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Car of the Year Awards 2022: Reader Award
What Car? readers were given a 12-car shortlist, and asked to vote for the upcoming model that they're most excited about seeing in showrooms...
If you want to judge the scale of the new Range Rover’s victory here, consider this: despite every car in our readers’ award receiving equal promotion, it garnered more than 10 times as many votes as the car in second place. Clearly, people are seriously excited about this car, which has been designed from the outset with electrification in mind.
The technical specifications of the electric Range Rover are still under wraps, because it won’t arrive until 2024, but we’d expect it to offer a range of at least 250 miles, making it competitive with rivals such as the Audi E-tron and BMW iX. From launch, though, you’ll be able to specify petrol and diesel engines that feature mild hybrid systems to help you save fuel. Plus, two plug-in hybrid models are due to follow soon after.
We’ve already sat inside the new Range Rover, and its interior is just as opulent as you’d expect for a car costing from £94,400. The quality of its materials impress, with most surfaces trimmed in wood, metal, leather or an optional vegan alternative.
This is also the first Range Rover to offer seating for up to seven people, and most adults will find they have plenty of space – even in the third row.
2nd place – Vauxhall Astra
It’s all change inside, too. The new Astra features two 10.0in digital displays placed side by side to take care of instrumentation and infotainment, creating a high-tech look. Despite being just 4mm longer than the previous model, more rear leg room is promised, and the boot has grown from 370 litres to 422 litres.
Launch engines will include two plug-in hybrids, with 178bhp and 222bhp. If you’d rather turn your back on petrol altogether, an all-electric Astra-e will follow in 2023.
3rd place – Kia Sportage
The outgoing Kia Sportage is a deservedly popular family SUV, and with its 22nd-century styling and the option of plug-in hybrid power for the first time, it’s easy to see why buyers are excited about the new model.
With larger dimensions than the outgoing version, the new Sportage should be more practical than before, too. Boot capacity is up from 564 to 591 litres – more than you get in the Skoda Karoq and larger Mazda CX-5.
The upcoming plug-in hybrid model teams a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor. This version should allow you to drive for at least 30 miles without using a drop of fuel.
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