Wheels Magazine Reveals 2019 Wheels Car Of The Year

Posted 31 January 2019 in Announcement


 If the previous winner of Australia’s top motoring award forced a serious double-take, then the 2019 Wheels Car of the Year confirms you need to totally re-think your preconceptions about cars. The world has changed and Swedish maker Volvo has completed its own stunning image makeover to go ‘back to back’, thanks to the outstanding XC40 SUV.

Now in its 56th year, Wheels Car of the Year is the world’s longest continuously running new car award and the benchmark for manufacturers and motorists alike. It was a tight contest at times, but the judges found the VOLVO XC40 (the leaner and more moderately priced sibling of last year’s winner the XC60) out-pointed its opposition on all five key criteria on which the award is decided.

“The name used to be a punchline, so there may never have been a more successful company turnaround than Volvo’s recent form, as it’s certainly no fluke,” notes Wheels Editor Alex Inwood. “With the XC40 you won’t find a more spacious premium SUV in its category and – in a world where we’re often forced to pay an annoying premium to get what we want – even the entry level version will leave its new owner completely satisfied.

“It is packed with plenty and, as our rigorous testing program proves, it delivers in all key areas. A most worthy winner and ultimate confirmation that the auto universe has truly shifted.”

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