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December 10, 2021updated 17 Jan 2022 11:58am

What Car? publishes long list for Car of the Year Awards

By Chris Lemmon

What Car? has published the long list of models in contention for its Car of the Year Awards 2022, held in association with MotorEasy.

Highlighting the growing demand for electric vehicles in the UK, the 2022 awards mark the introduction of an electric SUV category, joining the existing small electric car and large electric car categories.

What Car? editor Steve Huntingford said: “Our Car of the Year Awards are the culmination of 12 months of testing, and set the highest standard for the automotive industry.

“Given the booming sales of electric cars, we felt it was only right to recognise a wider variety of electric vehicles for the increasing number of motorists who are looking to go green. But every model on our long list stands out in its own way.”

The full list of nominees are as follows:

Small car – no defending champion

Honda Jazz

Seat Ibiza

Skoda Fabia

Volkswagen Polo


Family car

Audi A3

Cupra Born

DS 4

Peugeot 308

Renault Megane

Seat Leon – defending champion


Hot hatch – no defending champion

Audi RS3

BMW 128ti

Ford Fiesta ST

Hyundai i20 N

Mercedes-AMG A45

Volkswagen Golf R


Small SUV

Ford Puma – defending champion

Hyundai Kona Electric

Seat Arona

Toyota Yaris Cross

Vauxhall Mokka


Family SUV

Dacia Duster

Hyundai Tucson

Kia Sportage

Nissan Qashqai

Skoda Karoq

Volvo XC40 – defending champion


Large SUV

Audi Q4 e-tron

Audi Q5

Hyundai Santa Fe

Kia Sorento – defending champion

Lexus NX

Skoda Enyaq iV

Skoda Kodiaq

Toyota RAV4


Executive car

BMW 3 Series – defending champion

Citroën C5 X

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Polestar 2


Plug-in hybrid

Audi A3 TFSIe

Audi Q3 TFSIe

Audi Q5 TFSIe

Hyundai Tucson PHEV


Peugeot 308 Hybrid

Peugeot 308 SW Hybrid

Skoda Octavia iV Estate – defending champion


Small electric car

Cupra Born

Peugeot e-208

Renault Megane

Volkswagen ID.3 – defending champion


Large electric car

BMW i4

Citroën e-Berlingo

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Kia EV6

Mercedes-Benz EQS

Peugeot e-Rifter

Polestar 2

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

Tesla Model 3 – defending champion

Vauxhall Combo-e


Electric SUV – no defending champion

Audi Q4 e-tron

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron



Hyundai Kona Electric


Skoda Enyaq iV

Tesla Model Y

Volvo C40 Recharge


Luxury car

BMW 5 Series – defending champion

Jaguar XF

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz EQS

Mercedes-Benz S-Class


Luxury SUV

Audi Q7

Bentley Bentayga



BMW X5 – defending champion

Tesla Model Y


Estate car

Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

Peugeot 308 SW

Skoda Superb Estate – defending champion



Ford Ranger – defending champion

Isuzu D-Max

Ssangyong Musso

Toyota Hilux



Citroën e-Berlingo

Ford Galaxy PHEV

Peugeot e-Rifter

Vauxhall Combo-e

Volkswagen Touran – defending champion



BMW 4 Series Convertible

Fiat 500 Cabrio – defending champion

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet



Audi Q3 Sportback

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron

Audi Q5 Sportback

Bentley Continental GT

BMW 4 Series Coupé – defending champion

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé

BMW i4

Cupra Formentor

Volvo C40 Recharge


Sports cars

Alpine A110 GT

Ferrari 812 GTS

Porsche 911 GTS

Porsche Cayman GTS – defending champion


Sports SUV

Ford Puma ST – defending champion

Hyundai Kona N

Porsche Macan

Volkswagen Tiguan R


Performance car

Audi RS3 Saloon

BMW i4 M50



Porsche Taycan – defending champion

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

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