39 electric and non-electric models, 7 finalists (6 are of them electric!) And one winner – the EV6, Kia’s intriguing electric crossover.
Kia EV6 is the first Korean car to win the award, but Nissan’s Leaf, which was crowned European Car of the Year in 2011, is not the first electric car to win the award.
The panel of judges, made up of 61 journalists from 23 different European nations, usually includes a Russian judge, but following the invasion of Ukraine, the organization decided not to include the country’s choice in the final weighting.
The achievement of the EV6 is definitely respectable – in the list of 39 selected vehicles you can find quite a few leading electric models – names like Tesla Model Y, Volkswagen ID.4, Audi E-Tron GT, BMW i4, Mercedes EQS, M-C Marble R, Opel Mocha and more (for the full list of models, click here) but no less impressive, is the fact that the finish line of the 59th edition of this prestigious competition, comes 7 vehicles, of which 6 are completely electric!
As we see it, the European Car of the Year award for 2022 is a great achievement for Kia in particular, and for the world of electric transport in particular.
Kia EV6 electric crossover on the road
BMW, DS, Honda, Lexus, Subaru, Nissan and even McLaren – the manufacturer of exotic sports cars… In the list of vehicles selected to participate in the competition you can find non-electric models belonging to manufacturers from the global “top” Only electric vehicles, so there is definitely a statement here and a clear direction to which the “market” is going.
Any such event will surely also increase public awareness about the wealth of electric models offered today, and do good service to everyone.
Renault Megane E-Tech, in second place
We stole the focus a bit for the Kia EV6 but really did not intend to – although we have not yet met it face to face, it is clear to us in advance that this is an excellent electric vehicle. The EV6 is the brother of the Ionic 5 that we tested and loved very much – the two crossovers are built on the same electrical platform and although they look completely different externally, they have a lot in common.