Product Awards 2012
Our experts name the best car care kit and accessories from the past 12 months
Your essential guide to improving and looking after your car is back – and it’s bigger and better than ever before. This year’s Product Awards cover even more categories to give you all you need to know to get the most out of your car.
And it’s unique. While other mainstream motoring magazines ignore the aftermarket, we know it plays a vital role in driving and maintaining your car.
Over the past year, we’ve carried out a rigorous testing programme, assessing hundreds of products. So you can be sure that our Best Buys and Commended products really are the finest on the market.
The categories we feature this year cover key areas such as cleaning, maintenance and safety. With many of us holding on to our cars for longer, keeping them pristine is critical to maximise their value at resale time.
We reveal our top picks to make the most of your time and cash, plus focus on the best kit to make cleaning and working on your car easier, such as tool bags and pressure washers.
Safety is critical, too – and nothing affects your car’s roadholding ability more than tyres. We name the best choice for summer driving, and also the tyres you should be using when the temperatures drop in winter. Plus, our test of the best bulbs ensures you’ll be seen on long, dark nights.
Add in the best hi-tech gear, including sat-nav, hands-free kits and FM transmitters, and this really is the ultimate guide to kit for your car.
- 1Introduction - currently readingOur experts name the best car care kit and accessories from the past 12 months
- 2Product of the Year: PURE Highway 300DiClever add-on is a breakthrough for in-car digital radio, making it a realistic proposition at a great-value price
- 3The best smartphone appThere’s a raft of apps to make drivers’ lives easier. We name two we can’t live without
- 4The best tool bagCarrying tools in your car? Keep them organised and protect your boot as we name our three best buys from 10 soft bags
- 5The best road atlasTotal reliance on sat-nav can get you into trouble. We pick three of the best printed road atlases from the 12 tested
- 6The best winter tyreWhich are better: winter or all-season tyres? Our test of 10 covered both as we picked out four of the leading choices
- 7The best summer tyreOnly the best tyres excel in our thorough assessments – and we name the top three out of our 10 tested tyres
- 8The best polish and waxRestoring your car’s showroom shine can be hard work, so you want the results to last. These products will help
- 9The best bumper shineGet the exterior plastic looking fantastic to retain your car’s showroom feel – and protect it in the long term
- 10The best tyre shineSpray-on treatments not only give your tyres a real shine, they also provide lasting protection