The 2022 Thrust Zone Annual Award results are finally here! After much wait, we have the results for public and jury voting. We are overwhelmed with public voting numbers this time around. Three times more than before means your enthusiasm has helped reach these new heights. The categories this time around remain similar which celebrate the industry’s efforts in getting these products out which change the game, give the consumers a bit extra and also something that they deserve. All this is in times when practicality and comfort are just as necessary as technology. Let’s find out who won the third annual ThrustZone jury and readers awards!
2022 Readers Choice Two Wheeler Of The Year – KTM RC390
The KTM RC390 won the award and we think for good reason. The motorcycle is a game changer in the way it handles, puts the power down, and becomes more practical and comfortable, making it the easy choice for riders and enthusiasts to vote for.
2022 Readers Premium Two Wheeler Of The Year – Suzuki Katana
Would have been our easy choice of the year as well. However, the public voted because they loved the design and the major comeback feeling that they got with the Katana 1000cc motorcycle. The Katana in our review was also praised for its fantastic engine and ease of use along with excellent ergonomics.
2022 Readers Electric Two Wheeler Of The Year – Ultraviolette F77
An electric motorcycle that changed the game entirely. The public loves the sci-fi deal they are getting with Ultraviolette F77 in every regard when we asked them questions on our social media about the new EV motorcycle. The performance of a 300cc with no through-the-roof fuel costs makes it an ideal motorcycle for the younger audience!
2022 Readers Hatchback Of The Year – Citroen C3
Scored the highest numbers in our voting, the Citroen C3 competed with the very best and most affordable rivals, but it won the awards hands down. This shows the sheer love for something that is new, and exciting and delivers on its marketing campaign. A comfortable car that feels from two segments above from behind the wheel! The C3 Truly deserves this award!
2022 Readers MPV Of The Year – Kia Carens
Kia Carens truly deserve this award as it is crafted really well in every area. Powertrain options, well-done seating layout, space and safety features in abundance and most importantly a very easy-to-drive car make it an instant hit with us and the people.
2022 Readers Four Wheeler Of The Year – Jeep Meridian
The public has voted for the Jeep Meridian as they love the butch stance, the sophisticated design and its quality that is class apart and easily takes on established rival as the most feel good product in this category that has come to date.
2022 Readers Electric Car Of The Year – Tiago EV
The highest excitement for an EV has never been witnessed to date. The Tiago EV announcement broke the emotional barriers and made people run to buy this car. Easily, the fastest EV to be visible on the road since its launch also speaks to why it won this award from the readers. Kudos Tata, Kudos!
2022 Readers Sedan Of The Year – Volkswagen Virtus
The best-looking sedan of all time and readers’ choice award clearly fall hand in hand. The Virtus offers everything to the consumers and then more. Excellent handling, great engines, an interior that is very good along with a fantastic infotainment system makes it a clear winner for the public.
2022 Readers SUV Of The Year – Mahindra ScorpioN
The most popular SUV of 2022 had to win the reader’s choice award and it has. Scorpio does impress with its capabilities, pricing, engine options and new design which makes the car irresistible in 2023. All the goodness of new technology and the legendary badge on the boot lid makes it an every-green SUV!
2022 Readers Luxury Car Of The Year – Jeep Grand Cherokee
One of the best luxury SUV’s we drove and also agree with the public why they voted it to be the best! Right from the brochure to the real-life experience, it is right there! The new-age Jeep not only win hearts with on-road and off-road capability but also with technology, iconic design and quality interior that impresses you at first go!
2022 Readers Luxury Electric Car Of The Year – Volvo XC40 Recharge
Easily the best package in town, the XC40 impresses a package. We also test-drove the car and found it to be surprisingly good with stellar performance, a fantastic interior and a car that truly appeals instantly to the Indian entry-level luxury car market.
2022 Readers Two Wheeler Brand Of The Year – Bajaj Auto
Many launches including the Pulsar N160 and the refined Pulsar P150 to the KTM RC 390 and the humble and big bad return of the CT125X in the Indian market means that the public is impressed with Bajaj’s comeback after a silent phase and voted it their favourite brand.
2022 Readers Four Wheeler Brand Of The Year – Jeep India
Three major launches helped the brand move ahead in the year 2022 and it shows. The Trailhawk, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Meridian, all award winners in the public rounds mean the public loves the Jeep’s big comeback and Jeep says this is continuing as the group in total has aggressive plans for the Indian market!
2022 Jury Two Wheeler Of The Year – TVS Ronin 225
The TVS Ronin 225 impressed us with its capability to do so much with little effort while providing excellent quality, technology and performance that meets the requirement of young enthusiasts.
2022 Sporty Motorcycle Of The Year – Bajaj Pulsar N160
Bajaj Pulsar N160 impresses with its value package, a new platform that outshines every other motorcycle in its class with a balance of performance, practicality and ease of use. The true Pulsar evolution in every way. Be it the design or the character. The Pulsar dominates the 160cc class hands down and wins our award.
2022 Jury Scooter Of The Year – Aprilia SR160
One of the best scooters that also changed the scooter scenario in India with its performance got a major update and made it more tempting than ever. With Aprilia sales growing non-stop, it is a win-win situation for everyone.
2022 Jury Premium Two Wheeler Of The Year – Triumph Tiger Sport 660
Based on the affordable and accessible platform, the Triumph Tiger Sport delivers in every aspect of being a fast, fun and excellent motorcycle to own. Triumph has gotten things right in the premium two-wheeler space and the baby Tiger is no exception.
2022 Jury Hatchback Of The Year – Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Maruti Suzuki Baleno has impressed with its design inside out along with spectacular engine on offer that deliver economy and performance that rivals still cannot match. The Baleno Formula is special and hence it wins a very special award this time at ThrustZone
2022 Jury MPV Of The Year – Kia Carens
Easily the Winner of the MPV Of The Year Awards, the MPV tickets all the boxes right, it impresses at first go and then the more time you spend with you realize, why there are so many of Carens on the road. A vehicle with a purpose that exceeds expectations.
2022 Jury Four Wheeler Of The Year – Citroen C3
Citroen C3 impresses with the strong mechanical package! Engines that feel robust and flexible! Ride and handling match the very best of expectations and ofcourse, the comfort from the suspension at this price point impresses the jury. This SUV which Citroen call a hatchback is the humble choice every new car buyer looks forward too and wins our award!
2022 Jury Sedan Of The Year – Skoda Slavia
Skoda Slavia faced challenges and now it is winning awards, the Slavia, an iconic nameplate coming back to the market which begins its innings in India marks a big change in Skoda’s global and India positioning. Impressing us with design, interior and most importantly, precise handling, Slavia wins our award hands down!
2022 Jury SUV Of The Year – Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder
The SUV that will Toyota ahead in the Indian market is a feat well achieved. With fantastic options, technology and excellent driving behaviour along with AWD and Hybrid powertrain that sets a new benchmark and beats its competitors with significant advantage deserves an award!
2022 Jury Luxury Car Of The Year – Range Rover
An easy job for the jury! The Range Rover has changed dramatically and it was already very good, to begin with. The SUV has significantly climbed the charts and positioning and wins our award of luxury car of the year because of its sheer capability to impress in every single aspect. JLR has truly come a long way and deserves appreciation.
2022 Jury Luxury Electric Car Of The Year – Mercedes EQS
Easy win for Mercedes for a car that is very hard to make this good! Heights of engineering are visible easily, the driving experience is extraordinary and it is a proper Mercedes in every regard!
2022 Jury Two Wheeler Brand Of The Year – Aadishwar Auto
Launching multiple brands and motorcycles, Aadishwar Auto has shaken up the import motorcycle market to a very large extent. Splendid operations nationwide, getting every aspect right and it deserves recognition. This is the future of premium motorcycling in India and Aadishwar Auto has a very strong lead! Easily worthy of our 2022 Jury Two Wheeler Brand Of The Year award.
2022 Jury Four Wheeler Brand Of The Year – Tata Motors
Needless to say, the brand that launched so many products, all of them taking the market, critics, and industry analysts by storm, Tata Motors is the talk of the town. Tata’s success stories are heard everywhere. Keeping everyone on their toes, Tata has delivered excellence under exemplary and admirable leadership, Tata continues to surpass, dominate and surprise! I have one line for them nowadays. Kudos Tata, Kudos and the jury agree too!