We're all a bit jet-lagged from our week in Switzerland covering the Geneva Motor Show. But since coming home yesterday, we've had the chance to look through our full roundup of coverage, and pick out the vehicles that warmed our hearts the most.

Like all of our Editors' Choice posts, this list represents the purely emotional side of what we do – some of these cars are hugely significant, sure, but the point here is to highlight the stuff that really caught our eyes and captured our hearts the most. To that end, we're doing a different take on the usual Top Five format. Rather than synopsize each debut, we're including personal thoughts from individual editors, showing exactly why we chose what we did.

Of course, we want to hear your opinions, too, so after reading the list, sound off in the Comments and tell us about your favorite Geneva debuts. But first, scroll down to read our picks for what was hot at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

5th Place –

Mazda Hazumi Concept

BRANDON TURKUS: The Hazumi is a great blend of Mazda's recent styling cues with the Mazda2's compact package, and as concepts go, is one of the more reasonable vehicles on display.

CHRIS PAUKERT: It's hard to make subcompact hatchbacks look muscular and athletic – cartoonish and bubbly is much easier. Yet the Mazda Hazumi looks just that – sculpted, taut and aggressive, without being too self conscious about it. It also looks very producible, and given the Hiroshima company's recent strong record of pairing great design with even better drive dynamics and fuel economy, we're very excited to drive the next Mazda2.

STEVEN EWING: Just looking at the Hazumi makes me smile. It's got this tiny-tough attitude, and I'm excited to see how this translates into a road-going production car. Heck, if this thing is half as fun to drive as the current Mazda2, the Japanese automaker looks to have a serious winner on its hands.
4th Place –

Lamborghini Huracan

CHRIS PAUKERT: Lamborghini's Gallardo replacement is predictably spectacular, a well-organized riot of angles, cutlines and planes with a set of four Flux Capacitor headlamps for eyes. Sant'Agata Bolognese's reputation as a factory for teenage bedroom poster cars is safe.

MICHAEL ZAK: The term gets thrown around a lot, but I think we have a definitive real-life Batmobile here.

NOAH JOSEPH: The Gallardo was the top seller in Lamborghini's history, but was woefully outdated by the time it was replaced. The Huracán opens the next chapter.
3rd Place –
2015 AUDI TT

Audi TT

SEYTH MIERSMA: To me, the original Audi TT will always be the best looking. And that brilliant first design has set the table for a model line that is amongst the most fashion forward amongst non-exotic cars in the world. This third-generation model is a subtle but very well done revision on the theme, and one that I'm plenty excited to drive.

SEBASTIAN BLANCO: I'm comforted by the results of our TT design poll that shows the elegant redesign is the best looking of the three versions of Audi's small sports car. While the rounder first- and second-gens had their appeal, the strong lines of this new version strike me as a car I could get behind. And I usually favor practicality over looks, so that's saying something. The highly efficient 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder that comes with standard stop-start and manages 56 mpg (Euro-cycle, but still) make the good-looking package all the more appealing.

CHRIS PAUKERT: I admit I wasn't particularly blown away looking at Audi's third-generation fashion icon in photos – even those our man Drew had taken from the show floor before I made it over to the Audi stand. But seeing it in person, it's a lot better-resolved than those pictures first suggested. The front end treatment is far more angular than before, yet its rounded details have been faithfully preserved, right down to the way the front fenders gently overlap the hood and the rears don't. It might not be a radical departure from the second-generation TT, but the design is successfully fresh and modern, and the minimalist interior looks and feels really special.
2nd Place –

2015 Jeep Renegade

JEREMY KORZENIEWSKI: I'm highly intrigued by what I see in the new Jeep Renegade. While the Cherokee is pretty polarizing in design, the Renegade manages to look like a Jeep while not falling into the trap of mimicking the XJ of old. Add in a platform from Fiat that's should be tuned for fun, and there's plenty of promise that I truly hope is realized.

BRANDON TURKUS: Hands down, this was the most important American debut at Geneva, and considering Jeep's plans to sell it around the world, one of the more important unveilings overall. It's had quite a positive reception, as well, so provided it isn't absolute crap to drive (we don't think it will be), Jeep has a big winner on its hands.

STEVEN EWING: I kind of wish they had called the thing "Jeepster," but nonetheless, the Renegade looks to be a fantastic, hugely customizable, immensely fun product to round out the bargain end of the Jeep range. And it even comes in a super-cute Trailhawk trim! Well done.
1st Place –

Volvo Concept Estate

SHARON CARTY: Although the brown doesn't photograph well, this car is one of the stars of the show. It's sleek, modern, and stylish. Loved the taillights.

JEREMY KORZENIEWSKI: This Volvo is beautiful, with just the right hints of Swedish past while looking at the future. I really hope Volvo puts something similar into production.

SEYTH MIERSMA: Surrounded by some of the most fantastic-looking cars on the planet, Volvo managed to nearly upstage them all with a wagon. Check and mate. Seriously, you don't have to be a crazy car guy ("diesel, manual, wagon" tattooed on your chest) to appreciate that at least conceptually, Volvo is in the middle of a new golden era of automotive design right now. Fingers crossed that much of this lusciousness makes it into coming production cars.

CHRIS PAUKERT: Allow me to reiterate what I said in our show reveal post: "This car is exceptionally well surfaced, with a fantastic stance and the sort of clean lines that are singularly appropriate of a Scandinavian design." The interior is one of the best I've seen a concept in some time, as well, and enough of it seems plausible to keep me interested. Brilliant.

CHRIS BRUCE: It's like Volvo tapped into the id of automotive journalists. It's a brown shooting brake that could be made into a wagon. What's not to love?

As we've done with our past Editors' Choice lists, each staffer had 25 points to distribute amongst five cars, with no one car receiving more than 10 points. After everything was tallied, here's how the Top Five fell:
  • Volvo Concept Estate – 54 points
  • Jeep Renegade – 45 points
  • Audi TT – 25 points
  • Lamborghini Huracán – 18 points
  • Mazda Hazumi Concept – 16 points


Holy moly, were there a lot of runners-up. That's the thing about Geneva – with so many cool cars making their debut, it's hard to limit our picks to just five. Here's a list of what else we liked.

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      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm totally going to go get a tattoo now - "Diesel, Stick, Wagon 4ever"
      • 9 Months Ago
      this list seems a little unimaginative, but solid nonetheless. my own: renault twingo - it seems like an indicator of a potential return to form for the brand, although that's not to erase their other great cars in their line up. there's an ambition and quirkiness at work here, two qualities that we repeatedly desire in a french car. rear engine, rear wheel drive, innovative work with interior space (given that it is significantly smaller), and some efficient and reputedly fun engines. honda civic type r concept - as with the renault, this seems important not just for the car itself, but as a watershed moment in a return to a honda that has some sort of orientation to performance. it looks great, if a bit overwrought, and reviews of the prototype have been overwhelmingly positive, if a bit critical of its harsh ride. that wing-light integration tho volvo concept estate - i hesitate to include this here, but feel like i must if for it's sheer aesthetic value. it's fairly derivative of the two concepts before it, and i hope that derivativity doesn't leave volvo with the same car with a bunch of different ride heights and lengths. but, it seems the most production ready of the lot. jeep renegade - ewing got it right: looks fun, on a decent (fun) platform, highly customizable. that seems to be what consumers want, jeep seem to have pulled it off in such a way that it still fits within the spirit of the brand. i don't really have a fifth. i'd like to honor the ferrari california t, though, as an indicator of what is to come from ferrari. the stype of the facelift is a slight improvement, and this begins the deluge of turbo ferraris, i imagine. hopefully it sounds decent and applies power well? not that i'll ever drive one.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Maybe I need to see the TT in person but I would replace that with the S-class coupe.. good list
      • 9 Months Ago
      Total agreement on #1. I want that NOW. Don't know if it'd be #2 but the Renagade is Top 5 material. Not that there's anything wrong with slow design evolution (MINI, 911) but the TT doesn't deserve that #3. Citroen C4 is missing. Typically Citroen efficient, funky-looking hatch that even the DS series hasn't been bringing. Similarly with the Twingo. For all the talk of the VW Up! expecting to be RR, arguably Renault's had more of a RR family car history (4CV, Dauphine, 8)
      • 9 Months Ago
      What about Mclaren 650?
      • 9 Months Ago
      Not a fan of the eTron nose on the TT. I think the Mazda should be #3, and the maserati on there..
      • 9 Months Ago
      Alfieri people!
      • 9 Months Ago
      Make it diesel/stick/wagon/AWD and I'l buy it yesterday The Volvo and Jeep are agreed the best of show, very nice showing by both manufacturers
      • 9 Months Ago
      something really wrong with this list
      • 9 Months Ago
      My List in no particular order Subaru Viziv 2 Civic Type-R VW T-Roc Mini Clubman Citroen C4 Cactus
      Andre Neves
      • 9 Months Ago
      Of course the "shooting brake" was AB's first choice. Anyone here surprised. Now their staff-Editors can go fap over the pictures they took until it makes it to production.
      Huib Stad
      • 9 Months Ago
      So, where are the BMW 218d Active Tourer, Volkswagen T-roc and the Citro├źn C1/Peugeot 108 in this list ?
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