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.