Kia Telluride wins 2020 World Car of the Year ahead of Mazda 3 and CX-30

The Kia Telluride large SUV has won 2020 World Car of the Year, edging out a pair of new Mazda models, the Mazda3 small car and CX-30 small SUV.

The Telluride was voted the winner by 86 jurors from 24 countries, with more than 50 new models assessed.

Significantly, Kia’s big win was the first by any South Korean brand in World Car of the Year’s 16-year history.

As reported, the Telluride is a left-hand-drive eight-seater that’s currently built in the US, primarily for the North American market.

Kia wasn’t done there, though, with the all-electric Soul EV small SUV taking home 2020 World Urban Car, with the all-electric Mini Electric small hatch and the Volkswagen T-Cross small SUV also finishing on the podium.

While the Mazda3 missed out on the headline award, it did pick up 2020 World Car Design of the Year, beating the Peugeot 208 light hatch and all-electric Porsche Taycan large sedan.

Speaking of which, the Taycan double-dipped, capturing the 2020 World Luxury Car and 2020 World Performance Car gongs ahead of the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQC mid-size SUV and the Porsche 911 sports car, and Porsche Cayman GT4 and 911 sports cars respectively.