COTY-logoThe provisional list for the 2015 European Car of the Year Award has been revealed – and at this stage, it’s a very long list indeed.

No fewer than 33 cars have been listed by the judges to be in the running for the 2015 award, which will be presented at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Peugeot 308 is Car of the Year 2014

Some cars that aren’t actually on sale yet have been included, such as the Nissan Pulsar and Audi TT. Because of this, and the possibility of further surprise vehicle introductions between now and the end of the year, the judges say they’ll reveal the final long list on 1 December 2014.

Following this, voting will quickly narrow it down to seven shortlisted cars, which will be announced on 15 December 2014. The second round of voting will find an overall winner, which will be announced on the eve of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show on 2 March 2015.

The rules for being long listed are simple: cars must be on sale before 2014 is out, in at least five European markets – and, to give it real-world relevance, expected sales must top at least 5000 a year. Sorry, no exotica is allowed here.

Motoring Research has detailed the provisional list below, with our thoughts on each car’s chances. Do you agree? Which do you reckon is a dead cert for the 2015 COTY award? Share your thoughts below, or either Tweet us or drop a post on our Facebook Page.

Car of the Year 2015 provisional list

Audi TT

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More of the same from Audi. Customers will love it; jurors may find it hard to give more than average points.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

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BMW’s first MPV is brilliant, but prices may preclude it from scooping the prize.

BMW 2 Series Coupe

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Nice-looking, able car but nothing too new here.

BMW i8

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Exceptional boundary-pushing supercar that, at just under £100k, seems a bargain. Could – and should – do well.

BMW X4

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BMW’s take on the Porsche Macan drives exceptionally well but isn’t cheap.

Citroen C1

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See Peugeot 108, Toyota Aygo.

Citroen C4 Cactus

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The Brits will love it because it’s quirky. The French will love it because it’s French. The rest of Europe will love it because it’s so well designed. Our tip for 2015 COTY.

Fiat 500X

No images out yet but imagine something that looks like a mini SUV version of the Fiat 500L.

Ford EcoSport

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First test reports suggest this is a pretty mediocre Ford. It won’t do well in COTY.

Ford Mondeo

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Its presence on this list suggests it may finally be arriving here. Is it too late though?

Hyundai i20

No images out yet. Hyundai must get this right: right enough to scoop COTY?

Infiniti Q50

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Infiniti’s 3 Series beater doesn’t beat the 3 Series, or the C-Class, or the A4.

Jeep Renegade

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Looks funky; much will depend on how it drives.

Kia Soul

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Big improvement over the original but still unlikely to be a finalist.

Lexus NX

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Praise be, it doesn’t look like the concept. Actually, it looks rather decent. Vital car for Lexus: to be reflected in COTY shortlist status?

Lexus RC

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Lexus does a 4 Series. Looks fantastic but probably too niche for the COTY judges.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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This will almost certainly be in the top 7; it’s not as good as a 3 Series though, so unlikely to win.

Mercedes-Benz GLA

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Too much like an A-Class and B-Class to be a top 7 finalist?

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

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Too much dosh to be a top 7 finalist?

Nissan Pulsar

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The jury’s out on this one. Judged by looks alone, the Qashqai and X-Trail beat it. Nissan, it had better drive well…

Nissan Qashqai

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Nissan stopped making family hatchbacks because of this car’s success. The second-generation one is even better.

Nissan X-Trail

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For those who need a seven-seat Qashqai. COTY jurors will probably go for the five-seater.

Peugeot 108

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See Citroen C1, Toyoya Aygo.

Porsche Macan

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Superb Porsche premium compact crossover with the ability to make the shortlist, but perhaps not the affordability to be an overall winner.

Renault Twingo

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Jury’s out until we drive it: huge potential though. Also see Smart.

Skoda Fabia

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Jury’s out until we see it: could be a surprise outsider.

Smart Fortwo

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The Smart, at last done properly. Interesting that COTY’s split it between two and four-doors, though. If one’s going to win, it’ll likely be the four-door…

Smart Forfour

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… or will they simply suggest we look to the Twingo instead? Interesting.

Subaru WRX STi

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Enthusiasts welcome it but reviewers reckon it’s too old school to do well.

Suzuki Celerio

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Budget city car looks, um, budget. COTY jurors likely to prefer the existing Dacia Sandero instead.

Toyota Aygo

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See Citroen C1, Peugeot 108.

Vauxhall/Opel Corsa

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This is an all-new car, insists Vauxhall. Jurors may beg to differ.

Volkswagen Passat

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VW’s BMW 3 Series challenger looks good; will this bear out on the road? Probably. So, probably a top 7 finalist.