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Thursday, 11 January 2018

The 13 Best New Cars Of 2018 As Voted For By Expert Reviewers - But Which Will Be Crowned Car Of The Year?

These are the 13 best new cars of 2018
All the cars listed are relative newcomers and have received glowing reports by those granted first access - making them the best in their class. Just one of them will be crowned Car of the Year 2018 next month. The vehicles range from sports cars, to SUVs and there are some surprise appearances in the hot hatch and performance car categories.

The winner will be chosen by the group of motoring journalists - those who have had exclusive access to the cars already and put them to the test on the road - on 23 February, so you'll have to wait to find out which one gets the overall seal of approval.

However, we want you to tell us which of the following models you think is most deserving of the title - let us know by entering the poll at the bottom of this page or by leaving a comment in the section below.


Here are the cars you have to choose from...

The winner will be chosen by the group of motoring journalists - those who have had exclusive access to the cars already and put them to the test on the road - on 23 February, so you'll have to wait to find out which one gets the overall seal of approval.
However, we want you to tell us which of the following models you think is most deserving of the title - let us know by entering the poll at the bottom of this page or by leaving a comment in the section below.
Here are the cars you have to choose from...
The Seat Ibiza was voted the best supermini, beating the volume-selling Ford Fiesta to the title
The Seat Ibiza was voted the best supermini, beating the volume-selling Ford Fiesta to the title


Best supermini - Seat Ibiza

Price from: £13,410
The Ibiza launched fairly early in 2017 but was voted the best supermini for this year, even against some familiar rivals. Chiefly the Ford Fiesta, which was the best-selling car in the UK for the ninth consecutive year last term. 
The seventh generation Volkswagen Golf was given a mild facelift in 2017 - motoring writers voted it the best small hatchback of this year
The seventh generation Volkswagen Golf was given a mild facelift in 2017 - motoring writers voted it the best small hatchback of this year


Best small hatchback - Volkswagen Golf

Price from: £17,765
The seventh generation Golf is a cracker. In 2017 Volkswagen gave the Golf a mild facelift and tweaked the range. That means it's more accomplished than ever and remains one of the most practical family hatchbacks on the market.
The Peugeot 3008 took the best family car award thanks to its quirky yet practical interior
The Peugeot 3008 took the best family car award thanks to its quirky yet practical interior


Best family car - Peugeot 3008

Price from: £22,765
Think this jacked up Peugeot looks wacky from the outside? The inside is more impressive and is laden with plenty of tech and gadgets. With lots of interior space and a classy, durable cabin, it was voted the best for family-car buyers.
The BMW 5 Series should be the choice among executive car buyers, the panel said
The BMW 5 Series should be the choice among executive car buyers, the panel said


Best executive car - BMW 5 Series

Price from: £35,835 
The new 5 Series is an impressive beast and has taken another step up in terms of luxury. But BMW has had to up its game - Mercedes is now the nation's favourite premium badge, which is likely to ruffle some feathers in Bavaria, and Britons feeling home loyalty also have Jaguar's XF to choose from.
The eighth generation Rolls-Royce Phantom arrived last year. Priced from £350,000, it was chosen as the best luxury car on sale this year
The eighth generation Rolls-Royce Phantom arrived last year. Priced from £350,000, it was chosen as the best luxury car on sale this year


Best luxury car - Rolls-Royce Phantom

Price from: £350,000
For the best part of half a million pounds, this should be the best luxury car you can buy. Phantom VIII arrived from Rolls-Royce's Goodwood headquarters last October and we were impressed by the whisper quiet drive - especially considering there is a howling 6.75-litre V12 engine under the bonnet.

The second BMW in the list, making it the only brand to scoop two awards this year. The BMW 5 Series Touring took the title as the best estate car
The second BMW in the list, making it the only brand to scoop two awards this year. The BMW 5 Series Touring took the title as the best estate car


Best estate - BMW 5 Series Touring 

Price from: £38,075
Not only did the 5 Series win the award as the best executive car of 2018, the Touring version has also been crowned the best estate. In fact, Kudos to BMW - it is the only brand to appear twice in this list.
The Citroen C3 Aircross certainly looks unique, and the panel of motoring writers said it was the standout small crossover of the year
The Citroen C3 Aircross certainly looks unique, and the panel of motoring writers said it was the standout small crossover of the year


Best small crossover - Citroën C3 Aircross

Price from: £18,610
This chunky little Citroën was voted the best compact crossover for 2018. The boxy dimensions mean it has plenty of interior space and enough headroom for taller occupants. It looks unique too.
If you want a family-size SUV with plenty of class, look no further than the best medium crossover, the Volvo XC60
If you want a family-size SUV with plenty of class, look no further than the best medium crossover, the Volvo XC60


Best medium crossover - Volvo XC60

Price from: £36,405
While the small crossover offering is funky and fun, the winner of the medium-size sector is far more upmarket. in fact, the new Volvo XC60 is one of the classiest cars to hit the market last year. It was also the safest of 2017, according to Euro NCAP. 
The Skoda Kodiaq is the only 7-seat SUV on the market today with a petrol engine. We loved it when we tested it last year, and the panel of journalists did too by voting it best large crossover
The Skoda Kodiaq is the only 7-seat SUV on the market today with a petrol engine. We loved it when we tested it last year, and the panel of journalists did too by voting it best large crossover


Best large crossover - Skoda Kodiaq

Price from: £22,625
We wholeheartedly agree with this choice, having spent some time in the Skoda Kodiaq for our review last year. It's spacious, well built and - with the recent negative focus on diesel - is the only petrol-powered 4x4 seven-seat SUV you can buy today.
The Lexus LC won best coupe of 2018. Featuring a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine, it is the last of a dying breed of muscle cars
The Lexus LC won best coupe of 2018. Featuring a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine, it is the last of a dying breed of muscle cars


Best coupe - Lexus LC

Price from: £73,814
Not only is the new Lexus LC one of the best looking new cars to hit the market in the last 12 months, it drives well too. There's a 3.5-litre petrol hybrid version, but we much prefer the naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine - the last of a dying breed of non-turbo muscle-car motors.
The Mazda MX-5 is the best-selling convertible of all time, and the new hard-top RF version took the crown as best cabriolet in the UK Car of the Year Awards 2018
The Mazda MX-5 is the best-selling convertible of all time, and the new hard-top RF version took the crown as best cabriolet in the UK Car of the Year Awards 2018


Best cabriolet – Mazda MX-5 RF

Price from: £22,295
The Mazda MX-5 is the best-selling convertible car of all time, and it's a firm favourite in the UK - despite the fact we have particularly short periods of sunshine to enjoy top-down driving. The RF version is a hard-top with a Transformer-like folding roof that offers a little more refinement than the standard cloth-topped car. 
Mazda MX-5 RF features Transformer-like folding roof design
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You might think the best hot hatch award might go to old favourites like the VW Golf GTI or Ford Focus RS. But it actually went to the Korean Hyundai i30N
You might think the best hot hatch award might go to old favourites like the VW Golf GTI or Ford Focus RS. But it actually went to the Korean Hyundai i30N


Best hot hatch - Hyundai i30 N

Price from: £24,995
When you think of hot hatches you tend to reminisce about cars like the original VW Golf GTI, Peugeot 205 GTi and Ford Escort Cosworth. But fast forward a few decades and the pick of the performance hatchbacks is Korean. The Hyundai i30N is an unlikely winner in this category


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