Womens World Car of the Year - Introduction

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2017 winners of the Women's World Car of the Year: Hyundai Ioniq (Supreme/Green Car); Mazda CX5 (Family); Ford Fiesta (Budget); Peugeot 3008 (SUV/Crossover); BMW 5 Series (Luxury); Honda Civic Type R (Performance). Holly Reich/Dream Car is McLaren 720S.

SUPREME WINNER    -        Hyundai Ioniq

This was a clear winner. All three models in the range were considered and treated as one car for voting purposes – the Ioniq EV, Ioniq Hybrid and PHEV Plug-in Hybrid. Runner-up was the Mazda CX-5.  The Ioniq also won the Green Car category.


FAMILY CAR:                               Mazda CX5

This was an exceptionally close vote between the Mazda CX5 and the Hyundai i30. Right until the last votes were received the result could have gone either way. In fact, the Mazda CX-5 was nominated consistently in two categories – this Family Car category and the SUV/Crossover category.

BUDGET CAR:                              Ford Fiesta

This segment was very clear with the Ford Fiesta ahead of the Kia Rio by several points with the Citroen C3 coming in at third place.

GREEN CAR:                                Hyundai Ioniq – EV, Hybrid, PHEV

The Korean car was a clear winner ahead of the Toyota Prius Pug-in Hybrid. The Toyota Prius and the Kia Niro were almost equal until the last votes were in.  

SUV/CROSSOVER:                    Peugeot 3008

The Peugeot 3008 convincingly won over the Mazda CX-5 which, in fact, did well to rate so highly in three categories.  Third was the Volvo XC60.

LUXURY CAR:                             BMW 5 Series

No question here, the BMW 5 Series scored consistently highly and ahead of the Volvo S90 with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class in third place.

PERFORMANCE CAR:              Honda Civic Type R

This segment was fairly closely-fought between the Honda and the Mazda MX5 RF which was runner-up. Third was the BMW M2 Coupe. 


CEO, Women’s World Car of the Year, Sandy Myhre (New Zealand):

“The car that wins the Supreme award has gone through a rigorous test by 25 judges from 20 different countries who are on the panel of Women’s World Car of the Year.

“It’s a democratic process and cars that have won categories and the supreme winner really have to stand out.”

“It must be mentioned that Mazda did very well to have three cars nominated, and score so highly, in all three categories.”

DREAM CAR:                    McLaren 720S

Judges are asked to nominate one car only for this award, their dream car, the one they’d like to own.  For 2016 and 2017 McLaren was a clear winner over other contenders that included the likes of Aston Martin Rapide S, Aston Martin DB11, Maserati Levante, Ferrari Portofino and Ferrari GTC4 Russo.


Judges nominate their preferences.  This year 420 cars were on the first nomination list, whittled down to the top 60.   Judges then vote on those cars by allocating points. Voting is by secret ballot and audited by international accountancy company Grant Thornton from their Auckland (NZ) office.  Director, Paul Kane, said voting is not always predictable.

“This year, the Hyundai Ioniq was a standout.  It’s always a tight competition but there were a couple of cars that were ahead of the others in their category, notably, the Ford Fiesta and the BMW 5 Series.”


Previous Supreme Winners:

·       2016: Jaguar F-Pace

·       2015: Volvo XC90

·       2014: Mercedes-Benz S-Class

·       2013: Ford Fiesta Ecoboost

·       2012 Range Rover Evoque

·       2011: BMW 5 Series and Citroën DS3 (tie)

·       2010: Jaguar XF

JUDGES 2017:

All 25 judges from 20 different countries are established motoring writers. Women’s World Car of the Year is the only car awards in the world voted entirely by women.





Alicia Ryzewski


Anat Daniel


Carla Ribeiro


Caroline Duval


Charlene Clarke

South Africa

Fran Muñoz Matus


Geraldine Herbert


Isabel del Angel Negrete


Jacqui Madelin

New Zealand  

Jil McIntosh   


Liz Swanton   


Maggie Barry 


Marta Garcia


Nadine Armstrong


Nguyen Hoa


Odiel Mennink


Regina Chan


Renuka Kirpalani


Rita Cook


Sandy Myhre

New Zealand  

Sara Soria


Sevil Okumus 


Solveig Grewe


Sue Baker       


Ylle Rajasaar 


Trophy Presentations:

A time and date for presenting the 2017 trophy to Hyundai will be announced shortly.

In presenting the 2016 Supreme Award to Dr Ralph Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, and Ian Callum, the Designer of the Jaguar F-Pace, history was made.  It was the first time since the motor car was invented that 11 women motoring writers had been in the same room at the same time.      

Holly Reich Dream Car Award:

This award is dedicated to the memory of Holly Reich, one of our judges from New York, who passed away in October 2016.

Scotland’s Maggie Barry, Motoring Editor for Media Scotland, and England’s Sue Baker, Vice President, UK Guild of Motoring Writers, presented two certificates to McLaren Cars in Woking, UK, on 13th November - one for the McLaren 570S winning the 2016 Dream Car Award and for the McLaren 720S winning this year’s award.  

It’s the first time one car company has won back-to-back awards in this category or, indeed, any other category in the eight-year history of Women’s World Car of the Year.