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World Car of the Year 2024

 Published 17th June 2024
Driver Guides  General Guides 

It is the mission of the World Car Awards and its 100+ global jurors to recognise, reward and inspire automotive excellence, leadership, and innovation in a rapidly changing automotive industry. Those aren’t our words, but the words of the organisation behind the awards. Now in its 20th year, the annual World Car Awards is now the number one awards programme in the world, and the results of the 2024 voting have now been revealed.

The jurors have driven and evaluated a wide range of new vehicles currently for sale in multiple markets around the world. The results have been compiled and we now know the winners of the World Car Design, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Urban Car, World Electric Vehicle and World Car of the Year.

We’ve taken a look at the results to give you a quick rundown of each category winner. If you’re currently trying to decide on your next lease car, this might be a useful place to start narrowing down that choice.

And if we’re going to start anywhere, it’s only right we start with the winner of the overall World Car of the Year category.

World Car of the Year 2024 - Kia EV9

World Car of the Year 2024

This year’s World Car of the Year is actually a double winner. The Kia EV9 achieved a remarkable dual victory at the 2024 World Car Awards, securing the title of both World Car of the Year and World Electric Vehicle.

Two wins in the World Car Awards add to an already impressive haul of accolades for the Kia EV9. Since its introduction, the EV9 has collected a number of prizes, including winning ‘Family Car of the Year’ at the 2023 Awards, overall ‘Car of the Year’ and ‘Best Premium Electric Car’ at the 2024 DrivingElectric Awards; and most recently being named ‘UK Car of the Year 2024’ by a panel of 30 of the UK’s top automotive, business, and tech-focused journalists.

This year’s World Car Awards recognised the Kia EV9’s innovative design, spacious seven-seat interior, and competitive price point. Based on the E-GMP platform, the EV9 is the first Kia to feature fourth-generation battery technology for improved performance. If you want efficiency, comfort, space, and generous trim levels, the Kia EV9 has the awards to prove it’s one of the best around at the moment.

World Luxury Car 2024 - BMW 5 Series

World Luxury Car 2024

Over the years, BMW has collected eight wins in the World Car Awards. This ninth title win is the just the latest in a long line of distinctions amassed by the new BMW 5 Series over the past few months.

The BMW 5 Series fended off competition from a field of 13 new luxury vehicles, winning over the jury not only with the power delivery from its portfolio of electrified combustion engines as well as the electric drive system, but also with its high comfort levels over long-distance journeys and numerous digital innovations.

More dynamic than ever, brimming with digital innovations, with a spacious interior exuding a premium feel and – in the shape of the BMW i5, with a fully electric drivetrain for the first time, the new BMW 5 Series reinforces its claim to leadership in the premium executive class.

World Performance Car Award 2024 - Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

World Performance Car Award 2024

Another category won by a car that’s on a bit of a winning streak at the moment. The Hyundai IONIQ 5 range has already collected four major World Car Award wins in the last three years. That success continued with the IONIQ 5 N’s victory in the performance car category.

Introduced in July 2023 as Hyundai N’s first EV, IONIQ 5 N represents a new segment of driver-focused high-performance EVs through new technologies and track day capabilities. It combines the standard IONIQ 5’s electric platform (E-GMP) with N’s motorsport-bred technologies and expertise. This ground-breaking high-performance EV is helping to reshape the future of electric driving by creating driver-focused electric cars. It’s also responsible for the fastest lap of the Nürburgring by an electric SUV.

The IONIQ 5 N is a sports car designed for daily use, offering both thrilling and comfortable driving experiences. With an impressive all-electric driving range of up to 278 miles, it provides a perfect balance between exhilarating performance and practical commuting. It’s even got a drift mode to help you look like a pro on the track, although wiping the grin off your face afterwards may prove a bit more difficult.

World Urban Car 2024 - Volvo EX30

World Urban Car 2024

The Volvo EX30 was only revealed last summer, and it’s already won several major awards, including The Sun Car of the Year, the Small SUV/Crossover of the Year award from The Sunday Times, and the Eco Warrior of the Year award from Top Gear magazine. You can now add World Urban Car of the Year to that list of accolades.

In the relatively short time since it was first unveiled, the Volvo EX30 has proven to be a very popular car. It is the smallest SUV in the Volvo line-up and is built on a purpose-designed electric car platform. In addition to producing zero tailpipe emissions, it has been developed with a focus on reducing the car’s carbon footprint to a minimum.

Leasing a Volvo EX30 gives you a choice of three electric powertrains: a Single Motor version with a 51kWh battery; a Single Motor Extended Range with battery capacity increased to 69kWh; and a Twin Motor Performance model with the 69kWh battery and a very healthy 428bhp for you to play with. A driving range of up to 296 miles and the ability to recharge the battery in a little over 25 minutes makes it a very practical choice.

World Car Design of the Year 2024 - Toyota Prius

World Car Design of the Year 2024

This year’s winner has barely made it to the UK and it’s already picking up awards. The latest generation of the Toyota Prius only went on sale in the UK at the beginning of March, and first deliveries aren’t due to commence until the summer. If you’ve already added your name to the list, congratulations on making an award-winning choice.

Since its bold redesign in 2023, the Toyota Prius has been turning heads and earning high praise with its sporty exterior styling and sleek silhouette. In terms of design and engineering, Toyota has tried to reimagine the Prius, and in the process turned this iconic hybrid into an award-winning car that’s received an overwhelmingly positive response from journalists and customers alike.

Powered by the fifth generation Toyota Hybrid System with a 2.0-litre engine, the new Prius is capable of achieving up to 57mpg. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models offer a good balance of power and economy with up to 196bhp available from the hybrid system. Available in LE, XLE, or Limited grades, the Toyota Prius is packed with options and technology like the Toyota Audio Multimedia Audio system and comes with Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 as standard.

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