Kia EV9 named World Car of the Year 2024

The Kia EV9 has achieved an impressive dual victory at the 2024 World Car Awards. Revealed during a live announcement at the World Car Awards ceremony at the New York Auto Show last night, the EV9 secured prestigious titles for both World Car of the Year and World Electric Vehicle.

Selected by a jury of 100 automotive journalists representing 29 countries (Eddie Cunningham and Shane O’Donoghue for Ireland), the World Car Awards recognised the Kia EV9’s “innovative design, spacious seven-seat interior, and competitive price point”.

Based on the E-GMP platform, the EV9 is the first Kia to feature fourth-generation battery technology for improved performance.

Kia has previously claimed three wins at the World Car Awards, which were stablished in 2003 – the Telluride as World Car of the Year and the Soul EV as World Urban Car in 2020, along with the Kia EV6 GT taking World Performance Car of the Year in 2023.

Ho Sung Song, president and CEO at Kia said: “We are hugely honoured that the 2024 EV9 has been named the World Car of the Year and World Electric Vehicle. This triumph is a testament to our unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology and design excellence.

“The Kia EV9’s continued success will drive us to keep delivering exceptional vehicles that redefine the driving experience for customers around the world.”

The Kia EV9 is available in Ireland in two trim levels: the generously equipped seven-seater ‘Earth’ model for €77,500, and the AWD 378HP ‘GT-line’ model at €85,500 which offers a choice of six or seven seats.

Using a 350kW DC fast charger, the EV9 can be charged from 10-80 per cent in 24 minutes, while its AC 3-phase charge time is just over nine hours.