And the winners are...

Snows were thrilled to see many of our franchises come out on top at the WhatCar? Awards 2018! Including the most renowned category by WhatCar? - the 2018 Car of the Year award...

The highly anticipated WhatCar? Car of the Year awards kicked off on the 23rd January 2018 (in association with Warranty Direct) in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

The first ever WhatCar? award ceremony took place back in 1978, where some of the most popular cars on the market were celebrated. Back in the day, the Renault 20 TS was crowned the overall winner at the awards, marking what has now become a renowned and significant honor for the automotive industry.

The 2018 long list comprised of an incredible 114 vehicles nominated for 17 categories, including Best City Car, Best Family Car, Best Small SUV and many more. This year we saw one of the most competitive WhatCar? awards ever, with two new categories introduced: Best Hybrid Car and Best Family SUV.

Snows were thrilled to see an impressive 19 models represent our franchises in the top 3 of 14 categories! What's more, the Volvo XC40 was crowned with the most coveted title in the ceremony, the official WhatCar? Car of the Year 2018. From Suzuki to BMW, from SEAT to Alfa Romeo, we were not short of success at these prestigious awards. Discover all of our fantastic winners and the categories that they were listed, below:

Small Car Award

1st.Seat Ibiza 1.0 TSI 95 FR
Runners Up: Mini 5 Door 1.5T Cooper Chili Media XL
Dacia Sandero 0.9 Tce Ambiance   

Large SUV Award

1st. Peugeot 5008 1.2 PureTech 130 Allure
Runners Up: Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D 2WD Sport
Audi Q5 2.0 TDI quattro Sport

Family Car Award

1st. Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI 150 SE L
Runners Up: SEAT Leon 1.2 TSI SE Dynamic Technology
Audi A3 Sportback 1.5 TFSI 150 Sport

City Car Award

1st. Kia Picanto 1.25 '3'
Runners Up: Suzuki Celerio 1.0 SZ2
Skoda Citigo 1.0 60 SE 3dr

Sports Car Award

1st.Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Runners Up: McLaren 540C
Porsche Cayman 2.0 litre

Car Safety Award

1st. Volvo XC60
Runners Up: Subaru XV
Volkswagen T-Roc

Small SUV Award

1st. SEAT Arona 1.0 TSI 95 SE Technology
Runners Up: Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ4
Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI 150

True MPG Award

1st. Suzuki Ignis 1.2 SHVS 2WD SZ5
Runners Up: Toyota Yaris Hybrid Design
Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 2WD Sport Nav

Best Estate Car

1st. Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technology
Runners Up:BMW 5 Series Touring 520d SE
Skoda Fabia Estate 1.0 TSI 95 SE

Best Luxury Car

1st. BMW 5 Series 520d SE
Runners Up: Audi A8 50 TDI Long Wheelbase
Rolls-Royce Ghost EWB

Best Family SUV

1st. Volvo XC40 D4 R Design
Runners Up: SEAT Ateca 1.0 TSI Ecomotive 115 S
Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 SE L

Best Executive Car

1st. Audi A4 2.0 TDI 190 Ultra Sport S Tronic
Runners Up: Kia Stinger GT-S
Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technology

And Car of the Year 2018 goes to...


Snows has 45 franchised dealerships across the South of England, stretching from Plymouth to Guildford, and including the Isle of Wight. The Group prides itself on its reputation and dedication to delivering excellent customer service, and is rewarded by the fact that over half of its business comes from returning customers. With Snows, driving becomes an experience, rather than a chore.

Author: Sophie Taylor

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Posted on 24/01/2018