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Autoportal Best Car Awards 2019

Autoportal Best Car Awards 2019

Snapshot: this year has witnessed a slew of launched from various manufacturers, find out which one of these bagged the awards at Autoportal Best Car Awards List.

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Car of the Year

Winner – Maruti Suzuki Swift

Launched at the 2018 Auto Expo, Maruti Suzuki Swift was a star at the event. The model is one of the best-selling products in the Maruti Suzuki’s stable. The hatch has won our Car of the Year award because of its stylish looks and a host of new fist-in-segment features, not to forget its peppy drive. And being a Maruti, it has to be fuel efficient as well.

Best Hatchback of the Year

Winner – Hyundai Santro

The all-new Hyundai Santro made its comeback with a bang this year. This one has come with not just an all-new look but also some first-in-segment feature. How about rear AC vents for a hatchback, which no other manufacturers have ever thought of. Other than this, even in its new avatar, it retains its good ride quality and a tall boy stance, making the cabin airy for the passengers, and sticks to its competitive pricing and feature-rich packing. Hence, it is the best to be chosen for the Best Hatchback of the Year award.  

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Best Sedan of the Year

Winner – Honda Amaze

Honda unveiled the new Amaze at the 2018 Auto Expo and the facial design just left everyone amazed. Starting Honda’s legacy of iDTEC in India, the model has been one of the best-selling models for the Japanese brand. Offered in petrol and diesel guises, the Honda Amaze offers a spacious interior, Honda’s reliable engineering, fun-to-drive feel and never-letting-down attitude on the quality front. You can also opt for a CVT-diesel combination, which is not that easy to come up with when you have to keep a check on pricing as well. Surely, these reasons are enough to be a winner of our Best Compact Sedan of the Year award. 

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Best SUV of the Year

Winner – Audi Q5

Audi’s are known for their luxurious, techy interiors, and how about an 8.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with a 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit and a 3D sound system by Bang and Olufsen making it irresistible for the buyer to get out of the car? Moreover, a power-packed petrol engine is what makes it more desirable and if you are still in doubt, to know it, you need to drive it first! Audi Q5 has bagged our Best SUV of the Year award. 

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Best Compact SUV of the Year

Winner – Volvo XC40

The small SUV was unveiled last year in the form of a digital rendering and made its global debut at the 2018 LA Auto show. But when launched, it was clear that this one was going to be different from its rivals. Volvos’ are known globally as the safest cars to be in and the Volvo XC40 is no less. The compact SUV offers great comfort whether you are driving or enjoying your ride.

Best Compact Crossover

Winner – Ford Freestyle

This new compact crossover is based on the Figo hatchback. With some added bits to its exterior styling, this car is offered with a host of features in it. Nonetheless, the Ford Freestyle debuted with the Ford’s new 1.2L Dragon Series 3-cylinder petrol engine. The engine cranks out a maximum power of 95 bhp and also comes paired with a new 5-speed manual gearbox.

Best MPV of the Year

Winner - Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

The recently launched new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga bagged our Best MPV of the Year award this year. The new-generation Ertiga gets a style makeover, more up market feel to its cabin and also comes packed with a new 1.5L petrol engine. Though, the Mahindra Marazzo also has these things, but what if you can get an Ertiga that under cuts the former’s price tags.

Best Luxury SUV of the Year

Winner – Range Rover Velar

The Range Rover Velar is a most beautiful car to be in and the luxury that this SUV offers is impeccable. The cabin boasts of comfort materials and features. You can also opt for the Windsor leather with a signature-cut diamond pattern and the twin-screen that also includes a 10-inch touch Pro Duo infotainment system adding a sense of luxury. It is offered with a slew of engine options and is not huge, but that doesn’t means the SUV is not airy from inside.

Best Luxury car of the Year

Winner – Lexus ES300h

Lexus ES 300h offers its boldness with the company’s signature Spindle grille. Though, the model has borrowed its design cues from its bigger sibling LS, but with a sharper design. Being a stunner for an onlooker, possibly from every angle, the interiors of the ES 300h will never let you go anywhere. It is the feature list, sleek-ish design, interior comfort and ride comfort that forced us make it our Luxury Car of the Year winner.   

Best Upgraded Car of the Year

Winner – Datsun GO and GO+

To keep their products rolling, every year, manufacturers come up with facelift versions and this year, it’s the Datsun GO and GO+ that bagged our Best Upgraded Car of the Year award. If you are thinking why! Then let us enlighten you with it. Both the GO and GO+ come with minor changes to their exterior and the interior layout has been enhanced nicely. Not only this, the car is also high on the safety features.

Best Variant of the Year

Winner – Tata Tiago JTP

The enhanced version of the Tata Tiago – Tata Tiago JTP stunned whoever went for a test ride. This car will force you not to take your foot off the accelerator (but have to think about speed limits, of course). With each gear shift, the JTP oozes its power-packed performance. Being one of the most powerful hot hatches, it can be bought by the buyers who are looking for the top version of Tiago.

Best Chauffeur-Driven Car

Winner – BMW 6 GT

If you are looking for sheer driving pleasure, then BMW is your thing and how about a product by BMW that can be chauffeur-driven as well! Here, we are talking about the BMW 6 series GT. It holds that keen driver’s fun and you also sit at the rear seat and relax, while your chauffeur is taking you out to some meeting. It’s spacious, packed with power, comfortable and has that BMW driving DNA in it.

Best Interior Award

Winner – Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes cars speak for luxury and elegance in terms of interior as well as exterior styling. But, it is still the interior styling that just makes anyone feel perfect in it. Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one of them. The fit and finish is just outstanding with a beautifully designed centre console and the wood finishing just can never be questioned about.

Best New Engine Award

Winner – 1.2L Dragon Series (Ford Freestyle)

Ford introduced the new 1.2L Dragon Series engine with the Ford Freestyle compact crossover. This one is a 3-pot petrol engine that makes 95 bhp of max power. Even being a 3-cylinder engine, it has a good refinement and along with that, Ford also introduced a new 5-speed manual gearbox that adds fun to its ride quality, with its clean shifts.

Best Design of the Year

Winner – Lexus

Those sharp cuts on the Lexus cars are so irresistible for anyone to take their eyes off. A feel of luxury and refinement is what you are offered in each Lexus. It’s a beauty by design, with the sleek headlamps and signature spindle grille on the face. A glimpse at it and you will just say ‘wow’. Aren’t these reasons enough for it to get a hold on the Best Design of the Year award?

Viewer’s Choice Award

Winner – Hyundai Santro

Hyundai Santro also bagged our viewer’s choice award this year. Built on the Grand i10 platform, the new Santro has lured many buyers since its launch last month. It comes packed with many features out which you also get first- in-segment rear AC vents across the range, while the higher variants comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Moreover, the caf ralso bagged 47 percent, during a poll for the Autoportal Car of the year award 2017 compared to Maruti Suzuki's 27 percent and Honda Amaze with 25 percent.

Most Awaited Brand of the Year

Winner – Kia Motors

In India, Kia Motors first showcased its global lineup at the 2018 Auto Expo. The South Korean car maker is pacing to launch its first product in the Indian car market. Kia Motors has already confirmed that the very first product to make its launch in India would be a compact SUV based on the SP Concept that made its debut at the Expo. The compact SUV is expected to be launched in mid-2019. You have to keep a tab on this brand as the upcoming Kia cars have a unique style language.

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