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Skoda triumphs at New Car Awards 2018 - full list of winners

By Paul Connolly

The Skoda Octavia has been proclaimed the best new car of 2018, according to a consumer vote by 43,000 car owners.

In the vote for the Auto Trader New Car Awards 2018, Skoda’s new models proved to be a firm favourite with the public, with the VW-owned Czech manufacturer also securing the title of ‘Best Family Car’ for the Skoda Superb.

Runners up for ‘New Car of the Year’ were the BMW 1 Series and the Peugeot 3008.

Unlike other car awards which rely on editorial judging panels, Auto Trader’s New Car Awards were decided by 43,000 real car owners rather than a panel of industry judges as is usually the case in car awards.

The 12 winners represent the consumer champions of the new car market, based on the honest opinions of those who have bought, driven and lived with their new vehicles.

Survey takers were asked to rate their car across 16 different criteria ranging from reliability, performance, and appearance through to features and running costs.

Dacia scooped the “Best Value Brand” category, the model said to be the best for New Drivers is the Kia Rio, and the car judged to be the most environmentally friendly was not an electric car but the Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate.

It was a good event for the Kia Rio, which also scooped the Best Value New Car Award.

This year is the second annual New Car Awards from car marketplace giant Auto Trader.

New for 2018 were a bunch of new categories including ‘Best Car for Dogs Owners’ and ‘Best Value Brand’.

For dog owners, durability was key, while for families, space, comfort and safety were the key considerations. The Honda Civic was judged the best motor for Man’s Best Friend.

Consumers were also asked about their overall satisfaction with their cars and how likely they would be to recommend it to others.

Auto Trader New Car Awards 2018 - full list of the winners

New Car of the Year: Skoda Octavia

Best Family Car: Skoda Superb

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Best Car for City Driving: Ford Kuga

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Best Value New Car: Kia Rio

Best Car for Long Distances: Hyundai Tucson

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Most Fun Car to Drive: Mazda MX-5

Best Car for Dog Owners: Honda Civic

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Best Car Launched in the last year: Volvo XC60

Best Car for New Drivers: Kia Rio

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Best Green Car: Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate

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Brand with the Best Car Features: Nissan

Best Value Brand: Dacia

Most Reliable Brand: Lexus

Erin Baker, Auto Trader’s Editorial Director, said: “For the second year running, we wanted to use our New Car Awards to put the power back in the hands of consumers – and to recognise the brands that are doing things right.

“The Auto Trader New Car Awards champion the aspects of driving and car ownership that really matter to drivers and that aren’t always obvious in the buying process – like reliability, safety, running costs and driving experience.

“Our winners have the seal of approval from real owners, which we hope will make finding the right new car much simpler for car buyers.

“Congratulations to all our well-deserving winners for continuing to push the boundaries of innovation and offering car buyers fantastic choice to suit every budget.”

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