XC40, Volvo's small SUV, tops pan-European vote to give the Swedish manufacturer its first COTY win

The Volvo XC40 has been named the 2018 winner of the prestigious European Car of the Year Award.

The small SUV took a commanding victory in voting for the award, The result was announced on the eve of this year’s Geneva motor show. The XC40 received 325 votes, placing it well ahead of the runner-up Seat Ibiza (242 votes). The BMW 5 Series was third, with 226 votes.

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The XC40’s victory marks the first time a Volvo has won the prize. Company boss Håkan Samuelsson said: “This is the right car to win. I’m glad we got votes from each of the countries that took part in the judging: it shows this car really is a success.

“This car represents the future of Volvo. With an all-new platform developed with [parent firm] Geely, it goes into new markets for us.”

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The XC40 is no stranger to trophies, having also won the 2018 What Car? Car of the Year prize

The Car of the Year award is run by seven European automotive publications, including Autocar. The award is voted on by a jury comprising 60 journalists from 23 countries, which include Autocar’s Matt Prior and Andrew Frankel.

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The award was established in 1964, with the Rover 2000 claiming the inaugural victory. The other finalists for this year’s award were the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi A8, Citroën C3 Aircross and Kia Stinger.

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5 March 2018

I am sure this Volvo will do very well indeed.

It is certainly on my radar as a future new car.

Steam cars are due a revival.

Myk

5 March 2018

I'd've put a lot of money on the XC40 winning this.  It's a great car - I came <this> close to buying one but sadly it wasn't quite big enough.  It's going to do really well for Volvo.

5 March 2018

 I did mention it.....

Peter Cavellini.

5 March 2018

Oh boy did the jury get it wrong.  I mean, it might be a good car, but just look at it!  What an absolute moose.  It is one of the most hideous cars I have ever seen.

Who cares if a car is any good if everyone else laughs when they see the clown car go past,  and mark my words - when people see this, they will laugh.

5 March 2018

.... I also owned a Fiat Mulipla and loved that too....

Steam cars are due a revival.

5 March 2018
Thekrankis wrote:

.... I also owned a Fiat Mulipla and loved that too....

you were lucky.  At least driving around inside it you couldn’t see it!  At least it wasn’t a Ssangyong Rodius!  Ugh....

5 March 2018

I mean, seriously, who cares about the European car of the year?  Just look at some of the recent winners: Peugeot 3008, Opel Astra, Volkswagen Passat, Peugeot 308, Volkswagen Polo, Opel Insignia, Toyota Prius.

Granted, there were a couple of interesting cars in there - Fiat 500, Nissan Leaf, Opel Ampera, but by and large it a snooze fest of boring, tedious cars that very few people who actually care about cars would actually aspire to owning, let alone driving.

5 March 2018
Well done Volvo, but the Stelvio should've won.

5 March 2018

Avoid if you want a decent satnav. It is terrible.

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