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THE Skoda Octavia has been announced as the best new car of 2018, according to a consumer vote for the Auto Trader New Car Awards 2018.

Skoda’s new cars proved to be a firm favourite with the public this year, also securing the title of ‘Best Family Car’ for the Skoda Superb. Runners up for ‘New Car of the Year’ were the BMW 1 Series and the Peugeot 3008.

Unlike other car awards which rely on editorial judging panels, Auto Trader’s New Car Awards were decided by 43,000 real car owners.

The 12 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 is the second annual New Car Awards from Auto Trader, the UK’s largest digital automotive marketplace.

The full list of 2018 winners is as follows:

New Car of the Year: Skoda Octavia
Best Family Car: Skoda Superb
Best Car for City Driving: Ford Kuga
Best Value New Car: Kia Rio
Best Car for Long Distances: Hyundai Tucson
Most Fun Car to Drive: Mazda MX-5
Brand with the Best Car Features: Nissan
Best Car Launched in the last year: Volvo XC60
Best Value Brand: Dacia
Best Car for Dog Owners: Honda Civic
Most Reliable Brand: Lexus
Best Car for New Drivers: Kia Rio
Best Green Car: Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate

Erin Baker, Auto Trader’s editorial director, said: ‘For the second year running, we wanted to use our New Car Awards to put the power back in the hands of consumers.

‘Our winners have the seal of approval from real owners, which we hope will make finding the right new car much simpler for car buyers. Congratulations to all our well-deserving winners for continuing to push the boundaries of innovation and offering car buyers fantastic choice to suit every budget.’
Date posted: 6th, June, 2018