The 14 best cars in the world nearing end of road in 2019 competition

The best cars in the world are heading to New York City.

In about a month, April 17, the World Car of the Year (WCOTY) and other award winners for 2019 will be announced at the New York International Auto Show.

It has been a long, LONG road that began with nominations last August for awards that some automotive insiders consider among the most-coveted in the auto industry.

Volvo best car in the world
Photo credit: Volvo via Newspress USA
Is this Volvo the best car in the world overall for 2019?

At that time, 39 vehicles were in contention for the top WCOTY prize, but now just three remain – the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-PACE and Volvo S60/V60, which were selected from among 10 finalists. The least expensive among them is the Volvo with an MSRP of $38,900

But the best World Car overall isn’t the only awards category, as WCOTY will name winners in five others – Luxury Car, Performance Car, Urban Car, Green Car and Car Design.

The I-PACE also is in contention in the Green and Design categories and the e-tron in the Green group.

The World Urban Car top three may be the most affordable, including the Kia Soul with an MSRP of $16,490. The other nominees, the Hyundai AH2/Santro and Suzuki Jimny are not available in the U.S.

Altogether, 14 cars were judged strong enough to compete for the top awards.

World Car contenders by category are:

World Car overall

Audi e-tron

Jaguar I-PACE

Volvo S60/V60

Others considered:

BMW 3 Series

Ford Focus

Genesis G70

Hyundai Nexo

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Suzuki Jimny

Volvo XC40

Luxury Car

Audi A7

Audi Q8

BMW 8 Series

Others considered:

Mercedes-Benz CLS

Volkswagen Touareg

Performance Car

Aston Martin Vantage

McLaren 720S

Mercedes-Benz AMG 4-door coupe

Others considered:

BMW M2 Competition

Hyundai Veloster N

Urban Car

Hyundai AH2/Santro

Kia Soul

Suzuki Jimny

Others considered:

Audi A1

SEAT Arona

Green Car

Audi e-tron

Hyundai Nexo

Jaguar I-PACE

Others considered:

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Kia Niro EV

Car Design

Jaguar I-PACE

Suzuki Jimny

Volvo XC40

Others considered:

Citroen C5 Aircross

Jaguar E-PACE

The WCOTY awards began in 2005 and winners have been announced at the New York International Auto Show since 2006. Selections are made by an international jury of 86 automotive journalists.

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