The N18 generation Nissan Almera has won the WapCar.my’s Readers’ Pick 2020 Car of the Year (COTY) award, having secured the most votes (13,475 votes), ahead of the Proton X50 (11,1100 votes) and Honda City (8,753 votes).
This also means that the Nissan Almera is winner of the overall 2020 Car of the Year award.
The Mitsubishi Xpander and Volvo S60 also won the most votes in their respective categories.
With 4,188 votes, the Mitsubishi Xpander edged the Honda BR-V (2,139 votes) to win the 7-seater Family Car of the Year award, while the Volvo S60 (2,433 votes) beat the BMW 3 Series (1,753 votes) for the Luxury Car of the Year award.
The online poll ran from 18-December until 8-January. Not all models on the market are eligible. Only models that were launched/updated in 2020 qualify.
Separately, WapCar.my’s editorial team also voted for our own favourites. The Proton X50 was an early favourite but it didn’t endear much with the team. Everyone acknowledge that it gives the best value for money (which we recognize is super important to consumers), but that's where it stops.
As far as product attributes are concerned, the team noted that the features in the Proton X50 that wow in the showroom loses its novelty very soon once you spend more time with the car.
None of us could get a comfortable seating position because of the poor lower thigh support, and that especially irked our two advanced driving instructors, Jason and Zamil. That itself is a deal breaker because if you can't sit comfortably and still be in a position of control (car control theory 101 so it's extremely important to them), there's not much point to the rest of the car's strength.
Instead, the team's debate (and it was a heated one) was over the Nissan Almera vs Honda City. In the end it was the Honda City that narrowly won the Editors’ Pick, by just one vote.
The Almera’s superior comfort as well as its very well sorted ride and handling left a very deep impression on us but the Honda City is not any poorer. In the end, the other half of the team voted for Honda City (4 votes) simply because it was just a tad more practical and more spacious than the Almera (3 votes).
Other notable mentions include the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace (2 votes), Honda Accord (2 votes), Mitsubishi Xpander (1 vote) and Volvo S60 (1 vote).
Meanwhile, the Toyota Supra topped our 2020’s Ratings for driving performance, Toyota Camry for ride comfort, Nissan Almera for fuel economy, Mazda CX-5 for quality and features, Mitsubishi Xpander for interior space.
Note that the ratings are given based on the individual vehicle’s attributes when compared against its in-class rivals.