Car of the Year 2018: i-Pace, Focus, A-Class and other finalists named

Published: 26 November 2018

► 2019 Car of the Year shortlist
► Europe's top new car awards
► Seven finalists are named 

The runners and riders for the 2019 Car of the Year awards have been named by Europe's top motoring journalists. The COTY jurors have whittled down 38 eligible new cars launched in the past year to a shortlist of just seven:

They'll be fighting for top honours to follow in the tyre tracks of the Volvo XC40, 2018's winner.

How European Car of the Year works

Our editor-in-chief Phil McNamara is one of the 60-strong judging panel from 23 European countries; judges apportion a total of 25 points across the seven shortlisted cars and the winner will be announced at the 2019 Geneva motor show in March. 

Only all-new models are eligible for the Car of the Year prize; variants, electric spin-off models and cars that insufficient jurors have driven are not allowed.

Car of the Year has been crowning Europe's best cars since 1964. To get some insight into how it works, see how McNamara voted last year here.

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet