Last year’s Car of the Year poll in the Czech Republic hosted six finalists, from which the Honda Civic e:HEV emerged victorious, but this time we are back to five candidates thanks to the majority consensus of expert judges. The five finalists for the year 2024 received a full 65 votes out of a possible 100, while for the Car of the Year 2023 it was in a ratio of 50:50.

The finalists of the Car of the Year 2024 survey in the Czech Republic in alphabetical order are:

  • BMW 5 series
  • Hyundai Ioniq 6
  • Let’s EV9
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Subaru Crosstrek

The year 2024 will thus be a unique battle between Mercedes and BMW, as both the Munich 5 Series and the Stuttgart E Class are among the best-selling cars of both brands. Both models offer a diverse range of drives and modern assistance technologies, all while maintaining a relatively affordable price in terms of the premium car segment.

Perhaps you are asking about the Audi brand, which is the third member of the German premium trio. However, she only bet on the electric car Q8 e-tron, which did not advance.

However, the South Korean brands Hyundai and Kia showed their technological leap, advancing with two completely different electric cars. While Hyundai rolled thanks to the rounded aerodynamic Ioniq 6, Kia pulled out with its giant EV9 flagship designed for both demanding SUV users and families.

However, Subaru showed a mirror to premium and electromobility, which, thanks to the new generation Crosstrek (formerly XV) crossover, proved that even an evolutionary (rather than revolutionary) four-wheeler in terms of design and technology can offer qualities worthy of a contender for the Car of the Year 2024 in the Czech Republic.

Photo: Václav Bauer

You may have previously known the Subaru Crosstrek as the XV.

The expert judges will put the individual finalists to the test in the second round of test drives and assign points to each of the finalists. However, there can only be one king, which is why we will find out the winner of the Car of the Year in the Czech Republic 2024 title already on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at the Prague Convention Center.

We remind you that you can still vote in the poll Car of the Year 2024 according to Garáž.cz readers, where you vote for your favorite. So far, the Ford Bronco is leading the way.

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