In pictures: What Car? Car of the Year award winners 2022

Date Posted 24th January 2022
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What Car?, Britain’s leading consumer champion helping drivers to choose the right car for their needs, has revealed the winners of their prestigious Car of the Year awards.

To be eligible for a What Car? Award, a car has to have been tested back-to-back with its rivals, both on UK roads and at What Car?’s dedicated test track.

In addition, contenders for the overall Car of the Year Award have to have been launched in the previous 12 months.

Find out the category winners by scrolling through our picture gallery:

Car of the Year: Kia EV6 RWD GT-Line

Small car: Honda Jazz SR

Family car: Seat Leon 1.5 TSI 130 Evo FR

Small SUV: Ford Puma 1.0 Ecoboost Hybrid (mHEV)

Family SUV: Volvo XC40 Recharge T4 Plus (Dark Theme)

Large SUV: Hyundai Santa Fe 4WD Premium

Luxury SUV: BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport

Sports SUV: Ford Puma ST 1.5 Ecoboost 200 Performance Pack

Hybrid (plug-in): Lexus NX 450h+ F Sport Premium Plus Pack

Small electric car: Cupra Born 58kWh V2

Large electric car: Tesla Model 3 Long Range

Executive car: BMW 3 Series 330e M Sport (M Sport Pro Package)

Luxury car: BMW 5 Series 530e M Sport (M Sport Pro Package)

Estate: Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SEL

MPV: Volkswagen Touran 1.5 TSI 150 SE

Pick-up: Ford Ranger 2.0L EcoBlue 213PS Wildtrack auto

Hot hatch: Mercedes-AMG A45 S Plus

Performance car: Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 4S

Coupé: BMW 4 Series 420i M Sport (M Sport Pro Package)

Convertible: BMW 4 Series Convertible 420i (M Sport Pro Package)

Sports car: Porsche Cayman GTS

2022 marks the second time Kia has won the overall What Car? Car of the Year Award – and the second time it has won with a new electric car, having taken its maiden victory in 2019 with the Kia e-Niro.

The Kia EV6 stood out for setting new benchmarks for electric cars, offering an official range of 328 miles, and managing 224 miles on a charge when What Car?’s testers ran it in near worst-case low temperature conditions. It is also capable of super-fast, 800V charging, with its battery capable of going from 10-80% in as little as 18 minutes.

In addition, the EV6 earned praise from the judges for being hugely spacious, very refined even by electric car standards and for being sold with the reassurance of a standard-setting seven-year warranty.

Other big winners on the night included BMW, which recorded an amazing five category victories. Ford was the next most successful manufacturer, with three category wins. Tesla was also a notable winner after recording a record-breaking year for sales with its Model 3.

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