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Car of the Year 2014 Shortlist Announced

posted on Jan 07 2014 by Jade Hensby

Car of the Year 2014 Shortlist Announced

The anticipated shortlist for 2014's car of the year has been announced recently, with the panel looking for the most outstanding new car that has gone on sale in the last 12 months. Let's take a look at the contenders for 2014...


This is one from the family of icars from BMW, which is available in full EV and range-extender form, and aiming to make electric cars desirable at a fraction of the price of other competitors.

Citroen C4 Picasso

The new C4 Picasso boasts outlandish bug-eyed design and a fresh take on family-mover cabins all thanks to two enormous touchscreen interfaces to keep the kids and parents occupied.

Mazda 3

The third generation family hatchback is lighter than before thanks to Mazdas energy saving SkyActiv tech. It is the prettiest family hatch in its class, and one of the finest to drive in both petrol and twin-turbo diesel form.

Mercedes S-Class

Always a benchmark for innovation and private jet luxury on wheels. Mercedes says it is ready to offer a fully autonomous version. The Mercedes S-Class is a real tour de force.

Peugeot 308

The cabin is minimalist, lighter and more frugal than any hatch before, and is designed to fit the family perfectly.

Skoda Octavia

This is significant as it uses the chassis as VW Golf MK7 the 2013 champion. This car offers near exec-saloon levels of space at a family hatch price, with the Vrs Estate gaining extra marks for the much faster approach.

Tesla Model S

This fully electric limo has been on sale in the US for over a year now, but has only just appeared in Europe. The top spec performance model can outrun a BMW M5, and still manages to cover a realistic 300-mile range on one charge. The huge touchscreen-dominated cabin is pure concept car-theatre which has made waves here in the real world.

So how is the winner chosen Initially there is 32 cars that are chosen by 59 motoring journalists from 23 nations. It is not solely price and performance that matter here, they also take into consideration safety, value and practicality along with innovation, tech and driver enjoyment. The winner will be announced March 3 at the Geneva Motor Show.