The What Car? Car of the Year 2014 was announced today during a glamorous evening award ceremony in London. Regarded as UK's most prestigious car award ceremony, this year's hotly contested categories include. City Car, Small Car, Family Car, Estate Car, Sports Car, MPV, Coupe, Hot Hatch, Small SUV, Large SUV, Executive Car, Open-Top Car, Luxury Car, and Reader Award. Of course, the final and most important award is Car of the Year. 

Without further ado, from the Nissan Qashqai to the Porsche Boxster, here are the winners of 2014:

2014 ford fiesta st 2014 Ford Fiesta st Ford

Small Car: The competitors for Small Car include the Audi A1, Dacia Sandero, Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio, and Renault Zoe. Unfortunately, of the five nominees, only the Ford Fiesta is available for sale in the U.S. market. Fortunately, it's the Ford Fiesta that won the category! What Car? awarded the Ford Fiesta for its driving dynamics, ride comfort, and styling inside and out. What Car? also notes that the Ford Fiesta is a fantastic deal.

Family Car: The Audi A3 Sportback, Ford Mondeo, Kia Cee'd, Mazda 3, Peugeot 308, Skoda Octavia, and Volkswagen Golf are in the running for this honor. The Skoda Octavia was awarded for its generous standard equipment, its decent to drive, its huge and classy cabin, and finally for its affordability.

Estate car: BMW 5 Series Touring, Ford Mondeo Estate, Honda Civic Tourer, Kia Cee'd Sportswagon, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, Seat Leon ST, Skoda Octavia Estate, and Volkswagen Golf Estate were nominated for this category. Ultimately, the VW Golf Estate took it home for its refinement, comfort, and driving pleasure. The cabin is well built and provides ample volume. Lastly, resale values are particularly strong for the Golf.

2014 porsche boxster 2014 Porsche Boxster Porsche

Sports car: The candidates are Alfa Romeo 4C, Ferrari F12, Jaguar F-type, McLaren 12C Spider, Porsche Boxster, Porsche Cayman, and Porsche 911. European manufacturers are well represented in this category but it is Porsche that boasts a significant three out of seven representation in the group. However, it is the Porsche Boxster, not the flagship 911, that takes home the prize.

2014 Citroen C4 Picasso 2014 Citroen C4 Picasso Citroen

MPV: The nominees are the Citroen C3 Picasso, Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, Kia Carens , Nissan Note, Seat Alhambra, and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer. The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso not only shares the same name as one of the most famous painters in history, but is also a spacious people carrier with lots of awesome equipment, including on-board Wi-Fi. However, we're not sure about its looks.

2014 BMW 435i 2014 BMW 435i BMW

Coupe: Audi TT, BMW 435i Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe, Seat Leon SC, and Volkswagen Scirocco make up the category. We expected nothing less from the exciting BMW 435i than to take home the award. The BMW 3-series has always been a benchmark in its class. The same can be said about the coupe version 4-series. 

2014 ford fiesta st 2014 Ford Fiesta st Ford

Hot hatch Ford: Fiesta ST, Ford Focus ST, Renault Megane, Renaultsport 265 Cup, Seat Leon Cupra, Suzuki Swift Sport, Volkswagen Golf GTI battle it out in this hotly contested category. Surprisingly, the Ford Fiesta ST seals Ford's second WhatCar? win. Just like the Fiesta, the Ford Fiesta ST is extremely fun to drive, affordable, and stylish. 

2014 audi S3 2014 Audi S3 Audi

Executive car: The nominees are Audi A3 Saloon, BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, Lexus IS, Maserati Ghibli, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Elegant proportions mixed with Audi design makes the A3 sedan a handsome choice. Efficient powertrain options combined with a standard sport suspension makes the A3 fun to drive and guilt free at the same time.

Open-top car: Audi A3 Cabriolet, Citroen DS3 Cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, Mini Roadster, and Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet are in this category. The Audi A3 Cabriolet is everything the A3 saloon is, but adds the added delight of a convertible top.

2014 S-Class 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Mercedes-Benz

Luxury car: The Audi A8, Bentley Flying Spur, Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Rover Rolls-Royce Phantom make up the category. Despite the high price tag, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the clear winner for its unmatched technical features, including the Magic Body Control, which regulates the ride and handling of this magnificent luxury car.

2014 range rover sport 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Land Rover

Large SUV: BMW X3, BMW X5, Honda CR-V, Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover Sport, and Mazda CX-5 is an eclectic collection for sure. Howevere, it is the Land Rover Range Rover Sport that takes the award. There is a Range Rover Sport for everyone as Land Rover offers a multitude of engine choices including a V8 gasoline engine and a more practical diesel. According to What Car?, the SDV6 strikes the best balance between performance and price.

2014 nissan qashqai 2014 Nissan Qashqai Nissan

Small SUV: This category is between the Audi Q3, Fiat 500L Trekking, Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Range Rover Evoque, Renault Captur Skoda Yeti, and Suzuki SX4 S-Cross. The Nissan Qashqai is Small SUV of the year. Designed to fit the lifestyle of younger families, the Qashqai is praised for its supple ride, capable handling and spacious cabin. Moreover, the Qashqai boasts a great safety record.

And there you have it. The Nissan Qashqai is not only the Small SUV of the Year, it is also the WhatCar? Car of the Year. What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: “The all-new Nissan Qashqai brings excellence and polish to a class of cars that is brimming with talent and tempting buys. The Qashqai delivers low costs and first-class levels of comfort, refinement, space and safety.

“Nissan has thought of every last detail, and this complete approach is why the Qashqai is What Car?’s Car of the Year. The Nissan team should be justifiably proud of their achievement.”