World Luxury Car of the Year

The shortlist for World Luxury Car of the Year is out. Image: The South African.

These are your finalists for World Luxury Car of the Year

BMW, Land Rover, Genesis and Lucid feature prominently in the shortlist for World Luxury Car of the Year. Which will take the crown?

World Luxury Car of the Year

The shortlist for World Luxury Car of the Year is out. Image: The South African.

Announced this week, the five finalists for the World Luxury Car of the Year competition represent the very cutting edge of automotive technology. Let’s take a closer look at the contestants.

World Luxury Car of the Year: The shortlist

BMW i7/7 Series

World Luxury Car of the Year
BMW 7 Series. Image: BMW.

It represents the pinnacle of BMW luxury, and we’ve always loved the big 7 because it was the sportiest of the luxury limos. Now the i7 introduces an all-electric element into the mix. Locally, non-electrified 7s use the 740i six-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. And retail from R2.1 to R2.5 million.

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Genesis G90

World Luxury Car of the Year
Meet the Merc S-Class-fighting Genesis G90. Image: Genesis.

While the luxury arm of Hyundai is not available in South Africa, the Korean firm is responsible for some excellent luxury vehicles. The G90 is the peak of the pyramid and is aimed squarely at the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series.

Lucid Air

Image: Lucid.

The newest breed of luxury EVs, Lucid has taken the electric start-up approach like Tesla, and the Air is seriously impressive for a first product. The headlines on the top performing model are 0-100 km/h in 2,6 seconds and a cruising range of 600 km. With figures like those it will be hard to beat.

Range Rover

Range Rover Autobiography. Image: Land Rover.

It’s fair to say we were a little underwhelmed when the new Range Rover broke cover last year. It looked more or less the same as its predecessor just with the price ratcheted up. How short-sighted of us, because when we took a spin in one, we quickly realised it was the consummate luxury 4×4. It’s in with a great shout this year.

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Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover’s smaller sister, the Sport. Image: Land Rover.

Just as long as its baby sister, the Range Rover Sport, doesn’t rain on the parade. Luxury can be many things to many people, and if your idea is of a little less opulence, but more sportiness, then the Sport is your pick of the Range Rover bunch.

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When is the announcement?

The World Luxury Car of the Year 2023 will be announced on 5 April 2023 at the New York International Auto Show, along with winners in other categories, including: EV, Performance, Urban, Design and the overall World Car of the Year.

Previous World Luxury Car of the Year winners:

2021: Mercedes-Benz EQS
2020: Porsche Taycan
2019: Audi A7
2018: Audi A8
2017: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2016: BMW 7 Series