Diesel&EcoCar magazine is very pleased to announce the very first EcoCar Electrified Top 50 awards, where we celebrate the most capable new hybrids, plug-in hybrids, hydrogen fuel-cell and electric cars on sale today.
Previously the Top 50 awards have been combined as one bumper celebration, and have been successfully for six years, but this year marks the separation of the EcoCar Electrified Top 50 from the DieselCar Top 50, which will take place later in the year.
Over the past 12 months, our team of well-respected writers have tested more than 200 new cars, all of them assessed and evaluated in everyday conditions and scrutinised with the target customer in mind. To be eligible for entry in the EcoCar Electrified Top 50, the hybrid, plug-in hybrid, hydrogen fuel-cell or electric car must be available for customers to order and on sale in the UK. And with the current market conditions, that isn’t necessarily as easy as it sounds.
When sculpting the EcoCar Electrified Top 50 awards, we examined all of the usually mundane award ceremonies that occur and wanted to break away and do something a little different to the norm. We had become tired of the same manufacturers always collecting the same accolade, where, on occasions, advertising spend has a bearing on those that win, as well as politics. You can be assured that every winner in the EcoCar Electrified Top 50 awards is accomplished, has won it because it truly is the best in the segment, and has been calculated based on our robust and comprehensive road test scoring system.
In announcing the winners in the EcoCar Electrified Top 50 awards, editor Ian Robertson said: “Over the past year, the team have been evaluating every brand-new hybrid, plug-in hybrid, hydrogen fuel-cell and electric car that has gone on sale, and this process of careful scrutiny has resulted in a comprehensive hit list of the most accomplished new cars on sale today.” He went on to add: “I’m very pleased to announce that the Skoda Enyaq iV is our very first EcoCar Electrified Car of the Year.” Robertson said “In a year that has seen the number of electrified cars on the roads accelerate to record levels, the market has never been so competitive, and I’m very pleased to say that the Skoda Enyaq iV comes out in first place. Not only is it the EcoCar Electrified Car of the Year 2022, it also wins the title of EcoCar Best Electric Car 2022, in addition to EcoCar Best Electric Medium SUV 2022.”
The brilliant Kia Sportage Plug-in Hybrid grabbed the title of EcoCar Best Plug-in Hybrid 2022, as well as EcoCar Best Plug-in Hybrid Medium SUV 2022 and appeared in number two position. In at number three is the Hyundai Tucson, which won the prizes of EcoCar Best Hybrid 2022, as well as EcoCar Best Hybrid Medium SUV 2022.
Not content with grabbing the top spot with the Enyaq iV, Skoda has also won a series of other awards in this year’s Top 50, with the Octavia voted EcoCar Best Plug-in Hybrid Medium Car 2022, as well as EcoCar Best Plug-in Hybrid Medium Estate Car 2022. Bolstering those awards was the Skoda Superb, as it secured the titles of EcoCar Best Plug-in Hybrid Large Car 2022, as well as EcoCar Best Plug-in Hybrid Large Estate Car 2022.
The BMW iX was praised for being high quality, refined and comfortable and grabbed the gong for EcoCar Best Electric Luxury SUV 2022, while Land Rover’s Defender 110 P400e was awarded the title of EcoCar Best Plug-in Hybrid Luxury SUV 2022. The award for EcoCar Best Electric Luxury Car 2022 went to the well-deserving Porsche Taycan.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 was the EcoCar Best Electric Crossover 2022, with the Cupra Born securing the EcoCar Best Electric Hot Hatch 2022 title. The BMW 3 Series added further to its already packed trophy cabinet with an award for EcoCar Best Plug-in Hybrid Compact Executive Car 2022, while the Polestar 2 celebrated a win in the EcoCar Best Electric Compact Executive Car 2022 category.
The Citroën e-C4 was triumphant, winning the EcoCar Best Electric Medium Car 2022 gong, and Peugeot’s e-2008 celebrated the award for EcoCar Best Electric Compact SUV 2022. And the French firm will be popping even more champagne corks as the e-208 runs away with the EcoCar Best Electric Small Car 2022 prize. Completing the winning streak for the Stellantis group of companies, the Fiat 500 Electric stole the gong for EcoCar Best Electric City Car 2022.
The Kia Niro secured two prizes in the EcoCar Electrified Top 50 awards, with the EcoCar Best Hybrid Compact SUV 2022 title, as well as the EcoCar Best Plug-in Hybrid Compact SUV 2022 gong. Toyota were triumphant too, with the Yaris Hybrid securing the title of EcoCar Best Hybrid Small Car 2022, while its bigger brother, the Corolla Hybrid, was voted EcoCar Best Hybrid Medium Car 2022 and EcoCar Best Hybrid Medium Estate Car 2022.
The great value MG 5 secured the prize for EcoCar Best Medium Electric Estate Car 2022 and Hyundai’s ground-breaking Nexo lifted the award for EcoCar Best Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle 2022.
The full list of top 50 placings, together with the category winners, can be found below:
|50||Hyundai Nexo||Best hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle|
|49||Toyota Corolla||Best hybrid medium car |
Best hybrid medium estate car
|48||MG 5||Best electric medium estate car|
|35||Toyota Yaris||Best hybrid small car|
|34||Kia Niro||Best hybrid compact SUV|
Best plug-in hybrid compact SUV
|32||Tesla Model Y|
|25||Fiat 500e||Best electric city car|
|24||Peugeot e-208||Best electric small car|
|22||Ford Mustang Mach-E|
|21||Tesla Model 3|
|20||Polestar 2||Best electric compact executive car|
|19||Porsche Taycan||Best electric luxury car|
|16||Land Rover Defender||Best plug-in hybrid luxury SUV|
|15||Peugeot e-2008||Best electric compact SUV|
|13||Cupra Born||Best electric hot hatch|
|11||Citroën e-C4||Best electric medium car|
|9||Skoda Superb iV||Best plug-in hybrid large car|
Best plug-in hybrid estate car
|7||BMW 3 Series||Best plug-in hybrid compact executive car|
|6||Hyundai Ioniq 5||Best electric crossover vehicle|
|5||BMW iX||Best electric luxury SUV|
|4||Skoda Octavia iV||Best plug-in hybrid medium car|
Best plug-in hybrid medium estate car
|3||Hyundai Tucson||Best hybrid medium SUV|
Best hybrid 2022
|2||Kia Sportage||Best plug-in hybrid medium SUV|
Best plug-in hybrid 2022
|1||Skoda Enyaq iV||Best electric medium SUV|
Best electric car 2022
EcoCar Electrified Car of the Year 2022