Audi scooped no less than four category awards at last night’s What Car? Awards winning Best Executive Car (A4), Coupé of the Year (TT), Best Family Car (A3 Sportback) and Best Luxury SUV (Q7). The prize haul means Audi won the most awards of any manufacturer this year.
The A4 claimed last year’s overall title of 2016 Car of the Year and Executive Car of the Year, and this year kept held its Best Executive Car crown. The Audi TT retains its Coupé of the Year title for the third consecutive year.
What Car said the A4 is the ‘smoothest, quietest and best-finished car in its class’.
“Once again it is the blend of performance, impressive efficiency and a generous standard specification offered by the A4 in 3.0 TDI 218PS Sport that makes it a winner,” explained What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford,
The magazine’s road test team also praised the A4’s remarkably smooth V6 TDI, with a Best Buy accolade in the more than £30,000 price bracket. “The performance of this bigger engine whisks you along with the minimum of effort, taking the strain out of overtaking or building speed to join motorways.”
The Audi TT secured yet another trophy for Coupé of the Year. This third successive category victory continues a winning streak that spans all three generations of the car and takes the total number of awards handed down to the coupé by What Car? to an unprecedented nine.
Singling out the 1.8 TFSI Sport with 180PS as both the overall category winner and the ‘less than £30,000’ Best Buy victor, the editorial team once again recommended the TT as a ‘no-brainer’ for 2017.
The third overall category win for Audi went to the Q7. The magazine chose the 3.0 TDI 272 PS as its pick of the range, having been impressed by its ‘powerful and silky-smooth’ engine, its ‘fast and slick’ eight-speed tiptronic transmission and its ample space for four adults and children.
The popular A3 Sportback brings the total Audi awards tally to four thanks to a Best Family Car category win.
The A3 Sportback also took a ‘Best Buy’ accolade in the £25,000-£35,000 class in 1.4 TFSI 150PS Sport form and a further three Audi Best Buy awards were received by the A3 Saloon, the A3 Cabriolet and the new A5 Coupé.