Find here our list of the 10 most underrated vehicles of this year.
Every year a plethora of new cars – facelifts, new generations, fully new models – enter the global automotive market. Some are given excessive attention. Some, on the contrary, are unfairly ignored by experts and buyers, and this article is about such vehicles. They are 2022 models currently available to purchase.
Sedans are not as popular now as SUVs/crossovers, but that doesn’t mean they are a bad choice. The Arteon is a good example of a car for those purchasers who want to own an entry-level luxury sedan at an affordable price.
With pricing between $40 750 – $49 550, the VW Arteon offers sleek styling, a powerful turbo-four engine making 300 horsepower, and not a few useful technologies.
We can’t say this model is unpopular: it is in stable demand in China, for instance. But in the home of the brand sales of the model are not as good as they could be. The Envision was thoroughly redesigned for the 2021 model year.
It has an eye-catching exterior and the level of its interior slots between mainstream and luxury. The Envision offers quite many premium features, including a Bose 9-speaker audio system, and such useful features as HD Surround Vision or Front Park Assist. Under the hood, there is a 228-hp 4-cylinder engine. The price starts at $35,600 before destination, taxes, and other charges.
Because of the fact that many customers do not associate Honda with the production of pickups and due to high competition in the pickup truck segment, the Ridgeline is left without due attention. Buyers got used to that most trucks have body-on-frame structures, while Honda’s model has a monocoque chassis.
However, the monocoque or unibody structure of the Honda Ridgeline is strong enough. The pickup is nice-looking and fine-to-drive, it comes with unique pickup bed features including a truck-bed audio system or an in-bed trunk. It offers standard all-wheel drive and a reliable 3.5-liter 280-hp V6 engine.
The 2022 Acura NSX is a true supercar with excellent handling and driving dynamics. A potent twin-turbo 600-hp V6 hybrid engine powers the model. The NSX is comparatively affordable ($169,500) given the level of prices in the segment it belongs to.
The original Jaguar XF was a notable event, and the current model continues to be a worthy rival to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, or the Audi A6. It offers new mild-hybrid powertrains, a Sportbrake wagon version, a new center console, and a steering wheel design, as well as one of the best standard infotainment systems.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
The car is available in several markets in hybrid, plug-in, and pure electric guises. The last is refined and easy to drive. The current facelifted Ioniq got improved performance (a boost to 134 hp) and a driving range of 193 miles on a single charge. The Ioniq Electric costs from £32,050 in the UK. In the USA it is not on sale, but Americans can buy the Ioniq 5 starting at $39,950.
Lexus has a strong competitive position in the small premium SUV segment. Here it can well fight with German rivals. The UX’s efficient engines and classy interior balance its small trunk and an inconvenient infotainment system. The model is a platform-mate to Toyota’s Camry and Prius, meaning a new TNGA. It is as good to drive as the BMW X2 or Audi Q3. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about your UX breaking down.
Alfa Romeo Giulia
The sedan can boast elegant exterior styling, updated interior, excellent driving dynamics, agility, engaging handling, and a stunning performance from a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine.
The crossover offers a good balance between ride and handling, characterful engines, and a well-contained body roll. Compared to some German rivals, the CX-30’s steering is more responsive and gives a better connection, while its cabin feels more premium and spacious. Besides, let’s remember the Mazda CX-30 is one of the safest cars ever tested by Euro NCAP.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet
The model is somehow lost in its own segment. Customers pay more attention to the models sitting in classes below and above, such as the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series, BMW 8 Series, and even Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Meanwhile, the E-Class is a pleasant model offering a serious performance in its AMG variants, and a supple ride quality thanks to its platform. A 400 d diesel version is a good choice: it combines efficiency and pace with understated looks.