These are the 13 finalists for the Swiss Car of the Year 2021

Audi A3

The main Audi model arrives in its fourth edition. Larger grid and wider shoulder line make it more massive. Inside are digital instruments, networks and seat covers made from recycled PET bottles. Petrol and diesel engines with 150 hp each, in the S3 with 310 hp, provide propulsion. Other versions such as mild hybrid will follow. Price: from 36,400 francs.

Cupra Formentor

The Formentor of the Spanish Seat sports subsidiary Cupra is the first independent model of the still young brand – not just ‘just’ a stronger Seat derivative. It starts with a 310 hp petrol engine and a 4×4, soon followed by a plug-in hybrid version with 245 hp system power and 50 kilometers of electric range. Price: from 50,000 francs.

Kia e-Niro

The Korean compact SUV Niro is becoming more and more versatile. After two hybrid petrol vehicles, there is now a purely electric version with two power levels. With a smaller battery of 39.2 kWh and an output of 100 kW (136 hp), it has a range of 289 kilometers. The more powerful version with 150 kW (204 hp) can even reach 455 kilometers. Price: from 43,900 francs.

Land Rover Defender

The terrain icon is back. This year the stylish, angular new edition has started. And this remains a real off-roader with 4×4 and off-road reduction. There are diesel and petrol engines with 200 to 400 hp. There is also a choice between the shorter three-door body (price: from 57,000 francs) or the longer five-door (price: from 64,000 francs).

Mazda MX-30

The Japanese skipped the hybrid intermediate step in electrification and launched a purely electric car. The MX-30 is an elegant SUV with doors that open in opposite directions. The interior contains environmentally friendly surfaces made of cork and recycled PET. The electric motor has an output of 107 kW (145 hp) and the battery offers a range of 200 to 260 kilometers. Price: from 36,990 francs.

Mercedes cap

Compact on the outside, spacious on the inside: this is the new GLB from Mercedes. The family SUV is only slightly smaller than a GLC and offers an optional seven seats. Typically in modern SUVs, it is only available with 4×4 on request, but automatic is standard. Petrol and diesel engines with 116 to 306 hp provide the drive. A plug-in hybrid version will follow later. Price: from 45,500 francs.

Opel Corsa-e

The flash of the Opel logo fits here. The sixth edition of the Corsa is also available with an electric drive. You can hardly see the difference, but you can hear it. The electric motor with 100 kW (136 hp) works quietly. The bottom plate contains a 50 kWh battery and has a range of 337 kilometers. There is also the Matrix LED bulb, which is still rare in small cars. Price: from 35,540 francs.

Polestar 2

The second model of Volvo’s new electric brand is a crossover sedan and a pure Stromer. Two electric motors deliver 300 kW (408 hp) and 660 Nm on all four wheels. In 4.2 seconds it goes to 100 km / h and further to 205 km / h. The 78 kWh battery allows a range of 470 kilometers. Polestar uses Android from Google as the multimedia system. Price: from 57,900 francs.

Renault Captur E-Tech

Now the French are also putting their bestseller Captur under pressure. The popular city SUV is now also available as a plug-in hybrid E-Tech. It always starts electrically and with a battery of 9.8 kWh it can travel up to 65 kilometers purely electrically. The hybrid drive develops 160 hp and 205 Nm. In hybrid mode, the Captur E-Tech is satisfied with 1.7 liters. Price: from 38,100 francs.

Skoda Octavia Combi

The Czech station wagon rolls unobtrusively towards success and becomes the best-selling car in Switzerland. To keep it that way, the fourth edition will be more elegant and digital on the inside. In addition, there is a wide choice of drive systems: petrol, diesel, mild and plug-in hybrid and natural gas with 110 to 245 hp in the sportiest RS. Only pure electro is (still) missing. Price: from CHF 28,160.

Toyota Yaris

The new Toyota Yaris doesn’t just look cool, it drives it too. It is also available as a petrol engine with 72 to 125 hp. But what is most popular with us is the hybrid variant, in which the 1.5 liter petrol engine and electric motor produce 116 hp. This sprints to 100 km / h and 175 km / h in 9.7 seconds. Prices: from 17,900 (petrol) or 23,900 francs (hybrid).

VW Golf

It wants to stay the measure of all things in the compact class. With a slightly sharpened look, the eighth generation Golf offers a completely new digital cockpit. The model range, including station wagon and Alltrack with 4×4, remains unabated. This also applies to the various drives. There are gasoline, diesel, mild and plug-in hybrids. Price: from 22,900 francs.


He becomes the new Volksstromer and establishes VW’s new electric family ID. A reduced design and a simple but modern interior characterize the appearance. It is available with two batteries with a capacity of 58 or 77 kWh for a range of 425 or 539 kilometers. For the time being there is only one electric motor with an output of 150 kW (204 hp). Price: from 39,450 francs.

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