Japan Car Of The Year (JCOTY) has announced the winner of its 2017-2018 award, the Volvo XC60. Interestingly, the second place of the JCOTY award was handed to the BMW 5 Series, with the Toyota Camry coming in third place.
Last year, the Subaru Impreza bagged the first place. Second and third place went to the Toyota Prius and Audi A4, respectively. In fourth place was the Volvo XC90.
Judges were impressed with the Volvo XC60’s balance between comfort, functionality and driveability. Additionally, the interior and exterior design of the XC60 also reflected the Scandinavian design well. Volvo’s safety equipment and powertrain options including a plug-in hybrid further cemented the XC60’s first place.
JCOTY judges awarded the Volvo XC60 a total of 294 points, ahead of the BMW 5 Series’ 242 points. The new Toyota Camry scored 232 points, while the new Suzuki Swift scored 210 points.