The Professional Driver Car of the Year awards are firmly established as the biggest and best reader-judged automotive awards in the industry.

Nobody else does it our way. The awards are among the most rigorous in the automotive industry. We hold an annual judging day event at Sandown Park racecourse in Surrey, where we give our readers a rare chance to evaluate competing cars back-to-back, in real-world conditions. More than 60 cars are delivered to the venue for a full day’s evaluation.

We invite many of the leading operators in the country to join us as judges for the day. In fact our 100-strong panel this year comprised heads of chauffeur and private hire firms, experienced chauffeurs and carefully chosen editors and journalists, who bring their objective eye and road testing experience to bear. Judges complete 17-point score sheets for each car they test. They drive the cars, ride in the back seats and test out the loadspace.

There are seven categories. As well as chauffeur cars, executive vehicles and private hire cars, we choose the best MPV for chauffeuring, the best estate car and the best luxury SUV for when tough winter conditions mean a serious 4x4 is needed. We also choose the best Green car, open to electric, plug-in hybrid or zero-emission alternative fuel vehicles.

An overall Professional Driver Car of the Year is chosen from the seven category winners. All the winners are announced at our QSi Awards dinner in November at the Effingham Park Hotel, near Gatwick Airport.

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