Voting has closed for the 2016 Autocar Readers' Champion. At the halfway point, the top 10 cars featured seven cars designed or built in Britain
7 April 2016

The poll for the 2016 Autocar Readers' Champion closed this morning, after two weeks of voting. 

Seven cars that have been made or created in Britain are currently among the top 10 vehicles in contention for the title of Autocar Readers’ Champion, but the results are in, and will be announced at the new-look Autocar Awards on 24 May at Silverstone.

The cars which were most popular with voters at the halfway point are a diverse selection, with the Morgan 3 Wheeler sitting alongside the likes of the Range Rover Sport, Lotus Elise and McLaren 570S. Popular non-Brits included the all-new Volvo XC90 and the all-electric Tesla Model S.

At the halfway point, the top 10 featured the following cars, which are arranged in alphabetical order:

Bentley Bentayga

Citroën Grand C4 Picasso

Jaguar XE

Land Rover Discovery

Lotus Elise

McLaren 570S

Morgan 3 Wheeler

Range Rover Sport

Tesla Model S

Volvo XC90

Other Brits in the list include the likes of the BAC Mono, the Ariel Atom and its all-terrain equivalent, the Nomad, and the Caterham Seven 620S.

They are up against big names from around the world, such as the BMW 3 Series and M235i, the Ferrari 488 GTB and F12, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. As well as the luxury cars and supercars, models such as the Ford Fiesta ST, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Up are in contention, too.

Jim Holder, editorial director of Autocar, PistonHeads and What Car?, said: “With so many fantastic cars from around the world in contention for the title of Autocar Readers’ Champion, it is great to see the Brits doing so well in initial voting.

“The diversity of the vehicles being voted for is a real testament to the British car industry, showing that we can produce everything from go-anywhere luxury in the form of the Range Rover to outright fun from the Morgan 3 Wheeler and Lotus Elise. It will be fascinating to see what emerges triumphant when voting closes.”

Watch more about the Autocar Readers’ Champion poll in Autocar’s video here.

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30 March 2016
It's not surprising to heard so many British cars topping many people's list because at the moment virtually every car from the British marques are simply excellent, with hardly even an average car around. If a British car is represented in a class of car, it generally tops the list. For example:

Ultimate luxury - Rolls Royce Phantom
Luxury car - Rolls Royce Ghost
Luxury coupe - Roll Royce Wraith
Executive class - Jaguar XF
Mid-size car - Jaguar XE
Luxury 4x4 - Range Rover
Large 4x4 - Range Rover Sport
Mid-size 4x4 - Land Rover Discovery Sport
GT - Aston Martin DB9
Super GT - Aston Martin Vanquish
Supercar/sportscar - McLaren 570S
Hypercar - McLaren P1

And all these cars lead their class by a comfortable margin too.

30 March 2016
Some of the British cars are great but not all of them lead their class (maybe in England), and not all of them are exactly British. Mclaren is often second to Ferrari, if not third after Porsche. Rolls Royce is classic British luxury but hardly British engineering. Same goes for Bentley. Jaguar has so far been behind the 3 Germans, maybe that changes in the future, we don't know. Aston Martin has so far used Ford engines and now AMG-engines, just like Lotus that uses Toyota engines.

So ya, some great cars to be proud of but it's not like they are leading the car manufacturing world.


30 March 2016
Wait till the TVR produces a cracker. Great to see the British car industry in such rude health. It took a long time coming but all signs point to the revival of the Brand Britain when it comes to producing stunning cars.

30 March 2016
fadyady wrote:

Wait till the TVR produces a cracker. Great to see the British car industry in such rude health. It took a long time coming but all signs point to the revival of the Brand Britain when it comes to producing stunning cars.

Experience tells us, however that their car will look good and in fact be crap. Brand Britain? Idiot.

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