2016 European Car of the Year shortlist confirmed

The shortlist for the 2016 European Car of the Year award has been announced, featuring contenders from brands such Jaguar, Skoda, Volvo and Mazda.

Back during the summer, more than 30 cars launched during this year were revealed to be on the list of contenders for the award. Now the list of nominees is down to just seven.

Still in contention for the next European Car of the Year accolade are a few executive saloons which include the Audi A4, BMW 7 Series and Jaguar XE. Also on the shortlist is the Volvo XC90 SUV, the Skoda Superb and Vauxhall Astra family cars and the Mazda MX-5 sports car.

The Jaguar XE is the only car on the shortlist for the 2016 European Car of the Year which launched its first-generation model this year.

Unlike many other car-related awards, the European Car of the Year award has no separate segments and jurors simply pick one overall winner. For the 2016 accolade, a total of 58 motoring journalists from 22 European countries (including six from Britain) have had a hand in deciding which cars should make the shortlist.

The winner of the 2016 European Car of the Year award will be announced on 29 February, on the eve of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

The 2015 European Car of the Year accolade was won by the Volkswagen Passat, while the Citroen C4 Cactus took second place and the Mercedes C-Class placed third.

You can find out here what, in our opinion, are the best cars launched in 2015.

Previous winners of the European Car of the Year award:

2015 – Volkswagen Passat

2014 – Peugeot 308

2013 – Volkswagen Golf

2012 – Vauxhall Ampera/Chevrolet Volt

2011 – Nissan LEAF

2010 – Volkswagen Polo

2009 – Vauxhall Insignia

2008 – Fiat 500

2007 – Ford S-MAX

2006 – Renault Clio

2005 – Toyota Prius

2004 – Fiat Panda

2003 – Renault Megane

2002 – Peugeot 307

2001 – Alfa Romeo 147

2000 – Toyota Yaris

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