BMW, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Kia, Porsche, Skoda and Toyota all gained recognition from motoring journalists as UK Car of the Year Awards 2022's category winners were revealed.
The Korean manufacturer’s Ioniq 5 topped the Best Family Car crown, while the i20N won the coveted Best Performance Car crown.
The Best Small Hatch prize was scooped by Kia for the Ceed, while Genesis trumped in the Best Estate Car category. Competing in the UK Car of the Year Awards for the first time, Genesis’ winning entry was the G70 Shooting Brake.
BMW has taken 12 category wins – including two overall honours – since the awards’ inaugural year in 2014.
This year’s judging panel, which comprises 29 motoring journalists based in the UK, were asked to choose their winners in vehicle classes ranging from Best City Car to Best Medium Crossover to Best Performance.
The top model in each of the segments has now qualified for the next stage – the category of UK Car of the Year 2022, which will be announced on March 8, 2022.
Toyota – winner of the overall UK Car of the Year 2021 with the GR Yaris GR – triumphed in the Small Crossover category with the Yaris Cross. Meanwhile, this year sees another electric car voted best in its class as the Porsche Taycan was crowned Best Luxury Car.
The UK Car of the Year Awards has also announced a sponsorship deal with Heycar.
A spokesperson at the online car marketplace said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Heycar and we are looking forward to working with the UK Car of the Year Awards over the coming months but, more importantly, finding out which model will be crowned UK Car of the Year 2022.”
Full list of UK Car of the Year Awards 2022 category winners
Best City Car – Fiat 500-e
Best Supermini – Skoda Fabia
Best Small Hatch – Kia Ceed
Best Family – Hyundai Ioniq 5
Best Estate – Genesis G70 Shooting Brake
Best Small Crossover – Toyota Yaris Cross
Best Medium Crossover – Skoda Enyaq
Best Large Crossover – BMW iX
Best Luxury – Porsche Taycan
Best Performance – Hyundai i20N