Hyundai IONIQ 5 EV Wins Car of the Year at Auto Express New Car Awards 2021
The IONIQ 5 also triumphed in the Midsize Corporate Vehicle, Premium Electric Vehicle and Design categories.
Hyundai Tucson Wins Midsize Crossover Award
Hyundai i20N wins the hot hatchback category for the brand’s sixth award
Auto Express names Hyundai IONIQ 5 ‘awesome car’ and Hyundai Tucson ‘the perfect crossover of our time’
The jury also praised the Hyundai i20N’s “dynamic acceleration and fine handling”
Hyundai Motor has won a landslide victory at the 2021 Auto Express New Car Awards, winning six prestigious awards including the IONIQ 5 Electric Car of the Year. “Premium Electric Vehicle” and won the award for best design. In addition, the Auto Express experts awarded the Hyundai Tucson in the Midsize Crossover category and the Hyundai i20N in the Hot Hatchback category.
The annual Auto Express Car Awards have been presented since 1993. Any model sold in the UK is eligible to enter the competition. The cars are judged by an experienced jury of Auto Express journalists headed by editor-in-chief Steve Fowler.
“When we first saw the Concept 45, a prototype of the future IONIQ 5, we already knew that the production car would be something extraordinary,” said Steve Fowler. – IONIQ 5 features stylish looks, superb handling and unsurpassed workmanship. Hyundai has already proven its technological leadership in the electric vehicle segment, with the IONIQ 5 taking it to the next level. It’s just an amazing car!”
At the heart of the futuristic Hyundai IONIQ 5 is the innovative E-GMP Global Modular Electric Vehicle Platform, which delivers faster charging, extended range, superior handling and more interior space. The IONIQ 5 not only revolutionizes sustainable mobility, but also offers the owner an interior that provides a whole new experience. What’s more, the new IONIQ 5 electric vehicle makes extensive use of environmentally friendly materials such as eco-leather and recycled fabrics.
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is offered with a range of electric powertrains, as well as rear- and all-wheel drive versions.
The car is able to recharge the charge from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes, accelerate from standstill to 100 km / h in just 5.2 seconds and travel up to 480 km on a single charge.
In addition to winning the Car of the Year, Midsize Corporate Vehicle and Premium Electric Vehicle categories, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 was also voted for its revolutionary design by Auto Express readers. Appearance IONIQ 5 is associated with the car Hyundai Pony – the first production model of the company. At the same time, IONIQ 5 is characterized by the freedom that a dedicated platform for electric vehicles gives it, and interior design in the Living Space concept with a flat floor and special seats that can deviate to a certain angle. These solutions provide the highest level of comfort and functionality for the first time in this vehicle segment.
The benefits of Hyundai’s range were also demonstrated by the Tucson, which won the Auto Express team’s award in the Midsize Crossover category. Steve Fowler said: “Hyundai Tucson is the ideal crossover of our time.” In turn, the experts of the British edition were impressed by the wide range of economical engines and the rich equipment of the Hyundai Tucson model. In the new crossover, they were also won over by “a beautiful, spacious and intuitive interior, high-quality finishing materials and a set of all the tools a modern driver needs.”
The motorsport-inspired Hyundai i20N’s refined handling left no doubt after triumphing over incredibly strong competitors in the Hot Hatch category. “The Hyundai N badge is fast becoming a must-have accessory for fast-paced riders,” said Auto Express. “The new i20N is a real pleasure, a hot hatch that you will always be happy with. We are thrilled with its brisk acceleration and nimble handling that are typical of old-school hot hatches, but given a new, modern twist thanks to Hyundai technology and quality.”
Hyundai Motor UK Managing Director Ashley Andrew commented: “We are deeply moved by the six awards presented to us by Auto Express. The IONIQ 5’s victory in the Car of the Year category and three other awards showcase Hyundai’s pioneering work towards sustainable mobility. In developing the IONIQ 5, we aimed to create one of the best electric vehicles in the world. The response from our customers and the appreciation of the uncompromising jury of Auto Express proves that we have been able to offer one of the best products in the industry.”
“Hyundai i20N also won the prestigious Auto Express trophy in the Hot Hatch category, outperforming the toughest competitors. It is particularly gratifying that the experts at Auto Express recognized the i20N’s exceptional drive, refined handling, advanced technology and outstanding workmanship, values that underpin the N sports sub-brand.”
“Another top award went to the Hyundai Tucson crossover. The words of the editors of Auto Express about the “perfect crossover of our time” can be considered a real praise.
In the UK, Hyundai’s high-tech crossover Tucson is offered with a choice of three powertrains: hybrid, plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid petrol. The design of the Tucson model is characterized by strong style and athleticism, excellent dynamics combined with economy, as well as impressive handling backed up by class-leading safety.
Like other dynamic models from the Hyundai N line, the i20N hatchback was born at Hyundai Motorsport’s global research and development center in Namyang, Korea, and was fine-tuned on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring race track in Germany. Equipped with a powerful 204-horsepower turbocharged petrol engine and a mechanical limited-slip differential, the Hyundai i20N delivers stunning performance and precise handling both on the track and on the public road, complemented by advanced connected technology and reliable safety systems.