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12 May 22 Press releases

Auto Trader announces finalists for new car awards 2022 as determined by over 156,500 UK car owners


  • The best new cars of 2022, as voted for by over 156,500 UK car owners - 
  • The largest automotive survey of its kind in the UK - 
  • 61% of consumers identify Auto Trader as the best place to search for their next new car 


For the sixth consecutive year Auto Trader returns to announce the finalists for its 2022 New Car awards, featuring the views of over 156,500 UK car owners.  

The 2022 Auto Trader New Car Awards will take place on 9th June at the ME Hotel in London, where the UKs largest automotive marketplace will come together to celebrate the best cars on sale as voted for by car owners themselves. This year, the Awards will also feature a new self-nominated category recognising the best sustainability initiative.  

Unlike other car awards which rely solely on editorial judging panels, the Auto Trader New Car Awards are decided by real car owners to determine the winners of 19 of this year's categories.  

The list of finalists represents the consumer champions of the new car market, based on the honest opinions of those who have bought, driven and lived with their new cars.  

The shortlist for the Auto Trader New Car Awards 2022 is: 

  1. New Car of the Year - Polestar 2 Hatchback, BMW 3 Series Estate and Hyundai IONIQ 5 Hatchback 
  2. Best Car for Families – Audi e-tron SUV, Tesla Model 3 Saloon and Toyota RAV4 SUV  
  3. Best Car for New Drivers – Ford Puma SUV, Audi A3 Hatchback and MG MG3 Hatchback  
  4. Best Value New Car – Dacia Duster SUV, MG HS SUV and Suzuki Swift Hatchback  
  5. Best Car for Long Distances – Skoda Kodiaq SUV, Tesla Model 3 Saloon and MG HS SUV 
  6. Most Fun to Drive – Alfa Romeo Giulia Saloon, MINI Electric Hatchback, Tesla Model 3 Saloon 
  7. Best Car for City Drivers - MG HS SUV, Toyota Yaris Hatchback and Vauxhall Hatchback  
  8. Best Car for Dog Owners – MG MG5 Estate, Toyota RAV4 SUV and Peugeot 208 Hatchback  
  9. Best 7-Seater Car – Kia Sorento SUV, Skoda Kodiaq SUV and Mercedes – Benz GLB Class SUV 
  10. Best Car for Towing – Volvo XC40 SUV, Kia Sportage SUV and Land Rover Defender 110 SUV  
  11. Most Loved Car – Polestar 2 Hatchback, Tesla Model 3 Saloom and Volkswagen ID.3 Hatchback  
  12. Best Hybrid – Renault Arkana SUV, Kia Sorento SUV and Lexus RX 450h SUV  
  13. Best Value Electric Car – Skoda Enyaq SUV, MINI Electric Hatchback and Kia Soul SUV  
  14. Best Premium Electric Car – Polestar 2 Hatchback, Hyundai IONIQ 5 Hatchback and Kia EV6 Hatchback  
  15. Best Value Brand – Dacia, MG, Suzuki 
  16. Most Loved Brand – Porsche, Alfa Romeo and Tesla 
  17. Most Reliable Brand – Lexus, Honda, Toyota 
  18. Car brand with the best tech – Dacia, MG and Suzuki  
  19. Best Luxury Car – Audi RS6 Avant Estate, Bentley Continental Coupe and Mercedes – Benz G Class SUV 
  20. Sustainability Initiative Award – With the growing focus on sustainability across the industry, this award is self-nominated by brands Auto Trader invites the Carbon Literacy Project to judge this award that is self-nominated by the brands themselves. To be announced on the 9th June  
  21. The Rory Reid Award - The Rory Reid award will go to the best car he has driven over the last 12 months.  To be announced on the 9th June.  
  22. The Erin Baker Award - The Erin Baker award will be looking at great looks, excellent value, and a car that pushes the boundaries of great efficiency. To be announced on 9th June. 


Rather than editorial opinion, the Auto Trader New Car Awards are based on analysis of huge amounts of data to determine the true consumer champions. In one of the industry’s largest consumer studies, car owners were asked to rate their cars according to 16 different criteria, from reliability and performance to appearance and running costs, as well as their overall satisfaction and how likely they would be to recommend it to others. Independent analysts used this data to determine the finalists of each category. 

Erin Baker, Auto Trader’s Editorial Director, said: “Despite the well-publicised supply challenges, we continue to see very robust levels of consumer demand for new cars, with the volume of new car enquiries sent to retailers increasing 8% last month, compared to pre-pandemic levels, whilst new car advert views on Auto Trader were up 97% on this time last year.  

“The new car market is fast changing, with a new electric vehicle entering the market every week. However, with so much choice in the market, it can be a challenge for consumers to find the car that is right for them. That’s where our New Car Awards can help. With categories based on how consumers actually use their cars in the ‘real-world’, it offers buyers insight into which makes, and models could best suit their lifestyle.” 

Winners of the awards will be promoted across Auto Trader, the UK’s largest automotive marketplace, which attracts an average of 69 million cross platform visits a month. Auto Trader is also the UK’s most influential marketplace for new car purchases, with 61% of consumers identifying it as the best place to search for their next new car. 

Winners will be announced on the 9th June and the full list will be available here:

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