These are the contenders for the DriveTribe Creators' Car Of The Year
So, the time has come to vote for the DriveTribe Creators' Car of The Year, and we have a range of brilliant cars this year. Sure, some great cars haven't made it to this final vote but, you, the DriveTribe audience have voted for these cars so you already know why they're here.
Along with the cars you've picked from the polls from the past week or so, we've thrown in three wildcard entries. Now, we don't expect these entries to win but, we have given these cars a second chance.
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera (Performance Car)
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Since the introduction of the DB11 in 2016, Aston Martin has been on a product resurgence, with follow-ups in the form of the new V8 Vantage, DBX, upcoming mid-engined hypercars and of course, the DBS Superleggera. The DBS Superleggera is easily one of the prettiest cars on sale today, and is one of the best performance cars on sale. Sure, it's no Porsche 911 GT3 RS, nor is it a McLaren 720S rival, the DBS Superleggera is a fantastic all-rounder and is a worthy contender for our Car of The Year.
BMW 3-Series Touring (Best Family Car)
The BMW 3-Series Touring is probably the best estate on sale. The latest generation of 3-Series is a strong car for almost everyone. It's the right size, has plenty of space, comfort, tech and style. Speaking of style, the current 3-Series is probably the best looking BMW on sale, which isn't hard considering that half the range now has a grille big enough to gobble up small animals. If you need a great family car, the 3-Series Touring in 330d guise is probably the best you can buy, regardless of how you specify it.
Bentley Flying Spur (Best Luxury Car)
The luxury car segment is popping at the minute with almost every manufacture trying to produce a top of the range model to compete with the likes of the traditional luxury brands. Speaking of traditional luxury, Bentley recently updated the Flying Spur, which itself is based on the latest Continental GT. The Flying Spur shares the same restrained design, without it being too over the top (we see you Bentayga), hugely powerful, hugely powerful and hugely powerful. We'd have this over any luxury SUV or massive luxury limo. The Flying Spur is perfect if you want to drive it yourself, or be driven in it by someone you pay too much money for.
Porsche Taycan Turbo S (Best EV)
Tesla have been on top of the EV game since the introduction of the Model S way back in 2012 or whenever it was, but just this year, there has been a break in the circuit with the introduction of the Porsche Taycan. If you've been living under a rock for the past few years, the Taycan is Porsche's answer to the Model S and good god it's a fantastic car. The Taycan is a car I have personally experienced at the Frankfurt Motor Show with static impressions, it feels and looks lightyears ahead of Tesla. Dynamically, reviews say it feels like a true Porsche. We can't wait to get our hands on one in the future.
Land Rover Defender (Best SUV)
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Ironically, the Defender found itself in both the best SUV vote and the most disappointing vote. In the Defender's defence, there were hardly any other notable SUVs to come out this year so, the Defender natually came out on top. Yes it's expensive, yes it's ugly, yes it's less workhorse-y than before but there's something about it that makes it cool. We think we actually need to spend more time with the Defender but, it deserves a vote for Car of The Year as it's actually an excellent SUV.
Chevrolet Corvette C8 (Best Value For Money)
Asides from the new Corvette looking like a rendering of a Ferrari that'll never exist, the new Corvette seems likes like a decent sportscar for how much you're paying. Sure, Chevrolet says it'll cost $60,000, where in reality it'll cost $80,000 after the first year of production as Chevrolet needs to make money on this thing. One good thing about the new Corvette is that it'll probably be an option at the Hertz rental place for your holiday in America in years to come. And for people who drive on the CORRECT side of the road, the new Corvette will come in right0hand drive! Rejoice!
Ginetta Akula (Most Surprising Car)
To be perfectly honest, we forgot the Ginetta Akula existed, and upon looking at it in more detail, the Akula deserves to be remembered just because of how crazy it is. The Akula is powered by a 600bhp V8, which means it can reach a top speed of 200mph and costs as much as a Ferrari. This is a sudden move coming from a manufacture that usually builds small, light and nibble track toys and the occasional endurance racer. Oh, I forgot to mention that the Akula looks incredible. To me, it mixes various elements from Pagani, TVR before they went bankrupt, and fighter jets. We love this thing. Deep down, we hope this wins.
Lada Niva Bronto (Wildcard)
Yes, the Lada Niva is still for sale as a brand new car in 2019, and only just. The ultra-rugged, former Soviet workhorse has been in production, nearly unchanged since 1977 and it is one of the last true 4x4s that you can still buy. The Suzuki Jimny is now too expensive, the Defender is too luxurious and the G-Wagen, well that's it's own thing entirely. We love the simplicity of the Niva, the cheapness and the charm of a time long gone. The only reason it is here is because it can go anywhere with little to no ease, and it has been updated for 2019 with the addition of a second cupholder!
Peugeot 508 SW (Wildcard)
Much like the BMW 3-Series, the Peugeot 508 SW is an excellent estate and is one of the coolest family cars on sale today. Forget the old, dreary 508 as the new one feels and looks years ahead of the old model. The 508 features Peugeot's latest design language with a typically French look which is not a bad thing. Peugeot are the only French manufacture to offer a big, comfy and reasonably priced family car to most of Europe and the 508 does that job brilliantly. Oh, and there's an AWD 300bhp hybrid version to get your heart racing a little.
VW ID.3 (Wildcard)
The VW ID.3 is another car I had a mull over at the Frankfurt Motor Show and VW claims it's the future. Think of it as a generational revolution much like the Beetle and the Golf did in 1948 and 1974, respectively. We see the ID.3 as VW's third chapter of cars and sets the benchmark for small, affordable and stylish EVs in years to come.
So, there are the contenders for the DriveTribe Creators' Car of The Year. Your winning vote will be counted as one vote, along with the Creators' votes to decide on what car wins Car of The Year.
The winning car will be announced on Christmas Day so be sure you are a member of Second Gear and turn on post notifications so you found out what wins Car of The Year as soon as we announce it!