BMW 3 Series wins carwow Car of the Year 2019

Russell Campbell
October 17, 2019

The BMW 3 Series has been awarded carwow Car of the Year after carwow viewers voted it to victory in a YouTube poll

The BMW 3 Series has been crowned carwow Car of the Year at an awards ceremony in London. 

The BMW took on the Toyota Supra, Peugeot 208, Bentley Flying Spur and Tesla Model 3 but secured victory because it’s an everyday family car that oozes quality, is easy to use, is practical and also great to drive. The final decision, though, was left to you, the carwow viewers, who voted the BMW to victory – securing 42% of the vote – on a video published earlier today. 

While the BMW 3 Series is our overall winner, carwow created 15 separate categories that recognise the very best new cars on sale today. 

Categories include Innovation, Family, Practicality, Driver’s, Eco, Little Legend, Tech, Design, Comfort, Game-Changer, Value and Luxury. The Most Wanted and Most Watchable awards honour the cars that drove the most traffic to the carwow website and YouTube channels and, finally, the Manufacturer award recognises the company that really shone in 2019. 

Family award

What we’re looking for 

The best all-round family car that can transport you and yours in comfort, safety and style

Winner

BMW 3 Series

The new BMW 3 Series once again reigns supreme. In its latest form, it looks great, offers superb quality inside and comes with the very latest in-car tech. Oh, and it’s still one of the most exciting of its breed to drive. It’s a brilliant car.

Highly recommended

Mazda 3 

Volkswagen Passat

Practicality award

What we’re looking for 

This award goes to the car which delivers incredible space and practicality for the money

Winner

Skoda Superb

When everybody else was working out how to do space, Skoda entered the room with the Superb and dismissed them all in one fell swoop. Recently facelifted, it continues to offer serious value for money and, in Estate form, is simply cavernous. 

Highly recommended

Mercedes GLS 

Volvo V60 Cross Country

Little legend award

What we’re looking for 

This goes to the car that proves size really doesn’t matter – it packs a big punch in a petite package

Winner

Peugeot 208

Premium means pricey, right? Not in the 208’s case – you get one of the best cabins in the small car class, superb tech and strong but efficient engine choices for a sensible price. In fact, it’s the only small car to offer petrol, diesel and a brilliant pure-electric version.

Highly recommended

Renault Zoe

VW T-Cross

Driver’s award

What we’re looking for 

The new car that our reviewers wanted to keep driving, more than any other until its tyres wore out

Winner

Toyota Supra

Great driver’s cars aren’t all about acceleration figures, top speeds and lap times. They’re about how they make you feel, and few are exciting as the Supra. The way it looks, sounds, its performance and rear-driven nature all make you smile.

Highly recommended

Porsche 911

McLaren 600LT

Game-changer award

What we’re looking for 

This goes to the car isn’t just a bit better than what’s gone before, but has actually moved the game on significantly

Winner

Tesla Model 3

With the Tesla Model 3, electric cars have truly come of age. It’s packed with tech, has a cool interior, delivers insane performance, is fun to drive and has an impressive range. Plus, it’s the most affordable Tesla yet. You simply don’t have to make any compromises with the Model 3 and that’s why it has moved the electric car game on significantly. 

Highly recommended

Mercedes AMG 45

Toyota Corolla

Eco award

What we’re looking for 

This is for the new car that’s super-cheap to run but doesn’t feel super-cheap to drive

Winner

Kia e-Niro

Kia has given the car market a huge shock with the electric e-Niro. It proves you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a spacious, practical electric car with great levels of tech and a battery that all but eliminates range anxiety. 

Highly recommended

Toyota RAV4 hybrid

Vauxhall Astra diesel 

Tech Award

What we’re looking for 

The best or most exciting piece of tech fitted to a new car

Winner

BMW Personal Assistant

BMW continues to lead the way with its iDrive infotainment, which now benefits from the best voice-controlled assistant on the market. Personal Assistant genuinely improves your day-to-day driving life and, unlike many alternatives, actually works! It’s basically Apple’s Siri for cars. 

Highly recommended

Jeep sway-bar disconnect

Lexus BladeScan

Design Award

What we’re looking for 

Looks are subjective, but the design winner stands out from the crowd with its head-turning style

Winner

Land Rover Defender

Redesigning an icon like the Defender was an unenviable task, but Land Rover has simply smashed it out of the park. It harks back to the original, yet has embraced modernity and we’ve no doubt the waiting list will be a long one.

Highly recommended

Honda e

Nissan Juke

Comfort Award

What we’re looking for 

Seats that remind you of your favourite sofa and a drive that smooths out the lumps and bumps is what we’re looking for here 

Winner

Citroen C5 Aircross

The pressure to make modern cars more stylish and agile – yet also comfortable – is a constant headache for engineers. Big wheels and taut suspension rarely equal a cosseting ride. The C5 Aircross focuses on style and comfort first, as an SUV should, and we love it for that.

Highly recommended

Audi e-tron

Ford Focus Active

Innovation award

What we’re looking for 

The cleverest new idea, concept or innovation to be used on a new production car launched in the past year

Winner

Mercedes EQC

Mercedes’ clever all-wheel-drive system is unlike any other, offering front, rear or all-wheel drive depending on your situation. Simple to explain, incredibly tough to do – even Elon Musk tweeted it was complex. But Mercedes has managed it with the EQC and it’s brilliant.

Highly recommended

Hyundai Nexo

Tesla Model 3

 

Value Award

What we’re looking for 

This isn’t the cheapest car – it’s the pound-for-pound prizefighter that gets the most bangs for your buck

Winner

Hyundai i30 Fastback N

The Hyundai i30 Fastback N is simply the car that gives you the most bangs for your buck. It’s an absolute riot to drive, is packed full of kit and looks far more expensive than it actually is. 

Highly recommended

Kia Proceed

Skoda Scala

Luxury Award

What we’re looking for 

The car that stands out for its impressive blend of technology, comfort, style and desirability.

Winner

Bentley Flying Spur

The Bentley Flying Spur oozes luxury. From the powerful yet elegant design, the impeccable cabin and the lavish materials to the hand-built boutique ambience that makes you feel super-special when you climb aboard, there really is little to touch it. And it’s as enjoyable to drive as it is to be chauffeured in.

Highly recommended

BMW X7

Mercedes CLA

Most wanted

What we’re looking for 

The new car coming soon that has generated the most views on our website’s news pages. 

Winner

Volkswagen ID.3

Will the ID.3 be the electric car for the masses? The excitement the car has generated over the past 12 months suggests it just might be. It has consistently been at the top of the most-read news stories on carwow and we can’t wait to drive it.

Most watchable

What we’re looking for 

The brand that has got the most average views per video on our YouTube channel

Winner

Lamborghini

Sticking a video of a supercar up on Youtube and watching the views coming in isn’t exactly rocket science. But Lamborghini’s performance on our YouTube channel has just been incredible – 6.5 million views per video on average is phenomenal and is a testament to the love people have for the brand.

Manufacturer award

What we’re looking for 

Awarded to the manufacturer who has impressed the most with its products of the past 12 months

Winner

Toyota

Toyota is known for building dependable and economical cars. But now they are exciting too. The C-HR, Corolla and RAV4 look great, are good to drive and sit in, and deliver impressive economy. Then there’s the new Supra, which is just awesome – and comes with a five-year warranty. In short… the latest Toyotas are cars you can buy with your heart as well as your head.