The PPA Award-winning website praised the Duster SUV for its incredible value, saying it offers the style, space and comfort of cars that usually cost nearly twice as much. And despite stiff competition from the likes of the Skoda Octavia and SEAT Leon, the Duster was the the unanimous choice of the judging panel when it came to selecting its overall winner.
The top-spec Duster Laureate also won Best 4x4, thanks to its high equipment levels and great off-road ability for only £14,995. Meanwhile, Dacia’s impact on the marketplace also saw the company pick up the Buyer’s Award for its transparent pricing and no-haggling policy, which takes the stress out of buying a car for many customers.
Over the past 12 months, CarBuyer’s expert road testers assessed all new cars that hit UK roads for running costs, value for money, reliability, practicality, comfort and how well they drive. Other winners across the 16 categories include the new Skoda Octavia for Best Family Car, Mazda 6 for Best Large Family Car and Best Estate Car, and the Ford Fiesta for Best Small Car.
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Car of the Year – Dacia Duster
Best Executive Car – BMW 3 Series
Best 4x4 – Dacia Duster Laureate
Best City Car – Skoda Citigo
Best Family Car – Skoda Octavia
Best Estate Car – Mazda 6 Tourer
Best MPV – SEAT Alhambra
Best Hot Hatchback – Suzuki Swift Sport
Best Small Car – Ford Fiesta
Best Coupe – Toyota GT 86
Best Large Executive Car – BMW 5 Series
Best Large Family Car – Mazda 6
Best Convertible – Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet
Best Luxury Car – Range Rover
Best Hybrid/Electric Car – Vauxhall Ampera
Buyer’s Award – Dacia