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Hot wheels The 10 best cars of 2021: EVs, SUVs and even a Tesla

Our motormouths picks their top cars from 2021

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Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4

Opel Mokka

Opel Mokka

Kia Sorento PHEV

Kia Sorento PHEV

SEAT Tarraco

SEAT Tarraco

The Tesla Model 3 is Darragh’s favourite

The Tesla Model 3 is Darragh’s favourite

Toyota GR Yaris

Toyota GR Yaris

Opel Mokka e

Opel Mokka e

Dacia Sandero Stepway

Dacia Sandero Stepway

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Hyundai Ioniq 5

It’s that time of year again when we get a warm fuzzy feeling of nostalgia and take a look back over our favourite test cars.

The nature of this business means that sometimes the pair of us don’t agree on these lists, and with a delayed release of so many cars after Covid ruined 2021, there were some cars that we both didn’t get to test drive.

So, like last year we are each going to list our top five.

Robbie’s Top 5 (4)

Kia EV6/Hyundai Ioniq 5
I am torn between two lovers in my pick for my favourite car of 2021.

The fact that both the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 are built on the same platform makes it very hard for me to choose one over the other.

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The Kia EV6

The Kia EV6

The Kia EV6

The Volkswagen ID.4 would have got my top gong until I drove these two Korean siblings.

If you are in the market for a fully-electric spacious, family car these two must not be overlooked. I expect both of them to sell in big numbers this year.

Volkswagen ID.4
It almost breaks my heart to give the electric Volkswagen ID.4 my No2 slot as it was my sure winner before I drove the two mentioned above.

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Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4

This fully-electric SUV is so good it could become more popular than the original Beetle.

Close to 1,500 units flew off the dealer forecourts last year with a large number of them being taken up by taxi drivers. I think it will surpass that figure by a country mile this year.

Opel Mokka
The new Opel Mokka could be the model to put the Opel brand back on top in Ireland like it was during the 80s/90s.

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Opel Mokka

Opel Mokka

Opel Mokka

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It is spacious and very affordable and comes with a choice of small petrol engine or fully-electric.

It is so stylish that even the wife has her eye on one and it takes a lot to impress her. Fact!

SEAT Tarraco
If you’re in the market for an enormous seven-seater SUV look no further than the SEAT Tarraco.

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SEAT Tarraco

SEAT Tarraco

SEAT Tarraco

I cannot even begin to tell you how impressed I was with this hidden gem from the Volkswagen-owned group.

Sitting at the top of SEAT’s SUV range, the new Tarraco FR is better looking than its Volkswagen and Skoda siblings in my eyes.

DARAGH’S TOP 5

Tesla Model 3
Anyone who read my review in November of the new ‘affordable’ Tesla will know that I am a huge fan.

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The Tesla Model 3 is Darragh’s favourite

The Tesla Model 3 is Darragh’s favourite

The Tesla Model 3 is Darragh’s favourite

For so long Teslas have been in the six figure ballpark, only available to the super rich, but now that they have a €50k car they can easily be compared to the likes of an EV6, IONIQ 5, Q4 eTron and ID.4 and yet it is still more fun and has a longer range.

If I had the money I would buy one in the morning.

Kia Sorento PHEV
I actually asked Kia if I could buy this after I handed it back but it was out of my range.

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Kia Sorento PHEV

Kia Sorento PHEV

Kia Sorento PHEV

Skoda proved a few years ago that seven-seaters don’t have to be boring when they brought out the Kodiaq and now everyone is following suit.

So Kia decided to give their experienced and popular Sorento a complete makeover and now it is one of my favourite 7-seaters on the market. The indicator cameras and passenger microphone system were my top features.

GR Yaris
Did this make sense? No. Would I buy one? Nope. Was it the most fun I had in a car this year? Absolutely.

For seven whole days in May I was king of the road. Petrolheads from all walks of life came out of the woodwork to take a closer look at my €60k Yaris.

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Toyota GR Yaris

Toyota GR Yaris

Toyota GR Yaris

Cars tailed me, some overtook me and others challenged me to a drag race.

The performance version of the €20k Yaris is like nothing I have ever driven on open roads and while there was limited space in the rear I can also confirm that all four members of Team Keany loved it too.

Opel Mokka-E
Until the Manta arrives here the Mokka-E is the coolest and best Opel on the market.

Especially this electric version that comes in a gorgeous ‘Mamba’ green and will only cost you €33k.

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Opel Mokka e

Opel Mokka e

Opel Mokka e

I got to take it for a spin in a left hand drive version last year but it wasn’t until I got it for a week in right-hand drive that I fully fell in love with it.

If Opel can create a long range version (anything around 450km) they will have one of the best EVs on the market.

Dacia Sandero Stepway
This won’t appear in too many end-of-year lists, but I couldn’t wave farewell to 2021 without tipping the cap to this plucky little champion.

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Dacia Sandero Stepway

Dacia Sandero Stepway

Dacia Sandero Stepway

Back in July I got a week behind the wheel of this revamped model (not to be confused with the regular Sandero) and loved everything about it.

It may not have had the bling you get from other brands, but you get a whole lot more bang for your buck than you realise.

You can actually drive one of these away for €17,090 but trust me… treat yourself and lump in a few extras.

It’s still one of the cheapest cars you can buy and it is big and fun and great looking.

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