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As 2020 draws to a close, it’s time to look back on the year and celebrate the best cars Auto Trader has driven in the past 12 months. True enough, some of them may already have been in the market but we’re celebrating the cars we’ve actually driven and enjoyed most of all this year. They’re all different, ranging from hot hatches and luxury performance SUVs to practical estate cars and funky electric vehicles. We loved them all – here’s why!

Aston Martin DBX

The luxury British SUV impressed us with its performance if not its looks. Rapid acceleration, great balance and poise round the track at Silverstone made this a winner for us. Oh, and it can off-road through the slippery stuff, too.

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Audi A4 Allroad

For those who want four-wheel drive and some chunky body styling but don’t want the heavy handling of an SUV, a rugged estate is the answer. We’ve always adored the A6 Allroad but the A4 Allroad packages the same character into a smaller footprint. Svelte movement, smart interior, smooth engine.

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Caterham Super Seven

Stunning design touches such as white piping, special badging, running boards swooping over the dinky wheels and a glossy wooden steering wheel make this a very special Caterham Seven. We love them all, but this one beats the rest.

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Honda E

We've been living with one for six months and it is as good as it looks, with a design that makes everyone stop and smile, and a digital aquarium running the length of the dash. Add in cameras instead of wing mirrors and a range of bold colours, and it’s the most striking electric car out there. Even the 100-mile range is forgiven. Mostly.

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Kia Sorento

A major facelift for this seven-seat SUV has resulted in a very fresh take on this family car, which offers excellent value for money and now a mild petrol hybrid option, which is very smooth. You still get a seven-year warranty, too.

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Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD

A new Lamborghini is always a dream come true (even the Urus) but a lighter, rear-wheel-drive version of the Huracan? And with a soft top, too? In sparkling blue you say, with tan leather seats? Well, hell, yes please. This car is at the top of the Italian supercar game.

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Rolls-Royce Ghost

Rolls-Royce has pared back its style, offering restrained luxury in its new four-door Ghost saloon with simple cuts of leather and wood. But the best bit is new dampers on dampers, giving the magic-carpet ride an extra lift.

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Seat Leon

Too often overlooked in favour its VW Golf sibling. The new look gives this family hatch a more exciting vibe than it’s ever had, as well as some swirly badging and sharp lights. Drives well, with a decent VW group infotainment system.

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Skoda Scala

The surprise of the year for us. The Scala sneaked in under the radar but we love its understated sense of style and the 1.5-litre petrol engine with sweet-shifting manual transmission. Goes without saying it offers a good bang for your buck.

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Toyota GR Yaris

A proper old-fashioned pocket rocket. True World Rally Championship beginnings mean this car is no pretender. Deservedly wears the Toyota Gazoo Racing badge. The most fun we had for under £30,000 in 2020.

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VW ID.3

Fun white steering wheel and rocker switch to change gear, cool LED light strip running length of windscreen, some funky orange dashes of colour, futuristic decals on the outside and more boot space than a Golf. What’s not to like, especially with a £26,000 version arriving next year? See Rory Reid’s video review here .

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