Honest John Awards

Online review site Honest John has announced its 2019 awards, highlighting the very best vehicles from each category.

HonestJohn.co.uk announced the multitude of awards at the Vinyl factory in Soho, London. The winners were the vehicles considered to be the most popular with Honest John’s readers, over the past 12 months. Both cars and vans were judged, using data from the review website’s 2.3 million readers.

The winners of each category are listed below.

Volvo XC40

Best Car of the Year

Volvo XC40

Honest John Editor David Ross said: “We were mightily impressed with the XC40 when it was first launched, but even we couldn’t predict just how popular it would be, ultimately being crowned the Honest John Car of the Year for 2019. Well built, stylish and refreshingly different from the usual crossovers, the XC40 is a car we have found ourselves repeatedly recommending to readers over the past 12 months.”

Suzuki Ignis

Best City Car

Suzuki Ignis

Dan Powell, Managing Editor of HonestJohn.co.uk said: “The Suzuki Ignis is a great city car, with its retro styling, low running costs and comfortable interior making it a popular choice with our readers. Great to drive and well-equipped as standard, the Ignis provides excellent value for money and is a worthy winner in the highly competitive city car class.”

Ford Fiesta

Best Small Hatchback

Ford Fiesta

“Great to drive and sensibly priced, the Ford Fiesta is everything you’d expect from a brilliant small hatch," said Managing Editor Dan Powell. "The latest model adds a welcome dose of comfort, refinement and technology to Ford’s winning small car mix, which explains why it has generated such a huge level of interest with our readers.”

Mazda 3

Best Family Car

Mazda 3

Honest John Editor David Ross said: “The fact the Mazda 3 - a car that’s only just been launched - has generated more interest with our readers than any other family car in the last 12 months, shows just how popular and highly regarded it is. Mazda is ticking all the right boxes with models like the CX-3 and latest 6, so we have little doubt the 3 will prove to be just as impressive”

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Best Compact Premium

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

“The modern and sophisticated Mercedes-Benz C-Class has once again swept the competition aside to claim the much sought after Compact Premium Car of the Year award," said Dan Powell, Managing Editor of HonestJohn.co.uk. "Popular with company car drivers and family buyers alike, the C-Class excels in all areas and delivers a truly outstanding premium experience.”

Skoda Superb

Best Large Car

Skoda Superb

“Superb in name and nature, the large and likeable Skoda completes its a hat trick in 2019 by taking its third successive Honest John Award, said Dan Powell, Managing Editor of HonestJohn.co.uk. "Our readers clearly agree when we say the Skoda Superb is everything you could ever want from a large car, with its refined drive, comfortable cabin and low running costs making it a worthy winner.”

Hyundai Kona

Best Electric Vehicle

Hyundai Kona

Dan Powell, Managing Editor of HonestJohn.co.uk said: “The Hyundai Kona is a true electric game-changer. Sensibly priced, easy to drive and capable of covering up to 279-miles on a single charge, Hyundai has delivered the electric crossover that car buyers want. Over the past 12 months the Kona’s popularity has soared with our readers and powered its way to the top of electric car table.”

Suzuki Vitara

Best Small Crossover

Suzuki Vitara

“The small crossover market has never been more competitive, but the Suzuki Vitara’s qualities shine through to take it the top of the table at Honest John Awards," said Dan Powell, Managing Editor of HonestJohn.co.uk. "Over the past 12 months the Vitara has been the most popular small crossover with our readers, with buyers attracted to its great value and excellent 1.0 BoosterJet engines.”

Volvo XC40

Best Premium Crossover

Volvo XC40

Dan Powell, Managing Editor of HonestJohn.co.uk said: “A crossover has to be very special to be named Premium Crossover of the year, but the luxurious and stylish Volvo XC40 has made this category its own in 2019. Indeed, no other model has come close to matching the XC40’s popularity at HonestJohn.co.uk and it is easy to see why our readers hold this upmarket crossover in such high regard.”

Kia Sportage

Best Crossover

Kia Sportage

“The Kia Sportage is one of the easiest crossovers to recommend, thanks to its low running costs, comfortable cabin and quibble free seven-year-warranty," said Dan Powell, Managing Editor of HonestJohn.co.uk, "over the past 12 months its popularity has been unrivalled with our readers and it’s a deserving winner at the Honest John Awards 2019.”

Skoda Kodiaq

Best SUV

Skoda Kodiaq

Dan Powell, Managing Editor of HonestJohn.co.uk said: “The Skoda Kodiaq is the UK’s number one SUV, thanks to its smart styling, strong engines and high quality interior. Seven-seat models provide unrivalled family-friendly SUV versatility, while the durable and comfortable cabin make the Kodiaq one of the most comfortable cars to while away the miles.”

Jaguar F-Type

Best Performance Car

Jaguar F-Type Coupe

“While there is no shortage of desirable sports cars on the market, the F-Type still manages to stand out as something a bit special," said HonestJohn.co.uk Editor, David Ross. "The introduction of a more affordable 2.0-litre model hasn’t diminished this - in fact, it has only enhanced the F-Type’s reputation and made it even more popular with our readers”

BMW 4 Series Convertible

Best Convertible

BMW 4 Series Convertible

David Ross, Editor of HonestJohn.co.uk said: “If you want a high-quality and stylish convertible, you’ll find it hard to do better than the 4 Series Convertible. It’s unusual in that it has a metal folding roof when the competition has fabric hoods, which means better refinement on the move. Enjoyable to drive and available with some of BMW’s best engines, it’s the perfect drop top.”

Porsche Panamera

Best Luxury Car

Porsche Panamera

David Ross, Editor of HonestJohn.co.uk said: “The Panamera manages to blend renowned Porsche performance and handling in a luxury four-door car. Albeit far from cheap, we think this is one special car that few others can match. It’s as happy cruising on the motorway as it is capable on a corner-laden quiet stretch of B road.”

SEAT Leon ST

Best Estate

SEAT Leon ST

David Ross, Editor of HonestJohn.co.uk said: “While recent years have seen the relentless march of the crossover, estates still remain a popular choice for those who want a practical and spacious car. And the most popular on the site over the last 12 months is the SEAT Leon ST. It’s easy to drive, comfortable and has an impressively large boot for a car this size.”

Peugeot 308

Most Highly Rated

Peugeot 308

David Ross, Editor of HonestJohn.co.uk said: “Peugeot 308 owners are clearly a very happy and satisfied bunch. The hatch has received an array of five-star reviews from owners who describe it as an ‘underrated stunner’ and praise its build, reliability and economy. The Peugeot brand is on the up in the UK, producing some impressive models - and the 308 has certainly found favour with owners.”

Suzuki Swift

Best Real MPG

Suzuki Swift 1.0 BoosterJet (67.4mpg - 102.7%)

David Ross, Editor of HonestJohn.co.uk said: “Suzuki is a brand that consistently performs well in Real MPG so it’s no surprise to see the Swift winning here. The 1.0 BoosterJet is an excellent engine in its own right and yet is also proving incredibly economical, exceeding the claimed figures. We regularly get positive feedback from Swift owners so this is yet another feather in its cap”

Nissan Navara

Best Pick-up

Nissan Navara

“Cheaper to run, better equipped and more rewarding to drive than most of its rivals, the Nissan Navara has become the standard by which all other pick-ups should be judged," said Dan Powell, Editor of Honest John Vans. "A favourite with our readers, the Navara provides a class-leading carrying and towing experience that makes it a dependable choice for operators who need a heavy duty 4x4 workhorse.”

Ford Transit Connect

Best Small Van

Ford Transit Connect

Dan Powell, Editor of Honest John Vans said: “The Ford Transit Connect is a proven winner in the small van class, thanks to its low running costs, practical load area and comfortable cabin. Easy to drive and available with some of the best engines in the businesses, the Transit Connect is a more than worthy winner.”

Ford Transit Custom

Best Medium Van

Ford Transit Custom

“A practical van that’s good to drive and affordable to run, the Transit Custom has once again beaten its rivals to claim a second successive Medium Van of the Year award," said Dan Powell, Editor of Honest John Vans. "We’ve always been impressed with the relaxed and capable nature Transit Custom and our readers clearly agree when we say it is the best medium van on the market.”

 

Best Large Van

MAN TGE

“The MAN TGE is the new large van heavyweight champion of 2019," said Dan Powell, Editor of Honest John Vans. "Over the past 12 months it has become the most popular van in its class and beaten some familiar names to claim the Large Van of the Year title. Easy to drive, comfortable and capable of hauling huge loads, the MAN TGE van is officially one of the very best big vans.”