The finalists for 2018’s European Car of the Year contest have been announced. And wouldn’t you believe it, they’re all exciting, interesting or a lovely mix of the two. That’s not always been the case, and the 2017 winner – the Peugeot 3008 – is the boldest looking for many a year.
It looks like 2018’s could be even more bolder. Among the seven finalists – from which a winner will be announced in March – are the Kia Stinger, Volvo XC40 and Alfa Romeo Stelvio. They look cool, they’re (mostly) fun to drive and they’re not the cheapest, most sensible options in their class. For those of us who care about cars, it’s promising news. A bit of soul clearly matters.
The remaining four finalists are hardly dull either. There’s the tech-packed new Audi A8 and BMW 5 Series at the luxurious end of the spectrum, and the jazzy, handy Citroen C3 Aircross and smart, VW-gazumping Seat Ibiza if you’d like the winner to be more family-focused. If we were to hedge our bets, one of the latter two may be more likely to win to keep things real, but both would be deserving of an honour in our experience.
For now, get to know the candidates below, and let us know which would get your vote at the bottom…