The Peugeot 3008 SUV has beaten off stiff competition from the likes of Hyundai Ioniq, Skoda Octavia and Mercedes-Benz E-Class to win the top trophy at the Auto Trader New Car Awards.
Unlike other car awards, which rely on editorial judging panels, the Auto Trader New Car Awards are decided by more than 63,000 real car owners. The winners represent the consumer champions of the new car market, based on the honest opinions of those who have bought, driven and lived with their new vehicles.
This year’s awards were dominated by SUVs and crossovers, not only taking the overall crown of New Car of the Year, but also scooping eight other categories.
Auto Trader asked owners to rate their cars across 16 different criteria, from reliability and performance to appearance and running costs. They were also quizzed about their overall satisfaction with their car and how likely they would be to recommend it to others.
Auto Trader New Car Awards 2019 winners:
New Car of the Year: Peugeot 3008
Most Fun to Drive: Mini Hatch
Best Car for New Drivers: Volkswagen Golf
Best Car for City Drivers: Toyota C-HR
Best Car for Families: Seat Ateca
Best Car for Dog Owners: Mazda CX-5
Best Car for Long Distances: Volvo XC60
Best Car Launched in the Last Year: Honda CR-V
Best Seven-Seater: Skoda Kodiaq
Best Car for Towing: Kia Sportage
Best Pick-Up: Toyota Hilux
Best Value New Car: Dacia Duster
Best Green Car: Tesla Model S
Most Recommended Car: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Most Loved Car: Mazda MX-5 RF
Most Reliable Car Brand: Lexus
Car Brand with the Best Features: Jaguar
Best Value Car Brand: Dacia
Most Loved Car Brand: Tesla
“Revealingly, this year’s results mirror what we’re seeing elsewhere on our marketplace: the growing appetite for SUVs and crossovers,” said Ian Plummer, Auto Trader director.
“Not only have they regularly topped the list as the fastest selling used car since early last year, but they now account for one in five of all body related searches on Auto Trader.”