Discover What Car? Car of the Year Award winners at Sandicliffe

Find out more about the recently announced 2022 What Car? Car of the Year winners. Discover award-winning new and used vehicles at Sandicliffe.

Jan 25, 2022

Discover What Car? Car of the Year Award winners at Sandicliffe

What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2022: Winners Announced

The What Car? Car of the Year Awards winners for 2022 have been announced. It’s no surprise that our award-winning dealerships feature many of this year's winners. See all the What Car? Car of the Year Awards winners here.

The big winners this year include Ford, Mazda and many more of the famous brands stocked by Sandicliffe. Whether you are looking for a new car, nearly new or used car, you will find the perfect car for you amongst our award-winning collection.

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Best hot hatch for value

Driving a hot hatch ensures that getting from A to B is always a thrill. With an incredible driving experience at an affordable price, it is easy to see why they are so popular. There is a lot of competition in this field, so the winner has to be something incredibly special. 

Winner: Ford Fiesta ST 1.5 ST-2 Performance Pack 3dr

The Ford Fiesta ST has been one of the most celebrated hot hatches on the market for decades. After an elegant facelift for 2022, the Fiesta now looks better than ever. The 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine combines with tactile, responsive steering and gearbox to make sure you have a nippy and intuitive time on the road. With a car like this, you have to feel the smooth driving experience to truly believe it. Contact us today to register your interest in test driving the best hot hatch for 2022.

Ford Fiesta ST 1.5 ST-2 fact sheet

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Best sports car for value

If you’re looking to bring some extra wow factor to your driving, a sports car is a must. These days you can get the exciting driving of the best sports cars in the world, at a more affordable price. The best sports car for value in 2022 combines breathtaking driving with a reasonable price.

Winner: Mazda MX-5 1.5 Skyactiv-G SE-L

The Mazda MX-5 has one of the most iconic and sleek body shapes in the entire industry. The 1.5-litre engine is more than enough to push this stylish car to high levels of performance. The lightweight body also contributes towards extremely responsive steering, making this sports car ideal for driving on country roads and in cities. Also coming with unique safety features and a host of other tricks up its sleeve, it’s not hard to see why the MX-5 is the best sports car for value in 2022.

Mazda MX-5 1.5 Skyactiv-G fact sheet

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Sports SUV of the year

Sports SUV’s are incredible crossover vehicles that offer you the driving joy of a sports car, with the practicality of a larger vehicle. In 2022, the best sports SUV’s can handle high speeds and offer comfort across many different road types. With such a unique and enticing offering, the best sports SUV of the year is sure to be something special.

Winner: Ford Puma ST 1.5 Ecoboost 200 Performance Pack

The Ford Puma ST is the ultimate blend of drive power and slick handling. The turbocharged 1.5-litre engine has been taken from the Fiesta ST hot hatch and marries perfectly with a six-speed manual gearbox to give you complete control. The low weight of the Ford Puma ST gives it a graceful feel as it glides over the road on Michelin tyres. There is also an incredible amount of storage space, with a large boot and an underfloor storage area.

Ford Puma ST 1.5 Ecoboost fact sheet

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Small SUV of the year

The best small SUV for 2022 has to be swift and compact, without compromising on practicality and space. Driving a small SUV can give you a sense of fun that you don’t find in other SUV’s. As a result, the winner of this award offers a driving experience unlike any other.

Winner: Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid (mHEV) 155 ST-Line

Another victory for the Ford Puma, going to show how there really is a version of the Puma for every driver. The 1-liter EcoBoost Hybrid has now won this award for a jaw-dropping three consecutive years. With its low emissions, strong performance and affordable price, it is easy to see why. The internal battery is charged by the engine, so you won’t have to plug in your car to achieve hybrid driving. To find the perfect Ford Puma for you, talk to our dedicated team today.

Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid fact sheet

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Pick-up of the year

While still being the workhorses of the car industry, pick-ups have become increasingly common on the roads of the UK. They offer an incredible presence on the roads, along with plenty of power and added safety features. If you lead an active, outdoor lifestyle, the best pick-up of the year for 2022 could be the perfect vehicle for you.

Winner: Ford Ranger 2.0 Ecoblue 213 Wildtrak auto

The Ford Ranger is an incredibly robust vehicle that can carry more than a tonne of cargo. But you won’t have to worry about a loss of performance when the pick-up is loaded to capacity, as the 2.0-litre diesel engine provides more than enough power for the job. Despite its rugged looks and hulking size, the Ford Ranger actually handles incredibly well, making it ideal for any kind of activity.

Ford Ranger 2.0 Ecoblue 213 Wildtrak auto fact sheet

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The Safety Award

Whatever type of vehicle you’re purchasing, you want to be certain that it is highly qualified for safety. The influx of innovative new safety features that have sprung up in the car industry makes this a hotly contested category. If safety is your number one concern when buying a new car, the winner of this category should be top of your list. 

Winner: 2022 Nissan Qashqai

The all-new Nissan Qashqai has improved on the already impressive safety features built into older models. Coming with Hill Start Assist, Rear Parking Sensors, and Active Brake Limited Slip alongside a host of other features, the new Qashqai is designed to help keep you moving in all conditions and circumstances. Now available to order at Sandicliffe Nissan dealerships, it has never been easier to achieve the highest levels of safety on the roads.  

2022 Nissan Qashqai fact sheet

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