Car of the Year 2014 finalists REVEALED

COTY 2014The seven finalists for the 2014 European Car of the Year award have been announced, voted for by a jury of 58 members from 22 European countries.

These models will now undergo tests in France next February, before a winner is announced at the Geneva Motor Show on March 3rd 2014.

So which are the final seven cars in the running? We’ve got them all here, complete with a brief rundown of what they’re all about and why they’re in for a shot of winning…

BMW i3

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BMW’s ‘car of tomorrow’, the electric i3 combines cool tech with brand image and (relative) affordability, nabbing it a place in the top seven. As well as electric only, it’s also available with a range-extender, defeating range anxiety.

When we tested the BMW i3 we found it genuinely enjoyable to drive and described it as ground-breaking, making it a worthy contender for Car of the Year.

Citroen C4 Picasso

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Don’t think people carriers can be cool? Citroen doesn’t agree – the C4 Picasso looks like it’s come straight from Star Trek (ok, maybe not that cool…) and is packed with technology – such as the lane departure warning that tugs on your seatbelt whenever you look like you’re going to stray across a white line.

Mazda 3

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Not only is the new Mazda 3 great to drive, its SkyActiv technology means its one of the most efficient cars in its sector. While not being small, the 2.2-litre diesel manages 72.4mpg and emits 104g/km CO2.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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When we drove the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class we described it as ‘the best car in the world’. That’s pretty conclusive – if it’s the best car in the world, surely it should win Car of the Year? The ride quality makes the clichéd magic carpet look like it uses leaf springs – and Clarkson wasn’t telling lies when he said the S-Class is a good preview of what technology we’ll see on ordinary cars in years to come.

Peugeot 308

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Perhaps one of the most surprising manufacturers to make the shortlist, Peugeot is hoping the 308 will be a serious contender for the Volkswagen Golf. When we tested the 308 we concluded that it was “a genuine Golf rival and a car that makes the Audi A3 look much too expensive” – praise indeed!

Skoda Octavia

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The Octavia has always been a bit odd – being based on the same platform as the Volkswagen Golf and Seat Leon, yet sitting between the Golf and Passat size-wise. If you look at it like a mini-Volkswagen Passat with a Skoda badge it’s a bit of a bargain, and you don’t need us to tell you how far Skoda has come in recent years.

Tesla Model S

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If the Tesla Model S won the 2014 Car of the Year award, it’d probably be the most unusual winner ever. First shown at Frankfurt in 2009, the Model S is only just arriving in the UK.

It’s powered by either a 60kWh or 85kWh battery pack – and with prices starting at £49,900 it’s expected to be a left-field alternative to the likes of the BMW 5-Series.

Which one would you crown as Car of the Year? Let us know by commenting below.

Web editor at MotoringResearch.com. Drives a 1983 Austin Metro. Tweet me @MR_AndrewBrady.

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