We were thrilled to see four brands represented by Johnsons take to the (virtual) podium at the Sunday Times Motor Awards 2020. These annual industry awards are determined by expert road testers and writers, apart from two categories voted for by readers.
The overall The Sunday Times Car of the Year 2020 joint award was selected by Jeremy Clarkson, who picked his own supercar and people’s car of the year. We were thrilled to see that the Volkswagen Golf 8 took the crown for this prestigious overall award, alongside the Porsche Taycan in the supercar category. The Sunday Times said of the Golf 8:
“The new eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf has sharper looks but retains that classic, timeless silhouette that has proved so popular over the decades. Inside, though, there has been a revolution, with a huge focus on minimalism and technology. It perfectly blends all of the good things about the Golf with state-of-the art features. What’s more, it comes with petrol, diesel or hybrid power, and in a number of trim levels, making it a highly versatile family car. The Golf is still the hatchback against which all other hatchbacks are judged.”
But the accolades didn’t stop there for the Golf 8, which
was also voted ‘Family Car of The Year’.
We were also delighted to see a number of other awards for models that we proudly represent here at Johnsons – the Ford Puma won ‘Small SUV / Crossover of the Year’, with judges saying:
“The Puma brings exceptional driving dynamics, practicality and — importantly — fun to the crowded compact SUV market. We were particularly impressed with the boot, which features a deep under-floor compartment for additional storage.”
The Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 was crowned ‘Family SUV of the Year’, with judges saying:
“The Volvo XC90 Recharge offers a lot more besides potential fuel savings and ultra-low emissions. The calming, minimalist interior seats seven in comfort, the ride quality is class-leading and the powertrain really packs a punch. Performance, practicality, frugality, technology and luxury in one package.”
And finally, the all-electric Honda e scooped the title of ‘City / Small Car of the Year’, with judges calling it “absolutely perfect as a city car”, and the “pocket rocket” Volkswagen Up! GTI was voted ‘Value Car of the Year’
View the Sunday Times Motor Awards 2020 awards in full here.