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Michael Specht (Germany)

My judgement is based on following grounds:

Alfa Romeo Giulia

New platform, new engines and the best design in segment, well done, Alfa! Other car brands would already have been disappeared not providing new models to the customers over such a long period. What I like most are the good seating position and the way the car behaves: agile, very direct, without sacrificing driving comfort.

 

Citroën C3

Citroen is trying to set its C3 apart from the mainstream taste and design of the B-hatchback segment. Instead of more power, more speed and more driving dynamics the C3 embodies French way of life. The focus is on comfort. But Citroen forgot other conveniences for daily use, like an advanced package of the rear seats and a small turning circle.

 

Mercedes Clase E

Although the normal person on the street must look twice not thinking the E-class is the C-class, Mercedes has created a nearly perfect car in the business segment. Excellent long distance comfort, highest level of safety, wide range of clean and efficient drivetrains, advanced connectivity and a step ahead in terms of semi-autonomous driving.

 

Nissan Micra

Biggest step in Micra’s history. Now this car plays an important role in the B-hatchback segment. Besides easy driving, low noise level, efficient engines and good roominess Nissan offers the Micra in over 100 personalisation combinations and invented a new idea of a shared leasing program.

 

Peugeot 3008

Peugeots strategy in offering more SUV turns out to be a success. Since the 206 the company didn’t register so much pre-orders than of the new 3008, more than 60.000. But the 3008 is more or less a SUV like many others in the segment, comfortable to drive, with a good roominess and efficient engines. Extraordinary is only the special i-cockpit.

 

Toyota C-HR

With the C-HR the designers set a statement in the segment of crossovers – and sacrifice good visibility to the back. Package for rear seats and boot are just average. Beside style Toyota again offers an exception in drivetrains. Instead of a diesel engine the customer can choose a hybrid system. It might save fuel, but is not fun to drive.

 

Volvo S90/V90

Volvo already came up with the SPA platform last year. So, from the technical point of view the S90 and V90 are no real new models. Both share the drivetrain with the XC90. Without doubt, the design is best in class and probably gives the customer the important push in his decision going for the S/V90 although Volvo offers only 4-cylinder engines.