The 2016 European Car of the Year nominees has been whittled down to just seven finalists, and the magnificent seven are:

It came down to seven after a first vote by the 58 jury members. The final vote to determine the single winner will be cast on late February next year. Each juror will apportion 25 points among at least five nominees and will state his/her voting criteria. The winner will be revealed on the eve of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show on February 29.

This year, the B8 Volkswagen Passat won the title with a big margin ahead of the Citroen C4 Cactus and W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. In 2014, the Peugeot 308 got the vote while electric cars BMW i3 and Tesla Model S got on the podium.

Of the 2016 finalists, we’ve driven the B9 Audi A4, Jaguar XE and second-gen Volvo XC90. The latter was launched in Malaysia this month, in top T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid form and at an attractive price. The new A4, which majors in comfort and refinement, is set to arrive next year.

Audi A4


BMW 7 Series

Jaguar XE

Mazda MX-5

Opel/Vauxhall Astra

Skoda Superb

Volvo XC90