Double Win For Double Chevrons Citroën Honoured At Auto Express New Car Awards 2019
Citroën celebrated another successful year at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2019. C3 Aircross Compact SUV was named ‘Small SUV of the Year’ and New Berlingo XL was crowned ‘MPV of the Year’. Citroën’s Grand C4 SpaceTourer was also ‘Highly Commended’ in the MPV category. The awards ceremony took place in The Ballroom of the Hilton London Bankside on Tuesday 9 July 2019.
Auto Express’ experienced panel of judges has bestowed Citroën once more with two of the most prestigious accolades at the New Car Awards 2019, the ‘Small SUV of the Year’ and ‘MPV of the Year’.
The New Car Awards showcases the everyday excellence in the UK’s new car market, with over 25 awards that bring together different manufacturers, displaying the very best of the automotive industry. Over the last 12 months, the Auto Express team have been analysing each new vehicle to enter the market with particular focus on technology, safety, comfort, design and value.
Citroën’s C3 Aircross Compact SUV has succeeded in winning the ‘Small SUV of the Year’ award for the second year in a row. The judges of the Auto Express panel praised the C3 Aircross for its spacious interior, modularity and practicality. Thanks to the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, C3 Aircross offers an unrivalled sense of well-being for all passengers with wealth of interior space and innovative technologies.
The panel also applauded New Berlingo XL which was named ‘MPV of the Year’ for 2019. It was recognised as a modern and robust leisure activity vehicle with the ability to accommodate varied and contemporary lifestyles. A standout feature of New Berlingo XL is the outstanding modularity on offer.
Furthermore, Citroën’s Grand C4 SpaceTourer MPV was ‘Highly Commended’ in the MPV category as it brings unrivalled comfort levels thanks to new technology and intelligent design. The judges took note of its versatile and welcoming space that adapts to everyone’s lifestyle making it ideal for families.
Auto Express Editor-in-chief, Steve Fowler, commented; "The Citroen C3 Aircross is something a bit different to the norm in the small-SUV class, but all the better for it. Its quirky design, spacious and comfortable cabin, and rock-bottom running costs propel it straight to the top of the class. It’s wonderful that Citroen has looked to its heritage and individuality to inspire the C3 Aircross without becoming a pastiche of itself. This model is a stand-out car because it treads its own path so successfully."
Referring to New Berlingo XL, Steve Fowler commented; "Citroen’s run of success in our MPV of the Year category is amazing. This year marks another win for the company, but with a new model. We love the no-nonsense approach to the MPV formula adopted by the seven-seat Berlingo XL. It’s very well priced, effortlessly practical and comfortable – all the things we look for in an MPV. Plus it’s better to drive than ever before."
Citroën UK’s Managing Director, Karl Howkins, said; “We are thrilled to have won two of the top prizes at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2019. It shows Citroën’s true dedication through the years, to building innovative models with high levels of technology to meet ever-growing customer demand.”
“We are also extremely pleased that Grand C4 SpaceTourer has been highly commended. The multi-award winning car has always been popular amongst families because of its practicality, space and comfort which is testament to the excellent design of the car. All of our models are inspired by our customers and that’s why they are so frequently recognised as the best on the market.”