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Gallery: The Volvo XC40’s 2019 Wheels COTY victory in pictures

By Cameron Kirby, 02 Feb 2019 COTY

Gallery: The Volvo XC40’s 2019 Wheels COTY victory in pictures

These are the pictures that tell the tale of the Volvo XC40’s Wheels Car of the Year 2019 win

WITH the XC40’s victory in the 56th running of Wheels Car of the Year, Volvo has gone from a winless streak of over half a century to becoming one of just six brands to win back-to-back gongs (and the only luxury brand to do so).

To celebrate, we’ve collated the best images of the XC40 from this year’s COTY testing, which took place over 7 days.

If you want to read why the XC40 won, make sure to read our winner feature. 

Deputy Editor Andy Enright has also given insight into how the judges decided the Volvo was the worthy winner when applying the COTY criteria.

There was some tough competition taking on the Volvo for the 2019 Car of the Year title.

Toughest was the Subaru Forester, which was a COTY darkhorse that turned into a worthy runner-up.

Jaguar’s I-Pace was a favourite following two days at the proving ground, and a worthy finalist which has propelled the almost century old British manufacturer straight to the front of the electric revolution. 

Meanwhile Alpine’s delightful A110 had the judges clamouring for the keys during testing, with the team praising its dynamic prowess. 

For the budget conscious, Volkswagen’s Polo hatch was lauded for its value for money.

Want to take things offline? Read 67 pages of COTY coverage in our relaunched magazine, which is on sale now.

But in the meantime, enjoy the gallery above!