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Silvia Baruffaldi (Italy)

My judgement is based on following grounds:

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Excellent driving dynamics and performances. The outstanding proportions allowed by the new architecture are interpreted with an appealing Italian style. Manual gearbox still a bit stiff, especially in reverse. The not-so-intuitive infotainment, with no-touch screen, is unusual nowadays, even if this car is first of all intended for the joy of driving.

 

Citroën C3

It’s immediately identified as brand new thanks to its fresh, contemporary and well executed design The connected car system makes it an appealing product also for younger customers, as well as the nice choice of colours and interior materials (despite some materials do not deliver a high quality feeling). The automated manual transmission is another weak point.

 

Mercedes Clase E

A good product up to the standard of the Mercedes-Benz tradition, with a great exterior and interior design. Evolutionary rather than revolutionary. The zero-point score is due to lack of a proper road test.

 

Nissan Micra

Definitely more appealing and well-designed, it is a clear step forward compared to the previous generation, despite being far away from the original Micra. Driver assistance systems are also a remarkable offer in the segment, while the lack of an automatic transmission at launch sounds strange in an era focused on implementing autonomous driving.

 

Peugeot 3008

With this new generation of the 3008, Peugeot was able to evolve a good product into an excellent one. The “2.0” i-Cockpit with its small steering wheel, the reconfigurable instrument panel and the intuitive command screen & buttons mark a step forward in the HMI in mainstream products. Moving from an MPV into a much more appealing SUV design was also a smart move.

 

Toyota C-HR

Definitely a bold statement thanks to its polarizing, love-it-or-hate-it design. Not questionable is its excellent driving dynamics. The ascendant waist line combined with the massive C pillar makes rear visibility critical in merging traffic. An interesting product, but maybe not a car for everybody.

 

Volvo S90/V90

With these large sedan and wagon, Volvo reconfirms the high level of refinement it reached with the XC90 in design, quality, performances as well as the new Pilot Assist system. A promise that the upcoming models, more compact and therefore more suitable to a larger European audience, will properly play in the premium space.