The Passat pipped the well-regarded Citroen C4 Cactus by a commanding margin of over 90 points – one of the biggest COTY victories ever.
In third place was the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The Car of the Year awards, judged by 58 motoring journalists across Europe, saw 31 cars shortlisted for the 2015 title, and president of the jury committee Hakan Matson said this year’s verdict was the hardest ever.
Not too hard given the scale of the Passat’s victory, though…
The Passat continues a successful run for Volkswagen in the Car of the Year awards recently. The VW Polo won in 2010 and the VW Golf was the winner in 2013.
The Car of the Year awards were presented on the eve of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, in a big ceremony within the Palexpo exhibition centre. They were announced Eurovision Song Contest-style, with each country announced alphabetically and points totted up in a running total.
It soon became clear the Passat was going to win.
The six Brit judges didn’t fully agree though. They admired the Passat, but the UK’s favourite was actually the Citroen C4 Cactus. In second place for Great Britain was the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, with the Passat our third-favourite car.
Car of the Year 2015 finalists
- Volkswagen Passat: 340 points
- Citroen C4 Cactus: 248 points
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class: 221 points
- Ford Mondeo: 203 points
- Nissan Qashqai: 160 points
- BMW 2 Series Active Tourer: 154 points
- Renault Twingo: 124 points