Hyundai IONIQ 5 named ‘Car of the Year’ at Auto Express New Car Awards 2021
South Korean automotive manufacturer Hyundai Motors got one more feather added to its cap when its fully electric IONIQ 5 compact crossover SUV was named ‘Car of the Year’ at the recently held Auto Express New Car Awards 2021.
In addition to bagging the ‘Car of the Year’ title for the all-electric IONIQ 5 SUV, the Seoul-headquartered automobile manufacturer earned five more accolades, including the best Hot Hatchback for the Hyundai i20 and the best Mid-Size SUV for the Hyundai TUCSON. But, the show was undoubtedly stolen by the IONIQ 5 SUV, which also outshined several rivals in the ‘Premium Electric Car’ category, ‘Mid-Size Company Car’ category, and ‘Design’ category. In total, the South Korean automobile manufacturer bagged half a dozen accolades at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2021.
Every car on sale in the United Kingdom is eligible for the Auto Express New Car Awards, which has been conducted annually since it was first held more than two decades back in 1993. The cars are judged and awarded by Auto Express’ unequivocally experienced panel of road testers, chaired by the chief editor Steve Fowler.
Praising the IONIQ 5 SUV, Mr. Fowler said the EV delivers unique style, quality, and driver appeal, allowing the South Korean manufacturer to prove its tech leadership in the field of the EV space.
Speaking high of Hyundai, Fowler said, “When we first saw the Concept 45 that previewed the IONIQ 5, we knew the production car would be something special. 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.”
Available in a range of electric powertrains and real wheel as well as all-wheel drive configurations, the IONIQ 5 compact electric crossover SUV takes just 18 minutes to get its battery pack replenished from 10 per cent to 80 per cent. Driving range has been pegged at 298 miles on a single charge.
The futuristic-looking Hyundai IONIQ 5 is based the manufacturer’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which enables faster charging, and offers higher driving range on single charge, in addition to superior handling and greater interior space. Use of recycled yarn and eco-processed leather make the EV not only attractive but also environment-friendly.