‘Bencmark’ Audi in pole position at awards

The Audi A3 Sportback has been named What Car? car of the year with judges saying the vehicle set “a new benchmark”.

Also named best small family car, the A3 Sportback’s victory was announced at a ceremony in London.

What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: “The Audi A3 Sportback mixes excellent refinement and an accomplished driving experience with easily the finest cabin quality ever seen in a small family hatchback.

“It sets a new benchmark and it is keenly priced, a combination that makes it a worthy car of the year.”

The A3 Sportback is available in Ireland from €25,950.

Ford collected four awards. The Fiesta won the supermini category, the Mondeo was named the best family car, the Mondeo Estate was the top estate car, and the Ford Focus ST-1 was best hot hatch.

Three trophies went to the BMW Group. The BMW X3 took the SUV award, while the BMW 320d ED automatic picked up the executive car crown and the Mini Roadster Cooper S was named best open-top car.

Sportscar of the year went to the Porsche Boxster 2.7, while the MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) award was won for the third year running by the Seat Alhambra.

The Range Rover was crowned luxury car of the year and the Volkswagen Up retained its best city car title.

Mazda was awarded the ultra-low-carbon award while the What Car? readers and website visitors voted the Alfa Romeo 4C as most exciting car for 2013.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

More in this Section

US claims over Cork to Boston route false, says mayor

Proposed Limerick bridge ‘would encourage suicide’

Electric Ireland to cut home bills by 6%

Luas drivers resolved to continue action despite 10% pay cut


You might also like

Breaking Stories

Extend fuel allowance to cover cold spell requests Sinn Fein TD

Sinn Féin have 'no confidence' in new minority Government

PSNI investigation following discovery of man's body in Co Down

Lucky escape for couple who avoided injury following arson attack

Lifestyle

European design is flourishing in Aoife Hayes’ store in Newcastle West

Landscape gardener and designer, Olive Ryan, gives a masterclass on how to give your garden the ultimate makeover

Here's a taste of what’s to come at the Litfest HQ in Ballymaloe Cookery School, Cork

From Captain Kirk to the face of Armani – how Chris Pine made it to the A-list

More From The Irish Examiner