It was at the 2020 Auto Expo in February that the World Car Awards finalists were announced, and the top three were finally announced in March 2020. Well, now is the time to reveal the winner, the Kia Telluride is the 2020 World Car Of The Year. The Kia Telluride beats the likes of the Mazda CX-30 and the Mazda 3. The car has gone through a long screening process that started at the New York Motor Show in 2019.
The 86 World Car Awards jurors from around the world were active in collecting the nominations after, which the jury left for the test drives to Los Angeles, where they got their hands on all the nominated cars. The votes were finally in, and the finalists were announced. The Kia Telluride was picked from a whole lot of nominees in the final round.
The Kia Telluride is a first-ever Kia’s full-size SUV designed uniquely through some specific elements. The vertical headlamps with orange DRLs are very interesting and special. The tiger-nose grille is wide and the car gets a stunning wedge-shaped D-pillar as the rear angles look more like Range Rover. The tailgate is wide and the taillights are very character-defining again.
The Kia Telluride gets a 3.8-liter V6 GDI petrol engine tuned to make 285bhp and 355Nm of peak torque. The motor comes with an 8-Speed auto gearbox and there’s no manual option, which makes sense in this segment.
In addition to the World Car of the Year Award, Kia Motors won the World Urban Car award with the Kia Soul, making it the first Korean carmaker to do so. The Kia Telluride was chosen from an initial 2020 World Car of The Year entry list of 29 vehicles from all over the world, while the Kia Soul EV was chosen for an initial entry list of 8 World Urban Car contenders. Both vehicles were Top 3 among the World finalists in their respective categories.