The best new car you can buy: 2018 Car of the Year shortlist driven and rated
The list of very able cars that didn’t make the shortlist of seven for the title of 2018 European Car of the Year is as long as it is impressive: Skoda Karoq; Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover Velar, Kia Stonic, Suzuki Swift, Seat Arona, Ford Fiesta and more.
Any of the above would be a first-rate addition to anyone’s drive, but were among those rejected by my 60 fellow judges across 22 European countries.
For the record, Coty is the big one, which manufacturers crave, mainly because they struggle to have any influence on it and no one requires anything from them other than to produce a good car. No one pays to enter or win, all new cars are considered, all the judges are voluntary and we all…