The Cars & Recreation 2020 Awards
Here is our favorite cars we have reviewed in 2020
Let's not use the "unprecedented" word again... but 2020 was a complicated year. Still, we managed to provide our readers with over 50 articles that reviewed all sorts of cars. Today, we gathered some of the cars that we liked the most and gave away some prizes.
1. Best All-Rounder
The Volvo XC40 Recharge snaps the best all-rounder of the year. It just seemed to tick all the boxes. The premium plug-in hybrid compact SUV has this classy yet edgy design and is as refined as cars that are in higher segments. The Swede may not be a very fun car to drive, but that isn't the point as it emphasizes on ride comfort. Despite being rather small, we found the XC40 decently roomy and could easily take four people on long trips. Good job Volvo, we absolutely adored this one! Runner up is no other than the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
2. Best City Car
Silly? Maybe. But the Renault Clio being basically a city car, we just had to give this award to the mighty V6. Getting up close with the Clio V6 was a unique experience that we will remember forever. The fact that the production of such vehicles won't ever happen again made us realized that this is actually one of the ultimate city cars money can buy. Runner up is another icon, the Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo II.
3. Best Hot Hatch
Another Renault! This is the Megane RS Trophy-R and it was definitely one of the cars we had the most fun in this year. We even called this raw hot hatch the French 911 GT3 because the philosophy is so close. Despite being loud, unpractical, and completely uncomfortable, driving the Trophy-R felt like an event and that's why it wins this award. Our runner up was the mythic Ford Escort RS Cosworth.
4. Best SUV
We have driven a lot of SUVs, but this one had to take the crown. Closer to a sports car than any of its rivals, the DBX from Aston Martin has its haters and lovers. We adored it! It drives beautifully, has all the latest tech, and you can also take it off the beaten path. The DBX is a strong proposition and has the potential to keep the manufacturer alive. Our runner up in this category was the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce.
5. Best Sports Car
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a masterpiece! Not much doubt about that. It seems to adapt to every situation and can either behave like a savage supercar or a civilised sedan. The steering is precise and the balance is simply exceptional for a car of this size. Just like in the good old days, Alfa Romeo has managed to build a car that will excite any petrolhead. The Alpine A110S takes second place in this category.
6. Best Sounding Car
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante and it's massive V12 just had to win this award. It's not just a sound, it's a symphony! High pitch sounds near the limiter, deep growls on cold starts, and crackles and pops every time you decelerate. All of that is even better when you can put the roof down. Yes, this is called heaven! Our runner up in this section is the Ferrari 812 Superfast.
7. Best Design
Another Aston Martin? Don't worry, we're not biased here! Just look at this Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante, simply striking. The association of a British supercar with an Italian design just seems to work perfectly. The great number of styling details on this car makes it reach a near perfection look. However, it's not only about its beauty as this car also produces 600 horsepower. A perfect example of a beauty and a beast. In the second position, we find none other than the staggering Lamborghini Miura.
8. Most Successful Review
Last year, we passed a new milestone with 4M views cumulated on our page. The article we did on the Fiat Multipla helped a lot with its 95.5K views. Yes, we have bought a car with the money we made on Drivetribe and we plan to take this car on a road trip! You are still able to vote where we'll be taking it (hopefully this summer). So stay tuned, some more adventures of the Golden Beluga will follow! Our second best article was the one we did a couple of weeks ago on the Volvo V90 which hit 84.3K views.
9. The car we thought we wouldn't like, but ended up loving it
It's always tricky to replace an icon, and we thought the Defender had got it all wrong. Actually, we were wrong! We absolutely adored the new Defender and was one of our revelations of the year. We still think that the essence of the last generations has been kept. All in all, it's still a rugged and very capable car that has managed to also attract new customers. Also, we think it looks fantastic! Ou runner up here is the Toyota Supra 2.0.
10. The car we are most looking forward to driving in 2021
Our very last award... but the car we cannot wait to drive in 2021 is... the Toyota GR Yaris! We might be a little bit late to the party, but since we have heard so much good stuff about this hot hatch we just had to get our hands on one. This will happen next month, and we cannot wait to share with you our thoughts and pictures.
We would like to thank all the brands, friends, and partners who have helped us to create articles around all these amazing cars. Our deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, Private Car Collection, Aston Martin Geneva, Drive Vintage, FabCars, A French Beauty and Others, Daniel Zizka, Jaguar Land Rover Switzerland, Garage Caroll, Volvo Switzerland, Alfa Romeo Switzerland, Renault Switzerland, Toyota Switzerland, Mercedes-Benz Switzerland.