The new Mazda3 has been named as the 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year, edging out a competitive field that included the likes of the Audi e-Tron Quattro, G20 BMW 3 Series, Tesla Model 3 and Volvo S60.

In addition to being named as the Supreme Winner, the fourth-gen Mazda 3 also took home the Family Car of the Year gong at the COTY awards, which was held in Dubai last weekend alongside the Dubai International Motor Show.

Other category winners were the Kia XCeed, which took the Urban Car award, and the Kia Soul EV, which was named as the Green Car of the Year. The BMW 8 Series won the Luxury Car title, while the Performance Car award went to the Porsche 911. Meanwhile, the new Range Rover Evoque was named as the SUV/Crossover of the Year.

Established in 2010, the Women’s World Car of the Year is voted on by a panel of female judges from over 30 different countries, who are asked to vote according to criteria women use when buying a car. These include
safety, value-for-money, aesthetic appearance, storage space, child–friendliness, ease-of-driving, colour, sex appeal and a vehicle’s environmental footprint, elements that appeal very strongly to women.

The new Mazda 3 was launched in Malaysia in July, and is available in three variants (1.5, 2.0 High and 2.0 High Plus) and two body styles (sedan and hatchback) locally.