Auto Express New Car Awards 2022 shortlist announced

Auto Express New Car Awards 2022 shortlist announced


We’ve shortlisted the best new cars of 2022 in 25 categories, with the overall winners set to be announced on July 5

Auto Express has collated a list of the best new cars on sale today ahead of our annual New Car Awards ceremony, which will see one of the contenders crowned overall Car of the Year 2022. Our expert reviewers have chosen the five best cars in 25 categories, with the winners being announced on July 5 at the New Car Awards. 

The categories span the entire car industry, with everything from supermini of the year to performance car and electric van of the year. Each model is judged according to its intended use case and against its key rivals, with only the best offerings in each sector making the grade. 

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At the bite-sized end of the scale, cars like the Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10 will battle for City Car of the Year, with the big-hitting Mercedes GLS and Land Rover Defender among our favourite large SUVs of the year.

On the sportier side of things, the recently facelifted Ford Fiesta ST goes up against the formidable Hyundai i20N for Hot Hatch of the Year honours, as well as more powerful competition in the shape of the Mercedes-AMG A45 S and Audi RS 3. Elsewhere, the new Toyota GR86 impressed us in prototype form, but can it win Coupe of the Year against cars like the Alpine A110 and Porsche’s 718 Cayman?

Of course, we haven’t ignored pure EVs and hybrids – there are five categories dedicated to electrified models, including Affordable Electric Car of the Year and the best premium hybrid car of 2022.

Speaking about this year’s New Car Awards, Auto Express editor-in-chief Steve Fowler said: “It’s very easy to buy a new car badly and very difficult to buy a new car well. Now more than ever consumers need trusted advice when buying their next car – there is so much choice, new technologies and looming changes in legislation to get their heads around, it can be a minefield. Our awards provide them with the advice they need to buy the right car at the right price.

“In spite of everything else that’s going on in the world right now, our data proves there’s still strong demand for new cars. And it’s these models – and the people who make, market and sell them – that we’ll be celebrating at the Auto Express Awards on 5th July.”

At the end of the ceremony, Auto Express will crown its 2022 Car of the Year. Last year’s winner was the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Congratulations to all the manufacturers with cars on the shortlist…

Auto Express New Car Awards 2022 shortlist

City Car of the Year

  • Fiat 500
  • Hyundai i10
  • Kia Picanto
  • Toyota Aygo
  • Volkswagen up!

Supermini of the Year

  • Dacia Sandero
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Renault Clio
  • Skoda Fabia
  • Vauxhall Corsa

Family Car of the Year

  • Cupra Born
  • Dacia Jogger
  • Skoda Octavia
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Vauxhall Astra

Estate Car of the Year

  • BMW 3 Series Touring
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate
  • MG5 EV
  • Peugeot 308 SW
  • Skoda Octavia Estate

Small Company Car of the Year

  • Cupra Born
  • Mercedes A 250 e
  • MG ZS EV
  • Renault Captur
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e

Mid-size Company Car of the Year

  • BMW i4
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5
  • Kia EV6
  • Mercedes C 300 e
  • Skoda Enyaq iV

Large Company Car of the Year

  • Audi e-tron
  • BMW 5 Series
  • BMW X5
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Porsche Taycan

Small SUV of the Year

  • Honda HR-V
  • Kia Niro
  • Renault Captur
  • Suzuki Vitara Full Hybrid
  • Toyota Yaris Cross

Mid-size SUV of the Year

  • Citroen C5 Aircross
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Kia Sportage
  • Nissan Qashqai
  • Skoda Enyaq iV

Large SUV of the Year

  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Kia Sorento
  • Peugeot 5008
  • SEAT Tarraco
  • Skoda Kodiaq

Small Premium SUV of the Year 

  • Audi Q3
  • BMW X1
  • Cupra Formentor
  • Mercedes GLA
  • Range Rover Evoque

Mid-size Premium SUV of the Year  

  • BMW X3
  • Jaguar F-Pace
  • Lexus NX
  • Mazda CX-60
  • Porsche Macan

Large Premium SUV of the Year

  • Audi Q7
  • BMW X5
  • Land Rover Defender
  • Mercedes GLS
  • Porsche Cayenne

Luxury Car of the Year 

  • Bentley Flying Spur
  • BMW iX
  • Mercedes S-Class
  • Range Rover
  • Rolls-Royce Ghost

Hot Hatch of the Year

  • Audi RS 3
  • Cupra Leon
  • Ford Fiesta ST
  • Hyundai i20 N
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S

Coupé of the Year

  • Alpine A110
  • Audi A5
  • BMW 2 Series
  • Porsche 718 Cayman
  • Toyota GR86

Convertible of the Year

  • Audi A5 Cabriolet
  • Lexus LC
  • Mazda MX-5
  • Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet
  • MINI Convertible

Performance Car of the Year

  • Ferrari 296 GTB
  • Lotus Emira
  • Maserati MC20
  • Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS
  • Toyota GR Yaris

Affordable Electric Car of the Year

  • Fiat 500
  • Kia Niro EV
  • MG ZS EV
  • Peugeot e-2008
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e

Premium Electric Car of the Year

  • BMW i4
  • Genesis GV60
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5 
  • Porsche Taycan
  • Tesla Model 3

Affordable Hybrid Car of the Year

  • Citroen C5 X
  • Honda Jazz
  • Kia Niro EV
  • Skoda Octavia iV
  • Toyota Yaris

Premium Hybrid Car of the Year

  • Alfa Romeo Tonale
  • BMW 530e
  • DS 4
  • Lexus NX
  • Mercedes C 300 e

Pick-up of the Year   

  • Ford Ranger
  • Isuzu D-Max
  • SsangYong Musso
  • Toyota Hilux

Electric Van of the Year 

  • Ford E-Transit
  • LEVC VN5
  • Vauxhall Combo-e
  • Vauxhall Vivaro-e
  • Toyota Proace City Electric

Van of the Year   

  • Fiat Ducato
  • Ford Transit Custom
  • Iveco Daily
  • Renault Trafic
  • Suzuki Jimny Commercial

Now click here to see our New Car Award winners from 2021…

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