For the second consecutive time, the 2018 World Car of the Year award will be won by yet another SUV following the Jaguar F-Pace’s triumphant feat last year. The winner, set to be revealed at the New York International Auto Show on March 28, will be chosen from three finalists – the Mazda CX-5, Range Rover Velar and Volvo XC60, each receiving enough votes from over 80 jurors.

The Velar and XC60 are also in the running to win the World Car Design of the Year, with the third entry being the stunning Lexus LC500. In Malaysia, the LC 500 carries a price tag of RM940,000, and it drives nearly as good as it looks.

Speaking of driving, the World Performance Car finalists are the Lexus LC 500, F90 BMW M5 and the FK8 Honda Civic Type R. The M5 has already been launched in Thailand and is currently on its way to Malaysia, but if you fancy yourself a manual-only performance car, then the Civic Type R can be yours for RM320k.

Over in the World Luxury Car category, Porsche took two spots with the Cayenne and Panamera, while the high-tech Audi A8 completes the list of three. Another finalist from the Volkswagen Group is the sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo, and it goes up against the Suzuki Swift and Ford Fiesta in the World Urban Car category.

The final category is of course the World Green Car, with the trio being the Nissan Leaf, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and G30 BMW 530e iPerformance. The Bimmer is the only car from this category that’s on sale in Malaysia right now, and the EEV is priced at RM344k. The all-electric Leaf, on the other hand, is slated for launch by the end of the year.

So, do you agree with this list, and between the XC60, Velar and CX-5, which model do you think is worthy of being the 2018 World Car of the Year? Sound off in the comments section below!