Car of the year-Toyota Yaris

Toyota’s Yaris hatchback has won Car of the Year, after securing the most votes from a jury of 59 European journalists from 22 countries. 

The hybrid supermini scored 266 points from the jury, with the all-electric Fiat 500e coming second, and the Formentor crossover by Seat’s spin-off brand Cupra nudged into third by just a point. 

It’s the second time the Yaris has won Car of the Year; the first generation also scooped the award back in 2000. 

Car of the Year: the final points table

Seven cars were shortlisted for the award, from 29 cars launched in 2020 that were eligible. In addition to the top three, the other finalists comprised the Citroën C4, Land Rover Defender, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen ID.3. The final scores were:

1. Toyota Yaris – 266 points
2. Fiat new 500 – 240 points
3. Cupra Formentor – 239 points 
4. Volkswagen ID.3 – 224 points
5. Skoda Octavia – 199 points
6. Land Rover Defender – 164 points
Citroën C4 – 143 points