European Car of the Year shortlist announced
The Jaguar XE, Volvo XC90 in addition to Mazda MX-5 are all finalists within the running to win the title of 2016 European Car of the Year
The shortlist for the European Car of the Year has been announced, with versions by Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Mazda, Vauxhall, Skoda in addition to Volvo all in contention to win the coveted title for 2016.
A long list of 40 cars was announced within the summer, although that will has been whittled down to just six entrants. Judges, including Autocar’s Matt Prior, will take part in final judging early next year before the winner is actually announced on the eve of the Geneva motor show in March. Last year, Volkswagen’s Passat took the title, while last year’s the Peugeot 308 was crowned as Car of the Year.
European Car of the Year 2016 – the finalists
Audi A4 – the fifth generation of Audi’s junior executive saloon went on sale within the UK in November. Featuring a heavily updated Indoor in addition to minor styling modifications outside, This particular larger A4 comes with more storage space than its predecessor as well as an updated range of engines. We’ve already awarded the fresh A4 a four-star rating in our road test.
BMW 7 Series – BMW’s fresh luxury saloon competes within the same market as the dominant Mercedes-Benz S-Class, although early tests have rated the idea well. Developments for the fresh product include the adoption of fresh six-cylinder petrol in addition to diesel engines, as well as the option of a plug-in hybrid powertrain for initially. We’ve awarded the fresh 7 Series a four-star rating in our road test.
Jaguar XE – One of the biggest fresh car launches of 2015 was Jaguar’s fresh BMW 3 Series rival, the XE. Featuring a fresh range of ‘Ingenium’ diesel engines in addition to based on Jaguar Land Rover’s aluminium-intensive architecture, the XE has proven itself a worthy rival to the premium German brands in our group tests. the idea has also earned a four-in addition to-a-half-star rating in our road test.
Mazda MX-5 – Mazda wanted to return to the fun driving roots of the original MX-5 with its latest product, which made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed This particular summer. Priced by £18,495, the fresh MX-5 has shown that will enjoyable motoring needn’t be expensive in addition to has fared well in group tests against faster in addition to more expensive rivals. Our road test earned the latest MX-5 a four-in addition to-a-half-star rating.
Vauxhall Astra – The fresh Vauxhall Astra is actually shorter in addition to lower than the auto the idea replaces although features more cabin in addition to storage space inside. the idea also comes using a much improved upon Indoor format, evolved styling outside in addition to a more efficient range of engines. Prices starting by £15,295 make the idea competitive within the UK, too. In our road test, the fresh Astra has been awarded a four-star rating.
Skoda Superb – the cliché goes that will Superb is actually just the right name for Skoda’s executive saloon. In its latest generation that will remains true, as the Ford Mondeo in addition to Volkswagen Passat rival continues to offer an excellent blend of frugal engines, great cabin design in addition to luxurious ride quality. We’ve awarded the idea four stars in our first drive.
Volvo XC90 – The all-fresh XC90 is actually a far more premium product than the auto the idea replaces, in addition to as such is actually aiming higher than ever before. The range is actually crowned by a T8 ‘twin-engine’ hybrid product with CO2 emissions of just 49g/km. the auto is actually based on Volvo’s SPA platform, which will also underpin the upcoming S90. We’ve given the fresh XC90 four stars in our road test.
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