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New Car Awards 2021: the winners

These are the best cars on sale today, the winners of the 2021 Auto Express New Car Awards...

Following a trying 2020 for us all, 2021 has been an opportunity to return to normality. It’s also a year for the motor industry to bounce back; following the decimation of sales during the pandemic, the recovery has been rapid. 

New-car registrations were up 42.5 per cent on last year’s numbers to the end of May, no doubt boosted by so many exciting new car releases. From sensible electric cars to wild sports cars, we’ve tested the lot – but we’ve also re-evaluated our categories to reflect the changes within the industry, not least the onset of electrification.

The 2021 New Car Awards categories reflect today’s car market and the kinds of cars that you are buying. We’re recognising the top models in the traditional market sectors from city car through to luxury car and then on through coupes and convertibles to hot hatches and performance cars.

There are six SUV awards as a result of that sector’s continuing expansion and growth in popularity while we’re also presenting three company car awards to reflect the diversity of automotive options now open to fleets and business users. There are also four awards for electric and hybrid vehicles, possibly the defining story of the car market in recent times. More and more consumers are considering cars with plugs and, as always, Auto Express is on hand to help you find the best model to spend your cash on.

The standard of the new cars on sale today really is remarkable and so is the pace of change as the world’s car manufacturers rise to the challenges facing the industry. Across all of our New Car Award winners, excellence in design, technology and engineering is a given and that’s what’s propelled them to the head of such a competitive field.

Click the links below to find out all about the 2021 New Car Awards winners...

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City Car of the Year 2021: Fiat 500
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City Car of the Year 2021: Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 is the 2021 Auto Express City Car of the Year, with the Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen up! commended
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Large Premium SUV of the Year 2021: BMW X5
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Large Premium SUV of the Year 2021: BMW X5

The BMW X5 is the 2021 Auto Express Premium SUV of the Year, with the Land Rover Discovery and Porsche Cayenne commended
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Pick-up of the Year 2021: Ford Ranger
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Pick-up of the Year 2021: Ford Ranger

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City Car of the Year 2021: Fiat 500

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Large Premium SUV of the Year 2021: BMW X5
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Large Premium SUV of the Year 2021: BMW X5

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Premium Hybrid Car of the Year 2021: Mercedes E-Class

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Affordable Hybrid Car of the Year 2021: Toyota Yaris

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Performance Car of the Year 2021: Toyota GR Yaris

The Toyota GR Yaris is the 2021 Auto Express Performance Car of the Year, with the Ferrari Roma and Porsche 911 commended
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Coupe of the Year 2021: Alpine A110
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Coupe of the Year 2021: Alpine A110

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Hot Hatch of the Year 2021: Hyundai i20 N
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Hot Hatch of the Year 2021: Hyundai i20 N

The Hyundai i20 N is the 2021 Auto Express Hot Hatch of the Year, with the Honda Civic Type R and Cupra Leon commended
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Small Premium SUV of the Year 2021: Mercedes GLA
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Small Premium SUV of the Year 2021: Mercedes GLA

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Mid-size SUV of the Year 2021: Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson is the Auto Express 2021 Mid-size SUV of the Year with the Skoda Enyaq iV and the Nissan Qashqai commended
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Large Company Car of the Year 2021: Mercedes E-Class

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The Renault Clio is the 2021 Auto Express Supermini of the Year, with the Dacia Sandero and Vauxhall Corsa commended
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Family Car of the Year 2021: Skoda Octavia

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Technology Award 2021: Citroen Ami

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