Car of the Year Award 2018 nominees revealed
The seven contestants in line for the coveted Car of the Year Award 2018 have been announced. The shortlist comprises a mixture of a crossovers, SUVs and saloons, with a supermini thrown in the mix for good measure too.
The Car of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious accolades a manufacturer can receive, and its judging panel is made up of 60 motoring experts from a total of 23 countries. So without further ado, here’s the complete list of this year’s hopefuls…
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the SUV that’s following in the footsteps of the lauded Giulia saloon, and marks somewhat of a rebirth for the brand. The Stelvio is Alfa’s first attempt at an SUV, but it seems to have pulled it off, in the performance stakes at least; the four-wheel drive Quadrifoglio version recently smashed the Nurburgring SUV record. Can it put on an equally good show when it comes to Car of the Year?
Forget Tesla. If you want to know what the immediate future of motoring is like, look no further than the latest Audi A8. Featuring mild-hybrid tech and state-of-the-art semi-autonomous driving modes, it might look like another run-of-the-mill luxury saloon, but it’s actually one of the most advanced cars on the road.
BMW 5 Series
The latest 5 Series is as good as you’d expect it to be. It’s an all-round more finished car than its predecessor – more power, less weight and of course, the very latest in connectivity and safety tech. We recently took it for a spin to see just what exactly has improved, and it didn’t disappoint.
Citroen C3 Aircross
The increasingly crowded crossover market is a lucrative one, something Citroen managed to capitalise on with its C3 Picasso. That car has now been replaced with the C3 Aircross, which features quirky styling carryovers from the standard C3, but it’s a much more family friendly prospect than the supermini thanks to its extra height and cavernous boot.
Kia Stinger GT
Kia must be applauded for turning its brand around in recent years, and the arrival of a rear-wheel drive fastback four-door aimed at taking on the Germans signals that the Korean company’s transformation is truly on track. We’ll have to wait and see if it can match other premium saloons for popularity, but the Stinger GT is a welcome addition to a largely German-dominated market.
The new Ibiza is the first car that utilises Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, and it’s transformed an already competent supermini into a class-leading one. It’s one of the safest superminis out there too, and with looks that mirror the larger Leon hatchback, it feels like a car that belongs in a class above.
It’s not officially on the road yet, but it is available to order. The XC40 is Volvo’s attempt at breaking into the premium crossover market. It looks every bit as upmarket as its larger XC60 and –90 siblings, but size-wise it’s closer to the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. Volvo really has been on a winning streak of late, but we’ll have to wait and see if the XC40 is impressive enough to claim the coveted award.
The winner will be announced on 5 March, just before the Geneva Motor Show kicks off. Which of these cars do you think deserves to win? Would you have picked something else? Let us know in the comments…