World Car Awards 2022 ‘Top Three’ finalists revealed

The 2022 World Car of the Year will again be a pure electric vehicle as the top three finalists for the prized gong are revealed.

2022 World Car Awards LA test drives

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2022 World Car Awards LA test drives

The Ford Mustang Mach-e, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 have come out on top of a 10-car group of finalists and will now battle for the top prize to be presented in New York next month.

The winner will follow on from the 2021 victor, the Volkswagen ID.4 – continuing the reign of EVs in the World Car of the Year category.

Another electric car, the Jaguar I-Pace, scooped the top prize in 2019.

The 2022 winner will be announced at this year’s New York International Auto Show on Wednesday 13 April.

2022 World Car Awards finalists

Finalists for the 2022 awards in five other categories have been announced too.

For the World Electric Vehicle of the Year, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 goes up against the Audi e-tron GT and Mercedes-Benz EQS.

The Audi is also a finalist for World Performance Car, along with the BMW M3 and M4, and Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ.

In the World Urban Car category, the Vauxhall Opel Mokka (and pure electric Mokka-e) take on the hybrid Toyota Yaris Cross and affordable Volkswagen Taigun.

At the other end of the spectrum, World Luxury Car is between the BMW iX, Genesis GV70 and Mercedes-Benz EQS.

The World Car Design of the Year will be decided between the Audi e-tron GT, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.

A jury of 102 automotive writers from 33 countries – including Motoring Research’s Richard Aucock – have conducted endless test drives and several rounds of voting to determine the 2022 World Car Finals.

KPMG tabulates the results and all ballots remain secret until the day of the presentation.

It is the 17th time the World Car Awards have been presented at the New York Auto Show.

“We are proud to be part of the most important automotive awards program on the planet,” said New York Auto Show president, Mark Schienberg.

“We are looking forward to coming back this spring and announcing the winners live at the Auto Show in April.”

World Car Finals 2022

2022 World Car of the Year finalists

  • Ford Mustang Mach-E
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5
  • Kia EV6

2022 World Electric Vehicle of the Year finalists

  • Audi e-tron GT
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5
  • Mercedes-Benz EQS

2022 World Urban Car finalists

  • Vauxhall Opel Mokka
  • Toyota Yaris Cross
  • Volkswagen Taigun

2022 World Luxury Car finalists

  • BMW iX
  • Genesis GV70
  • Mercedes-Benz EQS

2022 World Performance Car finalists

  • Audi e-tron GT
  • BMW M3 / M4
  • Toyota GR86 / Subaru BRZ

2022 World Car Design of the Year finalists

  • Audi e-tron GT
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5
  • Kia EV6


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