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Tesla Model 3 named ‘new car of the year’

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The Tesla Model 3 has been crowned New Car of the Year 2020 at the annual Auto Trader New Car Awards.

Tesla’s acclaimed Model 3 proved to be an aspirational favourite with the public, beating off stiff competition from the likes of Kia Niro and Porsche Macan for Best New Car in the consumer vote featuring the views of more than 181,000 car owners.

Unlike many other car awards, which rely on editorial judging panels, the Auto Trader New Car Awards are decided by real car owners voting to decide the winner of 18 categories.

“These awards recognise the brands and cars that are doing it right in the eyes of those whose opinions matter most, consumers,” said Rory Reid, Auto Trader’s YouTube Director.

“They prove how manufacturers are taking consumers’ needs into consideration and innovating to bring a great and wide choice of cars to market. Each of our winners is well deserving – congratulations to all.”

Auto Trader New Car Awards 2020 winners

New Car of the Year: Tesla Model 3
Best Car for Families: Volvo XC60
Best Car for City Drivers: Nissan Qashqai
Best Value New Car: Dacia Duster
Best Car for Long Distances: Volkswagen Golf
Most Fun Car to Drive: Mazda MX-5 RF
Best Car for New Drivers: Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Best Car for Dog Owners: Skoda Karoq
Best 7-Seater: Volvo XC90
Best Car for Towing: Kia Sorento
Most Loved Car: BMW 3 Series
Best Hybrid Car: Lexus NX 300h
Best Electric Car: Tesla Model 3
Most Loved Brand: MINI
Most Reliable Brand: Skoda
Best Utility Vehicle: Volkswagen Amarok
Car Brand with the Best Tech: Jaguar
Best Value Brand: MG
Best luxury car / Rory Reid award: Audi S8

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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