Hyundai Ioniq 5 Voted Electric Car of the Year by Cars and Drivers

Car and Driver staff praised Hyundai’s performance – it develops up to 320 horsepower from two electric motors, impressive fast charging capability and a relatively affordable price. Prices start at $41,245 for a rear-wheel drive car with up to 168 horsepower and 220 miles of range. A more powerful all-wheel drive version tested by Car and Driver cost $57,490.

According to the publication, the most striking thing about the Ioniq 5 is its design.

“Isn’t that the coolest design on the road?” Car and Driver Editor-in-Chief Tony Quiroga wrote in award article.

The overall shape of the Ioniq 5 is like a large hatchback or low-slung SUV – you could see it anyway – but it’s covered in sharp creases and straight edges. The taillights and front daytime running lights look like something out of a very low resolution PC game. Surprisingly, however, the Ioniq 5 has a rather slick drag coefficient of 0.29, which means it’s only marginally less aerodynamic. than Tesla Model 3.

According to Quiroga, the car’s 800-volt fast-charging electrical system, as well as easy-to-use and functional driver-assistance technologies, also contributed to the award.

Unlike most automotive awards, such as Motor Trend Car of the Year, in Car and Electric Vehicle of the Year, a past winner can compete again next year. This means last year’s winner, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, is racing again this year.

But the magazine staff thinks the Ioniq 5 is actually a little more fun to drive than the Mustang, Quiroga said.

“Driving pleasure” was one of four categories in which the cars were judged. Others were cost, how well the car performed its function, and technology.

The Ioniq 5 also competed with the Lucid Air, which won the MotorTrend Car of the Year award, and the Rivian R1T, which won the MotorTrend Truck of the Year award. Hyundai outsold them in part because of the more affordable price and better value. The Lucid Air that Car and Driver tested was over $140,000 and the Rivian was $93,000.

It also competed with the Kia EV6. While Kia and Hyundai operate as separate companies in the US, they are closely related companies globally. Hyundai’s parent company owns a majority stake in Kia.

While the Ioniq 5 and EV6 are very different from each other – both are strikingly unusual in their appearance, but in different ways – thanks to this kinship, they share their engineering solutions in many ways. Performance tests carried out by Car and Driver on the two models yielded similar results, and they are also priced the same, with the Car and Driver EV6 tested only $3,000 less than the Ioniq 5. Again, however, staff felt that Hyundai was a bit more enjoyable to use. ride than a Kia, Quiroga said.

A third car, the Genesis GV60, also uses the same engineering platform as the EV6 and Ioniq 5, but lost value due to the higher price, despite the judges’ praise, Quiroga said.

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