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ADAC Autotest leaderboard: The winners and losers 2020

95 vehicles had to pass the ADAC car test in 2020 - 38 of them had an alternative drive on board. The large ADAC best list shows which models did well and which did not.

  • In the test: 41 petrol, 16 diesel, 22 hybrids, 14 electric cars, one fuel cell and one natural gas car

  • Top: electric cars with a high level of everyday usability

  • Flop: Older microcars with little utility

2020 was the year of electromobility: On the one hand, the range of buyable electric cars that are suitable for everyday use has grown noticeably. And on the other hand, the higher purchase premium has meant that the electric cars can now keep up with combustion engines in terms of price, and often even run cheaper in terms of the total cost calculation. That has to be one Electric car boom in the registration numbers, which should continue in 2021.

Winner: two electric cars and a diesel

The ADAC Autotest has taken the trend into account: were tested in 2020 14 all-electric cars and 22 hybrids (mainly plug-in hybrids), i.e. cars with combustion engines and electric motors. The result: electric cars performed better in the ADAC car test than plug-in models. Two all-electric cars, together with a Golf Diesel, top the list with one Top grade of 1.9 on: The Audi e-tron Sportback as an additional body variant to the Audi e-tron quattro and the Porsche Taycan 4S tested last year.

Both of them not only fascinate with theirs formidable electric drive, whose 300 (Audi) and 420 kW (Porsche) engines deliver an extraordinary spectacle in terms of power development and acceleration. E-tron and Taycan are also with a measured range of 400 kilometers in the ADAC Ecotest, plenty of space, high charging power for fast charging and very good suspension comfort extremely suitable for everyday use.

Note: The Complete list you can after sort the criteriathat are important to you: Simply click on or tap on the respective chapter in the "Individual grades" tab (e.g. comfort or driving characteristics) and an individual ranking is shown.

VW Golf TDI with very clean exhaust gases

The ADAC Autotest is about suitability for everyday use: Who is in the test categories Body, interior, comfort, engine, driving characteristics, safety and the environment is not weak and not only stands out in one chapter, has good cards. Which of course also applies to the VW Golf TDI on the podium, which wants to please everyone as an all-round vehicle. With it, among other things, the double SCR and thus very efficient exhaust gas cleaning ensures the good result. This means that it can even set itself apart from its petrol counterparts Golf 1.5 eTSI and Golf 1.0 eTSI (both grade 2.1).

Alone: None of the three winning vehicles are inexpensive. The tested Golf TDI costs at least 35,000 euros, the Audi e-tron Sportback around 85,000 euros and the Porsche Taycan 4S even at least 110,000 euros. But the ADAC Autotest only evaluates the product properties and leaves out the price. This in turn comes into play in an extra evaluation: In the price-performance hit list of the models tested in 2020. The order is completely different here.

These are the losers

Overall, it can be said: That The level of the vehicles tested is very high. 68 vehicles received the grade "good" (up to grade 2.5). But of course there are too Taillights: Mainly micro and small cars like the now 13-year-old Fiat 500 (now as a hybrid), the Toyota Aygo, which has been in production since 2014, and the still quite new Hyundai i10. These vehicles are not bad per se. But because the ADAC Autotest does not differentiate between vehicle classes, small cars that offer less utility than larger vehicles usually have poorer marks.

In addition, every penny counts for them in the development, so that often not the latest state of the art is on board - current assistance systems, for example. But they can be compared with each other: An Opel Corsa 1.2 DI Turbo scores a lot better with a grade of 2.6 than a Mazda 2 Skyactiv G-90 with a 3.1, whose poor exhaust gas cleaning costs it points and sympathy.

The same benchmark for all vehicles

All cars will be after a uniform scale rated. The ADAC does not differentiate between drive and vehicle class. The ratings are given in school grades. The sorting is based on the overall grade in the ADAC Autotest, if grades are equal, alphabetically.

The list of cars tested by ADAC in 2020 cannot, of course, be a complete overview of the market, but rather only a selection of current vehicles.

Should you Desired model not be there, you might find it among the best and worst cars in the ADAC Autotest 2017, 2018 or 2019, or you look in the ADAC database.

This is how the ADAC tests

The ADAC Autotest is extremely complex. The test engineers in the Landsberg technology center spend two weeks working on each vehicle; more than 300 points are included in the final score. With a special measuring dummy, for example, the interior dimensions are determined, the trunk is "gauged" with foam blocks, all-round visibility and operation are also included in the assessment.

The most important are the criteria of safety and the environment, that count twice. Consumption, CO₂ and pollutant emissions are determined on our own test bench and on the road under realistic conditions.

You can read about everything you experience at the ADAC Autotest in our blog article "Passionate vehicle tester: A woman gives full throttle".

Here you will find all details about the test criteria of the ADAC Autotest
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