What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards winners revealed

This is the latest report in a series of weekly updates for industry colleagues from Rachael Prasher, managing director of What Car? and Haymarket Automotive.

What Car? has revealed the winners of this year’s Used Car Awards, with the Peugeot 5008 SUV (2017 – present) named as 2021 Used Car of the Year.

Our Used Car of the Year Awards are particularly important this year, because used sales are reaching record levels, with prices on some of the most popular used models rising by as much as 20%. Last week, we highlighted how 31% of used car buyers were originally in the market to buy new, but switched to the used market in search of better deals and stock availability due to the ongoing microchip shortage impacting new vehicle production levels.

This year, we picked winners across 17 categories, with a winner and two runners-up named in each. The categories were judged by a panel of experts, who considered every car’s all-round ability, reliability, value and the availability of desirable versions, and then chose the outstanding cars in that category.

The Peugeot 5008 was praised for its spacious and classy interior, as well as for its impressive overall refinement and great value. Combining those attributes with a strong line-up of efficient engines, the Peugeot 5008 won the top prize in the Used Large SUV of the Year category before going on to secure the overall title.

This year’s What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards also proved successful for BMW, which came top in four categories; the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé was named Used Coupé/Convertible Car of the Year, the 530e Used Hybrid Car of the Year, the 5 Series Used Luxury Car of the Year and the i8 Used Sports Car of the Year.

Audi and Skoda were the next most successful manufacturers with three victories each. Audi carried off Used Family Car of the Year with the Audi A3 Sportback (former overall Used Car of the Year winner), as well as securing the Used Luxury SUV title with the Q7, and Used Executive Car of the Year with the A4. Skoda took Used Small Car of the Year with the Fabia, Used Family SUV for the Karoq, and Used Estate Car of the Year with the Octavia Estate.

All the models chosen can be viewed on What Car?’s website, which features our market-leading, independent used car editorial, and is currently home to almost 1000 used car reviews, which – along with other used car content – generate around 30 million page views per year.

What Car? Used Car of the Year Winners

Used Value Car of the Year Winner:
Kia Picanto (2017-present)
Also consider: Hyundai i10 (2014-2020) Volkswagen Up (2012-present)

Used Small Car of the Year Winner:
Skoda Fabia (2015-present)
Also consider: Seat Ibiza (2017-present) Suzuki Swift (2010-2017)

Used Family Car of the Year Winner:
Audi A3 (2013-2020)
Also consider: Skoda Octavia (2013-2020) Volkswagen Golf (2013-2020)

Used Executive Car of the Year Winner:
Audi A4 (2015-present)
Also consider: BMW 3 Series (2019-present) Volkswagen Passat (2015-present)

Used Luxury Car of the Year Winner:
BMW 5 Series (2017-present)
Also consider: Audi A8 (2017-present) Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2014-2020)

Used Small SUV of the Year Winner:
Seat Arona (2018-present)
Also consider: Audi Q2 (2016-present) Renault Captur (2013-2019)

Used Family SUV of the Year Winner:
Skoda Karoq (2017-present)
Also consider: Seat Ateca (2016-present) Volkswagen Tiguan (2016-present)

Used Large SUV of the Year Winner:
Peugeot 5008 (2017-present)
Also consider: Audi Q5 (2018-present) Skoda Kodiaq (2016-present)

Used Luxury SUV of the Year Winner:
Audi Q7 (2015-present)
Also consider: Porsche Macan (2014-present) Volvo XC90 (2015-present)

Used MPV of the Year Winner:
Volkswagen Touran (2015-present)
Also consider: Ford Galaxy (2015-present) Citroën Grand C4 Picasso (2014-2018)

Used Estate Car of the Year Winner:
Skoda Octavia (2013–2020)
Also consider: BMW 5 Series (2017-present) Volkswagen Passat (2015-present)

Used Hot Hatch of the Year Winner:
Ford Fiesta ST (2013-2017)
Also consider: BMW M135i (2012-2016) Renault Megane RS (2018-present)

Used Coupé/Convertible of the Year Winner:
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (2014-2020)
Also consider: Audi TT (2014-present) Audi A3 Cabriolet (2014-2020)

Used Sports Car of the Year Winner:
BMW i8 (2014-2020)
Also consider: Porsche Cayman (981) (2013-2016) Mazda MX-5 (2015-present)

Used Performance Car of the Year Winner:
Mercedes-AMG E63 (2017-present)
Also consider: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (2016-present) Mercedes-AMG C63 (2016-present)

Used Hybrid Car of the Year Winner:
BMW 530e (2017-present)
Also consider: Hyundai Ioniq (2017-present) Volkswagen Passat GTE (2015-present)

Used Electric Car of the Year Winner:
Renault Zoe (2013-present)
Also consider: Nissan Leaf (2018-present) Tesla Model 3 (2019-present)

Used Approved car scheme Winner:
Volkswagen Approved Used Special mention: DS Approved, Toyota/Lexus Relax

Used Car of the Year 2022:
Peugeot 5008 (2017-present)

For everything you need to know about this year’s winners, head to: https://www.whatcar.com/awards/used-car-awards