The Volkswagen Group cleaned up at the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2016, despite being engulfed by the diesel emissions scandal.

Top prize went to the Audi A4 3.0 TDI 218 Sport, while the Group (which consists of VW, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley and Bugatti) was victorious in nine of the 19 categories. Audi has now won the coveted title three times – more than any other manufacturer.

The only prize for a British car maker went to the Land Rover Discovery Sport in the Large SUV category.

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From sports cars to luxury SUVs and hot hatches to mould-breakers – there are plenty of hot new cars hitting the streets in 2016 – here are 20 of the best…

Alfa Romeo Giulia – this sporting saloon will do battle with other new cars the Jaguar XE, BMW 3-Series and Audi A4 in the compact executive sector. No mean task, even for the awesome Quadrifoglio pictured here…

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Aston Martin DB11 – just a teaser of the badge for the DB9 replacement, but we expect it to bear more than a little resemblance to James Bond’s DB10 from SPECTRE.

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Bentley Bentayga – billed as  ”the most powerful, most luxurious, most exclusive and fastest SUV in the world”

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