Kia EV9 named World Car of the Year

The Kia EV9 has scored a double victory in the World Car of the Year awards, including claiming the top title for 2024.

The seven-seat electric SUV was selected as the global winner of the prestigious awards, adding to an impressive haul of titles including UK Car of the Year and Women’s Worldwide Car of the Year. It also claimed the title of World Electric Vehicle 2024.

A jury of 100 automotive journalists from 29 countries praised the EV9’s innovative design, spacious seven-seat interior, and competitive pricing.

Ho Sung Song, president and CEO at Kia said. “We are hugely honoured that the 2024 EV9 has been named the World Car of the Year and World Electric Vehicle. This triumph is a testament to our unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology and design excellence. The Kia EV9’s continued success will drive us to keep delivering exceptional vehicles that redefine the driving experience for customers around the world.”

The EV9 is the third electric Kia to win at the WCoTY, following the EV6 GT, which was named World Performance Car of the Year in 2023 and the Soul EV, which took the urban car title in 2020.

Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia North America and Kia America, added: “EV9 is a clear representation of Kia’s vision, and further evidence of our dedication to quality. This award cements Kia’s standing as the frontrunner in sustainable mobility solutions that go beyond conventional automobiles. We share this honour with our global teams who contributed their utmost efforts to drive EV9’s success.”

Other winners announced at World Car Awards ceremony at the New York International Auto Show included the Volvo EX30, which was named World Urban Car and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, which scooped the performance car title.

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Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.