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Best Overall Car - AA Car Awards 2022

Published 7th October 2022Read Time 5 min

Dacia Jogger

Winner of Best Overall Car

Dacia Jogger

The Dacia Jogger is the evermore popular brand’s 7-seater estate-come-SUV-come-MPV that is going to appeal to a whole lot of people as it is Ireland’s cheapest new 7-seater, which for some people is a necessity rather than a luxury. Up until now, you had to spend a lot more money to get a 7-seater and with this Jogger, Dacia is also throwing loads of equipment at it too, so you don’t feel short-changed either. 

Space abounds in the Jogger. Even if you have 7 adults packed in, you still get a boot of 212 litres. Treat it as a 5 seater and you get 699 litres. If you need to collect some furniture, fold down the seats and expand out to just over 2,000 litres. 

Despite the astonishingly low price, you still get various comforts such as Android auto and Apple Carplay. Most people will opt for the higher spec considering it’s still under €30,000, and for that you get cruise control, rear parking camera, automatic air conditioning and more.

The Jogger is certainly one of the most important cars of 2022. And it shows just why the Dacia brand is doing so well, because it offers incredible value for money and is an ideal family car solution. The fact that you can get a brand new 7-seater, that is fully loaded with kit for under €30k at all is remarkable and in a world where prices have gone mad, Dacia offer some sense.

Juror Shane Donoghue summed it up well, saying that ‘no other new car this year has made a mark like the Dacia Jogger has. It’s a brilliant piece of packaging and while it’s already known for being great value for money, it’s also comfortable on the road and surprisingly refined. It’s the perfect solution to many Irish family motoring needs, all for the price of a much older used car.’

Runners Up

Kia EV6

Kia EV6

With over 400km of range, incredible charging speeds, plenty of interior space and uniquely stylish design, the EV6 is a hugely desirable car. The ability to draw power from the main battery to power appliances is a fantastic party piece. The upcoming GT variant, with nearly 600hp, will be bonkers!

Juror Mark Noble gave it his top pick, saying that ‘KIA continue to lead the pack here. The EV6 has future-proof charging speeds, a high level of standard equipment and has perhaps single handedly changed the perception of KIA as a brand. Having driven the GT trim version first, the fact that the Earth model still impressed speaks volumes.’

 

BMW i4

BMW i4

BMW’s all-electric Gran Coupe sets the benchmark for EVs in its class. You can have the eDrive 40 with about 500km of range and a rear wheel drive 250kW motor. For an extra €10,000 you can have the AWD version that turns out nearly 550hp. With the usual levels of comfort and sophistication from BMW, the i4 is one of the most compelling EVs on the market.

The i4 does enough to steal juror Geraldine Herbert’s number 1 nomination. For her, the i4 ‘is a joy to behold and to drive, BMW’s i4 will win over even the most ardent electric-vehicle sceptic.’

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