World Car of the Year shortlist announced

The prestigious World Car of the Year award will be announced at the 2018 New York International Auto Show on 28 March. The awards, which are selected by a panel of automotive journalists, is celebrating its 15th year in 2018.

This year's shortlist consists of 10 cars, and the UK is well represented with two Land Rover models in the running – the Land Rover Discovery and stylish Range Rover Velar. In fact, SUVs dominate the finalists, with half of the 10 competitors being high-riding off-roaders.

The full shortlist is as follows...

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World Car of the Year finalists

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Alfa Romeo Giulia

The Italian brand's first entry into the compact saloon category since the beautiful 156, the Giulia is great to drive, great to look at and can be had as a fire-breathing 503bhp Quadrifoglio model.


The latest incarnation of BMW's popular family SUV, the X3 offers a luxurious interior and great driving dynamics, though the exterior styling is very similar to its predecessor.

Kia Stinger

Not many people expected Kia's first true sports car to be this good, but the Stinger is far more of a hit than a miss. It's surprisingly decent to drive and looks fantastic.

Land Rover Discovery

The preserve of working farms and school runs, the new Discovery offers Range-Rover levels of luxury with one of the most practical interiors on the market today.

Mazda CX-5

One of the best family crossovers money can buy. The CX-5 looks good, drives well, and should be trouble-free to own.

Nissan Leaf

The second generation of the world's most popular electric vehicle is better than ever, with sophisticated new technology, more conventional looks and a spacious interior.

Range Rover Velar

Though most Land Rover products are unashamedly off-road biased, the Velar is low-slung, sleek and stylish. It's also got a stunning interior and should be one of the most desirable fashion statements around.

Toyota Camry

The only car on this list not on sale in the UK, the Camry has always been incredibly popular worldwide – and is the best-selling saloon car in America by a mile.

Volkswagen T-Roc

The T-Roc is VW's first entry into the incredibly crowded compact SUV market, and it's a good one. Great to drive, stylish, and bound to be a best-seller.

Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is just about the safest car you can buy today, according to Euro NCAP. That's not the only feather in its cap though, as it's good looking, packed with technology and comfortable.

The winner will be announced alongside the separate winners from WCotY's other categories – World Urban Car, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car and World Green Car.

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