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Tony Verhelle (Belgium)

My judgement is based on following grounds:

Alfa Romeo Giulia

We absolutely love the drive and some engines (but not all) are fantastic. It looks gorgious too, but if this newborn Alfa wants to make it, there’ s still work to do on the choice of materials, the packaging and, most importantly, the finish of things. Alfa Romeo has made an impressive car, the best in class it is not (yet?).

 

Citroën C3

Citroën is pursuing its renewal started with C 4 Cactus. I didn’t give it the top rank (like I did 2 years ago for Cactus) because it brings not so many new things (the camera is a gadget, not a real innovation). On the other hand it looks good, drives well, gives good value for money, is fairly roomy, gives room for personalisation.

 

Mercedes Clase E

The new Mercedes E is at this moment the perfect summary of what a company like Daimler is capable of. At this moment it’s slightly better (except for some roominess) than the more expensive S-Class, so it scores also in value for money (in this high segment) together with innovation. In many fields an impressive car.

 

Nissan Micra

This European inspired Micra has nothing to do anymore with its predecessor, which is a good thing. The car drives very well, it boasts some fine innovations, but I find the styling not entirely satisfactory and the rear (ingress, room) is fairly cramped, enhanced by the small side windows in the rear and the big front seats. Close, but no cigar.

 

Peugeot 3008

Compared to its predecessor, the new 3008 is a major step forward concerning looks, interior design, driving pleasure. But we find i-cockpit a little bit over-designed and we absolutely don’t like the small steering wheel, it has no benefits for me, only drawbacks. We deplore also that 4x4 is not available, not even on the top models and we still have to wait two years for a hybrid version.

 

Toyota C-HR

Since many years I’m waiting for a Toyota I really like where looks are concerned. Again, the C-HR is daring when we talk design, but I wouldn’t say it’s beautiful or even well proportioned. Underneath is Toyota’s new platform and that’s far more interesting than expected. The CH-R drives really well and offers hybrid drive, unfortunately the rear is a little bit cramped and (design-wise) claustrofobic.

 

Volvo S90/V90

Let me confess something, we feel extremely well in a Volvo S90 or (even more) a V90. It offers space, Scandinavian cool, good roadholding, very satisfactory comfort. The multimedia interface is unfortunately overdesigned and not intuitive, the car lacks the nobility and punch of a good 6-cylindre engine, the rear design of the sedan is a failure.