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04/12/2021

A list of seven finalists announced for 2022 Car of the Year

The 2022 Car of the Year finalists is dominated by electric vehicles.

The 2022 Car of the Year finalists have been announced, with all but one being electric.

Thirty-eight vehicles were initially nominated, but these have been cut to just seven finalists by a panel of motoring journalists based all over Europe, including the UK.

The CUPRA Born, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Peugeot 308, Renault Mégane E-Tech, and Skoda Enyaq have been selected to battle for the overall win.

Of this list, only the Peugeot is not a bespoke electric vehicle, demonstrating how quickly we’re seeing the industry shift towards zero-emission vehicles.

The French firm has been winning plenty of praise in recent years and the 308 is the latest example of why that’s justified. It looks fantastic, has a premium cabin and a decent driving experience.

The CUPRA Born is an all-new model, based on the VW Group’s MEB electric vehicle platform that is shared with the VW ID.3. However, the CUPRA has shot onto this list because it looks brilliant and has a lovely, spacious cabin with all the latest technology.

Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 earns its spot thanks to some cool retro-futuristic styling cues that are wrapped up in a genuinely excellent package. The Kia EV6 with which it shares a platform has also made the list, with its own unique styling and spacious interior.

Ford’s switch to electric models has been a little slow in the making but the Mustang Mach-E has earned a spot on this best-of list thanks to sleek styling and a futuristic cabin.

And finally, the Skoda Enyaq, which is one of the least exciting models on this list – but that’s what makes it so appealing. It looks good, has a high-quality interior, high-range batteries and bundles of practicality. It’s arguably the favourite for the title.

Votes will be counted in February with the winner announced on February 28.

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