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Thierry Etienne (France)

My judgement is based on following grounds:

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Not all drivers dream of an autonomous car. Driving enthusiasts can applaud the revival of Alfa Romeo, brilliantly illustrated by this Giulia as exciting to drive as pleasant to watch. Thanks for returning to the rear-wheel drive. Whatever the engine, the driving pleasure is amazing and the comfort excellent. And for a lower rate than German premiums. Bravissimo!

 

Citroën C3

Thanks to Citroën, a new wind is blowing on the city cars. Round shapes and a few touches of SUV stand out the C3 from its rivals. All as a level of comfort rare at this level of range. Unfortunately, the excellent automatic version, 110 hp petrol, is too expensive to reach a wide audience. The onboard camera is, in our eyes, a gadget that could turn against the driver.

 

Mercedes Clase E

The Mercedes E-Class is an excellent sedan, undoubtedly one of the best of its class. Its semi-autonomous driving mode remains perfectible, but this sedan is a reference in terms of road efficiency, comfort, engine efficiency and refinement. My only problem is that Daimler said he did not want to participate. So I personally decided to respect that choice.

 

Nissan Micra

This year, the election has a last-minute guest, the Nissan Micra. The small Japanese city car hopes to fill the gap it had on its European rivals. Well designed and now manufactured in France, alongside the Clio, this fifth generation appears to better match the expectations of European customers. But it brings nothing really new.

 

Peugeot 3008

Born crossover, the 3008 is promulgated SUV by Peugeot which gave him the means of his ambitions. Strong style, futuristic dashboard, efficient engines, habitability and modularity are serious assets. And the 3008 is distinguished above all, by the best road behavior of the category. It lacks only four wheel drive, which will arrive in 2019 with hybrid versions.

 

Toyota C-HR

The Toyota C-HR has been designed for Europe. The shapes of his body, inspired by mangas, impress more than driving. The handling is remarkable but the hybrid version, rare in this compact format, is very efficient in town, less convincing on the road. And 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine also lacks power. On the other hands, congratulations for the good quality of the dashboard.

 

Volvo S90/V90

The long sedan and large estate Volvo 90 series are built on the same platform as the large SUV XC90, which also uses the same gasoline, diesel and hybrid engines. The result is excellent, as much as Swedish style and quality. As an amateur of refined mechanics, I regret the loss of 6 and 8 cylinders engines. But, the efficiency of the T8 hybrid versions is impressive.