Volvo stays dominant

in UK Car of the

Year Awards

Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design, 2018, front
Volkswagen Polo, front
Volvo V60, front
Skoda Karoq, front
Jaguar I-PACE, front action 2
Rolls-Royce Cullinan front threequarter
Suzuki Jimny, 2019, side, action
Peugeot Rifter, 2018, front, static
Bentley Continental GT, 2017, front, crop
 Mazda MX-5, front action
Ford Fiesta ST, front action 2
Alpine A110 Premiere Edition, 2018, nose

VOLVO has picked up where it left off in 2018 by becoming the only car manufacturer to claim awards in two categories of this year's UK Car of the Year contest.

The Swedish car maker's XC40 was voted best in the small hatch category while the Volvo V60 took the honours for estate cars.

Volvo is the current holder of the overall UK Car of the Year with the XC60 coming out on top in the 2018 awards.

New manufacturers on the list of category winners at the UK Car of the Year Awards in 2019 are Suzuki and Bentley.

The Japanese firm's new Jimny was voted best 4x4, while the Continental GT was selected as best coupe.

In addition, Alpine - also making its debut in the awards this year - claimed instant success by winning the best performance prize with the A110.

At the other end of the spectrum, having won the best small hatch title in 2018 with the Golf, Volkswagen's smaller offering - the Polo - picked up the honour of best supermini.

One of the most tightly fought contests in this year's awards was in the best family car category, where the Skoda Karoq was victorious by a single vote.

Another close call came in the MPV sector - new for 2019 - where the Peugeot Rifter triumphed over its stablemates to claim the top spot.

There was success for previous category winners at the UK Car of the Year Awards in 2019 as former best performance car, the Ford Fiesta ST, was voted best hot hatch, while Mazda held on to the best cabriolet prize with the higher-powered MX-5 that was introduced into the market in 2018.

Rolls-Royce's Cullinan - the Goodwood-based manufacturer's first foray into the SUV sector - ensured that the company held onto the best luxury crown it has held since 2017.

It's the fourth win in six years for Rolls-Royce in that category.

Completing the list of winners - and up against internal combustion engine powered vehicles, Jaguar's I-PACE was voted best executive car.

The latest battery-powered UK Car of the Year Awards winner demonstrates how far EV technology and vehicles have come in a relatively short space of time and are now able to compete - and win - against traditional technologies.

The overall UK Car of the Year 2019, which is judged by a panel of 29 of Britain's leading motoring journalists, will be announced on March 1.

Full list of UK Car of the Year Awards 2019 category winners:

Best Supermini - Volkswagen Polo

Best Small Hatch - Volvo XC40

Best Family - Skoda Karoq

Best Executive - Jaguar I-PACE

Best Luxury - Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Best Estate - Volvo V60

Best 4x4 - Suzuki Jimny

Best MPV - Peugeot Rifter

Best Coupe - Bentley Continental GT

Best Cabriolet - Mazda MX-5 2.0

Best Hot Hatch - Ford Fiesta ST

Best Performance - Alpine A110

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