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Discover the seven finalists selected for the Car of the Year 2022 competition! Electricity is in the spotlight, and France is in a good position …

On February 28, 2022, 58 European journalists will meet in Geneva to elect the Car of the Year 2022. This award, which is generally held on the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show, is eagerly awaited, especially by brands. Manufacturers are effectively jumping at the opportunity to communicate on their award-winning models during the prestigious competition. In 2021, Toyota won the jackpot with its Yaris city car, while Peugeot won in 2020.

A few weeks ago, the jury had already published the list of 40 cars entered in the competition. There are now only seven, carefully selected by European journalists. And, a sign of rapidly changing times, 6 of the 7 finalists are 100% electric ! The only thermal is Peugeot 308, also available as a plug-in hybrid. Note also the presence of the new Renault Mégane electric.

Car of the Year 2022: the finalists

Here is the list of the 2022 Car of the Year finalists:

  • Cupra Born
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5
  • Kia EV6
  • Peugeot 308
  • Renault Mégane E-Tech
  • Skoda Enyaq

Who says shortlist, says surprise eliminations. And among those absent, we notice in particular the Dacia Spring, which makes the feat of being by far the cheapest electric on the market, the Tesla Model Y, which should be one of the stars of electric sales, or even the new Skoda Fabia, the Toyota Yaris Cross, and the Volkswagen ID. 4.

So who are the favorites among this list? The Peugeot 308 could seduce electric refractories, and the defenders of a more traditional vision of the automobile in Europe. Its meticulous finish, even at the entry level, is attractive: it also won the title of car of the year in Germany in its category. Check out our full trial here.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is in a very good position. His retro-futuristic design hits the mark, its interior impresses, and its 800V architecture allows super-fast charging times. In addition, Hyundai has never won the award, despite its great strides in Europe in recent years. To learn more about the Ioniq 5, here is our full video review!

The new electric Renault Mégane well placed

Finally, the Renault Mégane E-Tech has, on paper, everything to please the jury. It is a compact electric sedan, a segment destined to be more and more buoyant. As with the Ioniq 5, its design has few detractors. Above all, the interior takes a big step forward, both in terms of presentation and techno. Finally, Renault has not won the Car of the Year title for 15 years. The only obstacle in its path: the very first dynamic tests having taken place in small groups, some journalists have not yet had the chance to familiarize yourself with the car, unlike its competitors.

Peugeot 308, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Renault Mégane E-Tech, here are our favorites for the Car of the Year 2022 competition. But as always, we are not immune to a surprise: the Skoda Enyaq and Kia EV6 play a good role of outsider. See you on February 28, 2022 for the final verdict!

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