ONESHIFT CAR OF THE YEAR

With COEs remaining largely unchanged or fluctuating within a controlled bracket most of the year, 2015 has seen a stabilised car market with pent up demand being fulfilled slowly and steadily.

Some very special sports cars have come up over the course, but bread and butter family sedans remain the most popular seen through the dealerships’ introduction of many of these cars.

Having tested over 80 cars in 2015, we’ve brought some of them through hell and back again to see if they’re any good. All this so you won’t have to when you splash out your hard-earned cash on one of these rides.

We will also crown one car the Oneshift Car of the Year 2015. How? Well ultimately, just like all you discerning consumers, we’re looking for the best all-around car that will give you the most value for your hard-earned money.

CRITERIA

As you would expect, there are fixed judging criteria we use to determine which car is good enough to go into the nomination list. We will score each of the nominees based on the criteria below, and the car that gets the most points cumulatively will win the title for each category. Amongst these winners will come the one particular car that shall be crowned Car of the Year, a title that doesn’t come easy; but through rigorous scrutiny and scoring.

A total of 14 categories have been selected this year, with each body type or function that is closest to the manufacturer’s intention being used to slot the cars into the categories. We’ve kept the cars group in similar price brackets as far as possible, together with similar engine capacity and performance.

An important criterion for selection to ensure relevance and fairness was that we only picked cars launched in 2015.


Each criterion is worth a maximum of 10 points, and here’s what we’re looking for in particular:

Design and Quality

Does it make us want to look at it over and over again?

Is it well put together; does it have quality materials;
has it got a solidly built feel?

Performance

Is it fun to drive?

Does it put a smile on our faces when we drive it?

Is it responsive and gives good feedback through the chassis and steering?

Does it have enough punch?

Comfort

Does it ride well over bumpy roads?

Does it feel cramped inside?

Will passengers complain sitting anywhere in the car?

Features

Does it have enough modern tech?

Are there any cool features that standout from the competition?

Is it easy to use the various gizmos and systems on the car?

Practicality

Are there many and well-sized storage spaces?

Do the rear seats fold down?

Is the trunk big enough for an average family?