A new Koenigsegg hypercar, McLaren's Longtail tribute, a Bentley show-stopper… the Geneva motor show has given us plenty to talk about. Here's our pick of the best from the show floor
6 March 2015

The 2015 Geneva motor show gave us new metal in almost every sector of the market: supercars from Koenigsegg, Ferrari and McLaren, hot hatches from Ford and Honda, sensible crossovers from Infiniti and Renault and a show-stopping Bentley concept car. 

Here's our pick of the best new metal on display.

Land Rover Defender - Steve Cropley

How could I pass up the chance to select a 67-year-old stalwart that won't be there next year? Land Rover's beautiful green Defender from the Classic range was mobbed all day and looked better than ever. It will die a good death at the end of this year.

Porsche Cayman GT4 - Andrew Frankel

If I sat down to configure my perfect sports car, it would be a compact mid-engined, two-seat design powered by a large, normally aspirated multi-cylinder engine driving through a six-speed manual gearbox. And it would be tuned by the best people in the business. In short, it would be a Porsche Cayman GT4. 

Vauxhall Viva - Jesse Crosse

Geneva was busting at the seams with exotic technologies this year, but it’s the new Vauxhall Viva that gets my star of the show vote for its amazing interior package, impressive feature list and low starting price of £7,995. The Viva proves that affordable no longer has to mean cheap, and this classy little car takes a lot of beating when it comes to practicality and good value.

Aston Martin DBX - Julian Rendell

Bold and challenging, Aston’s DBX opens a new chapter in which high-riding four-seaters are as much the future as low-slung sports cars.  Plus it’s the show car we will all remember from Geneva 2015. 

Infiniti QX30 - John McIlroy

Infiniti has been guilty of trotting out overstyled concepts too often in the past, but if the QX30 really is as close to the production model as everyone says it is, it looks like the Japanese firm's most credible offering yet. If anything is going to give the firm even a minor foothold in the European market, it could be this car. 

Lotus Evora 400 - Jim Holder

More performance was the headline, but the biggest news was the step up in quality, from panel gaps to leather quality and well thought through button (and lever) positions. It’s not going to herald a new dawn at Lotus alone, but it does reaffirm that the leadership in Norfolk is both tenacious and ambitious. 

Seat 20V20 - Mark Tisshaw

The 20V20 was the last car I stopped by to look at, but it left the biggest impression on me in a sea of exotica at Geneva. Seat has finally got direction and clarity in what it's doing, what with an impressive range of Leons, a new Ibiza and a range of stylish SUVs to come in three different sizes. The beaming faces of all the staff on the stand were testament to a company that has its mojo back. 

VW Sport Coupe GTE - Greg Kable

The Sport Coupe GTE reveals a fresh new direction for Volkswagen's future production models, while showcasing the sort of hybrid technology they will offer.

Kia Sportspace - Richard Webber

The Sportspace concept will help Kia to plug a glaring gap in its range: that of a D-segment wagon. In a sector where estates outsell saloons by about three to one, Kia needed to build such a version of the next Optima, but that it also managed to make this realistic concept look so good speaks of the company's current confidence.

Nissan Sway - Richard Bremner

Sometimes you see a car that just looks right; this is one. From its dramatic, arrowing nose to the reverse swoop of its tail-lights, the Sway strikes satisfyingly from every angle. Apparently it’s pretty close to what Nissan’s next supermini will look like. And that’s a load better than today’s wheeled shortfall of a Micra.

McLaren 675LT - Darren Moss

You’ve got to give McLaren credit, because as far as homages go, the 675LT’s tribute to the mighty F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ is pitch perfect. It was a fitting sight to see the two placed close together on the show stand, too.

Audi Prologue Avant - Hilton Holloway

Amazingly, it’s 21 years since Audi overturned the estate market with the Porsche-tuned RS2 Avant. The bombastically magnificent Prologue suggests Audi, after its success with conventional SUV models, is again embracing the niche that it made its own two decades ago.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS - Matt Prior

Easy show star for me. Make a list of the best driver's cars ever and plenty will include the suffix 'GT3'. Adding 'RS' usually only makes things better. Hard to imagine that it won’t be the case here too.

Koenigsegg Regera - Vicky Parrott

It’ll sound like the V8 hypercar that it is, yet the plug-in hybrid and ‘direct drive’ system means that the Regera has the single-ratio, continuous power delivery of a pure electric car. I can’t help but think that, with 1549lb ft going to the rear wheels, it might be apocalyptically edgy to drive on the road, but I’m willing to be proved wrong. Even so, it’s a proper engineering and design achievement.

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 - Lewis Kingston

Here is a concept that manages the neat trick of retaining all of the key Bentley hallmarks, such as a beautifully trimmed and elegant interior, while adopting modern engineering and production techniques. I love the idea of a more sporting Bentley, too. Must admit that I’m not convinced by the current front-end styling, though.

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6 March 2015
Bentley and the Audi prologue for me. Both looked great, although the nose of the Bentley probably still needs work. The Audi makes estates look good; a much better look than the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake which follows a similar shape. The Kia Sportspace was another good-looking estate, so maybe there's hope that we won't all end up with SUVs.

Surprisingly, the nanoFlowcell Quantino looked quite good, but was overlooked because it wasn't by a major manufacturer. Nissan Sway looked great, much better in the metal than in the pictures.

Really didn't like the Aston Martin DBX. Awkward from every angle, and looked like the offspring of a DB9 mating with a Nissan Juke.

What disappointed me most was the Audi R8. Yes, it's an important halo model for Audi, but it really looks a facelift rather than an all-new model.

6 March 2015
R8 ???????????????????/ I cant believe that a whole office full of scribes could not download on this car. Viva - Defender - what nonsense!

what's life without imagination

6 March 2015
@ Jesse Crosse... Vauxhall Viva? You what? You should be ashamed of yourself. Amazing interior package? Classy? Dear God man! Is your experience of cars so limited that you would consider a rebadged Daewoo Sh1tbox classy? My sincere apologies to all for trolling, but the inclusion of the Vauxhall Viva featured in a list of show stars compiled by supposed motoring enthusiasts is staggeringly depressing. I'm sorry.... I'm going to go and get drunk...

7 March 2015
Picking the Defender and leaving out cars like the Lexus LF-SA or the Renault Kadjar is just shameful. Stop wallowing in the past and look forward please.

7 March 2015
...the Touring Superleggera Berlinetta Lusso.

8 March 2015
Good God! I can't believe a professional and respected motoring journalist has chosen his favourite car of the show and it's not what I would have chosen. I'm beyond furious, I may never ever log onto the internet again. So there!

 

8 March 2015
Ah Leslie, you're ace. Made my day.....

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