WHATCAR? CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2022 – Who Won What?

The 2022 What Car? Car of the Year Awards, which took place on January 20th in London, celebrated the best cars on sale and were the culmination of 12 months of testing.

Read on to find out more about the 2022 What Car? Car of the Year winners and discover which award-winning new and used vehicles you can buy at Sturgess Motor Group.

Range Rover


WhatCar? Reader Award – the All New Range Rover

The new Range Rover collected the Reader Award at the What Car? Car of the Year Awards, garnering 10 times as many votes as the car in second place.

The award gave readers the chance to vote for the new model they’re most excited about seeing in showrooms in 2022 and judges commented that: "Clearly, people are seriously excited about this car, and we can definitely see why."

Suzuki Ignis

Best Buy and True MPG - Suzuki Ignis 2.1 Dualjet Hybrid

If you want a car with a high driving position and low costs, nothing does it quite like the Ignis. Not only does it offer bargain pricing, but its mild hybrid petrol engine positively sips fuel; indeed, it delivers the best rural and motorway economy of anything WhatCar? have ever put through their real-world True MPG test with figures of 74.8mpg and 53.3mpg respectively.

As a bonus, the Ignis really embraces the 'small' in 'small SUV', making it a doddle to park and manoeuvre, yet it's surprisingly spacious inside, comfortably accommodating four adults”.

The Suzuki Ignis also won the long established magazine’s True Mpg award in 2019, 2020 and 2021

Hyundai Santa Fe

Large SUV Of The Year – Hyundai Santa Fe 1.6 T-Gdi Hybrid 4WD Premium

The judges were looking for a spacious interior with an upmarket feel, sensible costs, and top-notch comfort and refinement. They found it in the Hyundai Santa Fe 1.6 T-Gdi Hybrid 4WD Premium.

The Santa Fe has a comfortable ride when fitted with the smaller, 17in wheels that come with Premium trim, and it even gets standard self-levelling suspension at the rear. The Santa Fe comes with seven seats. Adults can sit comfortably in the rearmost seats, more so than in the 5008 or a seven- seat Defender. There’s useful boot space even when all seven seats are in use, too.​

Land Rover Defender


Best Large SUV for Off Roading – Land Rover Defender 110 D250 X-Dynamic S

A spacious interior is obviously a prerequisite for a car to compete in this class, but we an upmarket feel, sensible costs, and top-notch comfort and refinement.

The Defender received commendation for offering family-friendly practicality and the ability to conquer any terrain, with the Clearsight option with a 360-degree camera helping to pick a path around objects that might otherwise stop you in your tracks.

Range Rover Evoque

Best Family SUV Interior – Range Rover Evoque P300e R-Dynamic HSE

The Range Rover Evoque was recognised for having the Best Family SUV Interior

To be successful in this category cars in this class must obviously provide sufficient space for families. However, the best also offer a comfortable ride, tidy handling and blend performance with wallet-friendly costs.

The Range Rover Evoque received credit for its best-in-class materials beating rival premium family SUVs, excellent visibility through its driving position and an infotainment system that responded quickly with sharp graphics.