The best cars for 2020


Updated on 20 January 2020 | 1 Comment

WhatCar? has revealed the winners in its Car of the Year awards, including the best value car and electric vehicle.

If you’re on the hunt for a new motor this year, then it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer level of choice on offer. There are simply so many different models to choose from!

Thankfully, the experts at WhatCar? have announced their cars of the year, with winners across a host of different categories, as well as an overall winner.

So, let’s take a look at the cars they think are the best around.

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Best SUVs

There were a handful of SUV awards, reflecting the different types of SUV available on the market.

The Range Rover Velar was the winner in the Coupe SUV division, while the Ford Puma took top spot for the small SUV award.

Judges praised the Ford Puma for being fun to drive, cleverly packaged and well-priced, while WhatCar’s independent tests flagged it was extremely economical thanks to its ‘mild hybrid’ technology.

The Range Rover Evoque took the trophy for the best family SUV, while the Peugeot 5008 was named top large SUV, and the Audi Q7 took the top spot for luxury SUV.

Finally, the best sports SUV award went to the Porsche Macan S.

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Range Rover Velar. (Image: Shutterstock/Victor Maschek)

Best value car

The Kia Picanto took the trophy for best value car, ahead of the Dacia Sandero and the Toyota Aygo.

If you’re in the market for a small car, then the Volkswagen Polo is well worth a look after triumphing in that category, beating the likes of the Skoda Fabia and the Peugeot 208.

This is the second year in a row that the Polo has won the award for best small car.

In the family car category, Skoda Scala won the trophy. At less than £20,000, it’s also the cheapest of the cars highlighted by WhatCar? in this category, beating the Toyota Corolla and the BMW 1 Series.

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Best electric vehicles

There were two categories here, with a top large electric and small electric motor each winning a trophy.

The Tesla Model 3 won the best large electric car trophy, while the Renault Zoe R135 was awarded the prize for best small electric car.

Tesla Model 3. (Image: Shutterstock/TierneyMJ)

Best cars for reliability and safety

Naturally, you want a new car to be fun to drive, but there are bigger factors to take into consideration like how reliable it is and what sort of protection it offers in the event of an accident.

For the reliability award, brands were judged based on feedback from readers, and the cost of repairs and typical time spent off the road when something goes wrong.

Lexus took the trophy here, with Toyota and Suzuki also highlighted.

As for safety, the judges only considered those with a five-star Euro NCAP rating with a ‘reasonably affordable purchase price’, offering the potential to be a high-volume seller, and therefore making a bigger impact on the overall safety of cars on the road.

This award went to the BMW 3 Series, ahead of the Mercedes-Benz CLA and Tesla Model 3.

The 3 Series is clearly an impressive motor, beyond its safety features, as it also won the awards for best executive car and best plug-in hybrid.

There was also an award for the motor with the best technology on offer, with the judges putting a particular focus on systems that make driving easier and safer.

Manufacturers actually had to pitch their innovations from the past year, with the prize going to Subaru’s driver monitoring system.

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Ford Puma. (Image: Shutterstock/Dmitry Eagle Orlov)

The overall winner

The Ford Puma was named as the best all-round car of the year, on top of its victory in the small SUV category. 

The judges said its main rivals were the Skoda Scala, Range Rover Evoque and Tesla Model 3.

It’s the sixth time a Ford car has been named motor of the year in the awards’ 43-year history, but the first time since 2009 when it won alongside the Ford Fiesta.

Get a better deal on your next car

Of course, working out what car you want to buy is just the start. Now you need to get the best possible deal when buying it.

We’ve set out all the important things to remember, from researching deals to how to pay for it, in our guide on how to buy a car for less.

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