Volkswagen’s zero-emissions ID Buzz MPV has been topped What Automobile? Automobile of the 12 months 2023.
The ID Buzz – which invokes the appears to be like of the VW Sort 2 camper van of the Fifties, 60s and 70s, however is an electrical automobile (EV) – was additionally topped Greatest Giant Electrical Automobile on the awards final evening (January 19).
What Automobile? mentioned the Buzz stood out for combining the practicality of a multi-purpose automobile (MPV) with the consolation and desirability of a luxurious SUV, whereas undercutting rivals such because the BMW iX3, Jaguar I-Tempo and Mercedes-Benz EQC.
What Automobile? editor Steve Huntingford, mentioned: “The ID Buzz has been eagerly anticipated due to its nostalgic styling, however all our judges have been blown away by the very fact it didn’t simply stay as much as expectations however, in reality, was even higher than the hype.
“It’s nice to drive, fantastic to be in, has more room than most households may ever ask for and – thanks partly to unbelievable predicted resale worth – considerably undercuts many SUV rivals on a month-to-month finance deal.
“It is a automobile that wins over your head in addition to your coronary heart and one that may convey big quantities of pleasure to fortunate patrons at a time when the prices and challenges of motoring are below larger stress than ever.”
Different winners on the evening included Land Rover, whose Vary Rover Sport was hailed the Greatest Luxurious Automobile.
On the different finish of the size, MG received Greatest Small Electrical Automobile for its MG4 EV.
The Tesla Model 3 dethroned the BMW 3 Collection as Greatest Govt Automobile after the German marque had received the class for the previous 4 years. It additionally marks the primary time that an electrical automobile has received the class.
Nonetheless, BMW took three class wins for the Greatest Coupé (4 Collection), Greatest Convertible (4 Collection Convertible) and the Know-how Award (BMW i7). That positioned it first equal with Volkswagen, which received with the ID Buzz and T-Roc (Greatest Small SUV), and Tesla (Govt Automobile, Effectivity Award and Security Award) within the producer rankings, with three general wins apiece.
The Genesis GV60 additionally received the Greatest Electrical SUV class.
What Automobile? not too long ago revealed car buyers priorities for 2023.
What Automobile? Automobile of the 12 months Awards 2023 winners
General winner: Automobile of the 12 months: Volkswagen ID Buzz Fashion
Small automobile: Honda Jazz 1.5 i-MMD Hybrid SR
Household automobile – sponsored by Noco: Honda Civic 2.0 e:HEV Sport
Sizzling hatch: Hyundai i20N
Small SUV – sponsored by Solera Cap HPI: Volkswagen T-Roc 1.0 TSI 110 Life
Household SUV – sponsored by MotorEasy: Kia Sportage 1.6 Turbocharged Petrol 3
Seven Seater – sponsored by Quotezone.co.uk: Hyundai Santa Fe 4WD Premium
Govt automobile: Tesla Mannequin 3 RWD
Luxurious automobile: Vary Rover Sport P440e Dynamic SE
Hybrid (plug-in) – sponsored by MyEnergi: Lexus NX 450h Premium Pack
Small electrical automobile – sponsored by MyEnergi: MG4 EV SE
Giant electrical automobile – sponsored by MyEnergi: Volkswagen ID Buzz Fashion
Property: Skoda Very good Property 1.5 TSI 150 SE L
Coupé: BMW 4 Collection 420i M Sport (M Sport Professional Package deal)
Electrical SUV – sponsored by MyEnergi: Genesis GV60 RWD Premium
Convertible: BMW 4 Collection Convertible 420i M Sport (M Sport Professional Package deal)
Sports activities automobile: Porsche Cayman 4.0 GTS
Sports activities SUV: Ford Puma ST 1.5 Ecoboost 200 Efficiency Pack
Efficiency automobile: Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 4S