These Are The 2020 European Car Of The Year Nominees, Which One Should Win?

The 2020 European Car of the Year nominees have been announced. The long list includes a total of 35 models from different segments and counts one that has yet to be presented: the all-new Volkswagen Golf Mk8.

In order to be eligible, the cars have to be on sale now or before the end of the year in at least five European countries. The jurors will trim down the list to 7 before November 25, whereas the final round of voting will determine the big winner, which will be announced on March 2, 2020, on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show.

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The prestigious award in 2019 went to the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV, which managed to beat the Alpine A110 after a tie-breaker. In 2018, the Volvo XC40 claimed the trophy, whereas in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014, the Peugeot 3008, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Volkswagen Passat and Peugeot 308, respectively, received the golden medal. Shortly after it broke cover at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, the VW Golf Mk7 won the 2013 European Car of the Year.

The 2020 European Car of the Year nominees are, in alphabetical order:

Audi E-Tron
BMW 1-Series
DS3 Crossback
Ferrari F8 Tributo
Ford Puma
Kia e-Soul
Mazda CX-30
Mercedes-Benz CLA
Mercedes-Benz EQC
Mercedes-Benz GLB
Mercedes-Benz GLS
Nissan Juke
Opel/Vauxhall Corsa
Peugeot 208
Porsche 911
Porsche Taycan
Range Rover Evoque
Renault Captur
Renault Clio
Renault Zoe
Skoda Kamiq
Skoda Scala
SsangYong Korando
Subaru Forester
Tesla Model 3
Toyota Camry
Toyota Corolla
Toyota RAV4
Toyota GR Supra
Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen T-Cross


  • lagunas3ca

    “Prestigious award” … “Jaguar I-PACE” … what a joke.

    • lagunas3ca

      “…the only way to get the maximum stated range of 292 miles is to drive at a steady 17 mph with no air conditioning or heat and riding on the standard 18″ wheels. That’s the best case scenario. The worst case scenario is cruising along at highway speeds on the optional 21″ wheels with the A/C or heat cranked up. Under those circumstances, expect about 121 miles — just 41% of the theoretical maximum range.”

  • DetrinKD

    Seeing all those Mercedes model names together like that looks alphabet soup…

  • Didou

    208 clio and taycan

  • EyalN

    Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, Peugeot 208 is the same car.
    probebly the same car that came out this year.
    Ford Puma can totally change ford

    • Sébastien

      Same platform doesn’t mean same car

  • Matteo Tommasi

    In the last years the prize has become a joke. Just to say, the Alfa Giulia lost in 2016 despite being ranked first by the majority of the judges, just because the spanish put it last (only judges to rank it below fourth!!!).

    • Rimas Kurtinaitis

      Only ones to be right, too.

  • DanSemering

    Tesla Model 3 or Audi E-Tron

  • Stephen G

    Anything built by Volkswagen. They need to buy this so it will help people forget about the last cheating scandal.

    • EyalN

      vw the worst car money can buy.
      if you want a vw, only manual and not diesel.
      It will be interesting to see what they did wrong with the electric car, I’m sure that they did something wrong

    • FFEMT6

      Precisely why I will NEVER buy a VW company vehicle. #Dieselgate of course, but not many know, they were also gassing monkeys during their internal testing.

  • McFly

    Do you mean a German car should win, or do you mean they often do?

    Historically, quite a lot of Southern European cars that turned out to have doubtful build quality have won.

  • HD

    Tesla Model 3 without any question. It’s the best selling electric car in the world, and it outsells all other cars in Norway and in the Netherlands.

  • Probably the only actual worthy winner has to be the Corolla.

    As odd as it is to say, Toyota deserve a massive pat on the back. Of all the cars listed, it’s affordable, practical, full of technology as well as being mostly highly recieved by journalists. It might not be your favourite car but it’s a difficult car to criticise and has left (for me at least) quite an impression because of that. Consider the efforts put in when you compare it to the Auris and you start to appreciate quite to the extent what Toyota has gone through. Also helps that you can actually buy the car too.

    However, a car that definitely needs to be on this list is the C8 Corvette. Where is there love for this!? Clio would then rank in 2nd with the Evoque 3rd – talk about competitors who have raised the bar and made even the newest of competitors feel outdated *cough* Polo, X2 *cough*. The most all round packages you can find in their respective class’ whilst still being able to leave the brightest shine like Finish dishwasher tablets.

    • do you see a lot of Corvettes in Europe? And many C8s before November on European roads?

  • DaruniaG

    Model 3 all the way. Haters gonna hate

  • Romain AA

    Peugeot 208 and e208

  • Nordschleife

    Porsche Taycan.

  • Bram Morel

    That’s why in the last 7 years, winners were Jaguar, Volvo and Peugeot twice? I’ll leave Opel in the middle as being German…

  • The Germans bought the media??? Where did you see that?

  • FFEMT6

    Thinking the Porsche Taycan has this one in the bag.

  • Kapi19

    No Alfas this time to beautify the segments. Wait Tonale.

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