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Hyundai Ioniq 5 is World Car of the Year

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 continues to pick-up awards like they’re going out of fashion - and has this week walked away with the ‘World Car of the Year’ gong at the 2022 World Car Awards, as well as two other trophies at that bash. 

The Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s answer to the Kia EV6, Tesla Model 3 and Volkswagen ID.4, and first arrived in the UK in the summer of last year.

it’s fair to say that it’s a vehicle that’s gone down a storm.

It was named ‘Car of the Year’ in Auto Express New Car Awards 2021 and the Ioniq 5 was also crowned ‘UK Car of the Year 2022’, with that latter accolade being handed over via a panel of judges from the likes of the The Sunday Times, Telegraph, Top Gear, Evo and Business Car.

Now the Ioniq 5 has wowed bigwigs at the World Car Awards, which consists of a panel of 102 international automotive journalists from 33 countries across the globe.

The Ioniq 5 didn’t just scoop the World Car of the Year silverware, it also grabbed the ‘World Electric Vehicle of the Year’ and ‘World Car Design of the Year’ titles.

Jaehoon Chang, President & CEO of Hyundai Motor Company, said: 

“We are truly honoured to receive these prestigious awards, which recognize the talent and hard work of all our people and business partners at Hyundai Motor Company.
“Our vision is to enable Progress for Humanity, and this endorsement of our approach will serve to embolden our commitment to make this vision a reality.”

Recent World Car of the Year winners include the Jaguar I-PACE, Volvo XC60 and Volkswagen ID.4, so the Ioniq 5 is keeping good company.

Elsewhere at the World Car Awards, the Audi e-tron GT was crowned ‘World Performance Car’, the Mercedes-Benz EQS saloon was recognised as ‘World Luxury Car’, and the Toyota Yaris Cross was given the ‘World Urban Car’ accolade.

So what’s so special about the Hyundai Ioniq 5, and why should you lease one?

Firstly, just look at it. From every angle, it’s dripping with cool, somehow blending retro lines with futuristic aesthetics. And remember that the Ioniq 5 was created with the famous Hyundai Pony hatchback from the 1970s in the designers’ minds.

The SUV-coupe cross has a huge 527 litre boot and plenty of room for rear passengers, making it super practical.

The interior is impressive, too, with Hyundai claiming it blurs the lines ‘between living space and moving space’, featuring a fully flat floor, adjustable front seats that can be fully reclined, and a flexible centre console that can be moved throughout the cabin.

When it comes to power, there’s a choice between either a 58kWh or 72.6kWh battery. The biggest battery, combined with all-wheel drive, delivers a power output of around 300 hp and gives a stonking 0-62mph time of just 5.2 seconds.

When you configure your Ioniq 5 with the 72.6-kWh battery and a two-wheel-drive system, you’ll unlock a maximum driving range on a single charge of up to 298 miles.

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Friday, 17/05/2024