THE BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car has been crowned UK Car of the Year for 2015.
Having fought off stiff competition to the title of Performance Car of the Year, the four-seat technological tour de force also won the overall vote.
Launched in 2014, the UK Car of the Year Awards are judged by 27 of Britain’s most-read motoring journalists. Each judge uses their expertise to pick out the top performer in 12 vehicle categories, before deciding the overall winner from their favourites in each class.
The win for the i8 – powered by combination of a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine and 96kW electric motor – means back-to-back wins for the BMW ‘i’ brand at the awards. Twelve months ago, the German manufacturer was picking up the inaugural title for its i3 small car.
“The automotive industry has seen many hybrid models in recent years, but nothing quite like the i8,” said John Challen, managing director of UK Car of the Year Awards, and Editor of ukcoty.co.uk.
“The term ‘game-changer’ is sometimes overused when talking about new cars, but in the case of the i8, it is totally justified. The latest ‘i’ model completely redefines the performance car segment, and is helped by a hybrid powertrain that is really quite special.”
In the overall Car of the Year class, 14 of the 27 judges chose the BMW as their winner. The nearest challenger was the Citroën C4 Cactus, followed by the Renault Twingo in third place.
Full list of UK Car of the Year Awards 2015 winners:
Best City Car – Renault Twingo
Best Supermini – Skoda Fabia
Best Small Hatch – Citroën C4 Cactus
Best Family Car – Ford Mondeo
Best Executive Car – Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Best Luxury Car – Rolls-Royce Ghost
Best Estate Car – Volkswagen Passat
Best MPV – BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
Best 4×4 – Porsche Macan
Best Coupé – Jaguar F-TYPE
Best Open Top Car – Porsche Boxster GTS
Best Performance Car – BMW i8
For more information about the UK Car of the Year Awards, go to ukcoty.co.uk