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Maciek Ziemek (Poland)

My judgement is based on following grounds:

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Recently Alfa has not spoilt us with premieres, but when it does roll out a new car, there’s a lot to write home about. The Giulia is even much better than the Mito and the Giulietta were in their times. Not only in its 510 HP version Quadrifoglio Verde, the Giulia really deserves the designation ‘La meccanica delle emozioni’. You will always want to be in the driving seat, which is not necessarily true with all modern cars.

 

Citroën C3

There’s too much C4 Cactus in it and not enough of its own character. Too many gadgets, too few practical solutions needed for everyday driving much more than a camera in the rear-view mirror. A car is not a smartphone! As in the case of the Nissan Micra, the little Citroën deserves praise for its handling and the extra pieces of equipment and accessories that are available for it.

 

Mercedes Clase E

In every respect draws from its bigger brother, Class S limousine, which is not a drawback in itself, but weakens the Class E’s individual character. Still the most comfortable representative of segment E, but so packed with electronics and state-of-the-art gadgets that it is difficult to imagine anyone can like it. Both in terms of its look and operation.

 

Nissan Micra

It has changed beyond recognition and this is good. Its design, quality of the interior, functionality and driving precision make it a perfect car for a very broad group of its potential buyers, no matter how old they are and what they need. There’s something attractive in it for everyone and its look can be personalised to a great extent. The number of driving support systems available for the Micra is truly impressive.

 

Peugeot 3008

Although the 3008 represents a class of cars that is an old chestnut, Peugeot managed to squeeze lots of interesting solutions into its crossover. Against the competition, the 3008 stands out more inside than outside. Its cabin is very stylish and from good materials. Driving the Peugeot 3008 is simply a pleasant and stress-free experience. If offers the best value for money among this year’s finalists.

 

Toyota C-HR

The best Toyota’s model since many, many years in terms of general design, interior quality and driving dynamics. The design of the Toyota C-HR may be to your liking, its overly strong impact on the car’s functionality will be disliked by many. The high position of the rear door handle is as impractical as it goes. The claustrophobic feeling in the back will discourage many potential travellers. Toyota can do it better!

 

Volvo S90/V90

At last Volvo has managed to catch up with its competitors in segment E. The S90 attracts with its Scandinavian design and excellent travelling comfort. It looks great among cars from the same segment. Its nearly button-free operation and a large tablet in the central console mean, however, that the car feels over-technological and not enough car-like. The four-cylinder engines do not need any extra power, but timbre.