The new Audi A4 has been named as Car of the Year 2016 at the annual What Car? Awards in London.

The Volkswagen Group overall won eight of the nineteen 'best buy' categories, as well as the overall trophy for Car of the Year in the awards, which were held in association with Warranty Direct.

16 core test criteria's were used to assess each model in the respective categories. Those core tests included back-to-back testing on different types of road, an analysis of the costs of vehicle ownership, mystery shopping & some independent emissions testing.

Editorial director of What Car?, Jim Holder said: "When we began the judging process, the VW emissions scandal was in full swing.

"However, our guiding principle is to recommend the best cars on sale today. We have tested all cars with our unrivalled rigour and scrutiny on a level playing field with all of their rivals.

"Regardless of the scandal, the VW Group still builds cars that rank among the very best on the road and, tested against our criteria covering all of the rational reasons that consumers choose one car over another, the results are clear to see.

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