Journalists from across the continent have voted the Ford S-Max the 2007 European Car of the Year.
The sporty multi purpose vehicle (MPV) just pipped the Vauxhall Corsa supermini into second place, with Citroen’s new C4 Picasso MPV coming third.
The competition’s 58-strong panel of jurors – motoring journalists from 22 European countries – gave the S-Max 235 points against 233 for the Corsa and 222 for the Citroen.
All eight finalists in this year’s competition scored highly. Even the eighth-placed car, the Fiat Grande Punto, amassed 138 votes.
Which? Motoring Editor Richard Headland said: ‘It’s refreshing to see an MPV win this industry award, and indeed two MPVs in the top three.
‘The S-Max is certainly one of the more innovative new launches this year, good to drive and practical, so we can see why it proved popular with the judges.
‘However, it’s very early days for the car and, at Which?, we prefer to hand out awards only when we know a bit more about owner feedback and reliability.’