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Tesla Model 3 wins UK Car of the Year 2020 award

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Tesla Model 3 - winner of the 2020 UK Car of the Year award
Tesla Model 3: "Makes others in the sector feel stuffy and awkward"

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appTesla’s Model 3 has been crowned , making it back-to-back wins for electric vehicles at the awards following the Jaguar I-Pace’s victory in 2019. After emerging triumphant as Best Executive car when the category winners were announced on February 12, the Tesla battled it out against eight other category winners for the overall title.

Three of these cars were electric vehicles (EVs) and the popularity of another one of the trio – the Kia e-Niro – ensured the closest-ever winning margin in the history of the UK Car of the Year Awards. 

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appJohn Challen, director of the UK Car of the Year awards, said: “Game-changer is an often-overused phrase, but the Tesla Model 3 has shaken up the executive segment and got many brands thinking. Electric vehicles attract a broad spectrum of opinions, but it’s clear that with its technology, performance and range, the Model 3 is converting a lot of people.

“Kia should also be acknowledged for its own battery-powered prowess in the e-Niro, which pushed the Model 3 all the way – demonstrating the strength in depth of electric cars currently on the UK market.”

John Challen, director of UK Car of the Year Awards, presents Tara Mullen, Tesla country leader UK & Ireland, with the UK Car of the Year 2020 trophy

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appTesla UK said; “A huge thank you to all the UK Car of the Year judges for choosing Model 3 as well as all of our UK owners. We are proud of what this car has achieved so far and with the upcoming 0% company car tax there is an exciting year ahead for EVs in the UK.”

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe 29-strong panel of judges who deliberated the UK Car of the Year Awards was understandably quick to commend the efforts of Tesla.

Top Gear’s Tom Ford said: “Clean, crisp and technological inside, the Model 3 drives and performs like we think EVs should. Makes others in the sector feel stuffy and awkward.” Auto Trader2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app’s Rory Reid added the Tesla was “the most important car in a generation because it sets the standard for what electric cars should be: affordable, aspirational, fun and very cool”.

The Tesla also won praise for its crisp, clean interior as much as the way it drives

Chris Knapman from CarGurus said: “The Model 3 is thoughtfully packaged, brilliant to drive, and packed with features that make for not only a great car but an exciting ownership experience.” Paul Barker, from Company Car Today2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app, acknowledged the Model 3 “genuinely moves the game on in terms of electric vehicle affordability and desirability”, while freelancer Guy Bird concluded: “No other car shakes up the segment so thoroughly, from powertrain to interior innovation.” 

Three of the finalists from the nine vehicle segment categories were electric models and 21 of the 29 votes for the overall winner going to battery-powered vehicles. The Kia e-Niro was only one point behind the Tesla, while the third of the EV trio – the Porsche Taycan – finished in joint third, with the BMW 3-Series Touring.

UK Car of the Year Awards 2020 category winners:

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appBest Supermini – Renault Clio

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appBest Small Hatch – Mazda3 

Best Executive – Tesla Model 3

Best Luxury – Bentley Flying Spur

Best Estate – BMW 3-Series

Best Crossover – Kia e-Niro

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appBest Premium Crossover – Range Rover Evoque

Best Cabriolet – Porsche 911

Best Performance – Porsche Taycan

KIa's e-Niro battery-powered car finished only one point behind the Tesla

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appNow in their seventh year, the UK Car of the Year Awards are voted for by a panel of 29 leading motoring journalists from all over Britain. The awards recognise the best new vehicles on sale in the UK in a range of categories, before deciding the overall winner.

Previous UK Car of the Year Awards winners:

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app2019 – Jaguar I-Pace

2018 – Volvo XC60

2017 – Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2016 – Mazda MX-5

2015 – BMW i8

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app2014 – BMW i3.

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Tesla Model 3 wins UK Car of the Year 2020 award