Chinese company BYD is shortlisted for Car of the Year

Chinese company BYD is shortlisted for Car of the Year

The 2024 Car of the Year shortlist has been released – and BYD is the first Chinese carmaker to be shortlisted for Europe’s top automotive award.

BYD has launched three cars into the UK market in 2023 alone – the Atto 3 mid-size SUV, the Dolphin hatchback and the Seal saloon. The latter is a Tesla Model 3 competitor that received the approval of the jury of 61 automotive journalists from 23 European countries.

As usual, the judging panel – including Car’s Phil McNamara – voted for their favorite seven cars from the 28 eligible all-new models launched in 2023, and they were combined in this shortlist:

2024 Car of the Year shortlist

• BMW i5/5 series
• The world of seal
• Be EV9
• Peugeot E-3008/3008
• Renault Scenic
• Toyota C-HR
• Volvo EX30

The shortlist contains just four electric cars, two models – BMW and Peugeot – available in pure-electric and combustion models, and the fully hybrid Toyota C-HR.

The 2024 contenders in detail

BMW i5/5 series

It’s been around since 1972 and this G60 version is the eighth incarnation of the 5 Series. BMW has never won a Car of the Year award (its most recent runner-up finish with the i3 in 2013). “It’s a hugely accomplished electric car,” wrote Car’s Tom Wiltshire after testing the base i5 40 and M60 versions. Can the new top CEO break his duck?

Seal world

BYD is the world’s second-largest electric vehicle maker after Tesla and the Seal, and has been impressed with its interior quality and high-performance all-wheel-drive version, which has a 3.8-second rear end to showcase its 0-62 mph acceleration. “Dynamically, it’s impressive, with insightful steering, sharp handling and a firm suspension setup,” Keith Adams wrote in Car magazine. Will BYD’s dream of winning COTY24 come true?

Let EV9

The EV9 is a rare six- or seven-seat electric vehicle that’s not based on a pickup truck. It’s based on Kia’s eGMP platform and is a big beast that promises luxury electric cars that get moving. “As a solution for families who want to decarbonize their large vehicle, the EV9 does an excellent job,” says Piers Ward in Car’s EV9 review. Kia’s EV6 has won the 2022 Car of the Year award – can its big brother repeat the trick?

Peugeot E-3008/3008

The 3008 needs little introduction: Peugeot has sold 1.32 million of the second-generation SUV. Its replacement is being launched as a pure electric version, which revolves around an all-new Stellantis architecture. Car’s Phil McNamara loved the comfortable driving of the E-3008 – read today’s first review to find out if Peugeot has delivered another impressive all-round car.

Scenic Reno

Another reboot for a big French seller, the Scenic has gone from a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) to a pure electric SUV. “It’s spacious and – true to the scenic philosophy – it takes care of the safety and well-being of those on board. Plus, it’s relatively lightweight,” says Phil McNamara in the first review published today.

Toyota C-HR

The second generation of Toyota’s compact crossover now comes with a 2.0-liter hybrid engine, for better performance than the 1.8 hybrid. Another development will be a plug-in hybrid system in 2024. “The new C-HR is powerful, distinctive, capable of exceeding 50 real-world mpg with ease, and is an improved engine that’s easier to live with,” Car’s believes. C-HR Review.

Volvo EX30

The small pure-electric Volvo EX30 has impressed with its £34,000 price tag – enabled in part by being built in China on the Geely Group platform and built in China. In fact, its sister model, the Smart #1, was also on the shortlist but was edged out by the Swede. “It would be very difficult to recommend a Corsa Electric or a top-spec Fiat 500e when you can get an EX30 for the same price.” “Some rivals are better to drive – particularly the cheaper MG4 – but provided you stick with its all-touch interior, there are plenty of reasons to choose the Volvo,” Tom Wiltshire wrote in his review of the EX30.

When is the winner announced?

The Car of the Year is scheduled to be announced at the 2024 Geneva Motor Show on February 26, 2024.

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