The European Car of the Year shortlist for 2014 has been announced.
An initial list of 32 nominees has been whittled down to leave just seven cars in the frame to take the title. The jury, which consists of representatives from 23 countries, is looking for "the most outstanding new car to go on sale in the [last] 12 months".
The shortlist for the European Car of the Year 2014 consists of:
BMW i3 - We've been impressed by the new i3, which forms the first entry in a new range of electric and hybrid vehicles from BMW. In both its pure EV and range-extender forms, the stylish rear-wheel-drive city car aims to appeal to both the environmentally conscious and car enthusiasts. With its impressive economy figures (up to 100 miles of real-world range in the EV model) and contemporary feel, the i3 should be able to do just that.
Citroën C4 Picasso - We may have only given the new C4 Picasso 3.5 stars in our review, but this second-generation MPV is still a worthy contender on the European Car of the Year shortlist. With the aim of moving the Citroën brand upmarket, the company has endowed the C4 Picasso with plenty of style, and more than enough practicality to take the MPV fight to rivals like the Ford C-Max and Renault Scenic.