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

Audi A3

Audi’s most important model arrives in the fourth edition. The larger grille and wider shoulder line make it more massive. Inside are digital instruments, nets and seat covers made from recycled PET bottles. Gasoline and diesel engines with 150 hp each, in S3 with 310 hp provide propulsion. Other follow other versions, such as a mild hybrid. Price: from 36,400 francs.

Cupra Formentor

The founder of the Spanish Seat sports subsidiary Cupra is the first independent model of the still young brand – not just “just” another, stronger Seat derivative. It starts with a 310 hp and 4×4 petrol engine, and will soon be followed by a plug-in hybrid variant with a system output of 245 hp and 50 km of electric range. Price: from 50,000 francs.

Kia e-Niro

The Korean compact SUV Niro is becoming more versatile. After two petrol hybrids, there is now a pure electric version with two power levels. With a smaller battery of 39.2 kWh and power of 100 kW (136 hp), it has a range of 289 km. The more powerful version with 150 kW (204 hp) drives as much as 455 km. Price: from 43,900 francs.

Land Rover Defender

The pitch icon is back. This year, the stylish, angular new edition has started. And this remains a real SUV with 4×4 and off-road reductions. There are diesel and gasoline engines with power from 200 to 400 hp. There is also a choice of a shorter three-door case (price: from 57,000 francs) or a longer one with five doors (price: from 64,000 francs).

Mazda MX-30

The Japanese skipped the hybrid mid-step in electrification and launched a clean electric car. The MX-30 is a sleek SUV with doors that open in opposite directions. Inside there are environmentally friendly surfaces made of cork and recycled PET. Its electric motor has a power of 107 kW (145 hp), and the battery offers a range of 200 to 260 km. Price: from 36,990 francs.

Mercedes hat

Compact outside, spacious inside: this is Mercedes’ new GLB. The family SUV is only slightly smaller than the GLC and offers seven seats of choice. Typically in modern SUVs, it is only available in 4×4 on request, but the automatic is standard. Gasoline and diesel engines with power from 116 to 306 hp provide propulsion. A hybrid variant will follow later. Price: from 45,500 francs.

Opel Corsa

The flash of the Opel logo fits here. The sixth edition of the Corsa is also available with electric drive. The difference is hard to see, but you can hear it. The 100 kW (136 PS) electric motor runs quietly. A 50 kWh battery is located in the chassis and provides a range of 337 km. There is also the Matrix LED light, which is still rare in small cars. Price: from 35,540 francs.

Polestar 2

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

Renault Captur E-Tech

Now the French are electrifying their bestseller “Captur”. The popular SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid version of E-Tech. It always starts electrically and with a 9.8 kWh battery can travel up to 65 km 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 wagon raced unobtrusively towards success and became the best-selling car in Switzerland. To stay that way, the fourth edition will be more elegant and digital from the inside. There is also a wide selection of powertrains: petrol, diesel, mild and coupled hybrid, as well as natural gas with 110 to 245 hp in the sportiest RS. Only pure electricity is missing (yet). Price: from 28,160 CHF.

Toyota Yaris

The new Toyota Yaris not only looks cool, it drives that too. It is also available as a petrol engine with power from 72 to 125 hp. But what is most popular with us is the hybrid variant, in which the 1.5-liter gasoline engine and electric motor produce 116 hp. This runs up to 100 km / h in 9.7 seconds and up to 175 km / h. Prices: from 17,900 (petrol) or 23,900 francs (hybrid).

VW Golf

He wants to continue to be the measure of all things in the compact class. With a slightly sharper look, the eighth generation Golf offers a completely new, digital cockpit. The range of models, including wagon and Alltrack with 4×4, remains large as always. This also applies to different drives. There are petrol, diesel, mild and plug-in hybrids. Price: from 22,900 francs.


He should become the new Volksstromer and establish VW’s new electric family ID card. The reduced design and simple but modern interior characterize the look. It is available with two batteries with a capacity of 58 or 77 kWh for a range of 425 or 539 km. So far there is only one electric motor with a power of 150 kW (204 PS). Price: from 39,450 francs.

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