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Best in class for Car of the Year 2017 awards

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime extra -

Mo­tors from 10 dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers have been voted best-in-class after the first round of vot­ing in the UK Car of the Year Awards 2017.

The list in­cludes more hon­ours for Jaguar’s fast-sell­ing F-PACE SUV and wins for the first time in the awards for Hyundai, SEAT, Re­nault and Toyota.

The short­listed mod­els, se­lected by a panel of lead­ing mo­tor­ing writ­ers, will now go for­ward to the fi­nal round where the win­ner if the UK Car of the Year will be an­nounced on Fe­bru­ary 24.

Win­ning their first UK Car of the Year Awards were Hyundai, Toyota, Re­nault and SEAT.

In the Best Small Hatch class, the Hyundai IONIQ beat off stiff com­pe­ti­tion to win, while the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of Toyota’s Prius was voted Best Fam­ily Car.

Re­nault’s Scenic/Grand Scenic has been named Best MPV, and in the pop­u­lar cat­e­gory of Best Cross­over the SEAT Ateca came out on top.

The UK Car of the Year Awards 2017 also proved fruit­ful for two Ger­man firms, as Mercedes-Benz and Porsche claimed two prizes apiece.

In the Best Ex­ec­u­tive Car cat­e­gory, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class took top spot, while the S-Class Cabri­o­let was hailed as Best Cabri­o­let.

The Porsche pair­ing of the 718 Cay­man and Boxster were voted Best Coupe and Best Sports Car re­spec­tively.

After win­ning the ti­tle of Best Lux­ury Car in 2015 with its Ghost, Rolls-Royce once again tri­umphed in the cat­e­gory with the Dawn.

At the other end of the driv­ing spec­trum, Ford re­claimed the Best Per­for­mance Car crown with the Fo­cus RS, hav­ing pre­vi­ously won the cat­e­gory in 2014 with the Fi­esta ST.

Best Es­tate Car was judged to be Volvo’s V90 and the new Large Cross­over cat­e­gory was won by the Jaguar F-PACE.

Best Large Cross­over The Jaguar F-PACE

Best cross­over The Seat Ateca

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