Ford Fiesta ST named Parkers Car of the Year 2019

  • Fiesta ST named as the overall winner for 2019
  • 18 category winners chosen for real-world new car buyers
  • Awards in partnership with Bauer Media radio stations, online titles and magazines

The Parkers New Car Awards are back, with the Ford Fiesta ST clinching victory to become the 2019 Car of the Year.

Beating-off stiff competition from its larger sibling, the all-new Ford Focus, as well as worthy contenders as diverse as the Hyundai Kona Electric, Volkswagen Touareg and Volvo V60, the Fiesta ST took the honours based on its sensational dynamics, snappy styling and design, ease of ownership and compelling PCP finance options.

For their second year, the Parkers New Car Awards were expanded to 18 individual prizes and now include the Best Off-Roader and Best Tow Car categories, with Best Used Car replacing last year’s Best Used Finance.

Also new for 2019 is the People’s Choice Award where Parkers’ readers have made their voices heard about plug-in cars, including which new model they’re most excited about.

Why the Ford Fiesta ST is a winner

Keith Adams, Editor of, said: ‘In the second year of running the New Car Awards, we’re excited to have come up with such an interesting selection of winners. We’ve combined what we know about what our users are viewing on Parkers, with the combined team’s century of editorial expertise. We’re more than happy to have chosen a car that’s so affordable and fun to live with as the Ford Fiesta ST out of a brilliant line-up of entrants.'

He added: ‘The Ford Fiesta ST takes the overall honours because it’s an outstanding car. Not just in terms of driver interaction and enjoyment, which is a given in a modern fast Ford. Neither does it simply win because it’s astonishing value for money, offering more ability for your monthly payments than any other car in its class. No, the Fiesta ST is a landmark car – it’s a sporty model for everyone, which proves that in a world of escalating power outputs and performance figures, less really does equal more. It really is head and shoulders above all of its rivals.’

See all of the winning cars for 2019 at:

BEST FIRST CAR in association with Planet Rock


Highly recommended:

Ford Fiesta

Skoda Citigo


BEST SMALL FAMILY CAR in association with Mother & Baby

WINNER: Ford Focus

Highly recommended:

Dacia Duster

Citroen Berlingo/Peugeot Rifter/Vauxhall Combo Life


Volvo V60 -Large Family Car of the Year 2019

BEST LARGE FAMILY CAR in association with Absolute Radio

WINNER: Volvo V60

Highly recommended:

Audi A6 Saloon



BEST SEVEN-SEATER in association with Closer

WINNER: Hyundai Santa Fe

Highly recommended:

Audi Q7

Skoda Kodiaq


BEST LUXURY CAR in association with Today’s Golfer

WINNER: Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Highly recommended:

Audi A8

Volkswagen Touareg


BEST ECO CAR in association with Grazia

WINNER: Hyundai Kona Electric

Highly recommended:

Nissan Leaf

Renault Zoe


BEST CAR FOR SUN-SEEKERS in association with Magic Radio

WINNER: Audi A5 Cabriolet

Highly recommended:

Mazda MX-5

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet


BEST CAR FOR THRILL-SEEKERS in association with

WINNER: Ford Fiesta ST

Highly recommended:

Alpine A110

Renault Megane RS


BEST COMPANY CAR in association with Fleet News

WINNER: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Highly recommended:

Audi A6 Saloon

Toyota Prius


BEST OFF-ROADER in association with Angling Times

WINNER: Dacia Duster

Highly recommended:

Jeep Wrangler

Toyota Land Cruiser


BEST TOW CAR in association with Your Horse

WINNER: Volkswagen Touareg

Highly recommended:

Land Rover Discovery

SsangYong Musso


BEST VAN in association with Commercial Fleet

WINNER: Volkswagen Crafter

Highly recommended:

Ford Transit Custom

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter


BEST PICKUP in association with MCN

WINNER: Mitsubishi L200

Highly recommended:

Mercedes-Benz X-Class

Volkswagen Amarok


BEST NEW CAR FINANCE SCHEME in association with


Highly recommended:




BEST SAFETY AWARD in association with Mother & Baby


Highly recommended:


Hyundai Nexo active safety system


BEST CAR TECH INNOVATION in association with CAR

WINNER: BMW electric car induction charging

Highly recommended:

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with MBUX and MB ProConnect

SEAT Alexa in-car integration


BEST USED CAR in association with Parkers Used Cars for Sale

WINNER: Ford Fiesta (2008-2017)

Highly recommended:

Fiat 500 (2008 on)

Volkswagen Golf (2013 on)



WINNER: Volkswagen I.D. Neo

Highly recommended:

Audi E-Tron

Tesla Model 3

Volkswagen Touareg - Tow Car of the Year 2019