The shortlist for the European Car of the Year has been announced, with models from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Mazda, Vauxhall, Skoda and Volvo all in contention to win the coveted title for 2016.
A long list of 40 cars was announced in the summer, but that has been whittled down to just seven entrants. Judges, including Autocar's Matt Prior, will take part in final judging early next year before the winner is announced on the eve of the Geneva motor show in March. Last year, Volkswagen's Passat took the title. The winner in 2014 was the Peugeot 308.
European Car of the Year 2016 - the finalists
Audi A4 - the fifth generation of Audi's junior executive saloon went on sale in the UK in November. Featuring a heavily updated interior and minor styling changes outside, this larger A4 comes with more storage space than its predecessor as well as an updated range of engines. We've already awarded the new A4 a four-star rating in our road test.
BMW 7 Series - BMW's new luxury saloon competes in the same market as the dominant Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but early tests have rated it well. Developments for the new model include the adoption of new six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, as well as the option of a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time. We've awarded the new 7 Series a four-star rating in our road test.