The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has claimed the title of UK Car of the Year 2022. The win means that in three out of the past four years, battery power has triumphed over the internal combustion engine with the Jaguar I-Pace winning in 2019 and the Tesla Model 3 winning in 2020.
Electric vehicles dominated the final round of voting, with the Ioniq 5 finishing ahead of the Skoda Enyaq, with BMW’s iX and the Taycan from Porsche in joint third place.
“The Ioniq 5 feels like the future of motoring, only it’s here today,” said John Challen,” director of the UK Car of the Year Awards. “The design, performance and practicality make it a fantastic proposition for those looking for an EV – and also a very worthy winner.”
Receiving the winner’s trophy, Ashley Andrew, MD, Hyundai UK, was delighted with the win. “The Ioniq 5 has really captured the attention of UK consumers, offering a stylish, premium full EV experience that appeals to almost every type of new car buyer.
“Its innovative layout means its spacious enough for large families, its efficient zero emissions powertrain is perfect for company car buyers and its luxurious eco-friendly interior elevates Hyundai into a genuine premium product.”
This year’s judging panel, which comprised 29 motoring journalists based all over the UK, were asked to choose their winners in vehicle classes ranging from Best City Car to Best Medium Crossover to Best Performance. The top model in each of the segments then now qualified for contention as the overall winner.
The UK Car of the Year 2022 shortlist:
- Best City Car – Fiat 500-e
- Best Supermini – Skoda Fabia
- Best Small Hatch – Kia Ceed
- Best Family – Hyundai Ioniq 5
- Best Estate – Genesis G70 Shooting Brake
- Best Small Crossover – Toyota Yaris Cross
- Best Medium Crossover – Skoda Enyaq
- Best Large Crossover – BMW iX
- Best Luxury – Porsche Taycan
- Best Performance – Hyundai i20N