Looking to decide on which car to buy next? if you've decided on the type of car (supermini, SUV, convertible etc) then why not look to the recommendations of Scotland's top motoring writers from the Association of Scottish Motor Writers?

Having just held their Scottish Car of the Year Awards, you've now got a list of the best cars in each category to help you navigate the sea of new models from across the industry.

Although each size and shape of car has a winner, the judges also chose an overall winner in the Mazda3:

The head-turning newcomer, which debuts the company’s highly efficient and innovative Skyactiv-X petrol powertrain, was a clear winner in its Family car class and then triumphed over the other category champions to take the top title.

Mazda has previously been extremely successful in category wins but this is just the second time in the award’s 22-year history that the brand has scooped the overall honour.

Judged by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW) – which comprises of print, broadcast and online journalists covering the length and breadth of Scotland and beyond – the Mazda’s advanced Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SCCI) petrol engine was a key factor in the model’s appeal to the judging panel.

Presenting the award at Edinburgh’s Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, ASMW President John Murdoch said: “Mazda’s range has consistently appealed to buyers north of the border; the cars are great looking, well built and deliver a driving experience that’s perfectly suited to Scottish roads.

“The new Mazda3 ups the game again. From its unmistakable sense of style to the sizeable leap forward in interior quality fit and finish and unrivalled real-world efficiency, it’s a car that appeals to the heart and head. 

“Both the Skyactiv-G petrol and Skyactiv-D diesel models impressed the judging panel when experienced on a lengthy driving route for the model’s UK launch but the latest Skyactiv-X option is a revelation. This is a 178bhp 2.0-litre petrol car that really can deliver 50mpg economy. That’s outstanding.”

Across the rest of the classes, the winners were:

Small: Nissan Micra

Family: Mazda3

Estate: Kia ProCeed

Crossover: SEAT Tarraco

Premium Crossover: BMW X5

Executive: Volvo S60

Luxury: BMW 7 Series

Hot Hatch: Ford Focus ST

Sports: Cupra Ateca

MPV: Peugeot Rifter

Alternative Fuel: Nissan LEAF e+

Pick Up: Mitsubishi L200

Used: Kia Sportage

Design & Innovation: Audi e-tron virtual mirror


The SCOTY Hall of Fame

1998: Ford Focus

1999: Jaguar S-Type

2000: Audi A2

2001: Jaguar X-Type

2002: Mazda6

2003: Volvo XC90

2004: Peugeot 407

2005: BMW 3 Series

2006: Jaguar XK

2007: Ford Mondeo

2008: Ford Fiesta

2009: Land Rover Discovery 4

2010: Kia Sportage

2011: Range Rover Evoque

2012: Dacia Duster

2013: Volkswagen Golf

2014: Hyundai i10

2015: Vauxhall Astra

2016: Volvo V90

2017: Land Rover Discovery

2018: Jaguar i-PACE

2019: Mazda3


Posted 05/11/2019 Back to Blog

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