Volvo XC90 wins Car of the Year

Volvo XC90 wins Car of the Year

Volvo's all-new XC90 SUV has been named the Auto Express Car of the Year.

The success comes 12 years after the first generation model took the crown. Like its predecessor, the newcomer, described as "one of the best cars in the world" by the voting panel, ticks all of the right boxes.

It won points for its driveability and comfort, while its looks - both inside and outside - also scored highly.

Auto Express praised the array of high-tech features on offer, and were impressed by the spaciousness of the seven-seat layout. Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, says the new XC90 has been well worth the wait.

It is the first car to have been conceived, designed and built since Volvo was taken over by Chinese firm Geely.

The Swedish automaker will still be popping champagne corks following its triumph - and rightly so. But it was also a successful awards ceremony for a number of other manufacturers.

The Volkswagen Group, for instance, picked up an impressive 10 of the 19 awards handed out to the best cars in their class.

Skoda secured two Best Car nods for the Citigo and Superb, while Seat won two for its Leon and Leon Cupra.

Volkswagen netted another two for the Polo and Passat, Porsche celebrated a win for the 911 GTS and Audi won three awards for the A6, TT and A3 Cabriolet.

Elsewhere, the Land Rover Defender became the first car to join the Auto Express Hall of Fame. The panel praised its peerless history of service, plus commended its important contribution to the country's automotive heritage.

Mr Fowler said the vehicle is an example of British engineering at its finest.

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