Our stars of the Geneva motor show

  • The whatcar.com team's show stoppers
  • Also the cars that failed to impress
  • The hits and misses - our verdicts
It's a week on from the madness of the Geneva motor show press day, but now the dust has settled, what was the star of the show?

The whatcar.com Geneva team has put together a 'two good, too bad' selection of cars from the show to sort out the delights from the duffers.

On the basis of our thoughts, the award for star of the show goes to either the Kia Sportage, Mini Countryman and the Porsche 918 Spyder. Click through our report and see if you agree.

Steve Fowler – group editor, What Car?
Two good
Mini Countryman – will anyone want a Mini SUV that’s built in Austria? Yes, me!
Kia Sportage – at last, the Koreans discover soft-touch interiors. Looks fab and it's great value, too.
Too bad
Nissan Micra – a rare case where the old model looks more appealing than the new one.
Porsche Cayenne – a car that’s got uglier and less desirable with every design tweak.

Iain Reid – web producer, whatcar.com
Two good
Honda CR-Z – at last, a hybrid that looks cool.
Justin Timberlake's honesty – asked at the VW Group preview: 'Why did you become an ambassador for Audi?' He replied: 'Because they paid me a lot of money.'
Too bad
Bugatti 16 C Galibier – there's more than a hint of Porsche Panamera in the rear of the car.
Mazda 5 – no clever seating tricks, no wrap-over windscreen, just looks that are verging on the bland and sliding doors – which the current model has anyway.

Peter Lawton – deputy editor, whatcar.com
Two good
Mini Countryman – I thought I'd hate the Countryman, but I actually quite liked it. I spent more time playing around with this car than any other at the show.
Porsche 918 Spyder – you've got to dream, haven’t you? Those bright green brake callipers remind me of Jane Fonda's ankle warmers though (you might have to Google these if you're under 40).
Too bad
Mazda 5/Ford C-Max – the seats are too complicated to operate. They're a far cry from the ones in the Citroen C4 Picasso and Peugeot 5008, which you can flip and fold with one hand while holding a baby in the other.
Lexus CT200h – it's great that the premium small family car segment is finally getting a hybrid, but does it really have to look like this?

Roger Stansfield – associate editor, What Car?
Two good
Nissan Juke – something very different.
Porsche 918 Spyder – a technological smorgasbord.
Too bad
Audi A1 – what’s wrong with a VW Polo?
Citroen Survolt – too much pink and too many wings – a cross between Lady Penelope and Dick Dastardly.


Will Nightingale – consumer reporter, What Car?
Two good
Alfa Romeo Giulietta – Lots of promise – whatcar.com readers voted it their favourite car of the Geneva motor show.
Kia Sportage – a huge step forward for Kia’s crossover – it looks sharp and the interior isn’t half bad, either.
Too bad
Honda CR-Z – a dancer falling off the stage during the unveiling. Oops!
Aston Martin Cygnet – takes badge engineering to a whole new level – £30k for what’s essentially a Toyota iQ!

Pete Barden – sub editor, whatcar.com
Two good
Ford Focus – not just the practical, dull option any more.
Porsche Boxster Spyder – 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds, top speed of 166mph, and average fuel consumption of 30.4mpg – what's not to like?
Too bad
Ferrari 599 hybrid technology – stop saying what you could do – and do it.
Nissan Micra – bland styling after early drawings hinted at something a little more interesting.

Peter Brown – video editor, whatcar.com
Two Good
Bentley GTC Convertible – suits me, I think.
Audi A1 e-tron – cute styling for rich kids with a conscience.
Too Bad
BMW 5 Series –looks too big to drive, but too small to be driven in.
Renault Wind – chunky and ugly - just like me.

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