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Alberto Sabbatini (Italy)

My judgement is based on following grounds:

Alfa Romeo Giulia

It’s not only an excellent sedan, it’s a piece of wonderful technology. No other car on the market gives you the handling, the drivability and the pleasure of driving like the Giulia. It can transform every customer in a skilled driver. Giulia is one of the few cars that you can say: it is not just a piece of metal, but has a soul.

 

Citroën C3

The Citroen C3 hides behind a beautiful design, bright colors and original ideas some savings choices. Interiors are a step backwards compared to the originality of the Cactus, from my point of view. Engines are brilliant, automatic trasmission works well and it’s not so common in his category, but from some points of views the C3 looks like a sort of toy-car.

 

Mercedes Clase E

A real luxury car as tradition of Mercedes in this class of cars. A lot of hi-tech under the skin and gorgeous interiors: the screen on the dashboard has almost the same size of your bedroom’s tv. But E Class it’s also the most expensive car of the pack: I cannot give a higher score because it’s not an affordable car for the rest of us.

 

Nissan Micra

Nissan has found the right way to built a compact size car for european tastes after a dark period. Micra has some nice features: driving position, steering, materials of the interiors, good amount of tech aids for driving. But it has a poor choice of engines and she lacks an automatic gearbox.

 

Peugeot 3008

Excellent car on a new platform. New concept of car in SUV-like style; a lot of sophisticated features; some clever ideas in the interior design; a large choice of engines. The 3008 tries to present itself as a premium car with a stylish design and the effort has been successful. Good value for money.

 

Toyota C-HR

The C-HR has a real stunning design: the car is a successful transplant of its excellent hybrid powertrain on a modern body. The interior design is a big step forward for Toyota standards. But in my opinion the hybrid C-HR lacks a transmission on the same high level of the car. The CVT is its weakest point: it affects on driving so I cannot give a better vote.

 

Volvo S90/V90

Original design, a lot of features, it’s one of the first cars on the market to adopt a semi-assisted drive technology. It’s brilliant. He can fight head-on with the luxury cars of his segment. But all this innovative package is almost the same tech pack that was seen last year on the SUV: nothing completely new.