Design Award 2018: Aston Martin Vantage
We asked you what your favourite car design is for 2018, and the Aston Martin Vantage has taken the crown
The Auto Express team drives hundreds of new cars every year to decide the winners of its New Car Awards, but we leave it up to you, our readers, to choose which car deserves our Design Award.
This year thousands of you took part in the poll at autoexpress.co.uk to pick the most beautiful car revealed over the past 12 months. And a clear winner emerged: the Aston Martin Vantage.
The new baby sees the brand leave behind the elegant but conservative design language it has relied on for more than a decade in favour of something altogether more youthful and radical. As such, Aston certainly hasn’t played things safe, but according to you, it’s played a blinder.
Almost nothing has been carried over to the new Vantage from its predecessor inside, outside or under the skin, and little is shared with the DB11, either.
Instead, the car looks more to the James Bond-endorsed DB10, although some more aggressive design and aerodynamic elements are injected with the inclusion of a large chin spoiler, a rear diffuser set-up and a prominent lip on the bootlid. Throw in bold new paint colour choices, and it’s clear to see that the Vantage stands out from its larger siblings with a design character of its own.
It’s a similar story in the cabin. While much of the switchgear componentry has been carried over from the DB11, it’s laid out in a much more exuberant manner, plus bodywork-toned inlays add a dash of colour inside as well.
Aston Martin’s tag line these days is ‘for the love of beautiful’. Under the direction of chief creative officer Marek Reichman and his team, the new Vantage fulfils that brief perfectly.
Volvo has won huge plaudits for its latest design language, which has transformed almost its entire range into some of the best-looking new cars on the road. The Polestar 1 applies these principles to a full-size, 592bhp hybrid coupe, acting as a flagship for the sporty new Polestar sub-brand, launching next year.
Honda Urban EV
Placing third in our poll, Honda’s cute Urban EV is the most popular concept car of the past 12 months. A production version is promised in 2019, and with order books set to open at the start of next year we should see the finished item very soon, with the fantastically retro look mostly unscathed.
Auto Express New Car Awards 2018
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- 1IntroductionWhat are the best new cars to buy in the UK today? The 2018 New Car Awards have the answer...
- 2Car of the YearThe Auto Express Car of the Year for 2018 is the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace
- 3City Car of the YearThe Volkswagen up! is the 2018 Auto Express City Car of the Year, with the Kia Picanto and Skoda Citigo commended
- 4Supermini of the YearThe Ford Fiesta is the 2018 Auto Express Supermini of the Year, with the MINI 5-door and SEAT Ibiza commended
- 5Convertible of the YearThe MINI Convertible is the 2018 Auto Express Convertible of the Year, with the Audi A3 Cabriolet and Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet commended
- 6Compact Family Car of the YearThe Volkswagen Golf is the 2018 Auto Express Compact Family Car of the Year, with the Mercedes A-Class and Skoda Octavia commended
- 7Family Car of the YearThe Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport is the 2018 Auto Express Family Car of the Year, with the Skoda Superb and Toyota Prius commended
- 8Compact Executive Car of the YearThe Mercedes C-Class is the 2018 Auto Express Compact Executive Car of the Year, with the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Jaguar XE commended
- 9Executive Car of the YearThe BMW 5 Series is the 2018 Auto Express Executive Car of the Year, with the Mercedes E-Class and Volvo S90 commended
- 10Estate Car of the YearThe Skoda Octavia Estate is the 2018 Auto Express Estate Car of the Year, with the BMW 5 Series Touring and Volvo V60 commended
- 11Small SUV of the YearThe Citroen C3 Aircross is the 2018 Auto Express Small SUV of the Year, with the SEAT Arona and Volkswagen T-Roc commended
- 12Mid-size SUV of the YearSkoda is on a roll, and the Karoq is proof that the Czech brand knows exactly what it’s doing in the field of family SUVs.
- 13Large SUV of the YearThe Skoda Kodiaq is the 2018 Auto Express Large SUV of the Year, with the Peugeot 5008 and SsangYong Rexton commended
- 14Small Premium SUV of the YearThe Volvo XC40 is the 2018 Auto Express Small Premium SUV of the Year, with the BMW X1 and MINI Countryman commended
- 15Mid-size Premium SUV of the YearThe BMW X3 is the 2018 Auto Express Premium Mid-size SUV of the Year, with the Jaguar F-Pace and Volvo XC60 commended