Volvo XC40 wins 2018 European Car of the Year

03/08/2018

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The great SUV from Volvo has outdone the Seat Ibiza and BMW 5 Series to take this crown.

The Volvo XC40 has been titled the 2018 European Car of the Year. Sitting below is the Seat Ibiza and the BMW 5 Series. Because the shortlist for this year's contest is very strong, the votes for places two to seven are fairly scattered than usual. Specifically, the winner won 325 points and its close contenders include:

  • Seat Ibiza: 242 points
  • BMW 5 Series: 226 points
  • Kia Stinger: 204 points
  • Citroën C3 Aircross: 171 points
  • Audi A8: 169 points
  • Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio: 163 points

Volvo XC40 2018 angular front

The Volvo XC40 has been titled the European Car of the Year 2018

Car of the Year is the best-known and longest-established new-car award in the world. In Europe, this award is decided by 59 judges across Europe. Once the shortlist is drawn up, the umpires receives 25 points to deal out and they must not give any vehicle more than 10 points. The final round is on air and the presentation of this prestigious award is the first formal event of Geneva Motor Show. This year, Hakan Samuelsson – Volvo Boss picked up the trophy.

2018 European Car of the Year shortlist

Car of the Year is the best-known and longest-established new-car award in the world

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The Volvo XC40 is a talented player in its class where new models seem to overflow. This SUV is handsome, practical, safe and decent to drive.

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Even though the Seat Ibiza possesses a commodious cabin and sedate little supermini which is much appreciated than its Polo sibling, it did not win the game. The reason is that it’s not as good to drive as the American contender Ford Fiesta. Further, some jurors said that they didn’t like the abuse of plastics in the dash that the Spanish car manufacturer had claimed to fix soon.

Seat Ibiza angular front

The Seat Ibiza is not as good to drive as the American contender Ford Fiesta

Price is always customer’s top concern and it comes as no surprise when it is likewise one of the judging criteria. This placed the BMW 5 Series at a disadvantage in this year’s Car of the Year. Still, the luxury BMW 5 Series is a strong workhorse and it has almost jumped over that hurdle.

BMW 5 Series on the road

The exorbitant price placed the BMW 5 Series at a disadvantage in this year’s Car of the Year

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