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Britain's cheapest new car crowned outright winner of 2021 awards, with category winners including the VW ID 3, Toyota GR Yaris and Ford Puma

The Dacia Sandero, officially Britain’s most affordable new car, has scooped victory at the 2021 What Car? Car of the Year awards

The top gong was given to the latest version of the Romanian company’s budget supermini, which is available from £7995 - more than half the price of the cheapest Ford Fiesta

Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?, said: “The Sandero’s price is scarcely believable when you consider that our expert testing has shown it to be the equal of or better than most of its higher-priced rivals. In the eyes of our test team, it stood out for being delightfully comfortable, incredibly spacious and for its suite of modern safety aids and technology.”

Dacia also scooped a category runner-up prize in the family SUV sector, with the Dacia Duster named as the best for value. The Volvo XC40 won that overall category, with the new Kia Sorento hybrid scooping the large SUV category and the Ford Puma (2020's overall Car of the Year) awarded Small SUV of the Year.

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The Puma won again in ST form, scooping Sports SUV of the Year after beating vastly pricier models from BMW and Porsche. 

Further wins included a five-gong streak for BMW, with plug-in hybrid versions of the 3 Series, 5 Series and BMW X5 topping the Executive Car, Luxury Car and Luxury SUV categories respectively. The 4 Series in 420i M Sport form won Coupé of the Year, with the BMW X6 taking best Coupé SUV. 

The Volkswagen Group also had a number of key wins, with the Seat Leon awarded Family Car of the Year, the Skoda Octavia iV awarded Plug-in Hybrid Car of the Year, the Skoda Superb named best estate and the Volkswagen Touran best MPV. 

The Volkswagen ID 3 took the Small Electric Car category win, too, and Porsche claimed two victories: Sports Car of the Year for the 718 Cayman GTS and Performance Car of the Year for the Taycan 4S EV. 

To see the full list of category winners and price point runners-up, plus further awards for standout brands, check out the What Car? Awards hub here.

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ianp55 15 January 2021

Bravo to What Car for choosing the Sandero for it's 2021 Car Of The Year the perfect vehicle for these strange times

xxxx 14 January 2021

It's like my kids football team awards night, I've never seen so many winners.