Diesel&EcoCar magazine is very pleased to announce the EcoCar Electrified Top 50 awards, where we celebrate the most capable new electric cars, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles on sale today. Now in its second year, the EcoCar Electrified Top 50 awards define the very best electrified vehicles and separates out the DieselCar Top 50, the results of which will be announced later in the year.
Over the past year, our team of well-respected writers and judges have tested more than 150 new cars, all of them scrutinised and evaluated carefully with the target buyer in mind. The criteria for eligibility for inclusion in the comprehensive EcoCar Electrified Top 50 is simple, with the electric car, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle on sale in the UK and available to order, and we must have been able to evaluate the car in right hand drive for the car to be included.
When creating the EcoCar Electrified Top 50 awards, we looked at the usually mundane and tiresome award ceremonies that occur and wanted to break away from the norm and do something a little different. So you won’t find an expensive event that will cost a car maker an arm and a leg to attend, it isn’t governed by advertising spend, and it isn’t the same manufacturers winning the same award year after year. The results come directly from the evaluation scores that our team of testers compile when they drive each vehicle, thanks to a comprehensive and robust scoring system. You can be guaranteed that any winner in the EcoCar Electrified Top 50 awards is accomplished and has won the award because it is truly the best in the segment.
The winners of the EcoCar Electrified Top 50 awards are announced by Editor and Publisher, Ian Robertson: “Over the past 12 months, we have seen an unprecedented number of newcomers to the electrified sector, and each new car has been scrutinised and evaluated by our team of testers. This has resulted in the most comprehensive list yet of the most accomplished electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles on sale today.” He added “I’m very pleased to reveal that the 2023 EcoCar Electrified Car of the Year is the sensational Kia Niro. But not only that, it is also voted the EcoCar Best Electric Medium SUV, EcoCar Best Hybrid Medium SUV and EcoCar Best Plug-In Hybrid Medium SUV.”
The MG4 wins the title of EcoCar Best Electric Medium car and narrowly missed out on the top spot. Last year’s winner, the Skoda Enyaq grabs the gong for EcoCar Best Electric Large SUV and sits in position three. The BMW iX wins the EcoCar Best Electric Luxury SUV for the second year running, and its stablemate, the 3 Series grabs the title of EcoCar Best Plug-In Hybrid Large Car and EcoCar Best Plug-In Hybrid Large Estate Car. The Mercedes-Benz EQS is deservedly awarded the title of EcoCar Best Electric Luxury Car.
The Audi A3 picks up the gong for EcoCar Best Plug-In Hybrid Medium Car, and the sporty Cupra Born scoots off with the prize for EcoCar Best Electric Hot Hatch. Peugeot’s e-2008 and e-208 are triumphant, as they both win awards, for EcoCar Best Electric Compact SUV and EcoCar Best Electric Small Car, respectively. The Peugeot 308 makes it a triple win for the French brand, scooping the title of EcoCar Best Plug-In Hybrid Medium Estate Car.
Land Rover’s Defender P400e is the most accomplished vehicle in its segment to win the EcoCar Best Plug-In Hybrid Luxury SUV award, and the Porsche Taycan out steered the competition to be victorious as the EcoCar Best Electric Sports Car for 2023. The newly launched Hyundai Ioniq 6 made a big impact on our testers and is awarded the EcoCar Best Electric Large Car title. At the cutest and smallest end of the marketplace, Fiat’s 500e charmed our testers to receive the EcoCar Best Electric City Car award.
The Cupra Leon accelerated its way to secure the EcoCar Best Plug-In Hybrid Hot Hatch title, and the Range Rover is voted the EcoCar Best Plug-In Hybrid Super Luxury SUV. For a second year, Toyota’s Yaris has secured the title of EcoCar Best Hybrid Small Car, while its sibling, the Corolla, is honoured as EcoCar Best Hybrid Medium Estate Car.
Volkswagen’s ID.Buzz has cut a stylish dash in the MPV arena, and grabs the award for EcoCar Best Electric MPV, and Honda’s new Civic is voted EcoCar Best Hybrid Medium Car. As well as winning the top prize with the Niro, Kia’s Sorento secures a pair of awards with accolades for EcoCar Best Hybrid Large SUV and EcoCar Best Plug-In Hybrid Large SUV.