Toyota Yaris: A deserving winner266 points

01/03/2021 - Car of The year
Toyota Yaris, as Car of the Year 2021, comes to join double CotY winners Renault Clio and Volkswagen Golf. For, in 2000, the small car conceived in Japan and made in France won the title for its compactness, bold style and lively 1-litre engine.

Now it is a neatly different story. Yaris keeps on being more compact than other B-segment models, but has matured and refined in every aspect: looks, perceived quality, safety and comfort equipment, performance and handling too. The main feature about the new Yaris, despite the almost marginal existence of other petrol engines, is its efficient hybrid system.

The Toyota HSD technology started in models of certain size and price for cost and marketing reasons, but it is in urban areas where a hybrid vehicle excels in fuel consumption and emissions cleanness. Hence the special suitability of an efficient hybrid small car such as Yaris. The previous generation of this model already gave a chance to hybridization; but the new car improves in fuel efficiency, emissions and performance at the same time.

Compactness pays a certain price in luggage space and room for rear passengers. Otherwise, the Yaris treats well its occupants, and combines practicality with comfort, safety and fun to drive.

Yes, there is also the sporty 4WD 360-hpYaris GR, which has also caught the eye of many CotY jurors, and has helped to improve the image of this model. Just for fun!

Excerpts from the jurors:

“A very good all-rounder in its segment that offers top of class safety features.”

“An important car, for an important segment. Toyota continues their work to lower the emissions without compromising the car, with this 3-cylinder hybrid.”

“Not happy enough for having the best full-hybrid system in the segment, Toyota made it even better. More efficient, easier to use and it is fun to drive now.”

“A major qualitative leap in hybridization and efficiency that allows for almost unbelievable fuel economy figures.”

“Something has happened. Toyota Yaris used to be a reliable, fuel efficient but quite boring little car. The new Yaris is fun to drive, nice to ride in and still fuel efficient and reliable.”

“The hybrid system suits a small car. City owners mostly don't have access to home charging. But the Yaris still gives excellent economy and frequent electric silence in urban driving.”

“Yaris is the best all-rounder in this competition. Hybrid is the way to reduce CO2 if customers miss charging infrastructure where they live.”

“The Yaris has been redesigned from the ground into a good-looking small hatch with also interesting riding, thanks to its new platform.”

Car of the Year 2022: List of candidates

15/11/2021 - Car of The year

A total of 39 models form the final list of candidates for Car of the Year 2022 award. All the candidates are new vehicles on sale now or before year’s end in five or more European markets. The voting process has two stages. The first one will produce a short list of seven nominees which will be announced on November 29th, 2021. The second round will determine the single winner that will be revealed next February:

  • 1. Aiways U5
  • 2. Audi Q4 E-tron/Q4 E-tron Sportback
  • 3. Audi E-tron GT/RS E-tron GT
  • 4. BMW 2 Series Coupé
  • 5. BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
  • 6. BMW i4
  • 7. BMW iX
  • 8. Cupra Born
  • 9. Dacia Spring
  • 10. DS 4
  • 11. DS 9
  • 12. Ford Mustang Mach-E
  • 13. Honda HR-V
  • 14. Hyundai Bayon
  • 15. Hyundai Ioniq 5
  • 16. Kia EV6
  • 17. Lexus NX
  • 18. Lynk&Co 01
  • 19. Maserati MC20
  • 20. McLaren Artura
  • 21. Mercedes-Benz C Class
  • 22. Mercedes-Benz EQS
  • 23. Mercedes-Benz T Class / Renault Kangoo
  • 24. MG EHS
  • 25. MG Marvel R
  • 26. Nissan Qashqai
  • 27. Opel Mokka
  • 28. Peugeot 308
  • 29. Renault Arkana
  • 30. Renault Mégane E-Tech
  • 31. Škoda Fabia
  • 32. Škoda Enyaq iV
  • 33. Subaru Outback
  • 34. Tesla Model Y
  • 35. Toyota Yaris Cross
  • 36. Toyota Highlander
  • 37. Volkswagen ID.4
  • 38. Volkswagen Caddy
  • 39. Volkswagen T7 Multivan