The 2020 World Car Awards had its share of challenges this year due to the coronavirus, but that hasn’t stopped the winners being announced this week. Things kicked off last year at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, where the candidates were presented to the public. Next, test drives took place before the Los Angeles Auto Show back in November. That’s when the real fun began, as each juror got the chance to drive all the nominated vehicles.
Some 86 motoring journalist jurors from 24 different nations decided the 2020 World Car Awards winner.
It’s a big deal for automakers, as a strong showing can add up to a whole lot of attention when potential owners are considering their next purchase.
2020 World Car of the Year: Kia Telluride
The top three finalists for World Car of the Year included the Kia Telluride, Mazda CX-30, and Mazda3.
It’s hard to beat this fantastic SUV when it comes to bang for the buck.
There isn’t a better three-row SUV under $50,000 than the Telluride.
2020 World Urban Car: Kia Soul EV
The top three finalists for World Urban Car include the Kia Soul EV, Mini Electric and the Volkswagen T-Cross.
Both the Kia Soul EV and Mini Cooper SE Electric are the only all-electric vehicles in this category, and hence were pre-chosen by the juror.
And as expected, the Kia Soul EV won the World Urban Car award for its larger battery, longer range, and premium driving feel.
2020 World Luxury Car: Porsche Taycan
The top three finalists for the World Luxury Car award consist of the Mercedes-Benz EQC, Porsche 911, and the Porsche Taycan.
The Porsche 911 is a true-blue sports car. On the other hand, the Mercedes-Benz EQC and Porsche Taycan were also chosen by juror as the frontrunners in this category. The real problem was choosing between the EQC (an electric SUV) and the Taycan (Porsche’s first-ever all-electric four-door performance car).
2020 World Performance Car: Porsche Taycan
The top three finalists for the World Performance Car award were dominated by Porsche, and rightly so.
Picking between the Porsche 718 Spyder/Cayman GT4, 911 Carrera 4S and the Taycan was one of the hardest tasks. And the winner, as you might expect, is the Porsche Taycan.
2020 World Car Design of the Year: Mazda3
Here, the finalists were the Mazda 3, the Peugeot 208, and yet again, the Porsche Taycan.
Mazda3 with its flawless design garnered enough votes to name it World Car Design of the year, beating out the Porsche Taycan and Peugeot 208.