European Car of the Year 2014 finalists, analyzed

Car of the Year 2014: the finalists.Car of the Year 2014: the finalists.Car of the Year 2014: the finalists.Car of the Year 2014: the finalists.

We have finalists. Of the 30 models who submitted their candidacy to the European Car of the Year 2014, there are only seven finalists that will strive to be the winning car. The best car for the new year prior to boot will be unveiled later in the Geneva Motor Show, on March 3, 2014 the result of the vote of 58 jurors from 22 countries. As you know, Highway is an organizing member of this award, and Autopista.es have two jurors, Rafael and Juan Carlos Payo Guitart.

Two electric ...

After electrical explosion in the most prestigious European title for the Nissan Leaf as European Car of the Year 2011 and the Opel Ampera / Chevrolet Volt in 2012, edition 2014 incorporated as finalists two electric alternatives with different concepts: he city ​​car hand BMW i3 and an official range of 190 km and Great American saloon Tesla S with various battery configurations starts its autonomy in 370 km.

Many compact ...

It seems that the trail left by the VW Golf as winner of the European Car of the Year in 2013 has had followers and this time there are four models that make this cut the large block of contenders for the title in all possible formats. Thus we have the traditional compact Mazda3 hand and Peugeot 308, the format MPV via Citroen C4 Picasso and referral "aberlinada" of the whole compact of the VW group via a Skoda Octavia spacious.

... and superberlina

Much we talked about new Mercedes S Class car as the most advanced and secure existing today. Yes, something else will be its widespread because large luxury sedans are too short tour right now.

The seven finalists for Car of the Year 2014

Both Jurors of the Car of the Year the headwaters of the house, Juan Carlos Payo (Highway) Y Rafael Guitart (Actual Car) They value the best and worst of the seven finalists. Who will be in award this year?

- BMW i3

COTY finalists 2014: BMW i3

FAVOR (JCP)

Carbon fiber chassis in a small model, rapid urban traffic-its electric motor is a bombita-, BMW qualities far outside -the interior design convinces me less.

AGAINST (JCP)

I expect more developments in autonomous and conventional cargo. Rear access complexity when there is a front occupant. For a very specific audience.

FAVOR (RG)

Advanced technology, smooth operation and performance of the first order.

AGAINST (RG)

Autonomy, recharge time high and opening system rear doors.

- Mercedes Class S

COTY finalists 2014: Mercedes Class S

FAVOR (JCP)

technological showcase unparalleled level of comfort, entertainment, security, dynamic solutions ...

AGAINST (JCP)

Impossible to win a car price starts at 90,000 euros.

FAVOR (RG)

Smooth running, cutting edge technology, comprehensive range of engines.

AGAINST (RG)

High selling price, exaggerated dimensions.

- Citroën C4 Picasso

COTY finalists 2014: Citroën C4 Picasso

FAVOR (JCP)

modular platform to reduce weight, lower consumption than previous generation. Similar versatility being now lower. bold design

AGAINST (JCP)

I do not know if a minivan today have the support of all European judges

FAVOR (RG)

original design, two body styles available, spacious interior and large trunk.

AGAINST (RG)

Management functions of the central display. rear seats very attached to the side doors.

- Peugeot 308

Peugeot 308

FAVOR (JCP)

Dynamism, qualitative leap, design ... Huge range of efficient engines. Three-cylinder turbo promising. I like the combination of small steering wheel and high informative watches.

AGAINST (JCP)

Will he return to Europe again choose a compact as its Car of the Year? habitability rear body -in two volumes corrige- SW.

FAVOR (RG)

fresh and youthful design, simple and practical interior. Comfort, performance and range of efficient engines.

AGAINST (RG)

Finishing details, managing the central information display.

- Mazda 3

COTY 2014: Mazda3

FAVOR (JCP)

SKYACTIV with its many original solutions to achieve greater efficiency. exterior design

AGAINST (JCP)

Little mechanical range against some rivals in this segment, the seller of our market. It can penalize you or not-SKYACTIV and voted in 2013 and in 2012 Mazda6 CX-5.

FAVOR (RG)

sporty design, Skyactive technology and advanced security systems and connectivity.

AGAINST (RG)

Lack of space in front doors trays, central armrest very bulky.

- Skoda Octavia

COTY 2014: Skoda Octavia

FAVOR (JCP)

Everything good that we said at the time of their compact brothers-the VW Group casings are thereto- with a huge trunk.

AGAINST (JCP)

Last year he won the Golf. Win in design but is still a very formal car.

FAVOR (RG)

Interesting size, luggage capacity and engine range.

AGAINST (RG)

Lack of refinement, Start System&Stop abrupt.

- Tesla S

COTY 2014: Tesla S

FAVOR (JCP)

Electric range advertising is out of the norm. good performance

AGAINST (JCP)

American car finishes. For a very specific audience and with a high economic level.

FAVOR (RG)

exclusive line, refinement, smoothness of operation and exclusivity. High capacity battery

AGAINST (RG)

Charging system requires a lot of power intensity. High price.

Our opinion

If I have to take out the crystal ball right now I prefer Peugeot 308 and Citroen C4 Picasso. Yes, my European colleagues have a special fondness for the electric world. So there may be surprises.

- Peugeot 308