Now into its 10th year, the wheels Car of the Year is the region’s largest independent automotive awards. During the calendar year, every new or substantially updated car that is currently on sale in the UAE is assessed and rated on tangible, real-world parameters such as technology, driveability, value, styling and on the basis of what it has to offer for the price which gives the underdog a fighting chance to take down its more powerful competitors. But it is how they make you feel that also matters a lot to us as it does to every petrolhead. That said, it’s a fine balancing act between subjectivity and real-world abilities and with a shortlist of 60 standout cars for our judges to mull over, the debates begin until a worthy winner emerges. MEET THE JUDGES