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Audi Car Awards

By Swansway Motor Group 28-04-2020

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We're not the only ones who think Audi cars are fantastic, a lot of Car Award judges think so too!

Which awards have Audi cars won this year?

  • What Car? Awards 2020
    • Audi Q7 is crowned Best Luxury SUV for the fourth time in succession
    • Audi TT takes Best Coupé for the 17th time across three generations
    • Seven Best Buy commendations across the model range
    • Audi A3 Sportback is named Used Car of the Year 

21 trophies and counting as Audi TT Coupé and Q7 SUV triumph again in 2020 What Car? Awards

Much loved Audi coupé receives its 17th What Car? best-in-class award while Q7 also holds on to its crown for a fourth successive year

The enduring appeal of the Q7 SUV and the TT Coupé – has been acknowledged yet again by What Car? in its 2020 Car of The Year Awards.

Starting with a Best Coupé honour for the TT which brings its total trophy tally to an incredible 17 – the largest cache ever secured by a model of its type in the 42-year history of the event.

Launched in 2015, the second generation Q7 has had less time to make its mark, but is nevertheless already amassing an impressive haul of honours, its win as Best Luxury SUV in the 2020 awards being its fourth in as many years. 

Audi TT

The TT in its current, third generation form has already contributed four Best Coupé awards to the much-loved model’s densely packed trophy cabinet, and adds a fifth this year, continuing an almost unbroken run of success for the game-changing model since the first generation car took to UK roads back in 1999.

The merits of the latest iteration were further reinforced last year by enhancements to styling and equipment and improvements to the engine range, including the addition of a new 2.0-litre, 197PS TFSI unit to replace the original 1.8 TFSI in the new lead-in 40 TFSI model. 

Focusing on this version specifically for its citation in the awards issue, the What Car? testers commented that:

The TT is more exquisitely put together than cars that cost a lot more yet is still thoroughly contemporary inside. And with the new engine, it delivers truly rapid performance to go with its composed handling and compliant ride.

The testers felt the Q7 was deserving of similarly lofty praise to explain its ranking as Best Luxury SUV, an award it has now picked up for four consecutive years.

Branding the air-suspended seven-seater “the ultimate automotive polymath”, they commended the 50 TDI S line version for its ability to “accelerate like a hot hatch, pamper like a limo, handle like a saloon and accommodate like an SUV.” 

Audi Q3 Sportback

Alongside the two winners, an impressive total of seven Audi models also received honourable mentions in dispatches, achieving ‘Best Buy’ commendations at specific price points as part of the awards.

  1. Q2 (Best Small SUV for more than £25,000)
  2. Q3 Sportback (Best Coupe SUV for less than £35,000)
  3. Q5 (Best Large SUV for more than £35,000)
  4. Q8 (Best Coupe SUV for more than £60,000)
  5. Fully electric e-tron 55 (Best Large Electric Car for more than £70,000)
  6. A8 L 50 TDI quattro (Best Luxury Car for more than £60,000)
  7. A5 Cabriolet (Best Convertible in the £25,000 to £50,000 bracket). 

Highly respected automotive consumer title singles out Audi compact hatchback for its most prized used car award

An undeniably premium finish and exceptional quality have always given the Audi A3 Sportback abundant kerb appeal, and the popular compact hatchback has just landed the most prized What Car? Used Car of the Year Award as further proof that there is genuine substance beneath the sheen.

The five-door A3 is already very familiar with What Car? silverware, having won through in the new car-focused What Car? Awards in the Family Car category on multiple occasions, and also scooped the overall Car of the Year Award in 2013.

The same desirability, versatility and efficiency that won over the judges on those occasions has swayed them again where the car’s attractions as a used proposition are concerned.

Rear view of the Audi A3 Sportback

According to the judges’ citation, the A3 triumphed because “it’s great to drive, for starters, and it comes with a classy interior that few rivals can match. It rides and handles superbly too, and it's wonderfully refined and comfortable to spend time in.”

The testers went on to praise the car’s “great range of engines…whether you’re after an economical diesel or a punchy petrol.” They summed up by writing:

It’s a fantastic car as well as a terrific used buy, and a thoroughly deserving winner.

The A3 Sportback is currently available with a broad range of engines starting with a peppy 1.0-litre three-cylinder with 116PS in the 30 TFSI model and rounding off with 184PS and 190PS four-cylinder TDI and TFSI units in the 40 TDI quattro and 40 TFSI quattro.

Specification options include SE Technik, Sport, S line and Black Edition. For customers looking for even more in the way of performance, 300PS S3 and 400PS RS 3 models are also available at the head of the line-up.


Which Car Awards have Audi cars previously won?

  • 2017
    • Audi A4 Voted One Of The 'Best Cars In The World' By Top Gear Team
    • Audi A4 named What Car? Executive Car of the Year
    • What Car? Luxury SUV of the Year is the Audi Q7
    • A3 Sportback singled out as the What Car? Best Family Car
    • Audi TT takes What Car? Coupé of the Year for the third year in succession
    • Fleet World: Best Premium Lower Medium award for Audi A3
    • Fleet World: Best Compact Executive Award for Audi A4 Fleet World 
    • Audi Q7 Earns Luxury SUV Plaudits In 2016 Professional Driver Awards

Few UK automotive industry endorsements carry as much weight as a What Car? Award.  Right at the top of the What Car? New Year’s Honours list in 2017 was the Audi A4 holding onto the Best Executive Car crown. It was joined by the Audi TT, which retains its Coupé of the Year title for the third consecutive year in its current form, and by the Audi Q7, which has beaten the competition to be named Best Luxury SUV. Last but by no means least, the A3 Sportback merited the top position in the Best Family Car category for 2017​.

  • 2016
    • Audi A4 Saloon is named What Car? Car of the Year 2016
    • A4 3.0 TDI 218PS awarded What Car? Best Compact Executive Car
    • Win for TT Coupé takes total number of What Car? Coupé category awards across the generations to eight
    • Audi A4 Is Voted Best Premium Car In 2016 Fleet News Awards
    • Audi R8 Is The "2016 World Performance Car"

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