After which automotive? handed its highest honor to an electrical automotive with a beginning worth of £57,000 – relatively than a extra reasonably priced petrol rival – many drivers will query the decide’s choice.

The annual Automotive of the Yr gongs from What Automotive? have been awarded since 1978… however is the automotive journal nonetheless proper?

Hindsight is an excellent factor, and it means we will look again to the flip of the century to see if previous winners lived as much as What Automotive? :

2000: Skoda Fabia – HIT

When the Fabia supermini hit the market, it was dependable, cheap to function and constructed to final. The automotive principally reworked Skoda’s picture, which helped make it such successful immediately.

2001: Ford Mondeo – HIT

The primary-generation Mondeo was Britain’s best-selling household automotive on the time, however this follow-up blew all of it up on the peak of the automotive’s reputation.

2002: Toyota Corolla-HIT

The Corolla was snug and sensible, if not all that thrilling. Nevertheless, it’s nonetheless to this present day one of the crucial dependable household hatches bought this aspect of 2000.

2003: Headquarters Ibiza – HIT

Underneath the management of the VW Group, the Ibiza got here to market as a wonderful package deal that undercut its rivals in worth.

2004: VW Golf MK5-HIT

Some would say that is the most effective Golf of the trendy period, with the Mk6 model being considerably disappointing. Purchased in droves, it’s an infallible success.

2005: Land Rover Discovery 3 – MISS

A succesful off-roader with loads of luxurious, however the third-gen Discovery has extra reliability points than you have had sizzling dinners. House owners frequently vote it as one of many least dependable engines on the highway.

Abysmal reliability makes the choice to award the Land Rover Discovery 3 an infallible failure

2006: BMW 3 Collection – HIT

This 3-Collection is the one which helped to vary the sport within the small body phase, because the premium branded Beemer outsold extra reasonably priced rivals from non-prestigious manufacturers.

2007: Opel Corsa – HIT

Though this model of the Corsa by no means reached the highest of gross sales, it was on the time essentially the most spacious and comfy metropolis automotive available on the market.

2008: Jaguar XF-MISS

Though it may need impressed at launch, the XF was no match for its German rivals – and there was a chasm in gross sales between it and extra completed fashions just like the BMW 5 Collection.

The XF could have impressed the What Car?  panel in 2008, but that didn't translate to sales, with the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class winning

The XF may have impressed the What Automotive? panel in 2008, however that did not translate to gross sales, with the BMW 5 Collection and Mercedes E-Class successful

2009: Ford Fiesta – HIT

It was the Fiesta that started a 12-year run on the prime of the gross sales charts that led to 2021. Sensible to drive, reasonably priced and sensible; it may do all of it.

2010: Peugeot 3008 – MISS

With the rising reputation of compact SUVs, the arrival of the Peugeot 3008 propelled the phase to a brand new degree of inside refinement and styling. However less-than-impressive engines and fast payback make this selection a failure.

The 3008 was Peugeot's first response to the original crossovers, but a poor engine line-up and rapid depreciation make it one you might have wanted to avoid.

The 3008 was Peugeot’s first response to the unique crossovers, however a poor engine line-up and fast depreciation make it one you may need wished to keep away from.

2011: Audi A1 – MISS

There’s not a lot flawed with the Audi A1, however it hasn’t develop into the gross sales success Audi would have hoped. Overtaken by the Mini and with costs deemed too excessive for a metropolis automotive, he was by no means the quantity vendor he hoped for.

2012: Volkswagen Up! – HIT

The highest! arrived and supplied ranges of inside high quality, refinement, spaciousness and maturity by no means seen earlier than within the supermini class. It continues to go robust immediately.

2013: Audi A3 Sportback – HIT

Splendidly refined, a good looking inside and heaps of refinement have stored this technology of the A3 on the prime of the premium sedan phase.

2014: Nissan Qashqai – HIT

The second-generation Qashqai was not solely a best-seller within the UK, the place it’s constructed, it additionally grew to become Europe’s hottest crossover with three million bought on the continent and 5 million on the earth.

2015: Skoda Fabia-HIT

That is proper, the Fabia has received this award twice since 2000. This technology of Fabia was changed in 2022, however even by immediately’s requirements it appears like an exceptionally well-rounded supermini.

2016: Audi A4 – HIT

When this new A4 arrived, it took the junior government phase to new ranges. Nevertheless, the gross sales by no means actually mirrored that. It was overtaken by the Mercedes C-Class that 12 months.

2017: BMW 5 Collection – HIT

One of the vital completed premium sedans available on the market, it may be expensive, however for many who can afford it, it did not disappoint.

2018: Volvo XC40 – HIT

In all probability nonetheless the most effective compact SUV available on the market immediately, though nonetheless fairly costly.

2019: Kia e-Niro – HIT

With a real vary of over 250 miles and a worth that made it extra accessible to a wider viewers of drivers, the e-Niro absolutely deserved the 2019 award.

2020: Ford Puma – HIT

The Puma was essentially the most bought small SUV in 2021. Sharp dealing with, pokey engines and mild-hybrid expertise make it a licensed hit.

Which car?  awarded the Dacia Sandero its highest honor in January 2021, then in April 2021 stripped it of the title after seeing its two stars in the Euro NCAP crash test

Which automotive? awarded the Dacia Sandero its highest honor in January 2021, then in April 2021 stripped it of the title after seeing its two stars within the Euro NCAP crash take a look at

2021: Dacia Sandero (REVOKED) – MISS

Which automotive? handed over its 2021 gong to the Dacia Sandero in January of the identical 12 months. In April, he had stripped the automotive of the accolade attributable to a poor crash security ranking. Euro NCAP had given the automotive a two star ranking, what automotive? mentioned: ‘Two stars are in need of What Automotive? expectations for an award-winning mannequin, as a result of want for Automotive of the Yr winners to push the boundaries for shoppers.

2022: Kia EV6 – MISS

The EV6 could have impressed with its daring appears, however it did not break into the highest best-selling electrical vehicles of final 12 months.

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