The Auto Express New Car Awards celebrate the latest achievement in automotive production across a broad range of categories from City Car of the Year to Luxury Car of the Year. These awards cross the whole spectrum of the new car market as they identify winners based on their independent road tests and research. So who were the main winners?
To claim this award, the car in question had to be a jack-of-all-trades in the sense that it has to be capable of doing everything that we expect a car to do. This includes having practical space in the boot and cabin alike that is suitable to ferry the family around, but also have the speed and power to make the drive compelling.
Vauxhall’s redesign of one of its mainstay models has stormed to this award, fending off competition from the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and SEAT Leon. The Astra’s “futuristic tech” in the shape of OnStar is a real winner in itself. Available on all mid-level trims, OnStar provides a number of services including roadside assistance if your car breaks down or you have a medical emergency, a wi-fi hotspot that will support up to seven devices, stolen vehicle assistance and pinpoint destination downloads to the sat-nav.
his is the third successive year that the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso has won this award. One of the main reasons for its success is the Grand C4 Picasso’s versatility when it comes to space. It can comfortably fit seven occupants thanks to the longest wheelbase in its class. Alternatively, the row two and three seats can be folded away to reveal a perfectly level surface; furthermore, the front passenger seat can also be folded to allow items up to 2.5m long.
The Grand C4 Picasso also benefits from having elements of luxury despite obviously being initially designed for practicality. In terms of design, it boasts a panoramic windscreen and large glass roof to emphasise the interior space for all occupants. Citroën has also packed this car full of technological treats including the seven-inch touch drive interface, reversing camera and 360-degree vision.