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Women’s World Car of the Year announces category winners in the running for 2022 title

  • Six contenders are vying for WWCOTY 2022 crown
  • Categories are for urban model, family SUV, large car, large SUV, performance car and 4×4
  • Overall winner will be revealed around March 8 – International Women’s Day

Time 9:20 am, February 15, 2022

The 2022 Women’s World Car of the Year category winners have been revealed – with six vehicles vying for the overall crown.

WWCOTY is the only car awards group in the world comprising exclusively women motoring journalists. It features 56 journalists from 40 countries across five continents and is now in its 12th year.

For the 2022 awards, 65 vehicles were whittled down to half a dozen contenders, with each of them having gone on sale between January 1 and December 31, 2021.

Here are the six hopefuls:

Urban Model – Peugeot 308

Peugeot 308 Hatch

The French firm has instilled a cool character as well as genuine premium appeal for its supermini – with an electric version on the way, too.

Family SUV – Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage via PA

The Kia Sportage was the winning contender for this segment.

The latest generation brings the South Korean car maker’s sharp new styling to its hugely popular SUV, as well as electrified powertrains.

Large Car – Ford Mustang Mach-E

Ford Mustang Mach-E via PA

Meanwhile, in the Large Car segment the Ford Mustang Mach-E was tops.

While purists weren’t sure about giving the sporty Mustang name to an electric SUV, the move has paid off, as this stylish, practical car has been winning fans across the globe.

Large SUV – BMW iX

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The Large SUV title goes to the BMW iX – a worthy flagship for the German manufacturer’s EV line-up.

The EV’s styling is bold and challenging and won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it’s a technical marvel, with a huge electric range and a futuristic, practical interior.

Performance Car – Audi e-tron GT

Audi e-tron GT via PA

Another EV takes top honours in the Performance Car sector – and it’s the first EV to wear Audi’s high-performance RS badging.

The Audi e-tron GT’s  low slung and genuinely unique styling has won it many fans.

4×4 – Jeep Wrangler 4xe

Jeep Wrangler 4xe First Edition

The 4×4 segment has been won by the Jeep Wrangler 4xe.

The Wrangler’s off-road credentials aren’t in doubt, but the latest model has a hybrid powertrain, bringing improved economy without compromising off-roading.

Jurors will now choose the Best Car of the Year from the category winners, with the result announced around March 8, which is International Women’s Day.

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Darren is a staff writer for Car Dealer parent company Blackball Media. He has been writing about cars for eight years and tests all the latest models on sale, with previous experience at Car Throttle and DriveTribe.

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