Wheels Car of the Year 2016: People’s Choice – Group 1

Wheels Car of the Year 2016: People’s Choice – Group 1

OKAY, you haven’t driven all the Car of the Year candidates – and perhaps you’ve not driven any of them.

But you’ve read about them, you’ve debated their merits at great length in good company, or perhaps you just wish we’d had the sense to appoint you a judge.

Now’s your chance to make a difference. We have divided the Car of the Year field into five groups – using no criterion but rough similarity – and you get to pick a winner from each.

A further poll, covering the five group winners, will decide the People’s Choice for Wheels Car of the Year 2016.

Remember, this is not a beauty contest. Wheels judges the COTY 2016 contestants under five strict criteria, refined over half a century:

Function – how well a car does what it is intended to do.
Efficiency – in all aspects. Use of resources in producing the car and in running it.
Value – both against its rivals and against the wider new car market.
Technology – does it offer a tangible advantage over its rivals?
Safety – We’re talking passive and active.

Scroll below the poll to find out more about these capable COTY contenders. 

Thanks for voting, the poll has now closed.

Group -1-PollingAudi Q7

Audi -Q7-blue -sideForget its frumpy looks: the new Q7 is the limousine you have when you want an SUV

Ford Everest

Ford -Everest -front -sideBulletproof Aussie-designed Ranger platform underpins this locally developed Prado chaser

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai -Tucson -front -sideAn impressive all-rounder with style, comfort, polish, handling and clever packaging

Kia Sorento

Kia -sorento -front -sideMade history by scoring Kia its first Wheels comparo win. Can it snatch a COTY gong too?

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land -Rover -Discovery -Sport -front -sideAnother Wheels comparison-test winner, with a seven-seat USP and some off-road cred

Volvo XC90

Volvo -XC90-frontWell over a decade in the making, the new XC90 champions Swedish design savvy

Who do you think deserves to win the 2017 COTY title? Cast your vote for a chance to win $1,000.

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  • Strong field here, but I betcha the Tucson ends up leading the pack. The Sorento gets a golf clap, but its engine lets it down - shame as its not bad for someone who cant keep it in his pants.
  • After 3 Audis I bought my wife the SUV she's wanted for a while. I'm voting for the car that my wife now loves and the one that is changing my view of SUV's and the marque Go Hyundai Tucson!!!! Would love a Q7 but at 4 times the price it's not 4 times the car (badge status aside)
  • the disco sport or the Q7......Q7 wins my vote
  • I don't like any of them.
  • I vote everest
  • I vote for the lemon