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The most coveted award, What Car?’s 2013 Car of the Year when to the Audi A3 Sportback. What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallet described it as “mixing excellent refinement and accomplishing driving experience with easily the finest cabin quality ever seen in a small family hatchback.” TheAudi A3 Sportback was also named Small Family Car of the Year.
Ford enjoyed success receiving four awards to include the popular Ford Fiesta which won best supermini, the Ford Mondeo was named best family car and the Ford Mondeo Estate which was this year’s top estate car. The Ford Focus ST also won What Car?’s best hot hatchback award.
In response to the Ford Fiesta claiming the What Car? 2013 Supermini of the Year award, Chas Hallet said: “Ford really is building great cars. Its cars look good, are great to drive, reliable and make great buys.”
The BMW Group received three trophies at the awards to include the popular BMW X3 winning the best SUV award, whilst the BMW 320 ED automatic picked up the best executive car award and the Mini Roadster Cooper S was also named best open-top car.
Sports Car of the Year was presented to the well deserved Porsche Boxter 2.7 whilst the best MPV award was won for a third year running by the Seat Alhambra for its sheer size and the impressive way that it uses its vast interior space.
The Audi TT continued its run of success by being named best coupe for the seventh time for being fast and fun to drive with a superb chassis and lusty power delivery.
The British-built Range Rover was crowned Luxury Car of the Year and the Volkswagen Up retained its City Car of the Year title for offering a lively and refined engine coupled with plenty of excellent features as standard on its popular High Up trim.
Mazda was awarded the Ultra-low-carbon Award for its Skyactiv technology. Skyactiv shows how a radical rethink can deliver real gains without the need for more expensive hybrid and fully electric systems.
And finally, the What Car? readers and website visitors were given the opportunity to vote in their thousands to name the Alfa Romeo 4C as the most exciting car for 2013.
For further information on all of the award winners, visit www.whatcar.com/awards/