World Car Awards 2019

2019 World Car Awards: Jaguar I-Pace named World Car of the Year

World Car Awards 2019World Car Awards is the biggest automotive awards program on the planet. It has the widest reach across the globe and its 86 jurors from Asia, Europe and North America have been busy voting on the best new cars of 2019.

In the opening ceremony of the 2019 New York Auto Show, the winners were revealed – join us to discover the best of the best… and a headline-grabbing surprise at the end!

World Car Awards 2019: the story so far

The road to World Car Awards 2019

World Car Awards 2019

Several rounds of judging have led to the 2019 World Car Awards finals in New York. Contenders were revealed at the 2018 Paris Auto Show and the top 10 finalists were announced in February. At the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, the top three contenders in each of the six categories were revealed: that’s Luxury, Performance, Design, Urban, Green and the overall World Car of the Year.

All contenders must be available to buy in at least two continents worldwide.

2019 World Car Design finalists

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  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Suzuki Jimny
  • Volvo XC40

The World Car Design is judged by top car stylists both past and present. This year, three very different cars are in the running: the futuristic Jaguar I-Pace, modern-retro Suzuki Jimny and the perfectly contemporary Volvo XC40

2019 World Car Design winner: Jaguar I-Pace

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The Jaguar I-Pace secured the first award win of the 2019 World Car Awards, with design chief Ian Callum taking to the stage to collect the award. “Electric cars give us the opportunity to do new things with car design,” he said. “Me and my team are relishing the opportunity.”

2019 World Performance Car finalists

World Car Awards 2019

  • Aston Martin Vantage
  • McLaren 720S
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe

The contenders in the individual categories are just as exciting. Take the World Performance car: in 2019, it’s the punchy Aston Martin Vantage versus the monstrous McLaren 720S and the bombastic Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe.

2019 World Performance Car winner: McLaren 720S

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The big Mac won it: the 720 horsepower super-sports car from Woking, England beat its arch-rival from Gaydon, England. Anyone who’s driven this extraordinarily fast and thrilling machine will understand why it’s a deserving performance car victor.

2019 World Green Car finalists

  • Audi E-tron
  • Hyundai Nexo
  • Jaguar I-Pace

Impressively, two finalists in the 2019 World Green Car Awards are also finalists for the overall World Car of the Year gong. The two electric SUVs from Audi and Jaguar are joined by the hydrogen fuel-cell Hyundai Nexo.

2019 World Green Car winner: Jaguar I-Pace

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Jaguar did it again! By embracing all-electric motoring, the British firm became the first premium maker to launch a fully convincing SUV EV – beating Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche to market. Again, Callum took to the stage. “I’m almost running out of things to say!”

2019 World Luxury Car finalists

World Car Awards 2019

  • Audi A7 Sportback
  • Audi Q8
  • BMW 8 Series

Audi is a key player in the 2019 World Luxury Car prize, with two models, the A7 four-door coupe and Q8 large SUV coupe, taking on the more traditional BMW 8 Series two-door coupe. As in all sectors these days, diversification is the name of the game for luxury buyers in 2019.

2019 World Luxury Car winner: Audi A7 Sportback

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The svelte four-door Audi A7 Sportback took the trophy. Now in its second generation, jurors felt it honed a successful theme, creating a standout luxury car that’s a bit different, and more of a head-turner, than the norm.

2019 World Urban Car finalists

  • Hyundai AH2 Santro
  • Kia Soul
  • Suzuki Jimny

Diminutive size, a cheeky character and an ability to make light work of tightly-packed city centres make for a top World Urban Car in 2019. This year, the Indian Hyundai AH2 Santro takes on the Kia Soul and Suzuki Jimny.

2019 World Urban Car winner: Suzuki Jimny

World Car Awards 2019

The brilliant little Suzuki Jimny won, to the delight of the Suzuki team who’d flown over from Japan to see the awards. The car’s chief engineer collected the trophy and his beaming smile said it all – this is a small car that offers a different take on compact urban motoring, particularly in narrow-body Japanese ‘Kei car’ guise. It brings a little joy to city streets, and what’s wrong with that?

2019 World Car of the Year finalists

World Car Awards 2019

  • Audi E-tron
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Volvo S60 / V60

The biggest prize of all is the World Car of the Year Award. All three 2019 finalist brands are previous winners – Audi in 2014 with the A3, Jaguar in 2017 with the F-Pace and Volvo in 2018 with the XC60. This year, Audi and Jaguar EV SUVs are going up against a mid-size sedan and estate from Volvo.

2019 World Car of the Year winner: Jaguar I-Pace

World Car Awards 2019

Yes, it was a Jaguar hat-trick! The unprecedented haul of trophies was accepted by a slightly overwhelmed Ian Callum. “When we set out to create the I-Pace, I said to my team, ‘Let’s build the best car in the world’. Hey, it looks like we’ve done it!

World Car Awards 2019

“I’ve been in this business for 40 years. This is my Oscar moment, and I’m going to relish it – and then do the same with my team back home.”

The victory adds to the Jaguar I-Pace’s success in the European Car of the Year Awards back in March. It becomes the first car ever to win both awards at the same time. Bravo, Jaguar!

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