These Are The Finalists For The 2017 European Car Of The Year Award

The combined jury of European journalists have nominated their candidates for Car of the Year, and it looks to be a tight battle this year.

After all 58 jury members cast their first votes, the list of seven nominees comes down to the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Citroën C3, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Nissan Micra, Peugeot 3008, Toyota C-HR, and Volvo S90/V90.

As we might have expected, the bulk of the candidates (five out of seven) are European. The other two are Japanese, but not a single American (nor Korean) model made the short-list. Not a single EV or dedicated hybrid model was nominated this year, either.

Also, none of the top previous recipients has had a model nominated this year. Fiat remains the most decorated in the award’s history with nine wins (most recently for the 500 in 2008), followed by Renault (six wins) and Ford and Opel (five each).

PSA is the only group with multiple nominees on the list this year. Its Peugeot brand has won the award four times, and Citroën another three.

The award is bestowed by a combined jury representing seven publications, each from a different European country. Each of those 58 jurists will be given 25 points to divide between at least five of the candidates, with the winner to be announced on March 6, 2017, at the Geneva Motor Show.

Last year’s award went to the Opel Astra, which beat the Volvo XC90. The Volkswagen Passat won in 2015, the Peugeot 308 in 2014 and the Volkswagen Golf in 2013.

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  • Mind Synthetic

    an alfa…..really?

    • Tumbi Mtika

      What do you mean by that exactly?

      • Mind Synthetic

        its a rubbish car, looks and quality wise. can.t quiet see how that is a contender for car of year.

        • Mr_Fanta_Pants

          So you’ve driven it?

          • Mind Synthetic

            reading plenty of poor reviews is enough for me. Car of the year award is given for tech innovation, styling, performance, safety, overall quality and value. This particular Alfa offers none of the above. It is a pretty Italian girl who went to america and overstayed, got fat and beastly. Deal with it.

        • Vassilis

          It’s a very good car actually and also very important for Alfa’s health. If Alfa is healthy we’re all happy.

        • TheHake

          You are my new soul mate! It’s really refreshing to read someone feels the same as me about it!!!

  • Toss

    I bet on Alfa.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Why is there a Scion there?

    • Christian

      Lol..Ya. I know it was supposed to be the new Toyota C-HR… 😛

  • Sébastien

    Volvo V90 !

  • PlonPlon

    The Volvo is a serious contender, though I wish for the Peugeot…!

  • Bob

    Don’t most reviews say the Merchant is better than the Volvo?

  • Christian

    I gonna put my bet on the Volvo…Because Europe like small but quick and clean engines! :p

  • Kevin Insan

    I feel like volvo and peugeot are going toe to toe

  • haudit

    I think either the Alfa or the Volvo will win. None of the other contenders (other than the Micra) have had anything like as warm a reception from the European media as those two.

  • fabri99

    Has anyone driven the Micra yet? Shouldn’t it be a contender for next year?

  • Kash

    I think it’s gonna come down to the Volvo, Alfa, and Merc tbh and I think Volvo may be it.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Although Volvo XC90 came 2nd last year, the jury don’t usually seem to favor premium vehicles and SUVs. My best guess would be either Citroen C3 or Nissan Micra.

  • Cloudbusted

    Giulia, 3008 and C3 must be in top three, though I think that S90 and Micra will be strong contenders too. It’s a surprise for me to see the bold new Megane disqualified from the top 7 but I find natural the absence of Tiguan and Kodiaq (although the first could be in)

  • Six Thousand Times

    I’d only take the Volvo in its 6-cylinder version. My heart says Alfa but my head and my sense of fun say C3.

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      There is no 6 cylinder Volvo.

      • Six Thousand Times


  • CoolHandLuke1

    1. Peugeot 3008 II, 2. Alfa-Romeo Giulia 3. Citroen C3 mk.III

  • TheHake

    Volvo, definitely.

  • toby2449

    Surely it has to the gorgeous Giulia!!! If there is any justice in the world this stunner which is spearheading Alfa’s revival will romp home with the honours!!

  • Romanovich

    GAZ Patriot !!! the best car in the world


    Alfa Romeo Giulia !!!!!!

  • Big Black Duck

    Volvo deserves it … but the C3 should steal it..

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