Highly recommended: Nissan Micra’s standard safety equipment, Volkswagen van AEB standardisation



Winner: Porsche

Highly recommended: Lexus, Jaguar



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