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

Next week we'll name the best new cars on sale in the UK, and crown one overall champion as our Car of the Year for 2022. These are the cars in contention for our top accolade...

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The cars in contention to take home the overall What Car? Car of the Year Award for 2022 have been revealed.

The winner will be announced on Thursday 20 January at the annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards, held in association with MotorEasy.

In addition to the overall Car of the Year, What Car? will name the best models on sale in 26 vehicle categories, ranging from Small electric car to Performance car, and Family car to Luxury SUV.

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 What Car? Car of the Year Awards have been held every year since 1978. The event was purely virtual in 2021 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, for 2022 it will return to the Grosvenor House, Park Lane.

To qualify for the overall Car of the Year Award, contenders have to have been launched in the previous 12 months.

Click through this slideshow for more information about each car, as well as links to our full written reviews of each model, and to What Car? New Car Buying to see our latest deals. Cars are presented in alphabetical order.