World Car of the Year: Jaguar I-PACE makes award history

Other competitors just couldn’t keep pace.

The World Car of the Year is the Jaguar I-PACE, which won three of six total awards.

In addition to the top WCOTY award, the all-electric, luxury, performance SUV with a starting suggested retail price of $69,500 won World Car Design and World Green Car of the Year awards.

The trio of wins, unprecedented in World Car history, represented “one small step for Jaguar, one giant leap for electric cars,” said automotive journalist and editor Steve Fowler on Twitter. His comment recalled astronaut Neil Armstrong’s remark when first stepping on the moon 50 years ago.

Jaguar I-PACE with three trophies
Credit: Jaguar via Newspress USA
The Jaguar I-PACE dominated the World Car of the Year awards.

As spectacular as the I-PACE results were, three other vehicles also were recognized with awards, which were announced this week at the New York International Auto Show.

They are the Audi A7, World Luxury Car of the Year; the McLaren 720S, World Performance Car of the Year, and the Suzuki Jimny, World Urban Car of the Year. Three finalists were in the running in each of the six categories during the final round of the WCOTY competition.

The most affordable car available in America, the Kia Soul, with a starting suggested retail price of $16,490, finished second in the Urban Car competition.

All vehicles were scored by an international jury of 86 automotive journalists on seven criteria – occupant environment, performance, value, safety, environment, market significance and emotional appeal – from which WCOTY derived a final overall score in all but the World Car Design competition. That was decided by totaling first- to fifth-place votes for each of the nominees.

Highest scores overall, category and points are:

  1. Jaguar I-PACE, Green Car, 811
  2. Jaguar I-PACE, World Car of the Year, 805
  3. McLaren 720S, Performance Car, 804
  4. Audi e-tron, Green Car, and Mercedes-Benz AMG 4-door Coupe, Performance Car, 790 (tie)
  5. Audi e-tron, World Car of the Year, 784
  6. Hyundai Nexo, Green Car, 767
  7. Audi A7, Luxury Car, and Aston Martin Vantage, Performance Car, 763 (tie)
  8. BMW 8 Series, Luxury Car, 761

Following are the category winners, runners-up and other vehicles considered during the semi-final round, along with final scores in the WCOTY competition:

World Car overall

  1. Jaguar I-PACE (805)
  2. Audi e-tron (784)
  3. Volvo S60/V60 (744)

Others considered:

Volvo XC40 (743)

Mercedes-Benz A-Class (740)

Genesis G70 (735)

Hyundai Nexo (731)

BMW 3 Series (729)

Ford Focus (665)

Suzuki Jimny (649)

Luxury Car

  1. Audi A7 (763)
  2. BMW 8 Series (761)
  3. Audi Q8 (760)

Others considered:

Mercedes-Benz CLS (745)

Volkswagen Touareg (745)

Performance Car

  1. McLaren 720S (804)
  2. Mercedes-Benz AMG 4-door coupe (790)
  3. Aston Martin Vantage (763)

Others considered:

BMW M2 Competition (757)

Hyundai Veloster N (706)

Urban Car

  1. Suzuki Jimny (697)
  2. Kia Soul (695)
  3. Hyundai AH2/Santro (526)

Others considered:

Audi A1 (518)

SEAT Arona (353)

Green Car

  1. Jaguar I-PACE (811)
  2. Audi e-tron (790)
  3. Hyundai Nexo (767)

Others considered:

Kia Niro EV (759)

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid (712)

Car Design

  1. Jaguar I-PACE (312)
  2. Volvo XC40 (267)
  3. Suzuki Jimny (231)

Others considered:

Citroen C5 Aircross (188)

Jaguar E-PACE (172)

The awards began in 2005 and winners have been announced at the New York auto show since 2006.

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