Sunday Times Motor Awards 2019 Best Designed Car of the Year nominee. Peugeot 508

Motor Awards 2019: Best Designed Car of the Year

The cars worth buying for their looks alone

Voting in The Sunday Times Motor Awards 2019 has closed. The winners will be announced on in October.

VOTING is open in the second Sunday Times Motor Awards sponsored by Bridgestone and over the weeks since launch we’ve be giving you the details of each of the shortlisted entries in each category.

Our motoring writers whittled down the long lists of their favourite cars on sale this year to produce the final nominees, but most of the winners will be decided by you. Even better, by voting you could win a seven-night holiday for two in Thailand.

Below are the Best Designed Car of the Year contenders, with the reasons behind their nomination. When you’ve found your favourite, be sure to click through to vote for it — the winner will be the one that receives the most support from our readers.

Choose from the Aston Martin Valhalla, Kia ProCeed, Mazda3, McLaren GT, Peugeot 508 and Volvo S60.

Our panel of experts looked for models that are moving works of art, beautifully-proportioned inside and out, and incorporating only the best materials. While a couple of supercars have made it onto our list this year, the rest of our nominees show you don’t need to spend mega money to get a stunning-to-look-at new car. And from potentially unexpected brands, too.

The winners of the 2019 Sunday Times Motor Awards, including the coveted Sunday Times Car of the Year and Jeremy Clarkson’s Car of the Year, will be announced at a star-studded event in October.


Aston Martin Valhalla

Its Norse name might raise a few eyebrows among Aston Martin traditionalists, as will the mid-engined layout, but fear not because as according to modern tradition the new Aston supercar will be starring in the next James Bond film. It’s just about as gorgeous as any car to have come from the British marque, too, and it’ll be packing punch where it counts: beneath the clever composite bodywork is a carbon-fibre structure and V6 hybrid, suggesting it will be light, strong and powerful.

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Kia ProCeed

Kias are best known for being sensible cars with sensible running costs and an extra-sensible warranty. The ProCeed continues to tick all those boxes while adding a welcome dose of desirability, outmanoeuvring Ford and Volkswagen in the process as the brand continues to surprise the world with truly aspirational designs.

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If the latest Ford Focus appears bland to your eyes and the Volkswagen Golf is as conservative as it is common, then perhaps its time to pay a visit to your nearest Mazda dealer. The 3 is just about as sculpted as family hatchbacks come — a truly standout design in a crowded market.

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McLaren GT

A McLaren for those who wish to travel without wearing earplugs, the new GT is a more rounded car from the British company. The shape is familiar but the finish is more friendly — this is a car that doesn’t so much shout loudly but instead whispers sweet nothings in your ear. So desirable.

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Peugeot 508

There used to be some decent-looking Peugeots but, for whatever reason — perhaps the demands of selling mass-market cars — drivers were offered years of beige up until a a few years ago. Now Peugeot appears to have rediscovered the joy of designing cars with passion. The new 508 is as handsome as anything in the family saloon sector, both inside and out.

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Volvo S60

Most of us will remember the big, boxy Volvos of old, that were about as desirable as a yeast infection. Now, Volvos like the S60 are cars your children will tell their school friends about. As safe as ever but now with Scandi-chic, it’s little wonder Volvo sales are booming — this is an executive car for which you’d put in as much overtime as necessary.

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Motor Awards 2019: Vote for your cars of the year (closed)