Kia EV9 selected as ‘Top Three in the World’ in twin 2024 World Car Awards categories

The Kia EV9 has been named as a Top Three in the World finalist in two categories for the upcoming 2024 World Car Awards. The selection places the all-electric EV9 as a contender in the final round of judging for the World Car of the Year and World Electric Vehicle titles.

Inaugurated in 2003, the World Car Awards are renowned globally as a benchmark for excellence, celebrating outstanding achievements in the automotive industry. Recognition for the Kia EV9 in this year’s competition comes from a jury of more than 100 accomplished global automotive journalists.

The EV9 is Kia’s first dedicated three-row all-electric SUV. Embodying bold and modern design, the flagship SUV offers the latest in EV technology as well as exceptional versatility and generous space for all occupants. With an 5-star Euro NCAP rating, the EV9 won a 2023 ‘Good Design Award’ in the transportation category, with its ‘Ki’ entertainment system scoring a second ‘Good Design Award’ in the interactive media category. It has also been named to Popular Science’s “2023 Best of What’s New” awards, with the editorial team recognising Kia’s flagship for its inventive use of interior materials that ticked all of the boxes on the publication’s ‘10 Must-have Items’ list.

These awards spearhead a dizzying array of additional accolades for the EV9:

  • Winner of the ‘Luxury’ category in the 2024 German Car of the Year Awards;
  • Winner of a prestigious Golden Steering Wheel Award in the ‘Family Cars’ category;
  • Finalist in the 2024 European Car of the Year Awards;
  • Family Car of the Year at the 2023 Awards;
  • Included in Car and Driver’s “10 Best Trucks and SUV” for 2024;
  • “Best 3-row Electric Vehicle” in the 2024 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards;
  • “Best Family Car to Buy 2024” and overall “Best Car to Buy 2024” by The Car Connection and Green Car Reports;
  • 2024 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year;
  • “Top Rated Electric SUV” and overall “Best of the Best” awards in the Edmunds Top Rated Awards;
  • Finalist in PARENTS Best Family Cars Awards 2024;
  • “Best Electric 7-Seater” in the 2024 What Car? Awards;
  • “Best EV” Award in the 2024 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards; and
  • SUV winner in the 2024 Women’s Worldwide Car of the Year Awards (and a finalist for the overall Women’s Worldwide Car of the Year award, which will be announced on 8 March 2024).

A potential double victory for the EV9 this year would mark yet another significant milestone for Kia, following wins at the World Car Awards with the Kia Telluride in 2020 and the Kia EV6 GT in 2023. The final winners will be announced live at the World Car Awards ceremony during the 2024 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) on 27 March 2024.