New Car Awards 2012

26 Jun, 2012 11:45pm

The awards everyone wants to win are back, as we name the finest models in 18 categories and crown our Car of the Year for 2012

It's been a fantastic year for new cars, and we're celebrating the very best on sale in our prestigious annual New Car Awards.
Today’s models are better to drive, more efficient and greater value than ever, and our awards highlight the top buys in 18 categories, from city cars to luxury cars.
We also hand out seven special prizes including, for the first time, a Safety Award. And of course, we've also named our 2012 Car of the Year.
For the full story on all the winners and runners-up, pick up a copy of the Awards Special Issue of Auto Express, on sale 27 June 2012.
The winners
City Car: Skoda Citigo
Commended: Fiat Panda and Hyundai i10
Supermini: Peugeot 208
Commended: Audi A1 and Ford Fiesta
Compact Family Car: BMW 1 Series
Commended: Kia Cee'd and Volkswagen Golf
Family Car: Skoda Superb
Commended: Ford Mondeo and Kia Optima
Five-Seat MPV: Ford C-MAX
Commended: Honda Jazz and Hyundai ix20
Seven-Seat MPV: SEAT Alhambra
Commended: Chevrolet Orlando and Ford S-MAX
Estate Car: Skoda Superb Estate
Commended: Audi A6 Avant and Hyundai i40 Tourer
Crossover: Mazda CX-5
Commended: Audi Q3 and Skoda Yeti
Compact SUV: Range Rover Evoque
Commended: Land Rover Freelander 2 and BMW X3
Large SUV: Land Rover Discovery
Commended: Hyundai Santa Fe and Porsche Cayenne
Hot Hatch: Ford Focus ST
Commended: Renault Megane Renaultsport 265 Cup and Suzuki Swift Sport
Convertible: Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet
Commended: Audi A5 Cabriolet and Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Coupe: Peugeot RCZ
Commended: Audi TT and Bentley Continental GT V8
Roadster: Porsche Boxster
Commended: BMW Z4 and Mazda MX-5
Pick-up: Volkswagen Amarok
Commended: Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux
Compact Executive Car: BMW 3 Series
Commended: Audi A5 Sportback and Citroen DS5
Executive Car: BMW 5 Series
Commended: Audi A6 and Mercedes CLS
Luxury Car: Mercedes S-Class
Commended: Bentley Mulsanne and Range Rover
Performance Car of the Year: Ferrari 458 Italia
Green Award: Vauxhall Ampera
Design Award: Jaguar C-X16
Driver Power Award: Skoda
Safety Award: Prince Michael of Kent
Auto Express Hall of Fame: Andy Palmer
Car of the Year: Skoda Citigo

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In my opinion...

Or the Citroen DS5. They both represent a fresher group of manufacturers. The fact that they're both good looking and full of tech helps.


First genuine competitor to the (now) fussy Focus in terms of dynamics.

Fantastic car to drive!

Agree with MaxedOut. All reviews seem good, and its good value too, and it looks good. (though I preferred the FT86 prototype lol)

You might as well put the evoque again as the winner for 2012 as there is still nothing touch it unless you've got some serious cash.

Look at the sales it's a runaway British success...go on, evoque retains the crown surely.

There are some nice cars on the horizon like the mercedes CSC but they are in the future , so evoque should retain the crown.

Looking through the list I am most impressed with Peugeot's progress which a few years ago wouldn't really win anything. Having driven several 208s at the UK launch and have tested an RCZ for my site I definitely think they have found their modjo again!

Disagree with the Citigo beating the Panda....

and where is the Focus? Are the Cee'd / 1-series really better?

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Great to see the Citigo top the lot, it's a lovely little car, great fun to drive and has style as well as substance, and a bonus to see the Superb beating off the competition yet again in its two sectors too :-). Well done Skoda, deserved winners.
P.S. Is there any way Auto express can stop people publishing their own biased websites on here..........^^^^^^

I tested the citigo's automatic stop feature earlier this week. Driving towards (foam) brick wall at 20mph and, with my foot still on the gas pedal, the car automatically stopped before the 'wall'. In busy urban traffic, when concentration lapses, and the car in front stops, this is a brilliant system to have. It should be standard kit of course, but for £200 it's a must-have. The cost of seatbelts, abs, esp are part of the price of cars now, so this should be the next bit of kit to be in all cars - and developed for highher speeds, too. Well done Skoda / VAG

AutoEXPRESS I don't like/agree with the plethora of categories you have. Is there some demonstrable difference between a supermini and a compact family car. And is there some enormous difference between a 5-sear MPV, an estate, and a crossover. What exactly is a crossover? Who think they invented some more clever [but really very dumb] lingo to fool the dumb public. Do buyers actually say "oh no, I couldn't possibly be seen in one of those, they are crossovers" Where does the word come from, what does it distinctly mean in motor vehicle nomenclature that is so completely different to an already existing descriptor? Please AutoEXPRESS don't simply and slavishly follow a trend[??] to use and repeat these nonsensical words. Duplication:::: a roadster must surely also be a convertible. BOTH have optional roofs. Compact SUV = 1 brick, large SUV = double brick. AutoEXPRESS unless you suddenly claim to have a mandate for the minor rural users/buyers it would be wonderful to see you exercise a little conscience and promote less those 'brick' category vehicles for an urban environment. Cheers

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