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Diego Eramo (Italy)

My judgement is based on following grounds:

Alfa Romeo Giulia

If we were to vote for the Sportscar of the Year, no doubt Giulia would win by a landslide. It is technically cutting-edge, its dynamic behaviour and its performances are simply exciting. But this very setup so focused on the passionate side of driving in an era that leaves us so little freedom on the streets makes it almost a niche car. Inner space and ease of access are a bit limited and on-board services can be improved just as much as soundproofing. A few elements show that the attention to details is not exactly “premium”.

 

Citroën C3

I like the C3 because it’s practical and easy to use. Its passenger compartment is among the most cozy and comfortable of this class and its arrangement is clearly thought for comfort.

 

Mercedes Clase E

As to Mercedes E Class, I cannot express myself as I did not have the chance to test it long enough to reach a serious and professional opinion.

 

Nissan Micra

It’s well built, good attention to details and well equipped, pleasant to drive even if it is a bit to stiff on bumpy surfaces. Out of the last seven cars this is the one with less aesthetic personality.

 

Peugeot 3008

It has arrived late in a sector controlled by almost all its competitors. But it did it brilliantly, shuffling the cards in the mid-size SUV market. The Peugeot 3008 is my Car of the Year 2017, as it is an extremely well made car, attention has been given to all details, it’s versatile, spacious, comfortable. The cockpit is cutting-edge but also handy and refined with a state-of-the-art equipment. Exterior design is rich in personality and character, and what’s more, it offers a dynamic behaviour of great safety with an immediate feeling able to satisfy any driving style.

 

Toyota C-HR

Daring design for the Toyota crossover, but this also leads to a rear passenger compartment a bit claustrophobic and rear seats not so easy to reach. Very good street behaviour with a rewarding sports accent even in the hybrid model.

 

Volvo S90/V90

S90 and V90 are real living rooms on wheels. Finish, equipment, space, comfort and safety are top quality. And driving them can also be fun despite their size and weight. But precisely their abundant and demanding size make them seem more oriented to the American or Chinese markets rather than to the European one.