Each year, UK publication, Auto Express, host its World Car of the Year awards. They break it down into five groups: World Car of the Year (COTY), World Luxury COTY, World Performance COTY, World Green COTY and finally World Car Design of the Year. Audi has a car that places as a finalist in three of the five different categories. That’s a pretty excellent hit rate for Car of the Year awards. It also speaks to how well Audi’s latest cars are fairing with journalists and customers alike. So let’s take a look at which Audis are finalists in Auto Express’ World Car of the Year awards.
For overall World Car of the Year, the Audi A4 is among the many finalists. Competing with many excellent cars, such as the BMW X1, Jaguar XE, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Skoda Superb, the Audi A4 actually has a good shot at taking the honors here. It’s just such a great all-around package, offering good looks, an excellent interior that’s probably best-in-class and great handling and performance. It’s hard to count the A4 out as the best overall package on the market right now. The only real competition in its segment that also features as a finalist is the Jaguar XE, which is strange. Auto Express has omitted the perennial winner of such things, the BMW 3 Series, and the new up and comer, the Mercedes-Benz C Class. And since the Audi A4 is a much better overall package than the Jaguar XE, it should have a good chance of winning.
For Audi’s second placement as a finalist, the Audi Q7 is in the running for World Luxury Car of the Year. This is a bit of a shocker, as big SUVs aren’t generally thought of as luxury cars in the traditional sense. But they are luxurious cars after all, so they must qualify. The second-generation Audi Q7 is an absolute gem of a car, offering an incredible combination of luxury, practicality, performance and comfort. We recently drove the 3.0t variant and came away extremely impressed. The Audi Q7 could be the best SUV in its class and it’s absolutely deserving of World Luxury COTY consideration. Though, to win, it does have to beat out some pretty tough competition, such as the brand-new BMW 7 Series and the Volvo XC90.
The last Audi that gets COTY consideration is the Audi R8 for World Performance Car of the Year. What makes this consideration interesting is that the Audi R8 is far more expensive than any other car in the running and price does play a factor. The next most expensive car on the list is the Range Rover Sport SVR, and the R8 is almost double its price. So it will have an uphill battle. However, it brings a lot to the fight, with a 610 hp V10 and a very low three-second 0-60 mph time. The Audi R8 is a precision missile with four wheels and it has looks that kill. It’s also usable everyday, comfortable and decent in bad weather, thanks to its Quattro all-wheel drive, making it the near perfect performance car. However, its $162,000 price tag doesn’t necessarily make it the greatest value.
It’s no coincidence that these three Audis that are nominated for COTY awards are Audi’s latest models. The four-ringed brand has been on a roll as of late, putting out sensational automobiles that have been impressing both critics and customers. These latest models have the ability to be best in their respective classes and that’s evident by their nominations by Auto Express. We’ll keep you updated with winners as they come out.