Hyundai Ioniq 5 named Car and Driver’s EV of the Year

Car and Driver staffers lauded the Hyundai’s efficiency — it will get as much as 320 horsepower from two electrical motors — spectacular fast-charging functionality and its comparatively reasonably priced worth. Costs begin at $41,245 for a rear-wheel-drive automotive able to as much as 168 horsepower and 220 miles of vary. The extra highly effective all-wheel-drive model Car and Driver examined value $57,490.

Essentially the most putting factor concerning the Ioniq 5 is its design, in accordance the publication.

“Is this not the coolest design on the road?” Car and Driver editor-in-chief Tony Quiroga wrote in an article concerning the award.

The Ioniq 5’s basic form is sort of a giant hatchback or a low-riding SUV — it may very well be seen both manner — however it’s lined in sharp creases and straight edges. The taillights and entrance daytime lights appear like one thing out of a really low decision laptop sport. Surprisingly, although, the Ioniq 5 has a reasonably slick 0.29 coefficiency of drag that means it is solely rather less aerodynamic than a Tesla Mannequin 3.

The automotive’s fast-charging 800-volt electrical system and its easy-to-use and purposeful driver-assistance applied sciences have been additionally components within the award, Quiroga mentioned.

In contrast to most automotive awards, equivalent to Motor Development Car of the Year, within the Car and Driver’s EV of the Year a previous winner can compete once more the next yr. That signifies that final yr’s winner, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, was within the operating once more this yr.

However the journal’s staffers thought the Ioniq 5 was truly a bit of extra enjoyable to drive than the Mustang, mentioned Quiroga.

“Fun to drive” was one among 4 classes during which autos have been rated. The others have been worth, how properly the automobile carried out its meant perform, and expertise.

The Ioniq 5 was additionally competing towards the Lucid Air, which received MotorTrend Car of the Year, and the Rivian R1T, which received MotorTrend Truck of the Year. The Hyundai beat them, partially, due to its extra accessible worth and higher worth. The Lucid Air that Car and Driver examined value over $140,000 and the Rivian value $93,000.

It was additionally competing towards the Kia EV6. Though they function as separate corporations in the USA, Kia and Hyundai are intently associated corporations on the world stage. Hyundai’s father or mother firm owns a controlling curiosity in Kia.

Whereas the Ioniq 5 and EV6 look very completely different from each other — each are strikingly uncommon of their look however in distinct methods — they share a lot of their engineering, because of that relationship. Efficiency exams by Car and Driver on the 2 fashions yielded comparable outcomes and they’re additionally equally priced with the EV6 Car and Driver examined costing solely $3,000 lower than the Ioniq 5. Once more, although, staffers thought the Hyundai was only a bit extra gratifying to drive than the Kia, Quiroga mentioned.

A 3rd automobile, the Genesis GV60, additionally shares the identical engineering platform because the EV6 and Ioniq 5 however, with its increased worth, it misplaced out on worth regardless of garnering reward from the judges, Quiroga mentioned.