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2018 What Car? Awards: Shortlist, winners and car of the year revealed

The 2018 What Car? Awards have been and gone ─ and so has the hangover. Here are all the four-wheelers that were shortlisted, the category winners and, of course, the consumer publication’s overall car of the year.

What Car? celebrated 40 years of its annual awards bash, which was setup to celebrate some of the best cars on sale in the UK. And give journalists yet another excuse to drink free booze and eat free food, obviously.

The 2018 What Car? Awards took place at the swanky Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane, where 22 accolades were handed out including the ‘True MPG award’, which gives a pat on the back to cars that actually get close (or even surpass) the manufacturer’s claimed MPG figures.

Adding to the usual city car, family SUV and hot hatchback categories was one for electric cars and another for overall safety.

Rounding off the evening (just before the drunken dancing) was the car of the year award, which What Car? magazine started handing out in 1978. The first ever winner was the Renault 20.

Find out all the winners as well as the cars that made it to the shortlist and their respective price brackets by casting your eyes over the following words.

2018 What Car? Awards: City car

Less than £9,500 – Suzuki Celerio 1.0 SZ2

£9,500 – £11,000 – Skoda Citigo 1.0 60 SE 5dr

More than £11,000 – Kia Picanto 1.25 ‘3’

Winner: Kia Picanto 1.25 4

2018 What Car? Awards: Small car

Less than £12,000 – Dacia Sandero 0.9 TCe Ambiance

£12,000 – £20,000 – Seat Ibiza 1.0 TSI 95 FR

More than £20,000 – Mini 5-Door Hatchback 1.5T Cooper Chili Media XL

Winner: SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 95 FR

2018 What Car? Awards: Family car

Less than £18,000 – Seat Leon 1.2 TSI SE Dynamic Technology

£18,000-£22,000 – Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI 150 SE L

More than £22,000 – Audi A3 Sportback 1.5 TFSI 150 Sport

Winner: Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI 150 SE L

2018 What Car? Awards: Small SUV

Less than £16,000 – Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ4

£16,000 – £20,000 – Seat Arona 1.0 TSI 95 SE Technology

More than £20,000 – Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI 150

Winner: Seat Arona 1.0 TSI 95 SE Technology

2018 What Car? Awards: Family SUV

Less than £20,000 – Seat Ateca 1.0 TSI Ecomotive 115 S

£20,000 – £30,000 – Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 SE L

More than £30,000 – Volvo XC40 D4 R Design

Winner: Volvo XC40 D4 R Design

2018 What Car? Awards: Large SUV

Less than £27,000 – Peugeot 5008 1.2 Puretech 130 Allure

£27,000-£35,000 – Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D 2WD Sport Nav

More than £35,000 – Audi Q5 2.0 TDI quattro Sport

Winner: Peugeot 5008 1.2 Puretech 130 Allure

2018 What Car? Awards: Luxury SUV

Less than £60,000 – Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 272 quattro S Line

£60,000-£100,000 – Land Rover Discovery Td6 HSE Luxury

More than £100,000 – Bentley Bentayga V8 diesel

Winner: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro 272 S Line

2018 What Car? Awards: MPV

Less than £20,000 – Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 1.4 140 Turbo Design

£20,000 – £27,000 – Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI 115 SE

More than £27,000 – Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi 150 Zetec

Winner: Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI 115 SE

2018 What Car? Awards: Estate car

Less than £18,000 – Skoda Fabia Estate 1.0 TSI 95 SE

£18,000 – £25,000 – Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technology

More than £25,000 – BMW 5 Series Touring 520d SE

Winner: Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technology

2018 What Car? Awards: Hot hatch

Less than £20,000 – Ford Fiesta 1.0T Ecoboost 140 St-line 3dr

£20,000 – £30,000 – Hyundai i30 N

More than £30,000 – Honda Civic Type R GT

Winner: Honda Civic Type R GT

2018 What Car? Awards: Convertible

Less than £25,000 – Mazda MX-5 2.0 SE-L Nav

£25,000 – £35,000 – Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.5 TFSI Sport

More than £35,000 – Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 190 Sport

Winner: Mazda MX-5 2.0 SE-L Nav

2018 What Car? Awards: Coupe

Less than £30,000 – Audi TT 1.8 TFSI Sport

£30,000 – £50,000 – Audi A5 Coupé 3.0 TDI quattro Sport

More than £50,000 – Aston Martin DB11 V8

Winner: Audi TT 1.8 TFSI Sport

2018 What Car? Awards: Sports and performance car

Less than £50,000 – Porsche Cayman 2.0 litre

£50,000 – £100,000 – Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

More than £100,000 – McLaren 540C

Winner: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2018 What Car? Awards: Electric car

Less than £20,000 – Renault Zoe Q90 Z.E. 40 Dynamique Nav

£20,000 – £40,000 – Nissan Leaf N-Connecta

More than £40,000 – Tesla Model S 75D

Winner: Nissan Leaf N-Connecta

2018 What Car? Awards: Hybrid car

Less than £25,000 – Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Premium

£25,000 – £35,000 – Volkswagen Passat GTE Advance

More than £35,000 – Audi Q7 E-tron

Winner: Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Premium

2018 What Car? Awards: Executive car

Less than £25,000 – Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technology

£25,000 – £35,000 – Audi A4 2.0 TDI 190 Ultra Sport S Tronic

More than £35,000 – Kia Stinger GT-S

Winner: Audi A4 2.0 TDI 190 Ultra Sport S Tronic

2018 What Car? Awards: Luxury car

Less than £50,000 – BMW 5 Series 520d SE

£50,000 – £100,000 – Audi A8 50 TDI Long Wheelbase

More than £100,000 – Rolls-Royce Ghost EWB

Winner: BMW 5 Series 520d SE

2018 What Car? Awards: True MPG Award

Commended: Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D 2WD

Commended: Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Winner: Suzuki Ignis

2018 What Car? Awards: Reader Award

Commended: Citroen C5 Aircross

Commended: Audi E-Tron

Winner: Jaguar I-Pace

2018 What Car? Awards: Safety Award

Commended: Subaru XV

Commended: Volkswagen T-Roc

Winner: Volvo XC60

2018 What Car? Awards: Technology Award

Commended: Mercedes-Benz S500

Commended: Nissan Leaf two-way charging

Winner: Tesla

What Car? of the year: Volvo XC40

Taking home the overall prize was the Volvo XC40, the XC60 and XC90‘s smallest, more wallet-friendly SUV sibling. What Car? editor Steve Huntingford said of the decision:

“We were very aware that some people would still consider the XC40 a controversial choice due to the fact the best engine in the range is a diesel. However, our independent True MPG tests prove that this latest engine emits less NOx than plenty of petrols, while offering the low CO2 that made diesels so popular in the first place.

“Our judging panel refused to be swayed by the anti-diesel hysteria coming from politicians and some of the mainstream press and instead made their decision based purely on the merits of the cars. Our belief is that for many car buyers diesel remains the right economic and environmental choice – and for those that it doesn’t suit, a petrol or electrified alternative is available.

“The fact is the Volvo XC40 is a stunning achievement and proves to car buyers everywhere that diesels are definitely not dead.”