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The 'What Car?' Car of the Year Awards 2016

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This year's What Car? 'Car of the Year' winners have been announced, recognising the best new cars you can buy in 19 different categories.

The VW Group will be delighted by its performance in this edition of the prestigious competition, as it came out on top in eight out of a total of 19 categories. That's impressive by any standards, but particularly after what has been one of the worst years in the company's history. Here are the 'Car of the Year' winners by category.

City Car of the Year

The Hyundai i10 triumphed in the category for the smallest car to win an award, in 1.2 87 SE format. The judges were impressed by its smart styling, driving dynamics, practicality and its overall value for money proposition. Hyundai's market-leading unlimited mileage warranty is another point in its favour.

Small Car of the Year

The best-selling supermini category is one of the most important awards, and this year it went to the well-equipped Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE.

Family Car of the Year

There was another victory for Skoda in the family car category with the Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI 110 SE - the same engine as the Fabia, which performs surprisingly well in the larger car.

Electric Car of the Year

Britain's best-selling EV is the Nissan Leaf but the What Car? Judges were most impressed by the Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate, thanks to its spaciousness, build quality and decent range on all electric power.

Coupe of the Year

Once again the Audi TT took an easy win in this category thanks to its driving manners and range of modern technology. It was judged in its more affordable 2.0 TFSI 230 Sport guise.

Estate Car of the Year

It's yet another Skoda, with the award going to the Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE Business, a huge and practical car at a very attractive price point.

MPV of the Year

The new Volkswagen Touran looks familiar but the engineering has been cleverly updated to win it this award.

Hot Hatch of the Year

The Ford Fiesta ST-2 is a worthy winner, beating a host of newer entrants.

Convertible of the Year

The new Mazda MX-5 is predictable winner in this category, judged in 2.0 SE-L NAV spec and as smart and sassy as it ever was.

Small SUV of the Year

Another obvious choice, the Nissan Qashqai is Britain's best-selling SUV, winning the award in 1.5 DCI 110 N-TEC format.

Large SUV of the Year

The Land Rover Discovery Sport received a shot in the arm with the clever new Ingenium 2.0 litre diesel engine, which helped it to beat some strong competition in this category. Judges tested the 2.0 TD4 190 SE TECH AUTO version.

Compact Executive Car of the Year

This is a very competitive category but the new Audi A4 3.0 TDI 218 Sport took the trophy here and was the awards' overall winner as a great all-rounder.

Large Executive Car of the Year

Another challenging sector in which BMW will be pleased to triumph, with the BMW 5 series 520D SE AUTO.

Sports Car of the Year

Porsche's junior sports car the Porsche Boxster might be its cheapest car but there's nothing low budget about it.

Luxury Car of the Year

Living up to its 'best car in the world' nickname, the Mercedes-Benz S Class S350 D SE LINE L certainly impressed the What Car? Judging panel with its opulence.

Technology Award

A new award for this year was shared between the Toyota Mirai and Hyundai IX35 Fuel Cell, introducing hydrogen technology.

Safety Award

The Volvo XC90 is crammed with modern safety tech and was a clear winner in its category.

Reader Award

A special award voted for by the public, which identified the Alfa Romeo Giulia as the car they are most looking forward to this year.

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