Celebrating the strength of the car industry in the United Kingdom, UKCOTY (UK Car of the Year) has announced the category winners for 2018, ahead of the overall winner being crowned on 23rd February.

Having been created in 2014 to recognise the best cars available on these shores, UKCOTY is an authoritative voice in the industry, with 27 leading motoring journalists forming the judging panel. The 2018 awards have seen the introduction of a new class, Best Hot Hatch, to recognise the prominent segment and take the number of categories to 13.

Across the 13 categories, 12 different manufactures are represented, underlining how competitive the UK industry is in the face of a turbulent market. BMW is the only manufacturer to have secured two category wins, while Peugeot and Lexus have picked up their first category wins since UKCOTY was founded.

Category winners

  • Best Supermini – SEAT Ibiza
  • Best Small Hatch – Volkswagen Golf
  • Best Family – Peugeot 3008
  • Best Executive – BMW 5 Series
  • Best Luxury – Rolls-Royce Phantom
  • Best Estate – BMW 5 Series
  • Best Small Crossover – Citroën C3 Aircross
  • Best Medium Crossover – Volvo XC60
  • Best Large Crossover – Skoda Kodiaq
  • Best Coupe – Lexus LC
  • Best Cabriolet – Mazda MX-5 RF
  • Best Hot Hatch – Hyundai i30 N
  • Best Performance – Kia Stinger

The winner – as is tradition for UKCOTY – will be selected out of the category winners following a final round of judging. The judging panel is made up of an independent panel of automotive journalists, representing titles from across the industry, including consumer, trade and national titles. The combined readership of the publications represented by the 27-strong panel is in excess of 80m a month.

UKCOTY was founded specifically with the UK car-buying public in mind, for the purpose of highlighting the best cars on the market and providing the public with independent advice. Previous winners of the prestigious award include: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Mazda MX-5, BMW i8 and BMW i3.


This story was written by automotive PR specialists Torque Agency Group.