- 16 category winners revealed, priced from £22,800* to £86,380
- BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, Tesla and Volvo take pure electric and plug-in hybrid category wins
- Rapidly growing number of new electrified models in showrooms gives buyers more choice than ever before
- Electric and hybrid models are among the most searched-for vehicles on the What Car? website
The UK’s best new electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) cars for every budget have been revealed at the inaugural What Car? Electric Car Awards, held in association with charging point provider Myenergi.
The Awards were launched following a surge in interest in electric cars online during lockdown. As restrictions eased in early July, 26% of What Car?’s audience** said they were more inclined to buy an EV or PHEV as a result of the changed environment they were living in, while interest in the stories outlining the best electric and plug-in hybrid cars on sale today surged, out-performing other areas of the website.
“Our goal has always been to help people buy the best car for their needs and budget, but it became clear that the booming number of new EVs and PHEVs, combined with the intricacies of some of the new technology associated with owning and charging these cars, was causing confusion,” said Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?.
The 16 categories were devised to help buyers of every need and budget make the best choice for them, with the growing number of competitors fighting for sales across the market reflected by the fact that 12 different manufacturers won awards. Only BMW, Kia, Porsche and Tesla won two awards, while only Kia and Porsche have an electric and a hybrid winner.
“The variety of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on offer is growing exponentially, which is great news for buyers, because it’s driving up standards,” added Huntingford. “However, recognising that EVs and PHEVs still make up a minority of all car sales, these standalone awards give us the opportunity to highlight the very best models as the car industry swiftly adapts to meeting its environmental challenges.”
Myenergi is a British specialist in electric vehicle charging and domestic renewable energy, which has manufactured and shipped more than 50,000 charging devices in only two years and signed up thousands of customers to its app and online forum.
Jordan Brompton, Sales Director at myenergi, said: “Our aim is to create innovative solutions for a harmonious future between people and our planet, and by supporting the What Car? Electric Car Awards we hope we can encourage and support that vision.”
The best overall electric and plug-in hybrid cars from across the 16 categories will be named at the What Car? Car of the Year Awards in January 2021.
What Car? Electric Car Awards winners, in association with Myenergi
|Category||Winner||What Car? Target Price|
|Value car||Seat Mii Electric 36.8kWh||£22,800*|
|Small car||Peugeot e-208 Allure Premium||£30,118*|
|Family car||Hyundai Ioniq Electric Premium||£32,951*|
|Family SUV||Kia e-Niro 64kWh 3||£36,850*|
|Luxury SUV||Jaguar I-Pace EV400 S||£63,256|
|Executive car||Tesla Model 3 Performance||£56,490|
|Performance car||Porsche Taycan 4S||£84,189|
|Seven-seater||Tesla Model X (7 seat)||£86,380|
|Family car||Mercedes A-Class A250e AMG Line||£31,461|
|Small SUV||Kia Niro PHEV 1.6 GDi 3||£29,843|
|Large SUV||Ford Kuga PHEV 2.5 PHEV Titanium||£30,836|
|Luxury SUV||BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport||£66,235|
|Estate car||Skoda Superb Estate iV SE Technology||£34,196|
|Executive car||BMW 3 Series 330e M Sport||£39,940|
|Performance car||Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid||£83,788|
|Seven-seater||Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 Inscription||£63,263|
* Price before £3000 Government Plug-in Grant
**Poll of more than 6000 visitors to whatcar.com, June 2020
About What Car?
What Car? is the UK’s leading consumer motoring champion and new car buying platform, reaching car buyers through its magazine, website, video and social media channels. It has been helping Britain’s car buyers to make purchasing decisions for more than 45 years and its reviews are widely regarded as the most comprehensive source of new car advice.
Whatcar.com offers verdicts and data on every new car, and has won numerous awards and accolades. It attracts 2.2m unique users and more than 12m page impressions every month.
In recent years What Car? has invested heavily in its digital infrastructure with the development of its new ecommerce platform, allowing users to act on the trusted advice What Car? offers by chatting online to car dealers through the website. Users are guaranteed to be able to buy their chosen car at What Car?’s Target Price discount, which is established by mystery shoppers and updated daily.
What Car? has more than 5.5 million monthly points of contact with its audience on the move, at work, at home and at the crucial point of sale. It is the top performing monthly on the UK newsstand in the motoring category.
About Target Price
Target Price is unique to What Car? and set using intelligence gathered by a team of mystery shoppers, who negotiate daily to find the best new car deals available across the UK. The published deals are then guaranteed – and often beaten – by retailers selling cars through whatcar.com.
Target Price is based on a cash deal and does not include elements like finance incentives or trade-in considerations. What Car? has also introduced Target PCP finance deals, which show what buyers should expect to pay per month for their new car.
The deals are based on a cash deal and do not include elements like finance incentives or trade in considerations. The deals change on a weekly basis.
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