I’m slightly surprised, especially by the margin of victory, but not disappointed; the Passat took most votes from me. But I had expected the Citroën C4 Cactus to win, because at least it’s an interesting car.
The voting, then. All judges have to apportion 25 points across the seven shortlisted cars and must give some points to at least five. They can’t name an equal winner and can award no more than 10 points to any car.
This scoring system couldn’t be more committee-like if it tried, so it’s no wonder that, in past years, cars (like the BMW i3 or Tesla Model S) that some judges think are brilliant yet others think are not give way for a car everyone thinks is ‘fine’.
In ascending order of points, this is how my scores went. (You’re able to view all judges’ points and comments online.)
I gave the Ford Mondeo and Mercedes-Benz C-Class a point each. The Ford is satisfying to drive, but there’s no overlooking just how far off the pace of Europe’s best its interior feels, especially given how much time Mondeo drivers will spend inside one. The C-Class almost manages to be the opposite, combining a near class-leading cabin with some of the most mediocre dynamics in the class.