These are the best cars in the world in 2018

The winners of the World Car of the Year Awards have been announced at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday evening (29 March).

The Volvo XC60 was announced as the overall winner from an initial entry list of 34 vehicles from all over the world – with the Mazda CX‐5, and Range Rover Velar named as runners-up.

To be eligible for the overall World Car award, the candidates must have been available for sale on at least two continents from 1 January 2017 – 31 May 2018.

This year, vehicles were selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of 82 top‐level automotive journalists from 24 countries.

Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence.  Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work.

Through their respective outlets they collectively reach an audience of multiple millions world‐wide.  The international accounting firm KPMG tabulates the jurors’ ballots.

Previous World Car of the Year winners include:

  • Jaguar F‐PACE (2017)
  • Mazda MX‐5 (2016)
  • Mercedes‐Benz C‐Class (2015)
  • Audi A3 (2014)
  • Volkswagen Golf (2013)
  • Volkswagen Up! (2012)
  • Nissan Leaf (2011)
  • Volkswagen Polo (2010)
  • Volkswagen Golf (2009)
  • Mazda2/Mazda Demio (2008)
  • Lexus LS460 (2007)
  • BMW 3‐Series (2006)
  • Audi A6 (2005)

You can find the complete list of finalists and winners for 2018 detailed below.


2018 World Car of the Year

  • Mazda CX‐5
  • Range Rover Velar
  • Volvo XC60 (Winner)


2018 World Urban Car

  • Ford Fiesta
  • Suzuki Swift
  • Volkswagen Polo (Winner)


2018 World Luxury Car

  • Audi A8 (Winner)
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Porsche Panamera


2018 World Performance Car

  • BMW M5 (Winner)
  • Honda Civic Type R
  • Lexus LC 500


2018 World Green Car

  • BMW 530e iPerformance
  • Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
  • Nissan LEAF (Winner)


2018 World Car Design of the Year

  • Lexus LC 500
  • Range Rover Velar (Winner)
  • Volvo XC60


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