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Peugeot 3008 wins What Car? car of the year

Peugeot’s crossover 3008 has been awarded car of the year at the What Car? Awards.

Editor Steve Fowler said: "Crossover cars will be big news in the next few years with people who want the look and feel of a 4x4, but without the financial and environmental costs.

"The 3008 fills that brief perfectly – it’s got the looks people want, the space they need, it’s great to drive, and it’s well priced and cheap to run."

It also won in the new crossover class while the Peugeot 5008 was named best MPV.

British honour was upheld by the refreshed Jaguar XF and Land Rover Discovery, which won the executive and 4x4 categories respectively.

Audi joined Peugeot in picking up three titles, for best coupé (TT), best performance car (R8 V10) and the Security Award.

There were double wins for Volkswagen (Polo and Golf in the supermini and small family car classes); Mazda, which collected the family car and estate car prizes with different versions of the Mazda 6; BMW, triumphant in the open-top class with the Z4 and the compact executive category with the 3 Series; and Mercedes-Benz, who won the Safety Award to go with the luxury car prize for the updated S-Class.

Finally, Renault dominated the hot hatch award with three contenders, with its Mégane Renaultsport Cup taking the category win.

The Audi A1 won the Reader Award for the most exciting new car of 2010 after an online poll on the What Car? website.

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