2022 What Car? Car of the Year Awards: The Contenders

On 20 January, we'll reveal the best new cars in every category, plus our overall Car of the Year. These are the models in contention...

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

The event, from Britain’s leading consumer champion and car buying platform, will see the best cars in 21 categories named. A What Car? Award is one of the most sought-after accolades in the automotive industry.

The list of 83 cars on the long list is made up of new or updated models from the past 12 months, plus defending champions from the 2021 event.

To be eligible for a What Car? Award, a car has to have been tested back to back with its rivals, both on UK roads and at What Car?’s dedicated test track.

The winner of each category will be in the frame for the overall Car of the Year Award, which has been won by a diverse range of vehicles in recent years. Past winners include the BMW 5 Series saloon, the Kia e-Niro electric car and the Ford Puma small SUV.

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

In this story, we'll tell you more about each of the cars in contention.