We’ve just had a momentous 12 months for the automotive industry, one that has presented challenges and opportunities on a historic scale. Once again, despite this background of change and uncertainty, the car manufacturers have raised their game, delivering a remarkable collection of new cars on to the UK market. On Tuesday July 9 the Auto Express team will be honouring the very best that today’s car buyers have to choose from at the 2019 New Car Awards.

On the night we’ll be presenting awards across 30 categories that cover all sectors of the increasingly diverse modern car market. From city cars and superminis through SUVs and estates to electric cars and hybrids, the New Car Awards will once again reveal the best cars to buy in each class. We’ll also be recognising the most impressive technological advancements, the biggest achievements in car design and the amazing people who make the industry what it is. The highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the 2019 Auto Express Car of the Year.

2018 New Car Awards winners

The 2019 Auto Express New Car Awards get underway at 7.30pm on Tuesday the 3rd July at our prestigious central London ceremony. The first awards will be presented at approximately 9.30pm and we’ll bring you all the announcements live on this page with our video stream, social media feed and all of the category winners revealed in real time. 

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The year in cars

The past 12 months have been fascinating for today’s car buyers. Manufacturers have embraced electrification, releasing the next generation of hybrid, plug-in and fully electric models. The winners in this year’s Auto Express New Car Awards reflect this change, but they also show that, with thoughtful application and clever technologies, there’s a future for petrol and diesel cars if they’re done well.

The march of technology hasn’t been confined to the engine bay either as ever more advanced safety and connectivity systems have made their way onto the market. The range of driver assistance tech on offer has never been more varied or useful and the integration between cars and our personal devices is growing ever more seamless.

And yet, there has still been ample room for manufacturers to focus on the simple joy of driving. We’ve seen a fantastic array of new models with design and dynamics expressly created to engage on an emotional level. New performance benchmarks have been set, lap times have tumbled, but more importantly, there’s no shortage of new cars at all price points that are simply thrilling to drive.

It all adds up to a huge range of choice for car buyers and that’s why the Auto Express team has put in the miles to analyse every new car on sale and deliver verdicts on the best in each and every class, as well as one overall star. We’ll be revealing all on Tuesday night and giving you the chance to have your say on the judges’ verdicts. 

New Car Awards 2019: award categories

The 2019 Auto Express New Car Awards categories are detailed below. We’re naming a winner and two highly commended cars in each car category. Then the winners all go forward into contention for the big one – the overall Car of the Year 2019 award….

  • • Car of the year
  • • City car of the Year
  • • Supermini of the Year
  • • Convertible of the Year
  • • Compact Family Car of the Year
  • • Family Car of the Year
  • • Compact Executive Car of the Year
  • • Executive Car of the Year
  • • Estate Car of the Year
  • • Small SUV of the Year
  • • Mid-size SUV of the Year
  • • Large SUV of the Year
  • • Small Premium SUV of the Year
  • • Mid-size Premium SUV of the Year
  • • Large Premium SUV of the Year
  • • MPV of the Year
  • • Roadster of the Year
  • • Coupe of the Year
  • • Hot Hatchback of the Year
  • • Performance Car of the Year
  • • Luxury Car of the Year
  • • Affordable Electric Car of the Year
  • • Premium Electric Car of the Year
  • • Affordable Hybrid Car of the Year
  • • Premium Hybrid Car of the Year
  • • Pick-up of the Year
  • • Van of the Year
  • • Technology Award
  • • Driver Power Award
  • • Design Award

2018 New Car Awards winners

When we announce the 2019 Auto Express New Car Awards, the respective reigns of our 2018 champions come to an end. Remind yourself of the cars that took the 2018 New Car Awards by clicking the links below… 

Which car do you think will win our 2019 Car of the Year title? Let us know your thoughts in the comments sectiob below…


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