Revealed: the 2018 Top Gear magazine awards winners!
New mag - with a free calendar - is out now, including our overall car of the year
Welcome to the 2018 Top Gear magazine awards, a celebration of the very best from another year on planet car. Unlike others, we refuse to shoehorn the year's finest cars into a set of predefined categories, repeated on an annual basis, leaving us struggling to find worthy winners for seven different SUV sub-genres and, if we're honest, a load of unworthy winners. This isn't sports day, there are no prizes for effort - we reward results. A Top Gear award winner represents the best of the best, a car that delivers more than just transport, a car that will improve every journey, make you smile every morning and possess a fitness for purpose that elevates it above the competition.
So, click forward to see 2018's TG magazine award winners, including our overall car of the year. Then head to your nearest retailer or hit the link below to pick up a copy of the new issue, complete with a free calendar!Advertisement - Page continues below
Budget Apocalypse Survival Tool of the Year: Suzuki Jimny
"Yes, there are agricultural elements such as the transmission whine, body roll measured in days not degrees, and you sit very high for something where you can virtually touch the back windscreen from the driver's seat.
"But these things aren't punishing - they're endearing."
Intercontinental Missile of the Year: Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
"Let's say it drives with an easy athleticism. It's like watching Mo Farah run; you can see from the speed that effort is being put in, but doesn't it look effortless? And that's the DBS through and through."Advertisement - Page continues below
Racecar of the Year: Volkswagen ID R
"To conquer Pikes Peak, VW created the world's fastest bespoke hillclimb car. Powered by electricity not only to defy oxygen starvation at altitude, but also develop the instant torque necessary for teleport-level acceleration."
Sensible SUV of the year: Volvo XC40
"What the XC40 is, in fact, is a small SUV that feels like the product of a confident company, not an arrogant one. A considered, thoughtful, effective machine, not a niche-filling bandwagon jump."
Noise of the Year: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ
"Italy has approximately 560 miles of tunnels, and introducing the SVJ to them is to broker a meeting between one engineering masterpiece and another. Giving a Lamborghini V12 the berries in a long Italian tunnel is bucket-list stuff."
Object of Desire of the Year: Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer - DLS
"We couldn't be further from Singer's California home, but who cares? This car brings the sunshine with it. What a thing to look at. There simply isn't a bad angle... low, high, front, back - the lens loves it."Advertisement - Page continues below
Apocalypse Survival Tool of the Year: Mercedes-AMG G63
"The truth is you can point the G63 wherever you like without touching a single button - y'know, a muddy field, some rocks, a brick wall - and it'll keep ploughing straight on, courtesy of its bulk and enormous brain."
Manufacturer of the Year: Hyundai
"After decades of us telling you Hyundais have less personality than call-centre hold music, the South Koreans have pulled it off. Hyundai now boasts an arsenal of cars to make established conglomerates jealous."Advertisement - Page continues below
Sports Car of the Year: Alpine A110
"From the way it looks to the way it drives, the A110 unites us in a way that very few cars have this year."
Hot Hatch of the Year: Ford Fiesta ST
"The ST was a car that was exactly as good as the sum of its parts, because they were all really good parts. Strong engine, good gearshift, the already amusing chassis of the regular Fiesta - it would have been harder for Ford to get it wrong that oh, so right."
EV of the Year: Jaguar I-Pace
"What the Jag does is introduce some new and exciting elements to the EV situation. Steering and handling you can genuinely enjoy. Crisp, eminently modern looks that aren't afraid to challenge conventional proportions and detailing, but don't overcook the wanton need to be contrary."
Lightweight of the Year: Ariel Atom 4
"British lightweights are often criticised for their dated appearance, their lack of technology and advancement. Well, here's one that's different."
Wing of the Year: McLaren Senna
"Downforce isn't beautiful. Up until this year we weren't sure. Then the Senna arrived, its appearance mostly aquatic bottom feeder with a dash of kitchen implement, and it was settled. Downforce is ugly.
"But form follows function, and McLaren is good at function."
Supercar of the Year: Ferrari 488 Pista
"What makes the Pista a true award winner is how it manages its hairiness. Five years ago, the Pista's stats would be a recipe for going home in an Armco sarong, yet Ferrari hasn't just managed to make 700bhp usable - it's made it fun."
Top Gear magazine's Car of the Year 2018: Ford Fiesta ST
"The ST is ticking with energy. It's a car desperate to entertain, to make every journey just a little bit more enjoyable than it might have been in another car. And it's fast. One of the most amusing things about having an ST around is persuading people who have graduated away and (supposedly) above this type of car back into the Fiesta and watching the way they respond."