European Car of the Year 2016: The Shortlist

JonathanDecember 15, 2015

The shortlist for European Car of the Year 2016 has been announced, and there’s some serious talent that leaves the field wide open.

Seven cars have made the shortlist, which was chosen by 58 leading motoring journalists from around Europe. The winners will be announced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

European Car of the Year 2016: The Shortlist

Audi A4

audi a4

The fifth generation of Audi’s executive saloon came out in November. On the outside it looks pretty much the same as the last one – but inside there’s much more storage space, upgraded engines, and a comfortable and luxurious upgrade in the cabin.

BMW 7 Series

european car of the year 2016 bmw 7 series

If tech and comfort is your thing, and you’ve got loads of money, the BMW 7 Series exists just for you. This monster can park itself, you can control many functions with simple hand gestures, and it comes with four-wheel steering to make maneuvering nice and easy.

Jaguar XE

jaguar xe

The British-made XE is cheap to run, looks incredible, and is a fun to drive saloon that’ll be a staple on British roads for years to come.

Mazda MX-5

mazda mx5

On paper the Mazda MX-5 looks like the wildcard of the bunch – a fun-focused sports car among this lot? Don’t forget the similar Toyota GT86 only narrowly missed out on winning a few years ago. It’s an old-school recipe that’s been brought right up to date, stands well against the competition, and shows that fun driving doesn’t need to be expensive.

Vauxhall Astra

vauxhall astra

This small, sensible hatch is packed with a load of tech, features more cabin and storage space than the previous version, has great handling, and in all honesty – is probably the most worthy car on the list.

Skoda Superb

european car of the year 2016 skoda superb

The Superb is the smart looking rival to the Ford Mondeo or Volkswagen Passat. It offers frugal engines, a massive and well designed cabin, and luxurious ride quality.

Volvo XC90

european car of the year 2016 volvo xc-90

The new version of the XC90 is a serious premium upgrade from the previous version, and guess what? It’s great – it looks fantastic, it has a wonderful and family friendly interior, and a simple, minimalist style. The range is topped by a twin-engine hybrid that’ll do 113mpg if you can plug it in enough.

Via Car Magazine

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