‘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.

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