The 2019 I-Pace was named the overall World Car of the Year, voted by a panel of 86 journalists from around the globe. (Full disclosure: The author is a World Car Awards juror.)
"For I-Pace to be awarded 2019 World Car of the Year gives our first all-electric vehicle the ultimate recognition it deserves," Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, said in a statement.
The World Car of the Year runners up were the-- one of the Jaguar's closest competitors -- and the / .
In addition to its overall win, the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace took home the World Green Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year awards. In the Green Car category, the I-Pace beat the Audi E-Tron and hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexo. For World Car Design, the I-Pace bested the and Volvo XC40.
Other World Car Awards winners were the McLaren 720S for Performance Car of the Year, taking top honors over the Aston Martin Vantage and . The 2019 Audi A7 was named World Luxury Car of the Year, with the and BMW 8 Series as its runners up. Finally, in the World Urban Car class, the Suzuki Jimny drove home with the big win, edging out the Kia Soul and Hyundai AH2/Santro.