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What Car? reveals Car of the Year for 2018

The Volvo XC40 D4 has taken the overall Car of the Year title for 2018 in the What Car? awards.

Volvo XC40 - winner of the What Car? Car of the Year 2018 title.

Volvo XC40 – winner of the What Car? Car of the Year 2018 title.

Marking the 40th anniversary of the event, this year’s awards saw the SUV fend off competition from the Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq to win the Family SUV category, before beating 20 other category winners to be named as the overall Car of the Year.

The judges proclaimed the Volvo XC40 is “a staggeringly good SUV for any family, taking comfort, quality and safety to another level, all at a reasonable price”.

The judges also said the winning D4 R Design XC40 model had been proven to emit less NOx than plenty of petrols in independent tests along with offering low CO2 output.

The full list of 2018 Car of the Year Award winners is:

City Car – Kia Picanto

Small Car – SEAT Ibiza

Family Car – Skoda Octavia

Small SUV – SEAT Arona

Family SUV – Volvo XC40

Large SUV – Peugeot 5008

Luxury SUV – Audi Q7

MPV – Volkswagen Touran

Estate Car – Skoda Superb Estate

Hot Hatch – Honda Civic Type R GT

Convertible – Mazda MX-5

Coupé – Audi TT

Sports Car – Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Electric Car – Nissan LEAF

Hybrid Car – Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

Executive Car – Audi A4

Luxury Car – BMW 5 Series

True MPG – Suzuki Ignis 1.2 SHVS 2WD SZ5

Reader Award – Jaguar I-Pace

Car Safety Award – Volvo XC60

Car Technology Award – Tesla

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.