Seven cars, including the BMW 2-series Active Tourer and Citroën C4 Cactus, are in the running to win the Car of the Year title for 2015
Darren Moss
15 December 2014

The shortlist for the 2015 Car of the Year Award has been revealed, with the overall winner set to be announced at the Geneva motor show in March.

This year's shortlist includes the BMW 2-series Active Tourer, Citroën C4 Cactus, Ford Mondeo, Mercedes-Benz C-class, Nissan Qashqai, Renault Twingo and Volkswagen Passat.

The seven-strong list has been produced following the announcement of 31 nominees. The process has so far eliminated models including Audi's new TT, the Smart Fortwo and Porsche Macan from the competition. 

A jury of 58 members from 22 European countries will now vote on which car to crown as Car of the Year. For 2015, the judging panel includes Autocar's Matt Prior. This year, judges awarded the Peugeot 308 the top title.

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15 December 2014
It's usually the French or the Italians that win the COY award. Seeing as there are no Italian cars in the short list this year, it's a pretty good bet the winner will either be the Citroën C4 Cactus or Renault Twingo.

You heard it hear first....and if I'm wrong, you didn't. :)

15 December 2014
Either the Twingo or the Cactus will win. Probably be the Active Tourer that does though as it's a BMW...............

15 December 2014
devil's advocate wrote:

.. Probably be the Active Tourer that does though as it's a BMW...............

What is that based on, considering that BMW has never won the COY?

15 December 2014
Going against my fellow commenters ^^^ and say it's either going to be the C or the Passat.The French may be more interesting, but both have limited ranges ( 2/3 engines ) and both are low tech.



15 December 2014
Baseless comment.

15 December 2014
the new MINI isn't short listed as it's got rave reviews from most of the magazines.

15 December 2014
It is a three year old car with jazzed up electronics.



15 December 2014
It should be the C4 Cactus for being different and for bringing us something relatively new. Or the Twingo for it's novel engineering and packaging. Or even the Mondeo for simply being crushingly competent and for being an excellent car. But then because of precisely that, and going on past history, you know those cars won't win. It'll be the Qashqai for merely being competent in all areas as well as being family orientated and very practical. The BMW, Mercedes and VW will be deemed too expensive in a class where voters will say there are cheaper alternatives, even if they're not necessarily better.

15 December 2014
I reckon it might just be the BMW, which is quite a departure for BMW (fwd, hatch, etc.) As much as I would like the C4 Cactus to win, I just don't think it is quite good enough.

15 December 2014
The Cactus would be a fabulous family car but for one glaring omission. The rear windows not opening is a big no no. Young children often need fresh air to prevent the onset of car sickness and at times like that A/C is not good enough, it has to be fresh air delivered via a window.


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