“Winning this award with our new XC40 is perfect timing,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars, after receiving the trophy from the new president of Car of the Year Jury, Frank Janssen. “Volvo now has three globally available SUVs in its range for the first time. The XC40 will be a strong contributor to further growth, taking us into a new and fast-growing small SUV segment.”
The small Seat Ibiza, in fact not so small given its roomy interior, was second among the seven nominees aspiring to the title, with 242 points, a recognition of its good position in the B-segment. BMW 5-series, was third in this final voting (226 points), followed by Kia Stinger (204), Citroën C3 Aircross (171), Audi A8 (169) and Alfa Romeo Stelvio (163). The group of seven finalists came last November from a long list of 37 candidates.