New Car Awards 2020: preview


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It’s been a momentous year for the automotive industry, one that has presented challenges (but also opportunities) on a historic scale. Despite this background of change and uncertainty, car manufacturers have raised their game, delivering a remarkable collection of new cars on to the UK market. On Tuesday 13 October the Auto Express team will be honouring the very best that today’s car buyers have to choose from at the 2020 New Car Awards.

On the night we’ll be presenting awards across 26 categories that cover all sectors of the increasingly diverse modern car market. From city cars and superminis through SUVs and estates to electric cars and hybrids, the New Car Awards will once again reveal the best cars to buy in each class. The highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the 2020 Auto Express Car of the Year. 

The 2020 Auto Express New Car Awards get underway at 4.00pm on Tuesday 13 October. We’ll bring you all the announcements live on this page with our video stream, social media feed and all of the category winners revealed in real time. 

Bookmark us now and follow our social media accounts to get news of the 2020 New Car Awards winners first. You can have your say on our choices by using the #aeawards hashtag.

The year in cars

The past 12 months have been fascinating for today’s car buyers. Manufacturers have embraced electrification, releasing the next generation of hybrid, plug-in and fully electric models. The winners in this year’s Auto Express New Car Awards reflect this change, but they also show that, with thoughtful application and clever technologies, there’s a future for petrol and diesel cars if they’re done well.

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The march of technology hasn’t been confined to the engine bay either as ever more advanced safety and connectivity systems have made their way onto the market. The range of driver assistance tech on offer has never been more varied or useful and the integration between cars and our personal devices is growing ever more seamless. 

And yet, there has still been ample room for manufacturers to focus on the simple joy of driving. We’ve seen a fantastic array of new models with design and dynamics expressly created to engage on an emotional level. New performance benchmarks have been set, lap times have tumbled, but more importantly, there’s no shortage of new cars at all price points that are simply thrilling to drive.

It all adds up to a huge range of choice for car buyers and that’s why the Auto Express team has put in the miles to analyse every new car on sale and deliver verdicts on the best in each and every class, as well as one overall star. We’ll be revealing all on Tuesday and giving you the chance to have your say on the judges’ verdicts. 

2019 New Car Awards winners

When we announce the 2020 Auto Express New Car Awards, the respective reigns of our 2019 champions come to an end. Remind yourself of the cars that took the 2019 New Car Awards by clicking the links below…



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