The UK-built Jaguar i-Pace has won this year's UK Car of the Year award, fighting off stiff competition from 11 other cars to win the Best Executive category - and overall Car of the Year.
John Challen, director of the UK Car of the Year Awards, said: “As manufacturers take electric vehicles more seriously, Jaguar is leading the pack with the i-Pace, which offers fantastic range and performance as well as a stylish and spacious interior for driver and passengers.
“The UK Car of the Year Awards judges are always keen to recognise innovation and that is certainly the case in 2019.”
Embracing electric power-trains, the UK Car of the Year Award competition has chosen three pure-electric vehicles as overall winners in the last six years.
Picking up the award, Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover MD, said: “This latest major award for the i-Pace is something we can all be extremely proud of. This car was conceived, designed and engineered in Britain, so to have a selection of the nation’s leading automotive journalists vote it as the overall UK Car of the Year against some stiff competition is a special moment for us.”
The Jaguar was very nearly beaten by Alpine’s A110, Volvo's XC40 and Suzuki's Jimny. But in the final stages of voting the i-Pace won by a mere two points - just ahead of the Alpine. The Volvo bagged third.
What are the UK Car of the Year Awards?
The awards panel is populated with 29 leading UK motoring journalists, who harness their knowledge to choose the best cars across 12 categories. The competition began in 2014.
The overall winner is selected from their favourites in each class.
2019’s victorious vehicle was selected after all contenders were driven at the UK Car of the Year Awards 2019 driving day, which this year was hosted by Caffeine & Machine, the motor enthusiasts’ roadhouse near Stratford-upon-Avon.
Judge Guy Bird said: “Jaguar’s i-Pace really is miles ahead of the premium EV pack, designed and engineered without compromise for an electric future. Combining real sports car performance, a good range, SUV skills and a huge – and hugely impressive – passenger cabin; it’s hard to fault.”
TV presenter Jonny Smith added: “Few traditional manufacturers can match the i-Pace for ground-up, ground-breaking design and tech. A wonderful combo of unique design, spirited driving behaviour and useful EV range/rapid charge capability.”
Freelance journalist David Motton said the i-Pace was “the most enjoyable EV to drive bar none”.
UK Car of the Year Awards 2019 category winners
- Best Supermini – Volkswagen Polo
- Best Small Hatch – Volvo XC40
- Best Family – Skoda Karoq
- Best Executive – Jaguar i-Pace
- Best Luxury – Rolls-Royce Cullinan
- Best Estate – Volvo V60
- Best 4x4 – Suzuki Jimny
- Best MPV – Peugeot Rifter
- Best Coupé – Bentley Continental GT
- Best Cabriolet – Mazda MX-5 2.0
- Best Hot Hatch – Ford Fiesta ST
- Best Performance – Alpine A110