It’s Jaguar’s first European award

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The Jaguar I-Pace has been voted the European Car of the Year at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The I-Pace is the first Jaguar that won the coveted prize. It’s also the only electric car from this year’s list of finalists

Seven Finalists

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The jury that comprised 60 journalists from 23 countries had to pick from seven finalist vehicles this year. The I-Pace scored 250 points and took a narrow win over the Alpine A110, which had similar results. The Kia Ceed ended the competition in third place with 247 points. Fourth on the list was the new Ford Focus (235 points).

The remaining finalists were the Citroen C5 Aircross (210 points), the Peugeot 508 (192 points), and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class (116). Surprisingly enough, the C5 Aircross was the only crossover on this list. The 2017 and 2018 awards saw two crossovers make it in the finals. In 2018, the award went to an SUV, the Volvo XC40.

First EV to win since 2011

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The Jaguar I-Pace was the only electric car on this year's finalist list, but it's also the first EV to win the award since 2011, when the Nissan Leaf took the prize ahead of the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

The BMW i3 and Tesla Model S came close in 2014, when they lost to the Peugeot 308.

As for hybrids, the Opel Ampera won the award in 2012, while the Toyota Prius triumphed back in 2005. The Toyota CH-R is among the very few hybrids that made it in the finals in recent years.

Jaguar’s only victory so far

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The I-Pace is the first Jaguar to win the European car of the Year award and the first to make it in the finals since 2016. Three years ago, the XE sedan finished fourth behind the Opel Astra, Volvo XC90, Mazda MX-5, and Audi A4. In 2002, the X-Type took last place in a final won by the Peugeot 307.

The Award dates back to 1964

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The European Car of the Year award was established in 1964 for new cars released in the twelve months prior to the award.

The inaugural prize was won by the Rover 2000, followed by the Austin 1800 in 1965 and the Renault 16 in 1966.

Fiat is the automaker with the most wins, scoring nine awards between 1967 and 2008. Notable cars that won the prize include the 124, Punto, Bravo, and the 500. Renault comes in second with six awards between 1966 and 2006, two of which were scored by the Clio. Ford, Opel, and Peugeot have won five awards, while Volkswagen has four trophies.

As an interesting fact, Toyota is the only non-European carmaker that own this award. Although Ford has five under its belt, all were taken for models developed in Europe. Chevrolet is also listed as winner for the Volt, which was a joint candidate with the Opel and Vauxhall Ampera in 2012.

The Renault Clio and Volkswagen Golf are the only cars that won the award twice. The prize was given to only four premium cars so far: Mercedes-Benz S-Class (1974), Porsche 928 (1978), Volvo XC40 (2018), and Jaguar I-Pace (2019).

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace.

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4 MARCH 2019

The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE has been voted ‘Car of the Year’ at the European Car of the Year Awards 2019. This is the first time a Jaguar has won the coveted prize.

Jaguar I-PACE wins European Car of the Year 2019 award
60 expert journalists chose Jaguar’s all-electric performance SUV above six other finalists
European sales to date represent 75 per cent of total global I-PACE volume*
Jaguar public charging service provides easy access to more than 85,000 charging points throughout Europe
I-PACE has won 55 awards globally since launch a year ago
The European Car of the Year jury comprises 60 motoring journalists from 23 countries, and the award recognises technical innovation, design, performance, efficiency and value for money.

For our first electric vehicle to also be the first Jaguar to win European Car of the Year gives us a huge sense of pride. I-PACE was designed and engineered in the UK from a clean sheet of paper. It is the most technologically advanced battery electric vehicle. It’s a true game-changer. Winning European Car of the Year is an honour and real recognition of what our world-class team has delivered.

Designed and developed in the UK, the Jaguar I-PACE has had profound sales success globally, with more than 8,000 customer deliveries to date – 75 per cent of them in Europe*.

Nothing else on the road looks or drives like the I-PACE. It is engineered to take full advantage of its electric powertrain and bespoke aluminium architecture, offering sports car performance and SUV practicality.

Charging is made easy for customers using the Jaguar public charging service, accessed via a dedicated app or using an RFID key. With tailor-made charging packages and tariffs compiled into a simple monthly bill, it gives I-PACE customers access to more than 85,000 charging points throughout Europe.

The I-PACE has received 55 awards worldwide since it was revealed a year ago, including German, Norwegian and UK Car of the Year, BBC TopGear magazine EV of the Year, China Green Car of the Year, and Autobest’s ECOBEST Award.

For more information on the I-PACE, visit

*Figures correct up to 31 January 2019

Jaguar’s electric performance SUV triumphed over six other finalists – the Alpine A110, Citroën C5 Aircross, Ford Focus, Kia Ceed, Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Peugeot 508 – and was the only vehicle on the shortlist to boast zero emissions.

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