2016 Middle East Car of the Year winners

2016 Middle East Car of the Year winners


The 2016 Middle East Car Of the Year (MECOTY) awards ceremony was held last week with the results being announced during the reborn 2016 Abu Dhabi Motor Show and Custom Show Emirates that are running concurrently in Abu Dhabi. The final winners were decided by totalling the scores of a jury panel from 12 different publications around the Middle East, including DriveArabia.com’s tiny contribution. Individual awards were given to cars according to their categories, with the main 2016 Middle East Car Of The Year award going to the Volvo XC90, and the winner by public voting being the Audi Q7.

Here’s an exhaustive list of all the categories and winners:

Best Small Sedan: Hyundai Elantra

Best Midsize Sedan: Toyota Camry

Best Large Sedan: Nissan Maxima

Best Large Performance Sedan: Cadillac CTS-V

Best Midsize Executive Sedan: Jaguar XF

Best Large Luxury Sedan: BMW 7-Series

Best Small SUV: Kia Sportage

Best Small Premium SUV: Lexus RX 350

Best Midsize SUV: Ford Explorer

Best Large SUV: Nissan Patrol

Best Midsize Premium SUV: Volvo XC90

Best Premium Performance SUV: Mercedes-Benz GLE63 AMG Coupe

Best Large Premium SUV: Range Rover SV Autobiography

Family MPV: Honda Odyssey J

Best Midsize Truck: Toyota Hilux

Best Hatchback: Mazda 2

Best Performance Hatchback: Audi RS3

Best Compact Sports Convertible: Mazda MX-5

Best Compact Premium Convertible: Volkswagen Beetle

Best Premium Performance Coupe: Mclaren 570S

Best Premium Performance Convertible: Ferrari 488 Spider

Best Premium Luxury Convertible: Rolls Royce Dawn

King of the Desert: Nissan Patrol

Public Car of the Year: Audi Q7

Jury Car of the Year: Volvo XC90

What do you think?



  1. 10 Awards for SUVs alone.. & not one claimed by a Toyota 🙂

    .. but whyyyy????

  2. & who voted for King of the desert? Y62, Y61? Surely by a judging panel whose visit to the desert would’ve only been during vehicle launches?

    Not criticizing the Patrol, great vehicle and offroader but there are superior dune bashers in the market which should’ve won that Title

  3. Kia Sorento won Public Car of the Year 2015…same league with Q7 now.

  4. Nissan maxima large sedan !! But it is so small !! And ford explorer ?

  5. Best Large Luxury Sedan is not a S Class !

  6. My Kia Sportage won

  7. XC90 well deserved though it’s not so popular in this market, apparently.

  8. Best Newcomer of the Year: Chery Tiggo 3

  9. u cant mess with a PATROL ❤️

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