The finalists of the 2019 Car of the Year were selected. The winner will be announced on the eve of the Geneva show in March.
These seven cars were selected by 60 jurors from all over Europe who just announced their first seven cars launched this year. Paul Horrell is one of the jurors.
The car of the year is the oldest and most famous of all car prizes. After a second round of driving and voting, the prize is given to a car without any subclasses. Last year's winner was the Volvo XC40.
This is an interesting group of finalists this time, with alpine and electric Jaguar I-Pace that are emerging.
The last time he won a sports car was the Porsche 928 in 1978, so although the Alpine is very much loved, many of the jurors may consider it a little interest.
Jaguar may have more chances since previous winners include the Mk2 Prius, Leaf, and Ampera, and the Tesla S and BMW i3 also do well in the year.
Other shortlisters are more conventional. Three middle hatches, a family crossover and a larger hatch.
All jurors are free to make a personal judgment based on what they think is important for a car. Obviously, price questions vary from country to country, and dynamics. What is good in Danish roads does not always feel so good, say British or Greek.
However, all jurors are required to give special emphasis to technical innovation and the value of money. Other considerations mentioned in the prize column are "Design, Comfort, Safety, Economy, Performance, Performance, Functionality, Environmental Requirements, Driver Satisfaction and Cost."
Perhaps the most remarkable absent from the list is the new BMW 3 Series, which is permissible on the date of sale but which was not available for sufficient jury testing before the selection.