If we, the selection of the cars for our long-term fleet, we are careful to only the most beautiful or most interesting machines on the market. Spending a long time in them, hidden deep or disorders. So, which of the machines we have on our long-term test fleet in 2017, impressed us the most? We asked around the office and the results are in.
Escape to the country-Award for the most fun car to drive
WINNER: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – Highly commended: McLaren 570GT, Subaru BRZ
This is developing into a straight fight between the world-class of British precision engineering and classic Italian charm and character, with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio sneak victory from McLaren 570GT by the narrowest of margins.
“I beamed, just 100 metres”, attributed to editor Mark Tisshaw. â€œSo well developed, it is more than the sum of its parts. A near-perfect ride and handling balance, an extraordinary Ferrari V6 engine… I could go on.”
Chief tester Matt Saunders was similarly impressed, in the light of the Alfa, each journey was “capable of brightening, and the remarkable rear-drive balance”.
Editorial director Jim holder led the campaign for McLaren, saying: “It is not only sensational, can be driven with confidence, no matter what your level of ability.”
The Subaru BRZ was the third, represented by senior staff writer, Sam Sheehan, the failure is rarely an opportunity occurs, it is in the country. Although, that might just be a desire to escape, Tooting.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio long-term updates
The ‘Look At Me, Damn it” – to impress Award for the best car you, your friends and family
WINNER: Aston Martin Vanquish S – Highly commended: Mazda MX-5 RF, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Perhaps not surprisingly, the Aston Martin Vanquish S Front claimed a dominant victory in this category that appeal to you, editor-at-large Matt, since he nominated him for each award. While many of these contributions required a little twisting of logic (he explains the Aston’s city car credentials, by saying, “you get to intersections”), few would quibble with the Vanquish the victory is here.
He said it “looks just as good in the Opera, a race track or on a tinder date” â€“ probably says a lot about how he spends his weekends…
Matt Saunders took to Aston, not just for its appearance, adding: “It’s louder than the end of the world.”
The show that its foldable hard-top really has some flair added, the Mazda MX-5 RF originated in a (distant) second place. Staff writer Jimi Beckwith, a man who knows that his style (even if it is sometimes questionable), said: “I do not know, to identify whether my family are terrible cars, just happy or just humouring me, but the MX-5 RF-got so much positive reaction that would be leet as one of the supercars on our f.”
Aston Martin Vanquish S long-term updates
To negotiate on the Top floor of the Waitrose car Park award for the easiest car in tight spaces and roads of the city
WINNER: Suzuki-Ignis – Highly commended: Bentley Bentayga, Dacia Sandero Stepway LPG
We will be the winners in a minute. First of all, an explanation. This award is so named because Autocar towers share offers a ridiculously narrow car Park with a Waitrose supermarket, and the ten-storey climb to our top floor with car Parking an excellent test of the car’s agility in tight spaces.
So, uh, how has Bentley massive Bentayga SUV finish second in an arbitration award should be all about small, nimble machines? People have some explaining to do… let’s start with Dan Prosser: “the concrete walls, small buildings, other vehicles â€“ all swept aside by the powerful Bentley, as if you were not there at all.”
Andrew Frankel, you can do better? â€œBecause my husband could only drive around the block until I was ready. Or, better, I could put him on the watch list and drive around the block until he came out.”
Hmmm. Suppose that there is a logic, of sorts. Nevertheless, eventually and in one of the unlikeliest of paragraphs that you have read in the Autocar some time â€“ the Bentley Bentayga was swept aside by the new Suzuki Ignis.
Description of the event a “top – drawer of a small car”, Jim holder, said: “Yes, it looks a little dorky, with its high ground clearance and short length, but that makes it perfect for urban life.”
Holder added that there is a prediction: “Another car manufacturer is the product, make it more stylish, double the price and will be celebrated for the invention of a new type of car.”
You throw in the kitchen sink Award for the car more suitable for load-lugging
WINNER: Mercedes E220D Estate – Highly commended: Skoda Kodiaq, Volvo V90
“You have an E-class T-model on this list and still have questions?” Andrew Frankel called. Well, Yes, we have, in fact â€“ while the Mercedes has established itself as the leading load-lugger, it was hard pushed by both the Skoda Kodiaq and Volvo V90.
Executive editor Matt Burt is the custodian of the E220d estate. As the person with the task of keeping our copy appears clean and precise, his nomination for the Merc commendable brevity: “Obvious, really.”
Image editor Ben Summerell-Youde for the Kodiaq, notes: “It is massive, and I love the ‘Simply Clever’ – gubbins.”
Mark Tisshaw has been declared a fan of the V90,: â€œI went to Ikea for the meatballs and some hangers. The coat hanger, slipped so far into the trunk, I had to climb inside to retrieve them.”
And, Yes, Matt Prior has the Vanquish nominate in this category, also, “because the boat includes two sets of Golf clubs and the rear seats a 5ft 10in child”.
Mercedes-Benz E-class estate long-term updates
The Hashtag-Spoiler Alert-Award for the car that you particularly surprised
WINNER: Mazda MX-5 RF – Highly commended: Suzuki Ignis, Audi S5
There was a lot of variety in the voting for this award, with the Mazda MX-5 RF call a narrow victory for the detection of a foldable hard-top can add a surprising degree of sophistication, a fun two-seater.
“I expect great things, but I did not expect, that it is said to be of such high quality,” Sam Sheehan. â€œThe feel of the circuit, the Seating position, the placement of the Cam, directly on the hands and the beautiful coupe-style roof line. I’m a big fan.”
Digital editor, James Attwood of the MX-5 RF delivery, as his long-termer, and said: â€œwhen I first sat in it, with the roof up, it felt incredibly claustrophobic and I reached it just in time for the drop-top button. Five months later, I realized that I spent more time with the roof â€“ it felt refined.”
The Suzuki Ignis SUV reinvention mean it almost this award grabbed brood with Matt Saunders: “How can so much space in such a small car is beyond me.”
But not everyone was a fan of Jimi Beckwith nominated event because it fell short to fuel consumption when it came, and not to let him “warm and fuzzy”.
The Audi S5 was third in the voting, but not for entirely positive reasons. It’s an engaging drive, the software could-top is annoyed by the disjoint nature of many of them. Mark Tisshaw: “It surprised me how little the different departments in the technique spoken to each other in its development.”
Mazda MX-5 RF-long-term updates
Game of Thrones audiobook Award for the best car for very long trips
WINNER: Volvo V90 – Highly commended: Mercedes E220D Estate, Bentley Bentayga, Aston Martin Vanquish S
This was another close scrap between the Mercedes and Volvo estates, with strong campaigns from both the Aston Martin Vanquish and the Bentley Bentayga. But, by a narrow margin, the award in this category went to Sweden.
“Riding gently, plenty of room, great seats, practically drives itself, does 45mpg and has a fantastic nav system,” to expect V90 custodian Matt Saunders. “I’ll entertain no arguments.”
For the sake of argument, though, Sam Sheehan stuck up for the E220d, describes it as “comfortable, luxurious and fast”. “I can’t think of many cars that I cover rather large distances,” he added.
James Attwood for the Bentley Bentayga, after a 90-minute motorway trip. “I had to negotiate the M25 at rush hour rested but still stronger from the Bentayga feeling more as if I’m in you,” he said.
Volvo V90 long-term updates
The Inspect-a-Gadget Award for best/most innovative/useful bit of in-car technology
WINNER: Skoda Kodiaq grab bottle holder – Highly commended: Toyota Prius plug-in-solar-roof, Ford Mustang line-lock mode
This award attracts the widest range of publications, is risking a multi-way tie. So, we decided to the hand and the price is based on the quality of the template and the winning design came from Jim holder.
He was nominated for the Skoda Kodiaq drinks bottle holder, saying: â€œMaybe I’ve lived a sheltered life, but I’ve never had drinks occurred bottle holder, grip your bottle for you while you screw on the cap It is a pathetic low-tech solution, but very effective, and a small, but significant step in the direction of safer driving.”
The Kodiaq displaces only the Toyota Prius Plug-in solar panels on the roofs. Mark Tisshaw said: “If this thing called the sun comes out, it charges the battery for you.”
What might be the Prius of this award kept the garbage was the British weather, the system is somewhat inefficient and Tisshaw, admitting that the Prius looked “about as attractive as a 1930s collectors on beat half the time with the sun”.
Not all the bit-tech worthy of praise, it was to make life easier â€“ such as Andrew Frankel of the nomination of the Ford Mustang tire shredding line-lock mode.
Skoda Kodiaq long-term updates
The ” choose your own price for a car you think deserves additional recognition
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quad trifoglio – Mark Tisshaw: “‘I thank you for not cocking it up’ award. The best car that I’m driving the whole year.”
Renault Scenic – Matt Saunders: “that you are good enough to produce a weak warm feelings of snapper Luc Lacey, which is usually only cracks a smile for 500bhp drift machines.”
Dacia Sandero Stepway LPG – Jim Holder: “A shout-out to the best of the cars we have and the evidence that LPG could be a part of the short-term solution to the emissions.”
Aston Martin Vanquish S – Matt Prior: “For it is the only car that ever made me consider anything to sell what I own to buy a car with that shape and a V12 engine.”
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio make
Mazda MX-5 RF-review
Mercedes-Benz E220D make