Best Cars 2022

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Andrew Brady

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If you need some help buying the right car then we're here to help with the best cars for 2022. Whether you want a small SUV or a car for the family, we're on hand to guide you through the minefield that is buying a new car with our handy top 10 lists. 

The new car market has seen big changes and while sales were down to due the Covid pandemic (and a shortage in the supply of new cars), 2021 will see electric car sales exceed the whole of 2010 to 2019 put together. The best selling car in the UK remains the popular Vauxhall Corsa in first, followed by the Mercedes A-Class and the Volkswagen Polo.

In 2022 we'll see increased growth rates in electric cars. It's predicted electric cars in 2022 will actually outsell conventional diesel cars as we fast approach the 2030 deadline when the sale of new combustion-engine cars will be banned in the UK.

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Best Used Cars 2022

Best for Anyone who wants to save money and beat the waiting lists for new cars. With the semi-conductor shortage causing lengthening waiting times, a used car means you can effectively jump the queue.

Why buy a used car? A nearly new or used car may mean having to miss out on specifying it yourself, but there are significant savings to be made on the used car market. Choose an Approved Used car from a franchised dealer and you will also get many of the benefits of buying new including a 12-month warranty and breakdown cover. Many include MoT cover so if your car fails its MoT, the cover will pay for any repairs necessary.

Popular used cars in 2022 include the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Golf.

Best Electric Cars 2022

Best for Those that can afford to make the switch away from combustion engines. The latest electric cars are growing in range, making them genuine alternatives to the family diesel car, but they're still expensive.

Why buy an electric car? An electric car will mean never having to visit a traditional filling station again - instead you can charge your car at home or work (or ideally both). The charging infrastructure is growing steadily so there are more fast chargers around, although planning is still required for long journeys. Electric cars are more reliable than traditional petrols and diesels as they have fewer moving parts and to fully charge an electric car like a mid-range Volkswagen ID.3 at home costs around £10

Popular electric cars in 2022 include the Fiat 500 Electric, Tesla Model 3, Skoda Enyaq and Kia e-Niro.

Best Hybrid Cars 2022

Best for Buyers who aren't quite ready to make the switch to an fully electric car but want cheaper running costs and hybrid refinement without worrying about their maximum range and charging on a long journey.

Why buy a hybrid car? If you value refinement and want lower running costs, a hybrid is an ideal buy. Choose a plug-in hybrid and you could spend most of your time pottering around town or doing the school run only using electric power, with the engine there for longer drives. A standard hybrid like the Toyota Corolla - or self charging hybrid as they have become known - can't be plugged in but will use the battery at low speeds or to boost the engine when needed.

Popular hybrid cars include the Toyota Prius, Hyundai Ioniq, Honda Jazz and Ford Kuga.

Best SUVs 2022

Best for Families who need a large and practical car. SUVs may no longer be off-roaders (in fact the vast majority aren't) but they offer lots of space and make the perfect all-round family car for many.

Why buy an SUV? If you have children, need lots of space or like a raised driving position, then an SUV is right for you. Many of the larger SUVs on the market are available as seven-seaters, so ideal for larger families while big towing capacities make them ideal for caravanners. They are no longer the gas guzzling monsters they were once portrayed either and there are now a host of electric SUVs on the market such as the Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC.

Popular SUVs include the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, Volkswagen Tiguan and Mercedes GLC.

Best Small SUVs 2022

Best for Drivers who like the looks and raised driving position of an SUV but don't need a huge bulky car. Small SUVs have become hugely popular in recent years as a more practical and comfortable alternative to the standard family hatchback.

Why buy a small SUV? There are so many high quality small SUVs on the market that you're spoilt for choice. From cheap to run hybrid small SUVs like the Toyota C-HR to high performance models like the Ford Puma ST, chances are there will be something for you. If you're making the switch to electric you will also find a growing number of small electric SUVs like the Mercedes EQA and Vauxhall Mokka-e which are cheap to run.

Popular small SUVs include the Ford Puma, Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and SEAT Arona.

Best Small Cars 2022

Best for Buyers looking for an affordable car or couples who don't necessarily need a big car. Indeed such is the quality of many small cars that those downsizing from something larger won't feel short changed.

Why buy a small car? If you want a car that's easy to drive, simple to park and gets you from A to B in comfort, then a small car is ideal for you. You probably don't want to do long motorway trips, but a small car will be cheap to run with modern petrol engines meaning 50mpg is becoming the norm. Of course you can go down the hybrid route with the likes of the Toyota Yaris or choose a fully electric small car like the Peugeot e-208.

Popular small cars include the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Polo and the MINI hatchback.

Best Family Cars 2022

Best for Families, would you believe. The term 'family car' used to refer to something like a Ford Mondeo but now covers everything from SUVs to estates. Basically anything that suits family life.

Why buy a family car? You need room, versatility and a durable interior. Having children means your pride and joy is in for plenty of abuse, whether you have babies, toddlers or grumpy teenagers. The best family cars are designed with child safety in mind and come with plenty of useful user-friendly features to make parents life easier.

Popular family cars include the SEAT Ateca, Skoda Superb Estate, Kia Sorento and BMW 3 Series Touring.

 Best 4x4s 2022

Best for Those who want the reassurance of four-wheel drive, whether it be for driving off-road, in wintry conditions or simply for towing a caravan or trailer.

Why buy a 4x4? While the terms 4x4 and SUV have become almost interchangeable, a lot of SUVs are actually two wheel drive and have very little off-road ability. A grass verge on the school run is the closest they get. But if you tow or regularly have to tackle muddy tracks or snowy roads, then a 4x4 (fitted with the right tyres) will keep you mobile when others are falling by the wayside.

Popular 4x4 models include the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Dacia Duster and the BMW X3.

Best Estate Cars 2022

Best for Anyone who needs space. While SUVs may be flavour of the month, nothing can match an estate for all-round space and load carrying ability. 

Why buy an estate car? If you need room but don't fancy the idea of a big SUV, an estate is the perfect compromise. For many family buyers an estate is ideal thanks to lots of rear legroom which means the kids aren't sardined in the back. Choose something like a Skoda Super Estate and you'll get more legroom than a Mercedes S-Class. Cyclists like them too as it's easier to load a bike onto the roof rack of an estate than an SUV.

Popular estate cars include the Audi A4 Avant, the Skoda Octavia Estate, the BMW 5 Series Touring and the Volvo V60.

Best Cars for Towing Caravans 2022

Best for Well caravan owners, clearly. But also anyone who wants to tow a big trailer such as a horsebox or car transporter. These cars are all excellent for hauling weight.

Why buy a car for towing a caravan? If you're serious about towing a caravan or big trailer, getting the right car is essential. It's not just about the towing capacity either, features such as self-levelling suspension and trailer sway control are also desirable and make towing safer. Certain cars such as Land Rover models come with Advanced Tow Assist which allows you to control the direction of your trailer when reversing.

Popular cars for towing caravans include the Volvo XC60, Land Rover Discovery, Skoda Kodiaq and Mercedes E-Class Estate.

Best Sports Cars 2022

Best for Anyone who has a bit of cash and wants something enjoyable to drive that's also a bit flash. Sports cars aren't very practical but they are a lot of fun and are still seen as a status symbol. 

Why buy a sports car? You've worked hard, saved up and now you want something fun to drive that's also probably ludicrously impractical. Sports cars are all about emotion, from the sound of the exhaust to the performance and handling, a sports car should be about one thing - driving pleasure. And you can guarantee if you arrive home in one of these, the neighbours will be twitching their curtains enviously.

Popular sports cars include the Porsche 718 Cayman, Ford Mustang, Audi TT and the Jaguar F-Type.

Best City Cars 2022

Best for Anyone who has just passed their test or those who want a cheap to run second car for nipping out to the shops in. 

Why buy a city car? If you want to keep costs down, a city car is the way to go. Affordable to buy, they are also economical and cheap to insure. It's why they are ideal for younger drivers who get stung by high insurance premiums. The quality of modern city cars is excellent so not only are they good for nipping in and out of traffic, they are also well equipped and crucially, safe. 

Popular city car models include the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up, Hyundai i10 and Toyota Aygo

Best Convertible Cars 2022

Best for Someone who likes the idea of wind in the hair motoring but who is also a bit of a poser. You don't buy a convertible if you don't want to be seen...

Why buy a convertible car? There's nothing quite like dropping the roof on a sunny day and driving down a country lane in a classy convertible. Of course it's not so fun on the motorway but despite the fact Summer usually lasts about three days in the UK, Brits still love a convertible and there are plenty of quality soft tops on the market ranging from affordable to eye wateringly expensive. 

Popular convertible cars include the Mazda MX-5, Audi A5 Cabriolet, MINI Convertible and BMW 2 Series Convertible.

Best Hatchbacks 2022

Best for Those after a comfortable and reasonably practical car but don't need an SUV-style car or require lots of space. This Ford Focus-size and you're on the right track.

Why buy a hatchback? Still the most popular car type, there's a huge choice of hatchbacks on the market so you can afford to be choosy. Recent years has seen the quality of hatchbacks improve even further and there's an argument that they offer the same refinement, comfort and tech as bigger cars. You can go for a hybrid hatchback like the Toyota Corolla or choose a fully electric model like the Nissan Leaf.

Popular hatchback models include the Mercedes A-Class, Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Honda Civic

Best MPVs 2022

Best for Buyers who want a family car where the emphasis is on passenger space and comfort. The MPV is still a great choice for those who want seven seats too.

Why buy an MPV? While SUVs may have replaced the MPV as the family car of choice for many, the classic people carrier still offers the most passenger space around. True they may not look especially sporty or stylish, but the usual boxy looks mean lots of room for everyone, especially those in the back. It's why kids love them so much. Features such as sliding side doors on some models make them great for tight parking spots and for getting kids in and out of car seats. 

Popular MPV models include the Ford S-MAX, Citroen Grand C4 Space Tourer, BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Volkswagen Sharan.

Best Automatic Cars 2022

Best for Anyone who wants convenience. A manual gearbox may make a car more involving to drive but for any people it's also another hassle. An automatic makes life much easier and means a smoother drive too.

Why buy an automatic car? Who wants to have the hassle of gears anyway? While sports cars and hot hatches suit manual gearboxes, for the vast majority of larger cars, an automatic gearbox makes more sense. They're more convenient, smoother and often provide better economy. Hybrids and electric cars come with automatic gearboxes as standard. 

Popular automatic cars include the Mercedes E-Class, Audi Q5, Mazda CX-5, Volvo XC90 and BMW 3 Series.

Best Hot Hatches 2022

Best for Those who want driving pleasure but still need everyday practicality. If you want thrills but still need five seats and a useable boot, a hot hatch will fit the bill.

Why buy a hot hatch? If you want something fun and fast to drive, step right this way. The hot hatch may have changed over the years, with power and price both increasing, but the formula remains the same. Take your common or garden hatchback, give it a powerful engine, bigger brakes and adorn it with a bodykit and often some sort of big rear wing et voila. You get a performance car but still with hatchback practicality.

Popular hot hatches include the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Skoda Octavia vRS, Honda Civic Type R and Ford Fiesta ST.

Best Supercars 2022

Best for The lucky few who can afford to buy one - supercars are expensive to buy and to run. If you want the best in performance, handling and tech though, you want a supercar.

Why buy a supercar? If you love your cars and want to experience the best performance out there, you'll want to buy a supercar. They often lead the way in innovation the best are rare sights on our roads, making then very exclusive. Supercars are the pinnacle of desirability - the kind of cars that most people can only dream of or admire from afar.

Popular supercar models include the Porsche 911, Audi R8, Honda NSX and the Mercedes-AMG GT.

Best Luxury Cars 2022

Best for Buyers looking for the ultimate in comfort, technology and quality. Luxury cars are associated with wealth and status - so they don't come cheap. 

Why buy a luxury car? You've made a few quid and you want to waft around in effortless elegance, so a luxury car is where you're at. The best luxury cars offer comfort and class as well as unrivalled quality inside. They're usually loaded with the latest kit with every bell and whistle you can think of making them the kind of car that you want to be driven around in, reclining in comfort on the back seats.

Popular luxury cars include the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Range Rover, Bentley Continental GT and the Porsche Panamera.

Best Coupe Cars 2022

Best for Anyone who wants a stylish yet sporty car and isn't quite ready to settle for a standard four-door model. They probably don't have kids. Or a dog...

Why buy a coupe car? You don't buy a coupe for practicality that's for sure - most are best used as two seaters while boot space is rarely a strong point. What they do offer is style and a more youthful image than an SUV or saloon, hence their desirability. Coupe cars are not as popular as they once were, but premium brands like BMW and Mercedes still offer several in their model line-ups.

Popular coupe cars include the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series, Mercedes C-Class Coupe and Lexus RC.

Which car type is right for you?

Want to know which car you should buy in 2022? Here at heycar, we’ve made it easier for you to make the right choice for your next car purchase by creating impartial, in-depth content around different cars by type. To make it as easy as possible to find the perfect car, we’ve rounded up the best cars by type and provided helpful guides within each category.