Mid-term re­port

The field is tak­ing shape — we as­sem­ble the front-run­ners and check the form of prospects ar­riv­ing in the com­ing months

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cover Story - PAUL GOVER CHIEF RE­PORTER paul.gover@cars­guide.com.au

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.

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