The first round of voting for the UK Car of the Year Awards 2017 has seen the 12 best-in-class cars decided, with those dozen now in with a chance of being crowned overall winner next month.
German manufacturers have the most cause for optimism after both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche claimed two best-in-class wins. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class picked up the Best Executive Car title, while the S-Class triumphed in the Best Cabriolet class. Meanwhile, the Porsche 718 claimed two class wins with the Boxster variant named Best Sports Car and the Cayman crowned Best Coupe.
Elsewhere, the Hyundai iONIQ beat off competition from the Mini Clubman and Renault Megane to top the Best Small Hatch category, and the Toyota Prius was voted Best Family Car. Renault collected its first ever class win with the Scenic lifting the Best MPV title, SEAT doing likewise in the Best Crossover category with the Ateca, while stalwarts Volvo claimed the Best Estate Car class with the V90. Meanwhile, the Ford Focus RS came out tops in the Best Performance Car class.
The British-built Jaguar F-Pace took the Best Large Crossover title, and national pride was further bolstered by the Rolls-Royce Dawn tasting victory in the Best Luxury Car class.
The overall winner of the UK Car of the Year 2017 will be announced on 24 February.
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