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31 new models make shortlist for prestigious prize; winner to be named on Tuesday 14 January

The shortlist of contenders for this year’s What Car? Car of the Year Award has been revealed.

Autocar’s sibling title has named 31 models in contention for the overall prize at the prestigious annual awards ceremony, which will be held on Tuesday 14 January.

The Kia e-Niro claimed the overall prize last year, becoming the first electric car to do so.

To be eligible, cars need to have been launched in the previous 12 months and be available to order by the time of the ceremony. The full shortlist is below.

As well as the overall Car of the Year price, the winners of 27 classes will be named at the ceremony. That includes three new categories to reflect the increasing variety of electric cars and SUVs offered to UK buyers.

More details about the 2020 What Car? Car of the Year Awards can be found at

What Car? Car of the Year Award 2020 shortlist

Audi E-tron

Audi Q3 Sportback

Audi Q8

BMW 1 Series

BMW 3 Series Touring

BMW 8 Series


Ford Puma

Kia Soul EV

Mazda 3

Mazda CX-30

Mercedes-Benz CLA

Mercedes-Benz EQC



Nissan Juke

Peugeot 208

Polestar 1

Porsche 911

Porsche Cayenne Coupé

Range Rover Evoque

Renault Clio

Seat Mii Electric

Skoda Scala

Skoda Kamiq

Tesla Model 3

Toyota Corolla

Toyota RAV4

Toyota GR Supra

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Thekrankis 6 January 2020

Polestar 1

By a mile.....

Just Saying 6 January 2020

That Modern Muscle look.

Polestar 1 has my vote.
The Americans reintroduced the modern Mustang, Camaro and the wonderful Challenger. The designer of Polestar 1 has added sophistication to this sector and produced a truly masterful design of automobile for the middle classes.
xxxx 6 January 2020

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I can tell you what's not gonna win, BMW X7! Why is it even on the list?