The 2021 World’s Best Car of the Year was voted by a majority of 50 women motoring journalists from 38 countries on five continents.

The journalists of the Women’s World Car of the Year have chosen the Land Rover Defender as the World’s Best Car 2021.

To reach this result, the jurors of the international team of 50 female motoring experts from 38 countries and five continents have tested dozens of models and evaluated each. Nine vehicles have reached the final, each of them winners in their category, and all of them worthy candidates for the highest trophy. The finalists are:

Peugeot 208: Best Urban Car
Skoda Octavia: Best Family CR
Lexus LC 500 Cabrio: Best Luxury CR
Ferrari F8 Spider: Best Performance Car
Peugeot 2008: Best Urban SUV
Land Rover Defender: Best Medium SUV
Kia Sorento: Best Large SUV
Ford F-150: Best 4×4 & Pick-Up
Honda e: Best EV

After a vote in which different aspects such as safety, performance, comfort, technology and value for money were taken into account, the specialists have given the absolute victory to the Land Rover Defender.

The voting system of the Women’s World Car of the Year was based this year on choosing in the first round the three best cars in each category, taking into account models launched between January and December 2020.

In the second round the jurors have chosen only one, the best in each category in relation to its rivals in the same segment.

The third ballot was undoubtedly the most difficult because the finalists were the winners of each segment, all vehicles with an excellent level.

“The Women’s World Car of the Year is the only jury in the world made up entirely of women motoring journalists. This gives it enormous value because its decisions represent the liking and preferences of millions of women drivers around the globe.

“But cars have no gender and are not subject to stereotypes so the winners of these awards are, quite simply, the best cars in the world.

“And this year’s top winner is the Land Rover Defender”, says Marta Garcia, Executive President of the Women’s World Car of the Year.

The voting was verified by Grant Thornton, from its office in Auckland (New Zealand). The firm has been certifying the results of the Women’s World Car of the Year since its inception in 2009. Paul Kane, a partner in the company, says it is always a hard-fought process.

Women’s World Car of the Year is the only car awards group in the world comprised exclusively by women motoring journalists. It was created by New Zealand motoring journalist, Sandy Myhre, in 2009. She is currently Honorary President while Marta García performs as Executive President.

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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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