Hyundai Motor UK has been awarded 2021 Auto Express Car of the Year Award for the all-electric IONIQ 5. Every car on sale in the UK is eligible for the annual Auto Express New Car Awards, which were first held in 1993. The awards are judged by Auto Express’ highly experienced panel of road testers, 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,” commented 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 futuristic-looking Hyundai first dedicated EV is based upon Hyundai’s breakthrough Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which delivers faster charging, increased driving range, superior handling and more interior space. In addition to revolutionising sustainable mobility, the IONIQ 5 offers an interior that provides a whole new in-car experience – redefining living space and moving space. Environmentally friendly materials, such as eco-processed leather and recycled yarn, are used extensively in the IONIQ 5.
Offered with a range of electric powertrains and two- and four-wheel drive configurations, the IONIQ 5 is able to charge from 10%-80% in just 18 minutes, accelerate from 0-62mph in as little as 5.2 seconds and travel up to 298 miles on a single charge.
As well as IONIQ 5’s victories as overall Car of the Year, Mid-Size Company Car and Premium Electric Car, it was also crowned a winner for its revolutionary design voted for by the readers of Auto Express. The IONIQ 5’s exterior evokes the daring attitude of the Hyundai Pony, the company’s first production car, but modernized with the freedom of a dedicated EV platform, while the interior is characterized as a ‘Living Space’, complete with flat floor and reclining chairs, allowing for levels of comfort and flexibility never before seen in this segment.