The 2022 Car of the Year is the Kia EV 6. It won the award, also known as Car of the Year, with 279 points, just ahead of runner-up, the Renault Mégane E-Tech with 265 points.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5, which is technically similar to the Kia and comes from the same group, took third place.

Holger Apple

Editor in business, responsible for "Technology and Motor".

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The most coveted prize in the automotive industry has been awarded since 1964.

So also in this unusual time.

The jury, made up of 61 specialist journalists from all over Europe, did not let Corona stop them.

However, in view of the war in Ukraine, a hitherto unique decision was made.

The points of the two Russian jury members were removed from the evaluation.

In particular, its technical innovative strength and bold design speak in favor of the winner.

It prevailed against six competitors, all of them fully electrically powered vehicles, with the exception of the Peugeot 308.

The final field, which was strongly occupied with Cupra Born, Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV 6, Peugeot 308, Renault Mégane E-Tech and Škoda Enyaq, contained a big surprise.

Not a single German brand was found in the final.

Also from Japan, which provided the defending champion with the Toyota Yaris, no manufacturer made it into the seven finalists.

The judges are experienced and independent

One can only speculate about the motives, the election to the shortlist is secret.

Only the freestyle for the car of the year is made public, and each juror then writes down their rating.

Some jury members tend to give low points to expensive vehicles because they only reach a few customers.

This explains, among other things, why Mercedes-Benz or BMW, for example, have not made it to pole position for years, despite outstanding vehicles.

There are members who think this is wrong, since German manufacturers shape the world market.

The jurors are experienced and independent, the award cannot be influenced by the industry, and there are no sponsors from the industry.

The organization, which is borne by the participating media, bears the costs themselves. The focus is on the consumer, for whom the quality assessment should be.

The Technik und Motor editorial team regularly accompanies the election, and the author of these lines is a member of the jury.

Our online survey among users is already a small tradition.

This year, 3,500 readers took part.

They chose the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in first place with 30 percent, followed by the Skoda Enyaq with 17 percent and the Peugeot 308 with 16 percent.

The Kia EV 6, Ford Mustang Mach E, Cupra Born and Renault Mégane E-Tech follow in places.

Those were the favourites

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Kia EV6

Peugeot 308

Cupra Born

Skoda Enyaq

Ford Mach E

Renault Megane E-Tech

This is how the readers voted