Carbuyer Best Car Awards 2023: the best cars YOU can buy

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Isn’t it mad how 12 months can just disappear lots happened in 2022 actually from the ongoing new car supply issues to spiraling used car prices yep that’s right and alongside all of that we have driven and reviewed some fantastic new cars hold on what are you doing here well for old times satan no no nick i’ve got this gone okay go go on okay right where were

We sorry so yeah as nick said we have reviewed some fantastic new cars here that car buyer and as is tradition we’ve brought them all into one place to show you the best new cars that you can buy ladies and gentlemen welcome to the 2023 car buyer best car awards over the next few minutes we’re going to talk you through our 18 category winners and tell you very

Quickly why they’ve won so whether you’re looking for something big small a sports car or an suv petrol hybrid or electric we’ve got you covered now and always give this video a thumbs up and subscribe to the car by youtube channel that way you’ll never miss a new car review so we’re better to start than with rgb the best value new car that money can buy at any

Budget you get family car space for super mini money there really could only be one winner for our first category at the car buyer best car awards 2023 and our best small car well skoda fabia stealing the whim from the excellent renault clio is no mean feat we were blown away by this car’s practicality standard kit and affordability when we tested it earlier in the

Year next we move on to a trio of categories that are actually more important than any other in the new car market and onto a car that has impressed us for years with its engine and powertrain options its smooth drive and it’s rock bottom running costs but this year we drove an all-new version this is the kia niro and it is our best small family car for 2023 it’s

Everything we loved about the old car but in a smart new suit and now we’re on a bit of a family car roll how about if you want something a little bit bigger well this one was a bit of a no-brainer for us here at car buyer we were so impressed with this car last year that we named it our overall car of the year and it still shines 12 months later the hyundai tucson

Is our favorite family car two years in a row speaking of last year and previous car of the year winners the kia sorrento is our favorite large family car but as we mentioned rising prices ongoing supply issues the kia just isn’t as good value as it once was so we had to reassess but with its recent midlife facelift that meant the skoda kodiak came back into the

Frame it’s got loads of space it’s got some cutting edge tech and it’s got a decent range of engines the skoda kodiak is our favorite large family car for 2023. but some cars just couldn’t be beaten this next model time and time again it not only tops our tables for the best estate cars but it’s also one of the best overall packages that money can buy our best

Estate car for 2023 is this it’s the skoda octavia that’s perhaps a bit substance over style but this next car it definitely better blends those two elements and it tops the pile in the first of our two company car categories now historically this is an area of the market that prioritizes low running costs above all else but in reality well company car drivers

Want a car that says something about them that looks good in the office car park so it has to have premium appeal it has to drive well it has to have loads of kit and importantly it has to offer low company car tax rates so the car that won last year that was the volkswagen id3 this year it’s its sister car it’s the cooper born moving up a size once more we’ve

Actually combined a couple of categories here for 2023 and given how much progress we’ve seen in the kind of mid-sized executive saloon class it made perfect sense to award this category to what is the quintessential company car which for the time being at least is the electric equivalent to the bmw 3 series it’s a bmw i4 we are rattling through these awards now

But remember you can watch videos of these cars plus read our full six point written reviews with specs driving impressions and kit lists over at carwire.com uk just use the drop down menus on the home page but back to the task can handle on to another new category winner 2022 has been a phenomenal year for new cars as we’ve seen with the super minis the suvs and

Even the kind of hatchback con saloon cars like the i4 even sports cars which leads us on to this next category the winner of this segment is closely related to the winner last year the bmw 4 series it offers a similarly engaging driving experience a similarly plush interior a good range of engines relatively low running costs all in a more compact package the bmw

2 series isn’t perhaps what you’d consider a typical sports coupe but it does everything that an audi tt does just that little bit better this is a really good car but as we all know it’s been a scorcher of a summer for better or for worse so what if you want to lift the lid drop the top and feel the wind in your hair it kind of makes me wish i had knit back for

This one but well let me do it without her for as long as i can remember this category has been dominated by the mini convertible and despite the fact that it’s nearing the end of its life it’s still our favorite convertible for 2023 there’s a new one on the way it’s going to be pure electric it’s going to have a 250 mile range i know almost for a fact that’s

Going to be a really good car and on the topic of good fun cars how about this for the second year on the bounce our favorite hatchback it’s got on the edge handling it’s got strong practicality it’s got a tech field intuitive to use interior if you want one car that can do it all the hyundai i20n is impossible to beat except maybe by this another repeat winner

More and more of you are putting suvs on your shopping list these days as is proven by the fact that all three of our family car categories are topped by suvs or crossovers but they come in all shapes and sizes these days with all manner of engines and electric motors and one of the best of these we think is the cupra for mentor it’s basically a volkswagen golf r

On stilts and when you’ve got the family in tow it’s nice and refined it’s quiet it’s friendly but when you don’t it’s really feisty and fun this is our best hot suv for 2023 spectrum to the other we’re still seeing significant interest in pickup trucks here at car buyer and for the first time in a very long time we’ve got a new winner gone is the ford ranger and

In its place the sanyong musa you just can’t argue with the value that’s on offer here it’s spacious it’s got loads of tech and it won’t complain if you put a load of weight in the back and that’s before you consider the fact that this thing comes with a seven year 150 000 mile warranty value is a huge thing for us here at car buyer and the muso just nails that

Brief well every single one of the categories in our car buy our best cars list reflects the type of models that you are searching for these next few awards are more important than most our readers and viewers are looking for electric cars in their thousands and with so many to choose from the ev market can be quite a daunting place so we’re going to set things

Nice and straight here and name our favorite small medium and large electric cars now the first in this list is a new entry but thanks to this blend of retro charm good range and strong driving dynamics meant there was no argument here at carb rhq the first and our best smaller electric car it’s the fiat 500. now cast your mind back just a moment that’s sanyong

Muso and how it offered value by the truckload well it’s not a dissimilar story with our next winner our best family electric car now mg has been wowing us for some time now with its accomplished great value evs and the mgz is just the best of the bunch now it’s not much more than the fear and it’s got seating for five and a big boot and a long range it doesn’t

Matter whose book you’re looking at that is decent value i like the next one you couldn’t stay away could you can i do the next one come on make it quick okay okay okay okay so everything that richard said so far is right i hate to say it but but rich is right look in a world where there’s a lot of focus on the cost of living and budgets and all that sort of thing

Electric cars could save you thousands okay we’ve had the fear we’ve had the mg they’re both great electric cars but the car buyer best large electric car and actually auto expresses overall car of the year the details have also expressed come on description because that’s where you’ll find me like and subscribe is the nissan area it’s good right it is great it’s

The cabin in there is like nothing we’ve seen in a nissan before it’s full of clever tricks and features it’s got strong range it’s smooth and swift to drive it’s just a great all-rounder if you’re looking for a big family car and you’re ready to make the switch to electric i mean we already know that that’s why auto express we called it our car of the year but

You want me to go okay we know not everyone is ready to make the switch to electric though and that is where the fabulous kia nero comes back into the frame the great thing about this car or was it that car the great thing about this car is that you pick the car and then you choose your powertrain so you can pick hybrid plug-in hybrid or full electric you choose

It’s as simple as that but for the sake of this award for this specific award this is our best hybrid for 2023 and then we move on to hybrids with plugs or plug-in hybrids now this kind of tech can often be considered as a kind of stepping stone to full electric and with battery tech progressing the way it is some of these cars can genuinely be considered as kind

Of part-time evs and none more so than the mercedes c-class or more specifically the c300e are best plug-in hybrid for 2023 with a huge 24.5 kilowatt hour battery and a massive 68 mile electric range you could feasibly plug this thing in overnight and never use a drop of fuel my guess is that this car could persuade even the biggest petrol die-hards to go electric

Next time around and then on to the final award before the big reveal and a natural step on from the merc to our best large plug-in hybrid and it’s a new one this year it’s the lexus nx is has come a long way over the last few years and it seems the people at the top of the business they’re listening to you they’re listening to us this new nx is better to drive

Than ever and this version offers a genuinely usable livable electric range and that infotainment system is an absolute transformation over what came before it no lexus ever has ticked so many boxes and there we are the 18 best new cars on sale today from the spacious to the sporty petrol electric and as we’ve just seen with these last few something in between

Grab yourself one of these cars and you can’t go wrong but what is the best car that we’ve driven all year what mix is the best of everything value practicality low running costs strong tech comfort you get the picture well for us there really could only be one winner or three the 2023 car buyer car of the year is the all-new kia nero and it didn’t seem fair for

Us to award the top prize to just one of these cars because well the sheer choice is just so much part of the appeal no car here ticks quite as many boxes as the new nero does and for that reason alone it simply had to be our car of the year so that’s it thanks for watching make sure you subscribe to the car by youtube channel and you hit the bell icon so you’re

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