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Used Car of the Year – all the winners

Seat Leon

Seat’s popular Leon hatchback has topped the What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards, fending off stiff competition from 14 other category winners to be named the best used car on UK forecourts today.

Introduced in 2013, the latest version of the Leon was praised for its unbeatable combination of driving dynamics, quality, safety and kerb appeal. In the family car category, the Leon beat the Kia Cee’d and Ford Focus.

Audi also proved successful, with the Audi Q7, Audi TT and Audi R8 taking the best used luxury SUV, best used coupe and best used sports car titles respectively.

The 15 What Car? Used Car of the Year Winners were categorised into age groups to reflect the choice available on the used car market. The final decision on winners was taken by a panel of experts, based on the main criteria of quality, reliability, value and the availability of desirable versions with the Leon coming out on top.

Other notable winners were Ford and BMW, each taking three category wins. Renault’s electric Zoe supermini celebrated its fifth birthday this year, and was named the victor in the green car of the year category as the latest generation of EVs become attractive used propositions.

What Car? Used Car of the Year Winners 2018

Age group 1-3 years (2014-2016) 4-6 years (2011-2013) 7-10 years (2007-2010)
Best used city car Hyundai i10 (WINNER) 14-present Skoda Citigo 12-present Hyundai i10 08-13
Best used small car Skoda Fabia 15-present Audi A1 10-present Ford Fiesta (WINNER) 08-17
Best used family car Seat Leon (WINNER) 13-present Kia Cee’d 12-present Ford Focus 04-11
Best used executive car Volkswagen Passat 15-present BMW 3 Series (WINNER) 12-present Ford Mondeo 07-15
Best used luxury car BMW 5 Series (WINNER) 10-17 Mercedes-Benz CLS 11-present Mercedes-Benz S-Class 06-13
Best used small SUV BMW X1 15-present Nissan Qashqai (WINNER) 07-13 Skoda Yeti 09-17
Best used large SUV Kia Sorento 15-present Mazda CX-5 (WINNER) 12-17 Volvo XC60 08-17
Best used luxury SUV Audi Q7 (WINNER) 15-present BMW X5 13-present Volvo XC90 02-14
Best used MPV Volkswagen Touran 15-present Ford S-Max 06-14 Citroën C3 Picasso (WINNER) 09-17
Best used estate car Seat Leon ST 13-present BMW 5 Series Touring 10-17 Ford Mondeo Estate (WINNER) 07-15
Best used hot hatch Ford Fiesta ST (WINNER) 12-present Honda Civic Type R 07-12 Volkswagen Golf GTI 05-08
Best used coupe Audi TT 14-present Audi TT (WINNER) 06-14 BMW 3 Series Coupe 06-13
Best used convertible Audi A3 14-present Mazda MX-5 05-15 BMW Z4 (WINNER) 09-present
Best used sports car Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 09-16 Porsche Cayman 05-13 Audi R8 (WINNER) 07-16
Best used green car BMW 330e 16-present Renault Zoe (WINNER) 12-present Honda CR-Z 10-14
Used car of the year Seat Leon 13-present

“The breadth of talent among our award winners this year just proves what a wealth of fantastic cars are now available to used car buyers,” said Alex Robbins, used cars editor at What Car?

“Our overall winner, the 2013-on Seat Leon not only offers outstanding value for money, but also manages to cram in a dash of flair that makes it a delight to live with, with sharp handling and great looks. Throw in a smart and well laid out interior, plenty of space for the whole family and a solid reliability record and the Leon makes a very compelling choice.”


About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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