Volvo XC40 Takes Honest John’s Top Spot For 2019

The Volvo XC40 has been crowned the Honest John Car of the Year 2019, beating all of its rivals to take the overall top honour.

Regarded as the most honest and unbiased awards in the industry, the awards were announced in a ceremony, at the Vinyl Factory in Soho, London. The glittering event celebrated the cars and vans that are considered to be the most popular with’s audience.

As well as storming to victory in the ‘Premium Crossover’ category, the XC40 took the overall ‘Car of the Year’ prize as a result of its popularity with the site’s 2.3 million readers.

The awards differ from many others in the industry as it is the site’s readers that dictate the models that take the honours. The overall winner is the car that has proved the most popular with the site’s users over the past 12 months.

Honest John Editor David Ross said: “A crossover has to be very special to be named Premium Crossover of the year, but the luxurious and stylish Volvo XC40 has made this category its own in 2019. Indeed, no other model has come close to matching the XC40’s popularity at and it is easy to see why our readers hold this upmarket crossover in such high regard.

“We were mightily impressed with the XC40 when it was first launched, but even we couldn’t predict just how popular it would be, ultimately being crowned the Honest John Car of the Year for 2019. Well built, stylish and refreshingly different from the usual crossovers, the XC40 is a car we have found ourselves repeatedly recommending to readers over the past 12 months.”

Another significant achiever in the 2019 honours was the Suzuki Swift 1.0 BoosterJet, which took the Real MPG prize. Real MPG is’s measure of testing real life fuel economy figures via input direct from its readers, and achieved an average MPG with the site’s readers of 67.4mpg – 102.9% of the manufacturer’s claimed figure.

Honest John Awards 2019 – Roll of honour:

City Car
Suzuki Ignis

Small Hatchback
Ford Fiesta

Family Car
Mazda 3

Compact Premium
Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Large Car
Skoda Superb

Hyundai Kona

Small Crossover
Suzuki Vitara

Premium Crossover
Volvo XC40

Kia Sportage

Skoda Kodiaq

Performance Car
Jaguar F-Type Coupe

BMW 4 Series Convertible

Luxury Car
Porsche Panamera


Car of the Year
Volvo XC40

Highly Rated
Peugeot 308

Real MPG
Suzuki Swift 1.0 BoosterJet (67.4mpg – 102.7%)

Nissan Navara

Small Van
Ford Transit Connect

Medium Van
Ford Transit Custom

Large Van

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