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What’s what with the What Car? cars of 2014

The Nissan Qashqai is named Car of the Year, while Ford, Audi and BMW take home two prizes each in this year’s awards

The new generation Nissan Qashqai will be on sale from 1st February

The new generation Nissan Qashqai will be on sale from 1st February

Top prize for Nissan Qashqai

The British-built Nissan Qashqai was crowned Car of the Year (as well as Best Small SUV) in the What Car? Awards 2014, after winning a Used Car award in September.

Chas Hallett, editor-in-chief of What Car?, commented: “The all-new Nissan Qashqai brings excellence and polish to a class of cars that is brimming with talent and tempting buys. The Qashqai delivers low costs and first-class levels of comfort, refinement, space and safety.”

“Nissan has thought of every last detail, and this complete approach is why the Qashqai is What Car?’s Car of the Year. The Nissan team should be justifiably proud of their achievement.”

The managing director of Nissan Motor GB, Jim Wright, said: “We’re thrilled that What Car? has named the new Qashqai as its 2014 Car of the Year. A huge amount of effort has gone into the design and engineering of the new car, and we’re all extremely excited about creating the template for the second-generation crossover.

“As the What Car? judges discovered for themselves, the new Qashqai is an unbeatable package with high equipment levels, great refinement and comfort and incredible attention to detail.”

The Nissan X-Trail, due to go on sale this summer, also received an award – the Readers Award for most exciting car.

Nissan has also been in the press recently thanks to its brand new London Taxi design – based on the NV200.

Double awards for Ford, Audi and BMW

Other car manufacturers struggling under the weight of accolades includes BMW, Audi and Ford, who took home two trophies each. The BMW 435i won Best Coupe while the brand new BMW i3 was named Best Green Car. The Audi A3 saloon won Best Executive Car; the Audi A3 Cabriolet received the prize for Best Open-Top Car.

Ford were pleased to receive the prizes for Best Small Car (for the Fiesta 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Zetec 5 Dr) and Best Hot Hatch (for the Fiesta ST-2). The Fiesta, which has also won awards from Auto Express, Top Gear, Scottish Car of the Year and Women’s World, has topped UK sales charts every month of 2013.

The chairman and managing director of Ford of Britain, Mark Ovenden, commented: “Ford is rightly proud of Fiesta’s remarkable sales achievements, and also of the exceptional number of industry awards it continues to collect. The demand for new Fiesta means one is sold every 30 seconds during business hours.”

Ford Fiesta

The Best Buys of 2014

A full list of prize-winners is below:

Best City CarWinner (£9000-£10,000)Under £9000Over £10,000
 Hyundai i10 1.0 65 SESkoda CitigoVolkswagen Up!
Best Small CarWinner (£12,000-£15,000)Under £12,000Over £15,000
 Ford Fiesta 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Zetec 5dr Dacia Sandero 1.2 AmbianceAudi A1 1.4 TFSI 122 Sport
Best Family CarWinner (£15,000-£18,000)Under £15,000Over £18,000
 Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI SEKia Cee'dAudi A3 Sportback
Best Green CarWinner (£20,000-£30,000)Under £20,000Over £30,000
 BMW i3 electricRenault ZOETesla Model S
Best CoupéWinner (Over £35,000)Under £25,000£25,000-£35,000
 BMW 435i M Sport Sport autoSEAT Leon SCAudi TT
Best Estate CarWinner (£18,000-£25,000)Under £18,000Over £25,000
 Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI SE Bluemotion TechKia Cee'd SportswagonBMW 5 Series Touring
Best MPVWinner (£16,000-£22,000)Under £16,000Over £22,000
 Citroën Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 e-HDi 115 ExclusiveCitroen C3 PicassoSEAT Alhambra
Best Hot HatchWinner (£15,000-£20,000)Under £15,000Over £22,000
 Ford Fiesta ST-2Suzuki Swift SportRenault Megane Renaultsport
Best Open-Top CarWinner (£25,000-£35,000)Under £25,000Over £35,000
 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8 TSI S lineCitroen DS3 CabrioletMercedes E-Class Cabriolet
Best Small SUVWinner (£16,000-£22,000)Under £16,000Over £22,000
 Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta 2WDRenault CapturAudi Q3
Best Large SUVWinner (Over £40,000)Under £25,000£25,000-£40,000
 Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSEMazda CX-5BMW X3
Best Executive CarWinner (Under £24,000)£24,000-£28,000Over £28,000
 Audi A3 Saloon 2.0 TDI SportBMW 3 SeriesBMW 5 Series
Best Sports CarWinner (Under £50,000)£50,000-£100,000Over £100,000
 Porsche Boxster 2.7Porsche 911McLaren 12C Spider
Best Luxury CarWinner (Under £70,000)£70,000-£100,000Over £100,000
 Mercedes-Benz S350 Bluetec L SE LineRange RoverRolls-Royce Phantom
Reader Award1st Place2nd Place 
 Nissan X-TrailJaguar F-Type Coupe 
Car of the YearOverall Winner  
 Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta 2WD 

Great deals on award-winning models

Arnold Clark is offering some terrific deals on What Car? winning cars. For example, when the new Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is launched, we will be giving customers:

  • 3 years’ 0% finance with no deposit
  • 4 years’ 0% finance with 20% deposit
  • £1000 customer deposit contribution on Elect3 Finance at 4.9% APR representative

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

Estate of the Year, the Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDi SE Bluemotion, is available now and comes with halogen headlights, climate control, electric heated door mirrors and parking sensors.

We’ve also got a great deal on a Skoda Octavia – snap one up now for just £14,988 as part of the Arnold Clark Real Sale.

Looking for a new car in 2014? Check out our best deals now.

About the Author

Kirsty Cooke

Content Editor at Arnold Clark