Judges voted the Peugeot 308 as Car of the Year 2014 out of a total of 30 entries
The radical BMW i3 came second in the final standings
The Tesla Model S is an all-electric luxury saloon that's rapid yet boasts a 300-mile range; it placed third
The Mazda 3 featured the company's SkyActiv series of technologies to boost efficiency and performance
Skoda's Octavia is a practical and affordable family hatchback
The Citroën C4 Picasso was designed to help push the brand upmarket, with its modern styling and advanced features
The newest generation of Mercedes-Benz S-class hëas set new standards for comfort and refinement
Eligibility rules required contenders to have been on sale in at least five European markets by the end of 2013, with forecast sales of at least 5000 units per year.
A total of of 30 candidates were eligible for the Car of the Year 2014, and the first stage saw the entries whittled down to just seven cars: the BMW i3, Citroën C4 Picasso, Mazda 3, Mercedes-Benz S-class, Peugeot 308, Skoda Octavia and Tesla Model S.
The 308 collected 307 points in total, ahead of the BMW i3 with 223 points and the Tesla Model S with 216 points. Citroën's C4 Picasso received 182 points, while the Mazda 3 collected 180 points. A total of 172 points were cast in favour of the Skoda Octavia, while the Mercedes-Benz S-class collected just 170 points.