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Zsolt Csikós (Hungary)

My judgement is based on following grounds:

Alfa Romeo Giulia

When we look back in a few years, this will probably be the car to remember from 2017. Incredibly agile and involving chassis, real-car noises, firecracker-quick gearbox, solid build, style – this is an Alfa that harks back to the glorious Giulias, Alfettas and 75’s of the brand’s rose-tinted past. But this one seems to be quality stuff for a change.

 

Citroën C3

With a unique, charming design, a quality looking (but nonetheless cheap) interior, proper space for passengers, and a soft suspension as a welcome bonus, the C3 has a lot going for it. But it is very far from being an involving car, swaying and bobbing on anything but the smoothest of roads. Technically there’s not much novely in it either.

 

Mercedes Clase E

One of the best-composed cars in the business, with seats, noise isolation and a suspension sent from heaven. It also has the biggest boot as a station wagon. A bruiser with the larger petrol engines, incredibly frugal with its new-gen diesels. Mercedes puts a massive price on it and the uniform C/E/S-Class design is becoming bland.

 

Nissan Micra

Packed with an array of features neven seen in a car this small, the Micra punches above its weight. Lane-assist, distance keeping cruise control, a surround hifi, a composed, sporty ride, a large boot are some of its key points – as well a cramped rear seating, a design that divides onlookers, and a stripped-down interior in the cheaper versions.

 

Peugeot 3008

This model takes Peugeot’s forward-thinking game even further –with a stonking exterior that is bettered only by its interior, the new 3008 is an occasion to see, behold and sit in. It manages to look important while keeping a compact size, although there are issues with its jiggly suspension. Best with the smaller engines, 4WD is not available yet.

 

Toyota C-HR

The Prius 4 is an ungainly looking technical marvel, while the C-HR takes Toyota’s design language to a new and bright universe. If you combine the two you arrive at the C-HR Hybrid which, by being the best-looking hybrid Toyota to date, should rank the new model very high. In reality the 1.2-litre turbo with a manual gearbox is the better car.

 

Volvo S90/V90

This is the best-looking car contending for the award, especially the station wagon. Technically it’s the same as the XC90 from a year before, having the same platform, mechanicals, and touchpad-like infotainment system and a similar interior as the former SUV’s. Comfort and safety features have been updated, but the S90/V90 is no breakthrough.