The field is taking shape — we assemble the front-runners and check the form of prospects arriving in the coming months
The Mazda CX-3 is in but the Honda HR-V and Renault Captur are out.
The Audi TT is in but the Holden Cascada is out.
That’s my assessment of the field so far as we search for the best new car of 2015.
Good is still good but it’s not good enough when the biggest prize in Australian motoring is on the line.
Even a car as initially impressive as the Land Rover Discovery Sport is marked down heavily on value when you consider it as a Carsguide Car of the Year contender.
It’s the same for the Ford Mondeo, which looks good, is packed to the hilt with technology but has lost its mojo on the open road.
Similarly the Ford Focus ST, which is a great drive, is too narrow in its appeal.
The Carsguide team has already driven more than two dozen good cars in the opening half of the year and it’s time to see what’s looking good for a spot for the top10 run-off in December.
There are some surprising failures and the line-up could change dramatically with a rush of impressive newcomers booked for the second half but this is how the COTY 2015 contenders are shaping up.