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Auto Trader says EVs were the big winners at this year’s New Car Awards

  • Sponsored: The best cars of 2022, as voted for by over 156,500 UK car owners, revealed at last month’s Auto Trader New Car Awards

Time 10:48 am, July 1, 2022

The Polestar 2 was named New Car of the Year 2022 according to a consumer vote at last month’s Auto Trader New Car Awards.

The EV came out on top of a consumer vote which took in the views of a whopping 156,500 car owners, with the result announced at the sixth annual Auto Trader New Car Awards.

With climate concerns high on the world stage and in consumers’ consciousness, it’s little surprise that an EV took the top spot for the third consecutive year. In fact, this year Auto Trader has also introduced a new sustainability award – offering brands the opportunity to share their best initiatives.

The new prize highlighted the growing popularity of EVs, which on the UK’s largest automotive marketplace, Auto Trader, account for one in five of all searches.

In fact, 2022 saw the highest number of EV winners as 40 per cent of this year’s winners were electric, up from just 36 per cent in 2021.

The soaring cost of petrol and diesel has helped to drive further interest in EVs, but the new reality of £2 a litre has escalated consumers’ interest.

So much so that overnight on June 8, over 238, 000 battery electric vehicles were viewed on the Auto Trader marketplace, a 72,000 increase on the same time last week.

In addition to the Polestar 2 taking away the award for New Car of the Year, it also won the Best Premium Electric Car and the Most Loved Car awards.

The Skoda Enyaq iV won the Best Value Electric Car; and the Vauxhall Mokka-e won the much-coveted Erin Baker Award which is chosen personally by Auto Trader’s Editorial Director. What’s more, the Renault Arkana SUV plug-in hybrid won the Best Hybrid category.

Auto Trader’s New Car Awards are decided by over 156,500 real car owners, who voted to decide 19 of this year’s 22 categories.

Erin Baker, Auto Trader’s editorial director, said: ‘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.’

In one of the industry’s largest consumer studies, 156,500 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 then used this data to determine the finalists for 19 of the categories.

Despite the well-publicised supply challenges, Auto Trader continues to see very robust levels of consumer demand for new cars on its marketplace.

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The volume of new car enquiries sent to retailers increased by eight per cent in 2022, compared to April 2021, whilst new car advert views on Auto Trader were up 97 per cent on the same period last year.

Winners of the awards will be promoted across Auto Trader, the UK’s largest automotive marketplace, which attracts an average of 63m cross platform visits a month. Auto Trader is also the UK’s most influential marketplace for new car purchases, with 61 per cent of consumers identifying it as the best place to search for their next new car.

The ceremony took place on June 9.

Auto Trader New Car Awards 2022 winners

New Car of the Year – Polestar 2

Polestar 2 features an electric motor on each axle

Best Car for Families – Audi e-tron

Best Car for New Drivers – Ford Puma

Ford Puma

Best Value New Car – Dacia Duster

Best Car for Long Distances – Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq

Most Fun to Drive – Alfa Romeo Giulia

Best Car for City Drivers – MG HS

Best Car for Dog Owners – MG MG5

MG5 electric vehicle, Apr 2021
Best 7-Seater Car – Kia Sorento

Best Car for Towing – Volvo XC40

Most Loved Car – Polestar 2

Best Hybrid – Renault Arkana

Renault Arkana from Winners and Losers feature, CD 166
Best Value Electric Car – Skoda Enyaq iV

Best Premium Electric Car – Polestar 2

Best Value Brand – Dacia

Dacia's Duster, Jogger and Sandero Stepway have been updated
Most Loved Brand – Porsche

Porsche 911 (992) models
Most Reliable Brand – Lexus

Lexus NX 450h+ and NX 350h
Car brand with the best tech – Tesla

Tesla Model 3
Best Luxury Car – Audi RS6 Avant

Sustainability Initiative Award – Nissan

The Rory Reid Award – BMW IX

The Erin Baker Award – Vauxhall Mokka-e

Vauxhall Mokka-e via PA

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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