Wheels Car of the Year 2023 by the numbers: Acceleration and braking

What are the quickest and slowest cars in the 2023 field? And which contender took a staggering 51.7m to stop from 100kmh? The numbers don’t lie…

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Here’s a question: how many metres do you think it takes a Ford Ranger Raptor to come to a complete stop from 100km/h?

And are electric cars really as fast against the stopwatch as their manufacturers claim? Oh sure, their instant torque means they feel fast, but how do they actually go against the clock?

Okay, technically that’s two questions – but the answers, as you can see from the below data tables, are enlightening.

Empirical data has long been a core component of the Wheels Car of the Year judging process. It doesn’t only provide some hard data to factor into our decision making process as we look to assess performance, handling and fuel efficiency, but it can occasionally produce some eye-opening results. The Ranger Raptor’s 51.7m dry braking distance from 100km/h being just one example.


As the 2023 COTY story evolves, the list of stories below will grow. Keep an eye on this page for more, or find it all at our COTY page.


Always a controversial topic. It's linked above, but if you need a refresher on how we define eligibility and our testing criteria, the What's new for 2023? story is where you need to be.

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For context, the best dry braking result from this year’s field of 26 cars was 34.6 metres by the Tesla Model Y RWD – meaning a Raptor needs a full 17.1 metres more space to stop from the same speed.

See what I mean about eye-opening?

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As for whether EVs are as quick as they claim to be? The answer is a definitive yes.

The Audi RS E-tron GT, for example, was the quickest car in the field, and actually beat its claim to hit 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds. And in reassuring news, Audi’s new electric flagship was also one of the best in the braking discipline and only needed 36.0m to come to a complete stop.

We won’t spoil the fun of diving into the data tables and drawing your own conclusions, but here are a few other notable results:

While the Ranger Raptor performed dismally in the braking exercise, it actually beat its 0-100m/h claim by a significant margin with a figure of 6.1 seconds. That’s hot-hatch fast from a 2.5-tonne dual-cab ute. Not bad.

The Range Rover P530 was another strong contender in the 0-100km/h discipline that struggled, hard, in the braking exercise with a stopping distance of 47.6m. Seems there’s a theme developing there: big power + big weight = mixed results. (Who'd have guessed...)

It’s also worth noting that all of the Fords we had on test (Rangers + Everests) were on all-terrain tyres, which helps, in part, to explain their finishing spots. Had we conducted the same tests on dirt, it’s likely they’d finish at the pointy end.

Finally, a couple of housekeeping notes.

For consistency, all of the below numbers were collected on the same day, in the same location and by the same pair of drivers. Each car was also tested multiple times with the figures below being the best figure achieved, excluding any outliers. A freak 0-100km/h number that couldn’t be repeated, for example, wasn’t included.

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Acceleration: 0-100km/h

Contender finishing order 0-100km/h (seconds)
1Audi E-tron GT RS3.2
2Audi RS3 Sportback3.8
3Genesis GV60 Performance4
4Cupra Formentor VZx4.7
5Volvo C40 Twin Motor4.7
6Range Rover P530 First Edition5.4
7Nissan Z manual5.8
8Ford Ranger Raptor6.1
9Cupra Formentor VZ FWD6.6
10Cupra Formentor VZe6.8
11Toyota GR 86 GT manual6.8
12Tesla Model Y RWD6.9
13BYD Atto 3 Long Range7.4
14Nissan X-Trail Ti ePower 5-seat7.6
15Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo8
16Ford Ranger XLT V68.2
17Toyota Corolla Cross Atmos Hybrid AWD8.3
18Audi A3 35 TFSI8.8
19Nissan X-Trail ST-L 7-seat9.8
20Toyota Corolla Cross GX petrol FWD9.1
21Nissan Qashqai Ti9.5
22Nissan Qashqai ST+9.6
23Ford Everest Sport V6 AWD9.8
24Peugeot 308 GT Hatch 10.1
25Peugeot 308 GT Premium wagon10.5
26Ford Everest Trend 2.0 Bi-Turbo 4X410.6
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Dry braking: 100-0km/h

Contender finishing order Metres
1Tesla Model Y RWD34.6
2Cupra Formentor VZe34.9
3Cupra Formentor VZ FWD35.1
4Genesis GV60 Perf AWD Luxury Pack35.3
5Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo35.5
6Peugeot 308 GT Hatch 35.8
7Audi A3 35 TFSI35.9
8Nissan Qashqai ST+35.9
9Audi E-tron GT RS36
10Cupra Formentor VZx36
11Nissan Qashqai Ti36.4
12Audi RS3 Sportback36.5
13Nissan X-Trail Ti ePower 36.7
14Peugeot 308 GT Premium wagon37.1
15Volvo C40 Twin Motor38.1
16Nissan Z manual38.5
17Toyota Corolla Cross GX petrol FWD38.8
18BYD Atto 3 Long Range39.7
19Toyota GR 86 GT manual39.9
20Toyota Corolla Cross Atmos Hybrid AWD40.4
21Nissan X-Trail ST-L 7-seat40.9
22Ford Ranger XLT V641.1
23Ford Everest Sport V6 AWD42.8
24Ford Everest Trend 2.0 Bi-Turbo 4X444.5
25Range Rover P530 First Edition47.6
26Ford Ranger Raptor51.7

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