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Every year, the team at Motoring World sits down and takes a good look at all the four-wheelers that were launched in the previous year. We’ll admit it — it’s a fun exercise, and something that we look forward to. Having discussed, argued, fought, laughed and finally agreed our way through our Jury Rounds, we are left with a select set of the very best automotive products — the ones making up the Motoring World Awards. Here, then, are our winners for 2021!

Hatchback of the Year
MUV of the Year
Compact SUV of the Year
SUV of the Year
Premium SUV of the Year
Luxury SUV of the Year
Premium Car of the Year
Luxury Car of the Year
Performance Car of the Year
Performance SUV of the Year

Design of the Year
EV of the Year
Car of the Year


Hatchback of the Year

Hyundai i20

A well-loved car in all-new clothes — and the clothes are from Savile Row. The new Hyundai i20 is a slick looker, loaded with every feature you could possibly want and comes with great engines, including a barnstorming turbo petrol option which makes it a genuine hot hatch. Is it any wonder we think so highly of it?

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MUV of the Year

Kia Carnival

This is the closest you can get to having an apartment on wheels. The Kia Carnival is so refined, so luxurious and so utterly practical that it makes the competition look rather pedestrian. AT this price, nothing else comes close.

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Compact SUV of the Year

Kia Sonet

This is a brilliant example of using an existing platform and taking it to the next level. There’s a reason the Kia Sonet is flying off the shelves — it’s the sportiest all-round compact SUV that money can buy at the moment, and it’s feature-packed and comfortable to boot.

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SUV of the Year

Hyundai Creta

We’ll have a glass or two of whatever the Hyundai Creta is having, because seldom do you come across a vehicle of any class that ticks so many boxes — comfort, build quality, features, practicality, frugality and many more. We’d go so far as to say that it’s one of the best cars Hyundai has ever made.

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Premium SUV of the Year

Skoda Karoq

When you’re aiming to take the legendary Yeti’s place, you’d better bring your A game — and the Skoda Karoq does so in emphatic fashion. It’s built like a tank, has a wonderful petrol engine, offers top notch comfort and handles more like a car than an SUV. What’s not to like, really?

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Luxury SUV of the Year

Mercedes-Benz GLS

You would be hard pressed to find another vehicle that combines road presence, amazing levels of luxury and, well, amazing levels of luxury like the Mercedes-Benz GLS does. It’s a technology-loaded Presidential Suite, and one that we’d be happy to stay in.

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Premium Car of the Year

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

Just because it’s a small BMW doesn’t mean the 2 Series Gran Coupe isn’t a proper BMW. It looks like it means business, and the moment you drive it, you realise it is the business — fast, agile, well built and fun.

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Luxury Car of the Year

Audi A8L

As supremely sybaritic as it is lengthy, the Audi A8L is one of those cars that feels just right the moment you sink into its luxurious cabin. It has everything a buyer in this stratosphere could want — cutting edge technology, brilliant comfort, superb ride quality, sophisticated looks and much more. A shoo-in if there ever was one.


Performance Car of the Year

Mercedes-AMG GT63 4-Door Coupe

Combining the thunderous performance of a true sportscar with the luxury you would associate with a limousine, the Mercedes-AMG GT63 4-Door Coupe provides the best of both worlds in a truly enthralling manner. Its exhaust note alone had us at idle; when we flung it around corners, we knew it was truly special.

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Performance SUV of the Year

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe

‘Performance’ and ‘SUV’ are normally not words that go well together, but the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 proves that theory wrong. It’s one of the most entertaining machines we drove last year, across segments, and the best part is that it’s assembled right here in India.

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Design of the Year

Land Rover Defender

The Defender looks impressive in photographs; when you’re standing next to it in the flesh, it’s downright gobsmacking. With the presence of a luxury villa, the legendary toughness of a… well, Land Rover and every creature comfort you can possibly want, this is an SUV that looks set to become an icon in its own right.

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EV of the Year

Tata Nexon EV

The future appears to be electric, and if that future is filled with cars like the Tata Nexon EV, we won’t be complaining. It has all the attributes that have made the Nexon so popular — safety, looks, comfort, value — with the added advantage of an eco-friendly motor. And any vehicles that spins its wheels during acceleration is fine by us.

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Car of the Year

Mahindra Thar

As a standalone vehicle, the Mahindra Thar is very good. As a generational leap, it’s extraordinary — there’s literally a night and day difference between the older one and this machine. It’s designed and made in India, it’s extremely safe, it’s easy and fun to drive every day and it’ll eat trails for breakfast. This is a stellar achievement, and eminently worthy of our biggest award.

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