2012 Land Rover EvoqueThe editors from Autoweek have lined up their notes and named their 2011 Best of the Best. The 2012 Audi A7 and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque took the top honors, with editor Wes Raynal saying that the Audi is a vehicle with "few peers" thanks its integration of sedan styling and hatchback functionality. The Evoque, meanwhile, won over the hearts and minds of those at Autoweek thanks to its Land Rover roots and excellent ride refinement. The publication says the Evoque redefines the brand.

Autoweek isn't alone in its picks. As you may recall, the editors at our sister site, AOL Autos, chose both the A7 and the Evoque for the website's first-ever car of the year awards, Motor Trend named the Evoque its SUV of the Year, and we're rather fond of them both, as well.

In order to qualify for the Autoweek Best of the Best list, a vehicle had to be completely or substantially new for 2011. Click past the jump for the full press release.
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Autoweek Editors Choose 2012 Best Of The Best

AUDI'S A7 AND LAND ROVER'S RANGE ROVER EVOQUE TAKE TOP HONORS

DETROIT, Jan. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Autoweek editors spend so much time behind so many steering wheels that it takes a special car or truck to stand out from the pack. This year, the Audi A7 and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque did just that, and they have been named Autoweek's Best of the Best/Car and Truck for 2012.

"With the A7, Audi has crafted a vehicle with few true peers by starting with stunning luxury-sedan design and marrying that to the functionality of a hatchback," said Autoweek Editor Wes Raynal.

"The Evoque retains the luxury, refinement and off-road capability we've come to expect from Land Rover, combined with compact dimensions, carlike ride and efficiency that redefine the brand."

Editors graded vehicles on drivetrain, ride quality, handling, exterior, interior design and fun factor. Points were tallied for each vehicle, and the car or truck garnering the most points took the win.

To be eligible for Autoweek's Best of the Best honors, a vehicle had to be completely or substantially new – minor facelifts or mechanical updates didn't count – and available to the general public. The Best of the Best process begins each January, with models unavailable at the end of the calendar year eligible for the following year's contest.

Cars were defined as sedans, coupes, convertibles, hatchbacks and wagons, while trucks included classic pickups, crossovers, minivans and SUVs. Among the finalists were the Ford Focus, the Mercedes-Benz CLS, the Mercedes-Benz ML350 and the BMW X3.

The A7 and the Evoque were selected under the radar, without any manufacturer knowledge. No automaker saw the results, lobbied or provided specially prepped test vehicles.

Audi and Land Rover will be presented with their Best of the Best awards at Detroit's North American International Auto Show in early January, with the A7 and the Evoque featured in the Jan. 9 edition of Autoweek.

Autoweek, launched in 1958, based in Detroit, Mich., and published by Crain Communications Inc., is a fortnightly magazine of consumer car news, information and insight. It's also delivered via the Internet (autoweek.com) and the iPad, and through video and social media. The autoweek.com site includes Daily Drive, an e-mail newsletter sent to more than 100,000 registrants; Car Life, a social community, and Autoweek TV, a daily video newscast. The Autoweek iPhone app Car News & Reviews is the first free app built for serious enthusiasts. From a magazine to video, online, podcasts, events, mobile applications and social media, Autoweek is a must-have for those who live the automotive lifestyle. Follow Autoweek on Facebook (facebook.com/autoweekusa) and Twitter (@autoweekUSA).


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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Passat should have won over A7
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but if you think the a7 isn't great looking, you're wrong.
      Morgan Reale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come on Autoweek sounds like paid advertisement,.even though you say it Isn't - I just drove the Evoque , and it's super small , smaller then the BMW X3 , but priced like a BMW X6 because you cant leave with one under $58k - $44,000 is a pipe dream msrp. Second the A7 is nice looking from the front but fugly from the back a glorified Mercedes CLS .. I live in Miami and I see these cars all the time - you have much better choices , Sorry Wes Raynal you have bad taste I guess that's why readership is down..
        Ragan Li
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Morgan Reale
        i bought my evoque 50k flat (including sales tax). pure+climate and HDD navigation. thats all you need.
      Alex740
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think Audi's are some of the most overrated cars on the market but even I have to admit the A7 is absolutely gorgeous. Drove the new Evoque this weekend, it's nice but not worth the 50k price tag.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the fact that no matter how bad the reliability of a vehicle brand is, one of their cars/suvs can still be crowned "Car of the Year" by several publications. ...and i'm not talking about the Audi.
        Ragan Li
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        car of the year. not brand of the year. they are awarded based on the car's quality, not the brand's.
          Andre Neves
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ragan Li
          Oh really? Want to define the word "quality" for me?
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I drive a Freelander with 290 k miles on it, it is running just fine.
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      How much did Audi pay to Autoweek?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        So just because a BMW didn't win, it means Audi paid them? lol
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's with everybody gushing over these two cars? There's very little redeeming about the A7, and the Evoque looks nice but that's it.
        Random Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Overall these are nice.The A7 looks too much like an A5 sportback to get so much praise for originality. Evoque looks great but I'm just disappointed about its 60k dealer prices. However, when you see what the competition was for new 2011 cars its easy to understand why.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the A7 had a 4.2 420hp it would be a hot selling item. A 3.0 liter supercharged engine is just not enough.
        Zcd1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Right - except that the 3.0 liter supercharged V-6 enables a high-4 second 0-60 time for the A7. Please tell me in what reality that is 'just not enough"?? Sheesh.
        Spellchecker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        "A 3.0 liter supercharged engine is just not enough." W H A T ?
      Dreez28
      • 3 Years Ago
      Re-title this article..."Best of the best for Oprah", or "Best of the best lofty priced autos", or even better, "These vehicles are the best, but good luck affording one", or how about "Don't buy these vehicles". I have a strong belief that the best cars simply cannot be the most expensive, simply because they are not realistic options for 90% of drivers, and because you can always make something better by spending more $ making it. The real test is making a vehicle that is both affordable, comfortable, modern, and high-quality. Now if Autoweek said, best of the best for autos between $x - $x, that would make more sense.
        JAD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dreez28
        LOL they are not that expensive. Relax.
          Dreez28
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JAD
          So an absolute base price of $44,000 for the Evoque and $60, 000 for the A7 is not that expensive??? Congrats on the huge income! I however would consider that to be well into the "Vanity" segment of vehicles.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      seems like a lot oif mags agree. both cars deserve it!
      superchan7
      • 3 Years Ago
      These cars are only winners in the design/powertrain innovation categories. Actual usability and cost of ownership of these cars will probably mean many can buy, but few will want to keep/maintain them. Also, the A7 just looks like a bigger A5 Sportback which, granted, is not sold in the US.
        Actionable Mango
        • 3 Years Ago
        @superchan7
        I would love an A5 Sportback. Unfortunately Audi did not fix the headliner problem in their refresh of the A5, so the newest version will remain just as unsellable in the USA as the older one. Hopefully in their next refresh they will fix the problem and finally bring this car to the USA. Of course, then I'll need about 5 years of depreciation before I can afford one anyway, so it's a dream for me that's just not going to happen.
          SloopJohnB
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          Wow...it depreciates about 55% in 36 months.......
      JasonERF
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great choices. So glad there's no beigemobiles.
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