The trio of finalists for the 2018 World Car of The Year awards saw a line-up of SUVs vying for the title, and so it emerges that the Swedish entrant has come out on top. The Volvo XC60 took home the title ahead of the other two finalists, the Range Rover Velar and the Mazda CX-5. Volvo is carrying some considerable award-winning momentum; the XC60 recently won the North American Utility Car of The Year as well as Japan Car of The Year, while the XC40 took home the European Car of The Year accolade.

The World Luxury Car of the Year award for 2018 was clinched by the Audi A8, beating the finalists which were the Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Panamera. the World Performance Car of The Year award went to the BMW M5, which was incidentally the most powerful of the finalists in this category, its 600 hp overshadowing the 310 PS of the Honda Civic Type R and the 470 hp of the Lexus LC 500.

Though the Range Rover Velar got beaten to the finish line at the overall WCOTY award this year, it didn’t come away empty-handed, having clinched the World Car Design of The Year award, ahead of finalist and overall winner the Lexus LC 500 and the Volvo XC60. Other entries in this category included the BMW i8 and the Lamborghini Urus.

The World Urban Car of The Year award went to the Volkswagen Polo, which beat category finalists the Ford Fiesta and the Suzuki Swift to the title. Other contenders in this category included the Hyundai Kona, Nissan Micra, Kia Picanto, Kia Stonic and SEAT Ibiza. Meanwhile, the Nissan Leaf took home the World Green Car of The Year award ahead of finalists BMW 530e iPerformance, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel.

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GALLERY: Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine



GALLERY: Range Rover Velar

GALLERY: Volkswagen Polo

GALLERY: Nissan Leaf