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Car of the Year 2017

With the need to meet EURO 6 emissions standards, and to field cars which would work well with next year's Vehicle Emissions Scheme (VES), 2017 has been a busy year for car dealers, with them rethinking and tweaking their model ranges. Many of these changes in-turn will affect you, the buyer. With car growth set at zero next year, together with the new VES, we can be certain that the market situation will not be in favour of the buyer. We have also noted an even larger shift in trend to SUVs this year, with even greater numbers of these cars coming through our doors, for us to evaluate, and we have tested in excess of 65 cars, enjoying the plush riding qualities of some, while taking some others to their very engineering limits to find out what really makes them great. All this, so that you are in the know of which car is the best in its class!

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Judging

Criteria


So 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 16 categories have been selected this year, with each body type or function and market positioning that is closest to the manufacturer's intention being used to slot the cars into the categories. An important criterion for selection to ensure relevance and fairness was that we only picked cars launched in 2017.

Design and Built Quality

Would you take a second look, and keep looking?

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 have enough punch?

Comfort

How well does it ride?

Does it feel cramped inside?

Features

Does it have enough spoils to please the user?

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?

How do the rear seats fold down?

Is the trunk big enough for an average family?