Very good achievement, especially considering the competition. A lot of which are 'premium' brands.
At a ceremony this afternoon at Geneva's exhibition centre, on the eve of the Geneva motor show, the Astra was announced the jury's favourite by a narrow margin: it was given 309 points, versus the 294 points of the runner-up, the Volvo XC90.
The other finalists were the Audi A4 (189 points), BMW 7 Series (143 points), Jaguar XE (163 points), Mazda MX-5 (202 points) and Skoda Superb (147 points).
The jury consists of 58 motoring journalists, from 22 European countries. Each juror has 25 points to allocate across the seven shortlisted cars, must give no car more than 10 points, award no equal first place and distribute some points to at least five of the cars. There are seven sponsoring publications around Europe, of which Autocar is one.