Ford Puma named Car of the Year at 2020 What Car? awards
The new Ford Puma has taken the top spot in the What Car? Car of the Year Awards, fending competition from models such as both the 3 and 5 Series and the Škoda Scala and Superb.
The winner of the Small SUV category, the Puma was praised by judges for being fun to drive, cleverly packaged and well-priced, while its 1.0 Ecoboost mild hybrid powertrain was found to be extremely economical in real-world tests.
This year’s awards also saw three new categories introduced, reflecting the evolution in the car market and covering Coupe SUV, Small Electric Car and Large Electric Car, picked up respectively by the Range Rover Velar, Renault Zoe and Tesla Model 3.
Elsewhere in the awards, the Toyota Corolla took the Best Hybrid award while the BMW 3 Series won the Best Plug-in Hybrid accolade and was also the winner of the Best Executive Car and the Safety Award. It was nominated for the latter by Thatcham Research, based on its high scores in Euro NCAP impact testing and its Autonomous Emergency Braking system, which can detect other vehicles along with pedestrians and cyclists.
Meanwhile, Subaru’s ‘DriverFocus’ Driver Monitoring System took the Technology Award, again nominated by Thatcham; the system is regarded by Thatcham as a key enabler for the safe introduction of automated driving technology.
The new Land Rover Defender also scored a place in the 2020 What Car? accolades, taking the Reader Award title.
What Car? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Winners List
Car of the Year 2020
Best Performance Car
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Best Sports Car
Alpine A110 Pure
Best Luxury SUV
Best Plug-In Hybrid – sponsored by Ubitricity
BMW 3 Series
Best Executive Car
BMW 3 Series
Best Luxury Car
BMW 5 Series
Best Small SUV – sponsored by CAP HPI
Best Hot Hatch
Honda Civic Type R GT
Best Value Car – sponsored by MotorEasy
Best Family SUV
Range Rover Evoque
Best Coupe SUV
Range Rover Velar
Mercedes Benz S-Class
Best Large SUV – sponsored by Quotezone
Best Sports SUV
Porsche Macan S
Best Small Electric Car – sponsored by Instavolt
Best Family Car
Best Estate Car
Best Large Electric Car – sponsored by myenergi
Tesla Model 3
Best Hybrid – sponsored by CitNow
Best Small Car
Best Pick-Up Truck
Safety Award – sponsored by Thatcham Research
BMW 3 Series
Reader Award – sponsored by ALA Insurance
Land Rover Defender
Reliability Award – sponsored by MotorEasy
Technology Award – sponsored by Thatcham Research