Since 1973, every year, the automotive world awaits the moment when the Best Car of the year is chosen. An award that recognizes the best vehicle marketed in our country through the votes of ABC subscribers and readers, as well as editors from 33 specialized media outlets that make up the jury.
A gift for which twelve vehicles are competing on this occasion: the Abarth 500e, the Audi Q8 e-tron, the BMW RX, the Nissan Xtrail, the Peugeot 408, the Renault Espace, the Ssangyong Torres and the Toyota Corolla.
These twelve candidates – vehicles marketed as novelties between September 2022 and September 2023 – aim to become the Best Car of the Year 2024. The award, which reaches its 52nd edition since 1973, rewards the car that each year is considered the vehicle of reference for its characteristics, acceptance by specialized professionals in the automotive sector and by the user public, and innovation. To see the twelve candidates of this edition and vote for your favorite you can access the site mejorcoche.abc.es (CLICKING HERE)where you can access the prize bases, you will have all the characteristics of each of the cars and you will have the opportunity to choose your favorite.
The award demonstrates how much the Spanish vehicle fleet has changed between that distant 1973, in which the Renault 5 was recognized as the most notable vehicle, and 2023, when the Kia Sportage was awarded. The award was born in 1972, when ABC created the award through its weekly section Mundomóvil, dedicated to the world of motorsports and the first of its kind to be published in a national newspaper. In that first edition, neither the number of specialized or general publications with engine information, nor news, were many. In fact, the jury that voted to choose the Best ABC Car of the year in 1973 was made up of thirteen journalists – seven from motor magazines and the rest from newspapers and general information magazines – and only five models competed.
Much has changed since, in those years, concepts such as the autonomous car and the connected vehicle were used when talking about “science fiction.” Since then, vehicles have evolved, both through electronics and new technologies focused primarily on the safety of the driver, passengers and pedestrians, and through mechanics, which are increasingly more efficient. But if the cars of then and today have something in common, it is that, during all this time, the winners of the ABC Best Car of the Year award have become true “best sellers.”
These twelve candidates aspire in this edition to add to the history of the automotive industry in Spain.
The little Abarth – measuring only 3.67 meters long – is a passionate and performance car. The 100% electric model has a power of 155 HP, and has an approved consumption of 17.1 kWh/100 km.
It has capacity for four occupants and has a 185-liter trunk. It is on sale from 35,696 euros.
This 100% electric SUV is a family model, measuring 4.91 meters in length. It has capacity for five occupants, and a large trunk of 631 liters.
With a power of 340 to 408 HP, it approves an average consumption of 20.3 kWh/100 km. Its selling price starts at just over 84,600 euros.
It is a 4.50 meter long SUV that can be chosen with combustion and electric engines. It has capacity for five occupants and a trunk size of 490 liters.
The approved consumption is 4.9 l/100 km for the gasoline version and 15.4 kWh/100 km for the electric version. On sale from €44,000.
It is a four-door passenger car derived from the Citroën C4, and is available in combustion and electric versions.
With capacity for five seats and a 510-liter trunk, consumption for the diesel ranges from 4.9 l/100 km, and 14.8 kWh/100 km in the case of the electric one. Its price starts at €22,655.
The second generation of the model has grown. With a length of 4.35 meters, its five passengers have a trunk that starts at 466 liters. There are versions from 120 to 218 HP, with front or all-wheel drive.
By consumption, the gasoline ones start at 4.7 l/100 km, and the electric ones at 5.5 kWh/100 km. It is on sale from €28,490.
In Spain this small SUV is available in gasoline, Mild-Hybrid and 100% electric versions. It measures 4.08 meters, but in this reduced size it leaves us with 355 liters of capacity in its trunk.
It consumes 5.5 liters on average (gasoline) and 15.4 kWh/100 km (electric), and is on sale from €21,286.
In its fifth generation, this 4.89 meter long SUV is available with a hybrid or plug-in hybrid engine, from 250 to 371 HP of power and with an average consumption from 1.1 l/100 km.
With capacity for five occupants, it has a 461-liter trunk. The price starts at 81,300 euros.
The new family SUV is available with a micro hybrid engine, or electric with the e-POWER system, with powers from 163 to 213 HP, both with the DGT ECO badge. The approved consumption starts at 5.8 l/100 km.
With capacity for five or seven occupants, with a 485-liter trunk. It is for sale from €40,450.
This 5-door, 4.69 meter long passenger car has the appearance of a crossover. Capacity for five occupants and a large 536-liter trunk.
With gasoline or plug-in hybrid engine and powers from 131 to 224 HP, with approved consumption from 1.1 l/100 km. Its rate starts at €33,850.
In Espace it is no longer a minivan, but an SUV, but it continues to maintain the qualities that characterized previous generations. At 4.72 meters long, it has 5 or 7 seats, and a trunk size of 477 liters.
With a 200 HP hybrid engine, it consumes an average of 4.6 l/100 km. It is on sale from €42,266.
It is a 4.70 meter long SUV available with a gasoline or LPG engine, with front or all-wheel drive, with 167 HP of power. It claims a consumption of 7.9 l/100 km.
With capacity for five occupants, the trunk starts at 463 liters. The price of this model starts at 32,000 euros.
In this update, the Corolla has improved the hybrid system, aesthetics and driving assistants.
With powers from 140 to 196 HP and consumption from 4.4 l/100 km, its five occupants have a trunk that starts, for the five-door version, at 313 liters. On sale from €25,900