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What Car? unveils shortlist of new cars fighting for its coveted 2019 Car of the Year crown

● 61 new cars are in contention for the 2019 What Car? Car of the Year Award
● Winner to be announced on Tuesday 22 January
● New categories for 2019 Awards include Plug-in Hybrid of the Year, Pick-up of the Year and Sports SUV of the Year
● All of the cars shortlisted for overall Car of the Year can be found here

What Car? has revealed the shortlist of 61 new models in contention for its prestigious 2019 Car of the Year title.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 22 January at the consumer champion’s annual Car of the Year Awards ceremony, held in association with Warranty Direct and BNP Paribas Cardif.

What Car? is renowned for its thoroughness when assessing new cars, with all vehicles driven back-to-back with their rivals on road and track, and practicality, equipment, running costs and What Car?’s unique True MPG fuel economy figures all factored into the final verdicts.

As a result of this exhaustive testing over 46 years, What Car?’s judgements are widely regarded as the most influential on Britain’s car buyers.

To qualify for the overall Car of the Year Award, a car has to have been launched in the previous 12 months, and it needs to be available to order by the time the award is announced.

Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?, said: “The shortlist is bigger than ever in 2019, thanks to the huge number of outstanding models launched across a wide range of categories. This makes the job of choosing our Car of the Year more difficult, but it also means new car buyers are spoilt for choice.”

For more information on the 2019 What Car? Car of the Year Awards, visit or search #WhatCarAwards on Twitter and Facebook on the evening of 22 January for live updates from the ceremony.

Notes to editors:
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Alpine A110
Aston Martin Vantage
Audi A1
Audi A6
Audi A6 Avant
Audi A7 Sportback
Audi Q3
Audi Q8
Bentley Continental GT
BMW 3 Series
BMW 8 Series
BMW X3 M40i
Citroën Berlingo
Citroën C5 Aircross
Cupra Ateca
Dacia Duster
DS 7 Crossback
Ford Fiesta ST
Ford Focus
Ford Focus Estate
Honda CR-V
Hyundai i30 Fastback
Hyundai Kona EV
Hyundai Nexo
Hyundai Santa Fe
Jaguar I-Pace
Kia Ceed
Kia e-Niro
Kia Proceed
Lexus ES
Lexus RX L
Lexus UX
McLaren 600LT
Mercedes-AMG 4-door
Mercedes-AMG C43
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63
Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Mercedes-Benz CLS
Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Mercedes-Benz GLE
Nissan e-NV200 Combi
Peugeot 508
Peugeot 508 SW
Peugeot Rifter
Porsche Cayenne
Renault Megane Renaultsport
Rolls-Royce Cullinan
Seat Tarraco
Suzuki Swift Sport
Toyota Proace Verso
Vauxhall Combo Life
Volkswagen Polo GTI
Volkswagen T-Cross
Volkswagen Touareg
Volkswagen Up GTI
Volvo S60
Volvo V60

About What Car?
What Car?, the UK’s biggest car buying brand, has the magazine, a market-leading website and several established brand extensions. It has helped Britain’s car buyers to make purchasing decisions for more than 40 years and its tests are widely regarded as the most trusted source of new car advice. is the UK’s leading car buying website, offering trusted reviews and data on every new car. A winner of numerous awards and accolades, is recognised as one of the UK’s leading consumer websites and attracts 2.1 million unique visits every month, including 700,000 unique visits on mobile. The website also offers advice on new car deals, used cars for sale and car leasing.
With a print and digital circulation of 61,062, combined with its mobile and social reach, What Car? has more than 5.5 million monthly points of contact with its audience on the move, at work, at home and at the crucial point of sale.
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