As an epilogue to the 2019 year in the automotive world, eight of DriveTribe's creator's banded together to make a 'car of the year' award, among other inter-category awards, just as many automotive sites do.
The nominees chosen by our coterie are to be presented over several articles about each sector, and the DriveTribe users will be responsible for deciding the winner of each category. Each winner of their respective category will then be pitted against the other bracket-leaders, and a car of the year will then be chosen.
Having done the obligatory performance car of the year (a category currently led by the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera), the next group in-line was the Family car of the year, and with that, here are the nominees.
Peugeot 508 SW
Peugeot media site
The 508 SW proves that a car's quality far outweighs any measure of horsepower, because, while it may not have cut-throat acceleration, with only 178bhp from its new 1.6 litre turbo four pot, this surprisingly arresting French soccer-mom car is well executed in its own practical ways, and for that, it deserves its spot on this list. Also to its benefit, is the boot space, which trumps many of its competitors by a long shot.
Mazda 3 saloon
The Mazda 3 saloon (left) received a bumper-to-bumper update in November of last year, and in its improved form, it's a superlative machine, in a similar way to which the 508 SW is. It may not sport leather-clad seats, or an autopilot system, but the features it does have are all extraordinarily well-thought-out, and put together nicely, particularly given the price-point it stands in with a levy of $21,500.
Also known as the Volkswagen Atlas, the Skoda Kodiaq is the quintessential modern SUV. With seven seats, and a price in the $25,000 range, you'd struggle to find anything special about this car when looking at its specifications. However, it's a car that does everything you need it to, and for that, it deserves its spot.
Subaru's flagship mid-size sedan, the Legacy, has driven the streets for years now, but it'd have been a stretch to call it a good car, until more recently, when the Japanese brand launched an updated version of the car. This seventh generation model brought to the table Apple Carplay, increased legroom, and an improved chassis, for $22,000- around the same price of all other nominees thus far.
Audi S6 Avant
The Audi RS6 has long been the go-to performance family car, but living in its shadow, has been the overlooked and under-appreciated S6, which was always special, but has been made better yet, with the newest generation having been launched a few months ago, with a new V6, and a 0-60 time of 5.1 seconds. Albeit, it does abuse fake tailpipes at the rear, which is... repulsive.
Volvo V60 Cross Country
In the past, no Volvo would have found its way onto this list, with boxy, poor styling, and abysmal performance. Much like everything else, however, Volvo have changed since the early 2000's, and have since begun making exceptional cars, with even more exceptional interiors, that rival even the nicest of brands. And, with the introduction of the new V60 Cross Country, Volvo are staying true to their new identity, as the V60 has the Swedish brand's fingerprints all over it. The car, however, is not without its faults, as a high price of $45,000 puts it above almost every nominee.
G21 BMW 3 Series Touring
BMW Press images
Perhaps the most iconic car in BMW's line-up is the 3 series, but more specifically, the 3 series touring, which was given a new face in 2019, with the introduction of the G21 generation. The new-and-improved version boasts a lighter weight, a better chassis, a new interior, and avant-garde styling to boot.
An alternative to the aforementioned Atlas/Kodiaq, the Touareg is the more deluxe model in the line-up, as it ditches the third row, and raises the price, favoring the luxury aspect of the automotive experience, swapping faux leather for the real deal, and leaving the $25,000 price-tag for dead, and instead climbing to the $50,000-$75,000 market.
Now, to the general public of DriveTribe, we ask you to decide: so, what's your pick?