In 2018, we put as many as 77 new vehicles through our rigorous road-testing procedure here at CAR magazine. These are the 13 highest scoring cars (with plenty of ties) of the year...

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9=. Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design Geartronic: 82/100

New to Volvo's range, the XC40 has been crowned 2018's European Car of the Year. But just how good is the Swede's baby SUV?

9=. Volkswagen Polo 1,0 TSI Comfortline: 82/100

In an SA-exclusive, we sampled the updated Volkswagen Polo early (hence the link to a driving impression rather than a road test). The print road test appeared in the February 2018 edition of CAR magazine.

9=. Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic+ 9G-Tronic: 82/10

A big-hearted V8 saloon with loads of character. But is the Mercedes-AMG E63 S polished enough to beat the BMW M5?

9=. Kia Stinger 3,3T GT: 82/10

Does the Stinger GT live up to Kia's "Power to Surprise"-slogan? We find out...

9=. Honda Civic Type R:  82/10

Coupled to what is arguably the best manual 'box in its segment, the Civic Type R is a serious hot hatch...

7=. Volvo XC60 D5 AWD Inscription: 83/100

Crowned World Car of the Year 2018 ... but should the new XC60 be considered above other premium midsize SUVs?

7=. BMW M4 Coupé Competition Package M-DCT: 83/100

With more power and striking design cues, is the well-balanced BMW M4 Competition Package the midsize performance-coupé to beat?

4=. Volvo XC40 D4 AWD Momentum Geartronic: 84/100

The diesel derivative of Volvo's XC40 beat its petrol-powered counterpart by two points...

4=. BMW M5 xDrive M Steptronic: 84/100

Polished? Yes. But who said the BMW M5 can't be fun?

4=. Audi TT RS Coupé Quattro S-Tronic: 84/100

Is the thrilling Audi TT RS the best sportscar under R1-million? We put it to the test against Jaguar's 221 kW F-Type...

3. Mercedes-AMG GT R: 85/100

With the AMG GT R, Affalterbach takes the fight to the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS. Is it capable enough to deliver the knockout punch?

2. Mercedes-Benz S560L 9G-Tronic: 86/100

Whether you find yourself in the driver's or passenger seat, the Stuttgart-based brand's limousine is sublime...

1. McLaren 720S Coupé: 87/100 

Precise yet thrilling, the Mclaren 720S Coupé is nothing short of an engineering marvel. Could it be the best supercar of the moment?