Ioniq 5 cleans up Car of the Year awards as electrics steal the show


South Korean carmaker Hyundai has won big in this year’s Auto Express New Car Awards, with its all-electric Ioniq 5 mid-sized SUV driving away with not only the Car of the Year award, but also the Mid-size Company Car, Premium Electric Car, and Design awards.

Meanwhile, in the City Car of the Year award, Italian automaker Fiat won for its tiny Fiat 500 electric city car, and German automaker Volkswagen won Small Company Car of the Year for the Volkswagen electric ID.3.

In the Auto Express New Car Awards’ electric-specific categories, the Renault Zoe won for Affordable Electric Car of the Year, the Vauxhall Vivaro-e won for Electric Van of the Year, while the Hyundai Ioniq 5 unsurprisingly drove away with Premium Electric Car of the Year.

Similarly, the Toyota Yaris won for Affordable Hybrid Car of the Year, and the Mercedes E-Class won for Premium Hybrid Car of the Year.

But the star of the show was undoubtedly the all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Auto Express, the UK’s biggest weekly car magazine, awards its New Car Awards each year, with every car on sale in the UK eligible to be included. First held back in 1993, the awards are judged by Auto Express’ panel of road testers and is chaired by the editor-in-chief, Steve Fowler.

“When we first saw the Concept 45 that previewed the IONIQ 5, we knew the production car would be something special,” said Fowler.

“The Ioniq 5 delivers on styling, quality, driver appeal and quality. Hyundai has already proven to be a technology leader in the Electric Vehicle space, and the Ioniq 5 takes it one step further.

“It’s a brilliant car.”

The Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s first vehicle to be built on a dedicated electric drivetrain – the e-GMP, short for electric global modular platform – which means that the vehicle is designed from the ground up with an electric drivetrain in mind, positioning the battery pack under the floor.

The Ioniq 5 is set to land on Australian shores this year, and if the New Zealand pricing is anything to go by, we should see pricing start at around the $A80,000 mark.

With the IONIQ 5, we set out to create one of the world’s best electric cars – nothing less.,” said Ashley Andrew, Managing Director of Hyundai Motor UK. “The reaction from our customers, and now from the uncompromising critics at Auto Express, shows we have delivered an industry-beating product.”

Fiat’s win for its Fiat 500 was thanks in large part to its affordability and unrivalled range of up to 320-kilometres – the longest range of any electric city car on the market today.

“Cheeky looks, compact dimensions, an upmarket interior and advanced infotainment all play a part in the little Latin machine’s success, but it’s the smooth and efficient electric powertrain that helps lift the 500 above its competition in the city car class, which is increasingly turning towards full electrification,” Fowler said.

 



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