|The 2015 winner! really?|
7th: Renault Twingo - 124 pts. It is hard to score a car like this. Well executed but limitations like all small city cars. Maybe a little hard done by but not a winner.
6th: BMW Active Tourer - 154 pts. It seems a competent car but bringing the BMW brand into mainstream competition. Pleasant but nothing special.
5th: Nissan Qashqai - 160 pts. This is the car I would buy here. Supremely practical and also a quality product. This is the kind of car people want and for Japanese branded vehicle (designed and built in Europe though) to sell as well as it does in Europe shows it hit a sweet spot. It was never going to win, and the score it received makes me question awards such as this.
2nd: Citroën Cactus 248 - pts. I like it because of its styling and modern persona. It lacks the quality and class of the Qashqai though, so a worthy entrant but perhaps overachieved on the score sheet.
1st: VW Passat 340 - pts. How could this car win, and by so much! I'm not saying it isn't a nice car, as all the cars here. I think the Mondeo is better. Lucky to win, and the margin is farcical.
Summary: Every reader here will have an opinion and most will vary. My advice is to ignore the award, and view it as no more than a curiosity. Do your own homework and choose the car you like. If you are happy with the choice, then that is all that matters.