The SEAT Leon (above) was named Car of the Year 2013 at the annual Auto Express New Car Awards.
This is the first time the Spanish brand has won the top award, while the Leon also drove off with the Best Compact Family Car Award. There was further Spanish glory as the SEAT Alhambra was named Best MPV for the third year running.
Auto Express editor-in-chief, Steve Fowler, said: “The new Leon is a brilliant all-rounder offering space, quality, economy and plenty of style. You’ve only got to look at the cars the Leon beat to see just how good it is.”
Ford walked away with four awards, including the first ever Auto Express Van of the Year title for the new Transit Custom. The Fiesta was named Best Supermini, while the Fiesta ST was Best Hot Hatch and the B-MAX Best Five-Seat MPV.
British success was led by Land Rover with its all-new Range Rover named Design of the Year by Auto Express readers and also winning Luxury Car of the Year. The Range Rover Evoque was named Best Compact SUV for the third year running.
Steve Fowler added: “We’re continually amazed by the quality and efficiency of the latest new cars – offering so much more, but costing far less to run. These Awards provide the perfect guide for car buyers in the run-up to the September plate change.”
Auto Express New Car Awards Winners 2013
City Car Skoda Citigo
Supermini Ford Fiesta
Compact family car SEAT Leon
Family Car Mazda 6 F
ive-seat MPV Ford B-MAX
Seven-seat MPV SEAT Alhambra
Estate Car Skoda Octavia Estate
Crossover Mazda CX-5
Compact SUV Range Rover Evoque
Large SUV Hyundai Santa Fe
Hot Hatch Ford Fiesta ST
Convertible Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
Coupe Porsche Cayman
Roadster Porsche Boxster
Pick-up Volkswagen Amarok
Compact Executive Car BMW 3 Series
Executive Car BMW 5 Series
Luxury Car Range Rover
Performance Car Toyota GT 86
Green Award Vauxhall Ampera
Design Award Range Rover
Driver Power Award Lexus
Hall of Fame Ian Robertson,
BMW Safety Award Volvo V40
Van of the Year Ford Transit Custom