The Best Cars Of 2021

This year has been one of change for us all, with the uncertainties of the Coronavirus impacting on our lives. As local lockdowns lifted, international travel remained restricted, causing record numbers of us to explore the UK by car.

Disruption in the car manufacturing industry finally started to abate, with new, exciting cars appearing from the production lines once again. As the year progresses, we’ve been watching the array of vehicles that have hit the market in 2021 – and have picked out our top six below. Read on to discover why they made the selection.

Best City Car 2021 – Volkswagen up!

Fuel type: petrol

Body type: hatchback

Engine capacity: 1.0L

Drivetrain: front-wheel drive

Doors: 5

Volkswagen up! GTI

When designing the up!, VW focused on interior comfort, while ensuring that its exterior was the perfect size for narrow urban streets. The German giant came up trumps with the 2021 model, creating a deceptively spacious hatchback that carries the well-renowned VW seal of reliability. Its efficient 1.0L petrol engine is ideal for city driving and is also nippy in case you want to hit the motorway.

Best Family Car 2021 – Volvo XC40

Fuel type: petrol

Body type: family SUV

Engine capacity: 1.5L

Drivetrain: front-wheel drive

Doors: 5

Volvo XC40

Over the years, Volvo have proven that they know a thing or two about family cars and that heritage is a major factor in why the XC40 is one of the best cars in 2021. As a mid-size SUV, it’s perfect for your staycations with the kids, with space for the whole gang plus bags. Likewise, if you’re a parent with young children, you can relax when strapping them in – just use the standard-fitted Isofix child-seat mounting posts. Not just functional, the XC40 is stylish too, with sleek headlights and body shape.

Best Small Car 2021 – Renault Clio

Fuel type: petrol

Body type: hatchback

Engine capacity: 1.0L

Drivetrain: front-wheel drive

Doors: 3

Renault Clio 2021

The UK’s roads have been home to the Renault Clio since 1990 and the latest edition of this French icon is as popular as ever. Thanks to its dynamic shape, LED headlights, and well-proportioned 1.0L engine, this supermini has cruised straight through 2021 and onto our top list. Inside, a 7” touchscreen sits softly at the heart of the dashboard and you can also enjoy cruise control, parking sensors, and an active safety system as standard. It’s clear to see just how far the Clio’s developed in the past 31 years.

Best Electric Car 2021 – Skoda Enyaq iV

Fuel type: electric

Charge range: 331 miles

Body type: SUV

Drivetrain: four-wheel drive

Doors: 5

Skoda Enyaq iV 2021

Skoda chose 2021 to release their first all-electric SUV and the Enyaq iV doesn’t disappoint. Its sleek, aerodynamic shape is complemented by a smooth drive, with weight being evenly distributed thanks to the battery being positioned at the car’s base. The battery is actually what makes the Enyaq iV our pick from the best electric cars in 2021. According to Skoda, you could drive from London to Birmingham and back again, with some power left, on a single charge. Also, once you’ve plugged your Enyaq in to charge, you can use the car’s built-in mobile connectivity to remotely monitor its progress on your smart device.

Best Hybrid Car 2021 – Mercedes C 330 e

Fuel type: petrol

Body type: saloon

Engine capacity: 2.0L

Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive

Doors: 5

Mercedes C-Class 2021

The elegance and power of the Mercedes C 330 e shows the direction that hybrids are heading. When you step inside, the dashboard features the same smooth lines of other C Class models, only you’ll now see the addition of some hybrid-specific modifications. An 11.9” portrait-style touchscreen is at the core of the controls, where you can check what mode you’re in and how much electrical charge you’ve got left. The price tag may be on the premium side, but it’s well justified by having a market-leading battery, capable of providing up to 62 miles of electric-powered travel.

Best SUV 2021 – Seat Tarraco

Fuel type: petrol

Body type: SUV

Engine capacity: 1.5L

Drivetrain: front-wheel drive

Doors: 5

Seat Tarraco 2021

Seat have stormed the SUV market and the Tarraco has led the charge. This seven-seater has room for the whole family, plus all the shopping. The interior tech is easy to operate thanks to an 8” touchscreen and a 1.5L petrol engine provides more than enough umph to cruise along when you hit the open road. Plus fuel consumption of around 40mpg is a good sign for the environment.

So, there you have it, our full and diverse selection of the best cars of 2021. Whether you are in the market for a new car or are happy with your current drive for the time being, Euro Car Parts can help you can keep it well maintained thanks to our stock of over 130,000 car parts for all makes and models.