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 Epsom Downs racecourse, 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. This years judging takes place on 24-25 August.

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 on 25 November 2021 at Celtic Manor Resort.

Brands to test at COTY

Latest Car of the Year news

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It’s great to be back! Our Car of the Year judging days returned with an electric atmosphere

By Mark Bursa | 27 August 2021, 13:28

Great cars, great weather and a great turnout marked the return of the Professional Driver Car of the Year judging event this week. The much-loved event couldn’t happen last year, so we were delighted to be able to invite our friends in the industry to the first post-Covid social event of 2021. One thing had…

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Shortlist announced for Professional Driver Car of the Year judging days, August 24-25, 2021

By Mark Bursa | 6 August 2021, 09:05

Here’s our shortlist for the 2021 Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards judging days. There are some very special cars on the list – and the focus is on electric, as that’s the way our sector has to go. All these cars will be available to test on the day – so don’t miss…

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Car of the Year 2019 Results

By Mark Bursa | 23 June 2020, 12:03

Car of the Year The Winner Mercedes-Benz V220d Long Sponsored by Our Professional Driver Car of the Year for 2019 is the Mercedes-Benz V-Class. It’s the first time an MPV has captured the overall crown, and the decision says a lot abut changing work patterns in the industry – and the sheer strength of this…

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Mercedes-Benz V-Class is Professional Driver Magazine’s 2019 Car of the Year

By Mark Bursa | 29 November 2019, 09:53

Mercedes-Benz scooped the top prize at the 2019 Professional Driver car of the Year Awards. Britain’s chauffeurs and Private Hire drivers voted the new Mercedes-Benz V220d Long as Car of the Year for 2019. The car also took the prize for MPV of the Year for the third year running.

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