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Carbuyer Best Car Awards 2023 – the winners

Carbuyer Best Car Awards 2023 - the winners

The winners have now been announced in each category of the Carbuyer Best Car Awards 2023. Our team of experts has put the most important cars to the test to give you a jargon-free assessment of each car.

We’ve ridden, studied, measured and judged every competitor in all of the UK’s popular segments on their respective merits – to the customers they’re targeting. Each model has been given an overall score to make comparisons easy, and after months of evaluation we can reveal the best cars in 18 categories.

Carbuyer Best Car Awards 2022 – the winners – photos

To qualify for a Best Car Award, a model must have excelled in operating costs, safety, technology, performance and usability. To win it is not enough to do well in just one or two of these areas; it must be a perfect performer across the board. The winners must then be judged against each other to receive our coveted Carbuyer Car of the Year Award.

While it was hoped that the effects of the pandemic and other global issues would ease this year, manufacturers are still facing adversity in the face of unprecedented supply chain problems. Despite this, the past year has not been short of great new releases, especially in the alternative fuel categories. As manufacturers race to decarbonise their lineups, we’ve had the opportunity to test a whole host of exciting hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars.

Read on to discover all of this year’s category winners and the 2022 Carbuyer Car of the Year, as described by Carbuyer Editor, Richard Ingram.

Best Car Awards 2023: the winners

Best Small Car: Skoda Fabia

“The latest Skoda Fabia is not only Carbuyer’s best small car for 2023, it is also vying for the title of the cheapest new car on sale today. Room for a family car for supermini money, the Fabia is now more attractive than ever .”

Read our extensive review of the Skoda Fabia.

Best Small Family Car: Kia Niro

“The Kia Niro is a brilliant all-rounder, building on the already captivating package of its predecessor with a funky new look and a host of new tricks. It’s still smooth and easy to drive, but especially in the first of our family car categories – it’s more practical than ever. The fact that Kia offers three different powertrain options really seals the deal.”

Read our comprehensive review of the Kia Niro.

Best Family Car: Hyundai Tucson

“For the second year in a row, the Hyundai Tucson is Carbuyer’s favorite family car. Our 2022 Car of the Year continues to lead the way when it comes to usability, practicality and family-friendly features. The fact that it is available with such a strong range of hybrid powertrains is the icing on the cake.”

Read our comprehensive review of the Hyundai Tucson.

Best Large Family Car: Skoda Kodiaq

“The Skoda Kodiaq proves that there is still plenty of life in practical petrol SUVs. The recently updated Kodiaq, which puts its users first, is spacious, versatile and packed with smart, family-friendly features.”

Read our extensive review of the Skoda Kodiaq.

Best Estate: Skoda Octavia Estate

“Some cars just can’t be beat; the Skoda Octavia Estate is a model that has consistently topped our rankings as not only our favorite estate car, but also one of the best new cars on the market.”

Read our extensive review of the Skoda Octavia Estate.

Best Small Commercial Vehicle: Cupra Born

“Commercial car drivers want a car that saves them money, but one that doesn’t compromise on style and appeal. The Cupra Born is one of the most popular new EVs launched in the last 12 months, offering both style and substance. a great choice for both business users and private buyers.”

Read our comprehensive review of the Cupra Born.

Best Commercial Vehicle: BMW i4

“For years the BMW 3 Series has been one of our favorite commercial vehicles, and as the market moves to electric, so will BMW. The i4 is a fantastic all-rounder – great to drive, packed with technology and with strong range for very low running costs .”

Read our comprehensive review of the BMW i4.

Best Sports Car: BMW 2 Series

Stealing the win from its bigger brother, the new BMW 2 Series brings everything we love about the 4 Series into a more compact, more affordable package. Strong engines and efficiency, plus that usual BMW handling, make the 2 Series a great whole. -rounder.”

Read our comprehensive review of the BMW 2 Series Coupé.

Best Convertible: MINI Convertible

“Year after year, the MINI Convertible just can’t be beat – and despite the fact that it’s nearing the end of its life, it’s still our best convertible for 2023. With a new all-electric model on the way, something will are needed for. very special to chase away Carbuyer’s favorite drop-top.”

Read our comprehensive review of the MINI Convertible.

Best Hot Hatch: Hyundai i20 N

“Hyundai’s N division continues its meteoric rise with the fantastic i20 N. Practical enough to be used every day – but with plenty of performance and engaging handling – if you’re looking for a hot hatchback packed with personality, this little stunner is the one for you. at the top of your shortlist.”

Read our comprehensive review of the Hyundai i20 N.

Best Hot SUV: Cupra Formentor

“A segment showing no signs of slowing down, hot SUVs like the Cupra Formentor combine sports car performance with SUV versatility. The Formentor is the best of the bunch for the second year in a row.”

Read our comprehensive review of the Cupra Formentor.

Best Pickup: SsangYong Musso

“The SsangYong Musso is roomy and packed with equipment, and thanks to a strong engine and four-wheel drive, it won’t struggle with big weights in the back — and that’s before you consider the seven-year, 150,000-mile warranty. That’s a big thing for us. here at Carbuyer, and the Musso just comes into its own.”

Read our comprehensive review of the SsangYong Musso.

Best Small Electric Car: Fiat 500

“The Fiat 500 is a cult classic, perfectly reimagined for the electric era. Its blend of retro charm, strong electric range and fun driving dynamics meant there was no arguing about awarding our best small electric car for 2023.”

Read our comprehensive review of the Fiat 500.

Best Electric Family Car: MG ZS EV

“If there’s one thing missing from the new car market, it’s affordable, capable EVs. But MG has made it happen with the ZS: a practical, efficient and well-equipped electric car with room for the whole family.”

Read our comprehensive review of the MG ZS EV.

Best Large Electric Car: Nissan Ariya

“Nissan set the EV benchmark when it launched the Leaf in 2011, and ten years later it is doing the same in the large electric car segment. The Ariya feels futuristic, with good range, a spacious cabin and plenty of clever tricks. and features. It’s a brilliant all-rounder if you’re looking for a big car and want to make the switch.”

Read our comprehensive review of the Nissan Ariya.

Best Hybrid: Kia Niro

“With its second win here, the Niro is not only our best small family car, but also our favorite hybrid. Unlike some rivals, it feels like a part-time EV – despite having a petrol engine to fall back on – and the result is fantastic fuel economy. It is practical, easy to drive and comes with great technology; the new Niro is not only a great hybrid, but a brilliant car overall.”

Read our comprehensive review of the Kia Niro.

Best Plug-in Hybrid: Mercedes C 300 e

Plug-in hybrids are seen by some as tax evasion, but used properly they can really offer the best of both worlds. No PHEV does this as effectively as the latest Mercedes C 300 e; a true part-time EV, it’s fast, efficient and good to drive, with all the premium features we expect from a car like this.”

Read our extensive review of the Mercedes C-Class.

Best Large Plug-in Hybrid: Lexus NX

“We have come to trust Lexus hybrid systems as some of the best in the business, and now you can get one with a plug. The new Lexus NX 450h+ is a functional, luxury and technical family SUV with a truly usable electric vehicle. range.”

Read our comprehensive review of the Lexus NX.

Carbuyer Car of the Year: Kia Niro

“It is fitting that the latest Kia Niro takes home not one but three titles in the 2023 Carbuyer Best Car Awards; our favorite small family car, our top hybrid and, of course, our overall car of the year. The fantastic new Niro builds on everything we loved about the old, but with sharper styling and a cutting-edge interior.It remains a practical, efficient and easy-to-drive family car – with a powertrain that suits all buyers.The Kia Niro is a deserved winner of our car from 2023 prize of the year.”

Read our comprehensive review of the Kia Niro.