2018 has given us plenty of new cars, but in order to be eligible for the ‘European Car of the Year’ award, they had to be up for grabs in at least five markets on the Old Continent when voting started.
The previous list saw 38 candidates battling it out against each other for a spot in the grand finale, with seven now selected to move forward, after securing votes from a total of 60 jurors.
In alphabetical order, these are the Alpine A110, Citroen C5 Aircross, Ford Focus, Jaguar I-Pace, Kia Ceed, Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Peugeot 508. The next round of voting will decide the big winner, which will be announced on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, on March 4, 2019.
So, which one deserves the most votes in your opinion? Should it be one of the two crossovers, the brilliant French sports car with a mid-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive, the premium offering from Mercedes-Benz, the sexy French mid-sized model, or the two new compact hatchbacks?
We’ll give you a moment to choose your favorite, but until then, let’s remind ourselves that the Volvo XC40 was the big winner of the ECOTY award this year. The BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA rival from the Swedish car firm managed to edge out the Seat Ibiza and BMW 5-Series, which ended up taking home the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
The seven finalists for Car of the Year 2019 are:
Citroën C5 Aircross
— Car of the Year (@caroftheyear) November 26, 2018