The 7 finalists for the 2023 Car of the Year award revealed: which of these cars should win in your opinion?
The prize “Car of the Year 2023“, translated in our country as “Car of the Year 2023is set to award one of seven finalists chosen worthy, according to the judging panel, to represent this coveted automotive accolade next year.
The award ceremony will take place, as usual, in Europe precisely during the opening day of Brussels Motor Show. In the past, the prize was awarded during the Geneva Motor Show, scheduled for March, but which after its cancellation forced the jury to look for a new location.
Judging the 7 finalist cars, chosen from 27 candidates, will be well 61 specialized journalists from all over the world: the prize will be awarded on January 13, 2023.
Car of the Year 2023: here are the 7 finalist cars
So let’s find out in detail which cars have the chance to win the prize next January. Specifically, it is about:
- Jeep Avenger
- Kia Niro
- Nissan Ariya
- Peugeot 408
- Renault Austral
- Subaru Solterra
- Toyota BZ4x
- Volkswagen ID Buzz
It is no coincidence that for this year we have once again chosen to reward the cars that focus particularly on the market with low or even zero emissions. We find an almost surprising mix between SUVs and 100% electric cars, where instead we must point out some excellent exclusions.
Among all undoubtedly theAlfa Romeo Tonale, who seemed sure she could at least aspire to be among the finalists. Instead, the last car of the snake was eliminated along with other very interesting cars that we list below:
- BMW X1
- BMW i7
- Citroen C5 X
- Dacia Jogger
- Honda Civic
- Kia Sportage
- Lexus RZ
- Mazda CX-60
- Mercedes-Benz GLC
- Mercedes-Benz EQE
- Mercedes Benz SL
- Range Rovers
- Corolla Cross
These are just some of the cars that were eliminated among the 27 that initially arrived in the “semi-final”. It is clear that in order to choose someone important, it must necessarily be excluded, but if you are a lover of one of these cars you will be sad to know that it will not be able to compete with the prize.
While we remind you that the Car of the Year 2022 was the Kia EV6electric car, wanting to delve into the seven finalists for a moment, we cannot fail to start from the Jeep Avengerthe first of the American brand to be totally electric, although a version with a turbo petrol engine is expected to debut in Italy.
There Kia Niro instead it aims at all markets with electric, thermal, plug-in hybrid and full hybrid configurations, while the Nissan Arya looks to zero emissions, sharing the platform used by the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric.
There Peugeot 408which comes from the same platform that gave us the 308 and 3008 models, surprises with its well-finished and aggressive aerodynamics by offering two different turbo petrol engines.
Renault Australon the other hand, wants to please everyone and therefore both petrol and electric engines appear, but also an interesting version full hybrid all to be seen since it is able to guarantee up to 200 horses.
We close with the last three: the Subaru Solterra and the Toyota BZ4x they are literally identical, presenting themselves as 100% electric crossovers. Finally, the Volkswagen ID.Buzz it takes up the aesthetics of the legendary Bulli and, needless to say, it does so with a totally electric version.