The World Car Awards has announced its three finalists for the overall car of the year, with all three models being EVs for the first time.

Voted for by 102 motoring journalists from across 33 countries, this year it’s the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6 that have been named as the three finalists. 

Let’s start with the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which is the brand’s bold new electric SUV that gets styling inspiration from the iconic Mustang muscle car it shares a name with. Packed with a range of technology, the line-up has recently been expanded with a sporty new GT version. It also has one of the longest ranges of any EV, as it can travel up to 379 miles from a single charge.


(Hyundai IONIQ 5)

Moving on to the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6, which both use the same underpinnings that enable 800-volt electrification. In short, that means they can charge exceptionally quickly – with a charge from 10 to 80 per cent possible in just 18 minutes in ideal conditions. The Hyundai offers a design like no other, with its quirky futuristic design inside and out, while the Kia EV6 is a very upmarket offering that pushes boundaries for this South Korean manufacturer. 

It’s worth noting the Hyundai IONIQ 5 was recently named as UK Car of the Year, with the Kia EV6 taking top honours in the equivalent European awards. 

On top of the three overall finalists, the shortlisted cars in each category have also been detailed, including World Car Design of the Year, World Electric Vehicle of the Year and World Performance Car.


(Kia EV6)

The overall winner of the World Car Awards will be announced on April 13 at the New York International Auto Show.