Best-selling Ford Fiesta among What Car? winners

Ford’s ever-popular Fiesta model, along with the sportier Fiesta ST variant, scooped a whopping 15 significant awards during 2013. The addition of What Car?’s ‘Small Car of the Year’ (Fiesta) and ‘Hot Hatch of the Year’ (Fiesta ST) awards are just another feather in their automotive caps.

The recent awards ceremony marks the second year in a row that the American manufacturer has triumphed in the ‘Hot Hatch’ category, with the 247bhp Ford Focus ST taking the previous year’s accolade.

Speaking about Ford’s awards, Chas Hallett, editor-in-chief of What Car?, commented: "No other car in this class can beat the Fiesta’s excellent ride and handling.

"The Fiesta ST is a total and utter triumph. It’s too soon to tell whether it will join the ranks of the hot hatch legends but we certainly wouldn’t bet against it."

Awards are not surprising for the Ford Fiesta, with its fantastic total sales in 2013 cementing the model as the UK’s top seller.

Mark Ovenden, Ford of Britain Chairman and Managing Director, commented: "Ford is rightly proud of Fiesta’s remarkable sales achievements, and also of the exceptional number of industry awards it continues to collect. The demand for new Fiesta means one is sold every 30 seconds during business hours."

As well as Ford’s two aforementioned models and the overall winner that was the Nissan Qashqai, which you can read about here, numerous other Perrys-related manufacturers scooped What Car? awards.

The new Citroen Grand C4 Picasso claimed the ‘MPV of the Year’ accolade, with the magazine praising its "space, efficiency and stylish interior".

This is some achievement for the company as the model has only just arrived in dealerships throughout the UK.

Regarding the MPV, Hallett said: "With relaxed driving manners, a smooth, efficient diesel engine and classy materials inside, the Grand C4 Picasso is the best MPV you can buy."

Also driving home with an award was the all-new Range Rover Sport from Land Rover, which was voted the UK’s number one SUV in the ‘Large SUV’ category.

Holding off stiff competition, the Range Rover Sport was praised for its "high level of standard equipment", while judges added that it is "wonderfully hushed compared with competitors".

French car manufacturer Renault also claimed numerous honours, with the Megane Renaultsport 265 Cup named ‘Best Hot Hatch over £20,000’, the ZOE Expression as ‘Best Green Car under £15,000’ and Captur as the ‘Best Small SUV under £16,000’.