Car of the Year is an organisation of nine sponsoring publications that meet periodically in the Organising Committee of Car of the Year, to nominate and vote for the winning car.
To be in the running, all newly introduced cars that are on sale across Europe become eligible. The organisation consists of 59 jurors across the continent, who whittle the nominees down into a shortlist of just seven remaining cars. From then, the journalists who are within the committee are given 25 points each to allot across the shortlist to arrive at the winner.
For the 2022 winner, Kia’s EV6 took the top spot in the ceremony held in Geneva, receiving 279 points and 12 individual top votes after a close battle with the Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric, second with 265 points, and the Hyundai Ioniq 5, in the third position with 261 points.
Significantly, one of the key criteria for the Car of the Year awards included technical advancement, which suggests why six of the seven nominees were pure EV cars.
The South Korean brand reinvented themselves at the beginning of 2021 with a brand new logo, new name and an admirable design philosophy named ‘Opposites United’. Additionally, the Kia EV6 marked the first vehicle to launch under the company’s new vision, plus the first Kia vehicle based on its all-new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP).
Appraised for its EV platform, it enables the Kia EV6 to produce an enjoyable performance, iconic All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) capability and ultra-fast charging times. Along with its impeccable driving ability, the Kia EV6 has an unmatched level of connectivity and safety, advanced driver assistance systems, besides a flat-floor interior with sustainable materials.
“The EV6 stands out by combining energy efficiency, a large capacity battery and ultra-fast charging”.
“Sportier driving, firmer suspension, high range and excellent quick charging, because of 800-volt system, huge space, good package (frunk), nice details in the interior like the double-mode switches for navigation and climate control, no leather trim anymore, V2X-charging possible”.
“Inside the roomy and well-finished passenger compartment, the technological innovation is applied to increase the quality of life onboard. And once at the wheel, the EV6 offers a smooth and pleasant drive”.
“The best electric car of all the finalists. It has the same virtues as the Ioniq 5, but it is an even more balanced car, more refined in the set-up, more attractive in design, with higher quality finishes… And knocking on our emotions we have the 585 hp of the GT developed with Rimac”.
“Excellent EV because of its fast charging and good range for the price. In comparison with the Hyundai, the EV6 offers less body roll, more playful handling and tighter steering. A bit sportier overall”.
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