The 2022 World Car of the Year Awards have been electrified!

Mike Askew


The shortlist for the 2022 World Car of the Year (WCOTY) Award has just been revealed ahead of the announcement of an overall winner in April and our founder Ginny Buckley is on the judging panel. Of the 10 shortlisted cars, four are all-electric - one more than 2021 when the Volkswagen ID.4 was crowned World Car of the Year.

The 28 nominated contenders were whittled down following extensive testing from a team of more than 100 jurors from 33 countries.  Along with the shortlist for the overall winner there are separate lists for Urban Car of the Year,  Performance Car of the Year, Luxury Car of the Year and new for 2022, Electric Car of the Year.

A separate award for Person of the Year will be presented to someone who has made a significant contribution to the global automotive industry.

The final three contenders for each award will be announced in March with the winner being revealed at the New York International Auto Show on 13 April.   

World Car of the Year 2022 shortlist

- Audi Q4 e-tron
- Cupra Formentor
- Ford Mustang Mach-E
- Genesis G70
- Honda Civic
- Hyundai IONIQ 5
- Hyundai Tucson
- Kia EV6
- Lexus NX
- Toyota GR86 / Subaru BRZ 

The Electric Car of the Year Award shortlist
- Audi e-tron GT
- BMW iX
- Ford Mustang Mach-E
- Hyundai Ioniq 5
- Mercedes-Benz EQS

The 2022 World Urban Car will be chosen from these top five finalists:
- Dacia Sandero
- Opel Mokka
- Renault Kiger
- Toyota Yaris Cross
- Volkswagen Taigun

The 2022 World Luxury Car class has the following top five finalists:
- Audi Q5 Sportback
- BMW iX
- Genesis GV70
- Mercedes-Benz EQS
- Volvo XC40 Recharge

The 2022 World Performance Car top five finalists are:
- Audi e-tron GT
- BMW M3/M4
- Porsche 911 GT3
- Toyota GR86 / Subaru BRZ
- Volkswagen Golf GTI/R

To be eligible for a World Car of the Year award a vehicle must be produced in volumes of at least 10,000 units per year, must be priced below the luxury-car level in their primary markets, and must be “on-sale” in at least two major markets (China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, Latin America, USA) on at least two separate continents within the period January 1, 2021 and March 30, 2022.

VW ID.4 1st edition exterior front driving across bridge Volkswagen's ID.4 was crowned World Car of the Year in 2021

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