01.03.2022 Press release

Twin accolades for Hyundai IONIQ 5 and i20 N at 2022 UK Car of the Year Awards

  • Hyundai IONIQ 5 hailed Best Family Car at the 2022 UK Car of the Year Awards
  • Best Performance Car crown goes to Hyundai i20N
  • Hyundai IONIQ 5 EV described as “innovative, desirable, practical and brilliantly designed” by UK Car of the Year judges
  • “The Hyundai IONIQ 5 blazes an EV trail” and “makes going electric easy”
  • Unique blend of 204PS performance and five-door family practicality empowers £25,220 Hyundai i20N to see off all-comers and take Best Performance Car title
  • Judges describe the Hyundai i20 N as “Quite the performer at an affordable price” and “A wicked little hot hatch”

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The all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 5 has been named Best Family Car and the Hyundai i20N takes the Best Performance Car accolade at the 2022 UK Car of the Year Awards.

The UK Car of the Year Awards represents a unique challenge for the automotive industry each year. Twenty-nine highly experienced judges who write for titles such as Top Gear Magazine, The Sunday Times, The Daily Express, The Telegraph, CAR, Auto Express, BusinessCar, The Independent, Evo and many more determine the winning cars.

Time spent at the wheel of the new Hyundai IONIQ 5 left the judges in no doubt about its multitude of talents.

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 blazes an EV trail. Innovative, desirable, practical, and brilliantly designed to make full use of its electric-only platform. Quite where Hyundai has found so much space inside a family car is a mystery, but one we’re more than happy to ponder for many years to come.

2022 UK Car of the Year Awards judges

The 2022 UK Car of the Year Best Family Car title is the latest in a long line of award triumphs for the ground-breaking Hyundai IONIQ 5. Priced from £37,420 and endowed with its stand out design, an electric range of up to 298 miles and the ability to rapid recharge from 10-80% in just 18 minutes, it has become a popular offering in the UK EV market.

Since its introduction in 2021, Hyundai’s rally-inspired i20N has always punched well above its 1,190kg weight. However, to win the coveted UK Car of the Year Best Performance Car title, the i20N had to compete against a line-up of established sports cars with performance far beyond its usual hot hatch competitors.

“The Hyundai i20N is quite the performer at an affordable price,” observed the judges, acknowledging the car’s £25,220 price tag and the breath-taking 6.2-second 0-62mph acceleration time afforded by the efficient 204PS 1.6 T-GDi petrol engine.

A wicked little hot hatch.

Ollie Marriage Judge & Top Gear Head of Car Testing about the Hyundai i20 N

Marriage has considerable experience of the Hyundai i20N and led Top Gear’s judging panel when it named the Hyundai i20N ‘Top Gear Speed Week Champion’ and ‘Top Gear Car of the Year’ in 2021.

Given the exceptional experience of the judges, who hail from all four corners of the nation, winning a UK Car of the Year category award is a true endorsement for any brand. We are, therefore, delighted to win not one but two category awards this year. That the Hyundai IONIQ 5 has, once again, shone is testament to its stand-out design, state-of-the-art electric platform, its technology features and its spacious practicality. It really does deliver the future of electric mobility today. Hyundai’s engineers and designers never shy away from a challenge, and that spirit of technical progress is also beautifully illustrated in the Hyundai i20N. Built to put a smile on the face of even the most demanding driver, its five-door format ensures it delivers everyday practicality too.

Ashley Andrew Managing Director, Hyundai Motor UK

Priced from £37,420, the sleekly styled Hyundai IONIQ 5 pays homage to the marque's design heritage whilst focusing on delivering the future of electric mobility. Thanks to Hyundai's industry-disrupting new Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the IONIQ 5 provides faster charging times, increased driving range, enhanced handling, and superior interior space. The modular, flat-floor E-GMP has also enabled Hyundai’s designers to revolutionise the car interior. The IONIQ 5 redefines what is possible with a completely new in-car experience and living space, offering sustainable materials, fully flexible seating, and numerous custom options.

Priced from £25,220, the comprehensively equipped Hyundai i20 N builds on the strengths of Hyundai's renowned, performance-focused N brand and the success of the acclaimed i20. A true sporting icon, the i20N also takes inspiration and engineering values from the multiple-rally-winning i20 Coupe WRC car. It’s equally at home delivering its unique brand of exhilarating performance both on the road and racetrack.

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