Every year around Easter, the New York International Auto Show sweeps into Manhattan — and with it come the annual World Car Awards. The WCA jury is made up of over 80 automotive journalists and industry professionals from more two dozen countries, who come together to decide the absolute best cars across six different categories.
At the 2019 World Car Awards, however, only four cars took home awards. That’s because the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace not only swept up the Green Car and Design of the Year Awards, it also took home the big one: World Car of The Year. The other winners include the Audi A7 Suzuki Jimni 4×4 and McLaren 720S.
World Car of The Year/ Green Car of the Year/ Design of the Year
2019 Jaguar I-Pace “The I-Pace has a great deal of Jaguar DNA flowing in its shape. Jaguar designer Ian Callum’s pen is strong here, and there’s a clear through-line between this car and his other works, like the Jaguar F-Pace, though I feel like there’s even a hint of Jaguar C-X75 in its overall form.” – Alex Kalogianni, Contributor
World Urban Car
2019 Suzuki Jimny 4×4 “Would this car thrive in the U.S.? Sure. It’s cool and fun and will take you where you want to go for thousands less than its closest competitor. And yeah, it’s cute, too.” – Eric Adams, Contributor
World Luxury Car
2019 Audi A7 “An even more elegant upgrade, though, sits at the corners, with the headlights and taillights, which in the upper trims – namely the Prestige – perform brisk little light shows each time you lock and unlock the vehicle. The HD Matrix-design LED headlights feature distinctive vertical bars, and can be augmented with an optional laser light booster that doubles the reach of the headlights ahead of you.” – Eric Adams, Contributor
World Performance Car
2019 McLaren 720S “Thanks to a strong focus on ergonomics, the 720S is just as easy to park in a garage as it is to take on a road trip as it is to scream around a race track.” – Nick Caruso, Coordinating Producer