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The Autocar long-term fleet awards 2020

When the UK entered full lockdown in March, various team members were driving test cars they were only supposed to have for a few days – but ended up running for three months.

We came to refer to it as the lockdown lottery, given the mix of cars we were left with ranged from a full-on Italian supercar (the Huracán) to a convertible SUV (a Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet). But our voters decided that editor-in-chief Steve Cropley hit the jackpot, having landed a Bentley Flying Spur on his drive for three months. It was, at least, a stylish way to make the occasional essential shopping trip.

James Disdale said: “If you’re going to be locked down, do it in style.” And because he’s down with the kids, senior contributing writer Andrew Frankel said that choice was “obvs”.

The Huracán also scored well, and its accidental custodian, Ricky Lane, also insisted the choice was “obvious”. We salute his desire to spell words out in full.

Having ended up with it, I was outraged – sorry, I mean unsurprised – at the lack of support for the T-Roc Cabrio. No, it’s not a great car but it attracted interest from neighbours, who love both its look and concept.

The ‘Sod Zoom, I’m Going for a Zoom’ Award – for the best car to take on a long, fun, solo drive

Winner: Ford Focus ST; Highly commended: Toyota GR Supra, Lamborghini Huracan, Porsche 911

This was another close category, but the Focus ST narrowly edged the Supra, Huracán and 911. Ultimately, where Ford’s hot hatch got the nod over those three was in versatility: it’s a true performance car that really can be a practical family car.

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