The car market has always been a fascinating place. But the trials and tribulations of the last couple of years means we’re in a unique time for the industry. Despite the coronavirus and chip shortages, it’s a stellar time for new cars.
But before you get your credit card out, you should think about a car valuation. After all, you don’t know how much money you have to play with until you know how much your current car is worth.
Below, we’ve highlighted out two favourite cars of 2021, and what we think will be the two highlights for 2022.
Best Cars Of ’21
Skoda’s first purpose-built electric vehicle has been on the cards for a number of years. And it’s proved well worthy of the wait. In terms of value for money, options, and electric range, not much can touch it in the electric family car class.
The 242-mile Enyaq iV 60 is a great all-rounder and is a bit cheaper than the 333-mile iV 80. For most people the 60 will be enough, but if you regularly bound up and down the motorway the 80 is well worth the extra.
Beyond anything else, the Enyaq’s comfort, refinement, and range is befitting of a much more expensive car. And that’s one of the biggest compliments you can make about a vehicle.
The Sorento is a truly well-sorted and enormous SUV. In fact, it’s the largest car Kia sells in the UK. What does that size get you though?
Seven seats is the answer. It’s easily as practical as an MPV, but doesn’t come with the same minicab image.
Petrol, diesel, and plug-in hybrid powertrains are available. Plus it’s clever. All seven seats have USB sockets, so all the kids can be kept busy on long journeys.
Best Cars Of ’22
Tesla Model Y
Tesla’s Model Y was first talked about a few years ago. But we shouldn’t expect to see it in the UK until 2022.
Just in case you’ve not heard of it, the Model Y is essentially a bigger Tesla Model 3. It’s much more family-friendly and it comes with a hatchback boot too, unlike the Model 3.
It comes with three different batteries. The Performance model offers 280 miles of range and a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds. The Long Range has a 315-mile range and a 0-60mph time of 5.5 seconds. And the Standard Range has a 230-mile range and a 0-60mph time of 5.9 seconds.
Nissan Qashqai hybrid
The new Nissan Qashqai is already with us. It’s a solid thing, with lots of clever new tech and a much improved interior.
It’s just the engine which is letting it down. Luckily, 2022 will see the introduction of Nissan’s hybrid system. Unlike a lot of other hybrid systems, the petrol engine works as a generator. This supplies energy to a battery pack, which then sends power to the wheels.
The hybrid version of the Sunderland-built crossover will still look the same as the current car. It’s just that the engine should be hyper-economical.