The past year has seen some impressive debuts on the new car scene, and Diesel Car magazine is very proud to announce the winners of its much coveted and well respected annual Car of the Year Awards 2013. Our award winning writers have put every single new car through its paces, in a stringent test programme, to decide upon the very best cars in ten different segments. From a shortlist of 26 cars, our expert judges have come up with the class winners announced today. The 2013 awards are sponsored by Celtic Tuning – one of the leaders in diesel engine tuning with more than 23 years of experience in the field.
Ford’s new and improved Fiesta wowed the judges, grabbing the best small car award, while the pint-sized but utterly practical B-MAX was awarded the best MPV title. Kia’s new cee’d Sportswagon has made a great impression in the estate car segment, taking the class honours and named as best estate car, while in the alternative fuel segment, it was Renault’s Zoe that impressed the judges most, thanks to its low purchase price and everyday usability.
Many of the class winners have received awards before, with the Peugeot RCZ winning best sports car for the fourth year in a row, and Jaguar’s XF grabbing the best executive car title for the fifth time. Range Rover’s Evoque was our car of the year in 2012, and this year wins the best crossover title. Land Rover have a lot to celebrate in this year’s awards, with the Discovery 4 also winning the honour of best 4×4 for the fourth year in a row. And it’s the second time that the BMW 3 Series has been honoured by Diesel Car, and this year grabs the title of best large car.
But the car to make the biggest impression on our testers is the Volkswagen Golf, which not only grabs the award for best medium car, but also wins the title of Diesel Car, Car of the Year 2013. Ian Robertson, editor of Diesel Car Magazine commented on the announcement by saying “Everyone who has driven this latest Golf is immensely impressed with it, wooed by a driving experience that is exemplary not just in its own class, but as a template for the way a modern car should behave.”
The Awards issue of Diesel Car magazine goes on sale online at www.dieselcaronline.co.uk and in all good newsagents on Thursday 10th May 2013. It’s also available for the iPad via the Apple App Store on iTunes.
Diesel Car, Car of the Year Award Winners 2013
Best small car Ford Fiesta
Best medium car Volkswagen Golf
Best large car BMW 3 Series
Best executive car Jaguar XF
Best estate car Kia cee’d Sportswagon
Best MPV Ford B-MAX
Best crossover Range Rover Evoque
Best 4×4 Land Rover Discovery 4
Best sports car Peugeot RCZ
Best eco car Renault Zoe
Car of the Year 2013 Volkswagen Golf