BMW i3 wins Car of the Year award

BMW i3 wins Car of the Year award

BMW's electric i3 has been crowned the overall winner of the inaugural Car of the Year prize.

The car also emerged victorious in the Best Supermini Category at the awards, which are voted for by motoring journalists.

Almost half of the 27 judges chose the i3 as the winner of the overall prize. It saw off competition from the Porsche Cayman, Range Rover Sport, BMW 5 Series, Citroen C4 Grand Picasso and Audi A3.

The awards include a total of 11 categories. The Ford Fiesta ST, which was named runner-up for the main prize, scooped the award for Best Performance Car.

Joint third place was given to the Skoda Octavia Estate and Jaguar F-type, which topped the Best Estate and Best Open Top Car categories respectively.

John Challen, managing director of the awards, said: "Alternative vehicles have made a big impression on UK car buyers in recent years, and the i3 takes things to the next level.

"It might be a new direction for BMW, but the i3 successfully retains the driving characteristics from BMW's more established models."

The i3 was also praised by Top Gear's Tom Ford, who said it "moves the game on" for urban and inter-urban transport.

"It is clever, exciting, useful and desirable," he added.

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