The Volvo XC60 crossover has been crowned as the UK Car of the Year in 2018.

It had already secured the Best Medium Crossover award last month when the category winners were announced, but it fought off stiff competition from the other 12 category winners to secure the overall title.

The XC60 beat the Skoda Kodiaq by a single point with the BMW 5-Series finishing in third.

The awards are decided by 27 UK-based motoring journalists, including Company Car Today editor Paul Barker, Company Car Tomorrow editor David Motton and CCT contributing editor Tristan Young.

It is the first time Volvo has won the overall prize, though the firm’s XC90 SUV came second in 2016.

Volvo XC60

“The XC60 being crowned UK Car of the Year 2018 is very well deserved, at a time when crossovers are becoming increasingly popular. Having come close in 2016 with the XC90, it’s fantastic to see Volvo now claim the top spot with its smaller – but every bit as impressive – stablemate,” said  John Challen, director of the UK Car of the Year Awards.

Jon Wakefield, managing director at Volvo Car UK, said: “Winning both the overall UK Car of the Year and Best Medium Crossover awards is a fantastic achievement for Volvo. The awards reflect the desirability and sophistication of the XC60 and the elegant Scandinavian design, cutting-edge technology and luxurious equipment levels have proved a big hit with customers.”

The full list of award winners is below:

Best Supermini – Seat Ibiza

Best Small Hatch – Volkswagen Golf

Best Family – Peugeot 3008

Best Executive – BMW 5-series

Best Luxury – Rolls-Royce Phantom

Best Estate – BMW 5-series

Best Small Crossover – Citroën C3 Aircross

Best Medium Crossover – Volvo XC60

Best Large Crossover – Skoda Kodiaq

Best Coupe – Lexus LC

Best Cabriolet – Mazda MX-5 RF