The new Mercedes-Benz E-class has been the voted the winner of the UK Car of the Year Awards 2017.Having already been awarded the accolade of Best Executive Car when the category winners were announced at the beginning of January, the E-class then cruised to victory in the overall vote.
The Mercedes S-class Cabriolet won the Best Cabriolet category.
John Challen, director of the UK Car of the Year Awards, said: “Mercedes-Benz has a long history of creating impressive saloon cars and the new E-class continues this trend and raises the bar in the executive vehicle sector.
“Stunning inside and out, it takes driver and passengers into the realms of luxury. The level of technology – and the attention to detail – at your fingertips is astounding.”
Fellow director Alisdair Suttie added: “The E-class has it all and does it very well. Its refinement, comfort and style mean you want for nothing else.”
I am a huge fan of the current E-class, rating its class, comfort and quality, as well as an excellent range of engines.
My fellow UK CotY judges clearly agreed.
Top Gear’s Tom Ford said: “The E-Class reigns supreme: endlessly entertaining interior, top-notch quality, comforting and comfortable dynamics.”
David Ross, editor of HonestJohn.co.uk, added: “If you’re looking for a near perfect car – surely this is it. The E-class is just sublime. Comfortable, quiet and quick – it’s a very easy car to love,” while Fleet World’s Alex Grant claimed the Mercedes was “a technological showcase.
Beautifully built and a pleasure to drive, wherever your journey takes you, the E-class resets the executive class benchmarks”.
In the overall category, the E-class triumphed over the Volvo V90 and Jaguar F-Pace, which finished in joint second place, with Hyundai’s Ioniq and the Ford Focus RS in joint third.
Launched in 2014, the UK Car of the Year Awards are judged by 27 of Britain’s most-read motoring journalists.
Each judge uses their expertise to pick out the top performer in 12 vehicle categories, before deciding the overall winner from their favourites in each class.
CATEGORY WINNERS IN THE 2017 UK CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Best Small Hatch – Hyundai Ioniq
Best Family Car – Toyota Prius
Best Executive Car – Mercedes-Benz E-class
Best Luxury Car – Rolls-Royce Dawn
Best Estate Car – Volvo V90
Best MPV – Renault Scénic/Grand Scénic
Best Crossover – Seat Ateca
Best Large Crossover – Jaguar F-Pace
Best Coupe – Porsche 718 Cayman
Best Cabriolet – Mercedes-Benz S-class Cabriolet
Best Sports Car – Porsche 718 Boxster
Best Performance Car – Ford Focus RS
The UK Car of the Year Awards are voted for by a panel of 27 leading motoring journalists. The award is supported by Cox Automotive, whose UK brands include Manheim and Motors.co.uk.
culled from the Telegraph