As has been the tradition, with the opening of the doors of the Geneva Motor Show, the winner of the Car of the Year in Europe is announced. After the Peugeot 3008 was the winner in the last edition, there were quite a few doubts for this year 2018. Finally, the Volvo XC40 was the one with the coveted title, being the second consecutive year in which an SUV wins the award. And we must recognize that this model has made merit to win victory.
The Volvo XC40 is the new compact SUV of the Swedish brand (which had three years in a row reaching the final) and is the first to use the CMA platform. That means that it is a model prepared for the future, being able to assemble for the first time three-cylinder engines and waiting for a plug-in hybrid variant and another 100% electric one. For these reasons he has taken 325 points and placed in first position with a considerable advantage over his rivals.
Volvo XC40 – 325 points
SEAT Ibiza – 242 points
BMW 5 Series – 226 points
Kia Stinger – 204 points
Citroën C3 Aircross – 171 points
Audi A8 – 169 points
Alfa Romeo Stelvio – 163 points
As you can see, the jury of 60 journalists from all over Europe declared the Volvo XC40 Car of the Year winner in Europe 2018 by quite a difference. There is a difference of 83 points compared to the SEAT Ibiza, the second classified of this edition. The podium closes the BMW 5 Series, which is quite close to the Ibiza. The scores are equal in the lower zone of the classification, where follow the Kia Stinger, Citroën C3 Aircross, Audi A8 and Alfa Romeo Stelvio; in that order.
It should be noted that this is the first time that Volvo has won this prize, which has been taking place since 1964. The one that has won the most awards in history has been Fiat with nine and followed by Renault with six prizes. In this way the Volvo XC40 will go down in history spurred by its new platform and innovative marketing, premiering the Volvo by Care system, which allows use under subscription.