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Hot Hyundai Ioniq 5 N wins ‘Car of the Year’ award

The grin-inducing Hyundai Ioniq 5 N has been handed the ‘Car of the Year’ prize at the annual Awards.

Hyundai’s brand-new ‘N’ model takes the regular, fully-electric Ioniq 5 SUV and adds pretty much everything you’d ever need for track-day shenanigans, including power of 650 PS when the ‘Boost’ button is depressed.

You can lease the all-wheel drive Hyundai Ioniq 5 N right now with Select Car Leasing, with prices beginning at £956 per month*.

As well as a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 3.4 seconds, you can slip the N into various drive modes, including ‘Drag’, ‘Track’, ‘N Race’, ‘Sprint’ and ‘Endurance’.

Whack on the ‘N Drift Optimizer’, and you’ll get it going sideways with abandon, thanks to sophisticated electronic control tech.

The Ioniq 5 N’s ‘N e-shift’ function also emulates the ‘jolt’ and kick of a traditional dual-clutch transmission, making you feel like you’re in a petrol hot-hatch rather than a super-smooth electric vehicle.

The good people at the website were suitably impressed, handing the Ioniq 5 N this year’s main gong, while saying: “Hyundai's engineers took advantage of an EV's digital domains to give you a vast extra set of adjustable parameters. It's both car as car, and car as game.”

You can lease the standard, less potent Hyundai Ioniq 5 - which still comes with power of up to 325 PS - with Select from just £404 per month*.

Elsewhere at the Awards, the incoming Tesla Cybertruck was named ‘Disruptor of the Year’, the soon-to-be-launched Dacia Spring took home the ‘Bargain of the Year’ silverware, and the electric Volvo EX30 was TopGear’s ‘Eco Warrior of the Year'. 

On the compact Volvo crossover (below), judges said: “An EX30 is likely to have a long life, emitting little..."

Here’s the Awards 2023 winners in full:

  • Disruptor of the Year: Tesla Cybertruck
  • Manufacturer of the Year: Lamborghini
  • Bargain of the Year: Dacia Spring
  • Luxury Car of the Year: Rolls-Royce Spectre
  • Hypercar of the Year: GMA T.50
  • All The Car You'll Ever Need: BMW M3 Touring
  • Design of the Year: Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Track Car of the Year: Porsche 911 GT3 RS
  • GT of the Year: Aston Martin DB12
  • Family Car of the Year: Kia EV9
  • Car We're Most Looking Forward to Driving in 2024: Ford Mustang GTD
  • Performance Car of the Year: Honda Civic Type R
  • Innovation of the Year: Koenigsegg CC850 Engage Shift System
  • Eco Warrior of the Year: Volvo EX30
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Adrian Newey
  • Retro Hero of the Year: Tamiya Wild One Max
  • Car of the Year: Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

*Prices include VAT. Credit is Subject to Status, Ts and Cs and Arrangement Fees apply. Excess mileage may apply. Stock levels and prices correct as of 29/11/23.

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