Mercedes-Benz SL - 215 points
Ford Fiesta - 214 points
With top points from a large majority of the Jury, XM was a clear award winner. Spirited aerodynamics were combined this time with outstanding looks; Bertone-sourced lines gave elegance and class to the 2-box profile. A new evolution of hydroneumatic theme, Hydractive suspension with full variable control of flexibility and damping gave top ride comfort. Also 3.0 V6 with 24 valves and 200 hp was a refined performer. Initial problems with electronics would mar the commercial career of XM.
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