Land Rover Discovery named car of the year
- Land Rover Discovery named ‘Car of the Year’ and ‘best large premium SUV’
- Skoda and BMW secured four honours each in the Auto Express New Car Awards
Britain’s new Land Rover Discovery has been named ‘Car of the Year’ in the motor industry ‘Oscars.’
The UK-built family 4X4 was voted the best new car on the market with judges commending it for its ‘innovation in technology, quality and comfort’.
The model manufactured in Solihull, Birmingham, was also named the Best Large Premium SUV for 2017 at the Auto Express New Car Awards at a ceremony in Central London.
Double honours: The new Land Rover Discovery has won two Auto Express New Car awards
Priced from £43,495 to £68,295, it is the fifth generation of the 4X4 to carry the Discovery name since its launch 27 years ago.
The two ‘Disco’ awards were among four secured by Jaguar Land Rover on the night. Jaguar’s XE saloon was named Best Compact Executive and Jaguar also won the reader-voted Design Award for the I-Pace Concept.
Skoda and BMW also secured four honours each in the awards to celebrate the best cars on sale, from city cars to performance models, which are voted for by the expert reviewers at Auto Express.
Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, said: ‘The new Land Rover Discovery is an incredible car, bringing new levels of luxury and go-anywhere ability to the SUV class.
Skoda took home four trophies, including Best Family Car for the Skoda Superb
‘It rivals the very best cars you can buy for quality and refinement, offers all the practicality a family could ever need, will wow buyers with amazing technology they won’t have seen before and offer a level of efficiency you wouldn’t expect for this size and class of car.’
Mr Fowler added: ‘On top of all that, it’s brilliantly built by the guys and girls working for Land Rover in the Midlands. It’s a great British success story.’
The best electric car award went to the BMW i3 (which is also available as a range extender with a small back-up petrol engine)
Skoda took home four trophies: Best Family Car for the Skoda Superb, Best Estate Car for the Octavia, Best Large SUV for the Kodiaq and Best Integrated Ad Campaign for Skoda-Reconnect starring Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Four awards also went to BMW. It secured the Technology Award for its advanced range of plug-in cars, plus its industry-leading connectivity and autonomous tech.
It took the honours for Best Electric Car, while the 5 Series won Best Executive Car. BMW also won the Best Social Media Campaign Award for BMW Genius Live.
The new Swindon-built Honda Civic Type R was crowned Best Hot Hatch – the third year in a row it has done so, but the first time with the new model.
AUTO EXPRESS NEW CAR AWARDS WINNERS 2017 IN FULL
CAR OF THE YEAR: Land Rover Discovery
BEST CITY CAR: Volkswagen up!
BEST SUPERMINI: Seat Ibiza
BEST COMPACT FAMILY CAR: Volkswagen Golf
BEST FAMILY CAR: Skoda Superb
BEST ELECTRIC CAR: BMW i3
BEST ESTATE CAR: Skoda Octavia Estate
BEST COMPACT EXECUTIVE CAR: Jaguar XE
BEST EXECUTIVE CAR: BMW 5 Series
BEST LUXURY CAR: Mercedes S-Class
BEST HOT HATCH: Honda Civic Type R
BEST CONVERTIBLE: Mercedes C-Class
BEST MPV: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
BEST SMALL SUV: Citroen C4 Cactus
BEST MID-SIZE SUV: Peugeot 3008
BEST LARGE PREMIUM SUV: Land Rover Discovery
BEST LARGE SUV: Skoda Kodiaq
BEST COUPE: Audi A5 Coupe
BEST ROADSTER: Mazda MX-5 RF
BEST PICKUP: Mitsubishi L200
BEST PERFORMANCE CAR: Porsche 911 GT3
BEST PREMIUM SUV: Volvo XC60
DESIGN AWARD: Jaguar I-Pace
TECHNOLOGY AWARD: BMW
VAN OF THE YEAR: Volkswagen Crafter
DRIVER POWER AWARD: Lexus
BEST INTEGRATED CAMPAIGN: Skoda-Reconnect
BEST SOCIAL MEDIA: BMW Genius Live
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online