Car reviewer Tim Barnes-Clay rounds-up the winners of some of the hotly-contested categories at the 2014 What Car? Awards.
Car of the year/best small SUV: New Nissan Qashqai
Pictured above is the fresh Qashqai model which goes on sale this month and should build on the success of its two-million selling predecessor. This car is perfect if you're considering a hatchback, or small sport utility vehicle (SUV). Priced from £17,595, you can benefit from premium quality and some of the most advanced features on the market. Click here to read a full review of the Nissan Qashqai.
Reader award: Nissan X-Trail
The latest X-Trail is the ultimate, all-weather family vehicle. It's just as tough as the previous model but adds crossover style and comfort. The X-Trail will go on sale in July, with prices to be announced.
Sports car: Porsche Boxster
The Porsche Boxster defines what an open-top sports car should be. Key to its appeal is the mid-engined layout that delivers balance combined with precise handling. The Porsche is powered by a choice of flat-six engines and features a manual six-speed gearbox. The latest Boxster is the most efficient roadster in the company's history and costs from £37,589.
Large SUV: Range Rover Sport
The new Range Rover Sport provides a responsive driving experience on-or off-road. Powered by the SDV6, the Range Rover Sport can sprint from 0-62mph (100km/h) in just 6.8 seconds and has a top speed of 130mph. The SUV is available with two other powertrain options, a 3.0-litre TDV6 and a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol. It is priced from £51,550. Click here for a full review of the Range Rover Sport.
Hot hatch: Ford Fiesta ST-2
More than 3,000 Ford Fiesta ST orders have been placed in the UK since it went on sale in March last year. Over half of buyers have opted for the higher specification ST2 model, priced at £17,995. In many ways it’s become an instant classic because of its performance and affordable price. Read: The best and worst Ford cars ever made.
MPV: Citroën Grand C4 Picasso
This seven-seater Citroën Grand C4 Picasso is pictured above right, alongside the five-seater model of the same name - less the "Grand". The seven-seater motor is priced from £19,200 and benefits from an extended wheelbase to provide maximum cabin capacity. It stands apart from the five-seat model thanks to its high-tech front end and 3D effect LED tail-lights. Read more about both models in six practical but good-looking family motors.
Family car: Skoda Octavia
The new Skoda Octavia is available in hatch and estate forms with a range of drivetrain options including 4x4 transmissions and turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. The line-up also includes the most powerful Octavia ever built in the form of the sporty vRS. Prices start from £16,310.
Small car: Ford Fiesta Ecoboost
This is one of the best handling small cars you can buy, especially with Ford's 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine. The three-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit delivers stacks of performance. Priced from £14,495, and with cheaper car insurance, the Ford Fiesta is a shrewd buy.
City car: Hyundai i10
The tiny Hyundai i10 is comfortable and safe. Equipment such as climate control, a heated leather steering wheel and cruise control, provide big-car luxury, while safety includes stability control and front curtain airbags. You can expect to pay £9,295.
Luxury car: Mercedes-Benz S Class
Priced from £62,650, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class promises to continue to raise the benchmark in efficiency and refinement. The big Merc is on sale now, with a three-engine line-up of one diesel, one petrol and one petrol-hybrid.
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