Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, an electric-only mannequin with a sharp-edged design, was named Automotive and Driver’s Electrical Automobile of the Yr. It’s solely the second 12 months the award has been given.
Automotive 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 Automotive and Driver examined price $57,490.
Essentially the most placing factor in regards to the Ioniq 5 is its design, in accordance the publication.
“Is that this not the best design on the highway?” Automotive and Driver editor-in-chief Tony Quiroga wrote in an article about the award.
The Ioniq 5’s basic form is sort of a massive hatchback or a low-riding SUV — it could possibly be seen both approach — but it surely’s coated in sharp creases and straight edges. The taillights and entrance daytime lights seem 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 which means it’s solely rather less aerodynamic than a Tesla Mannequin 3.
The automotive’s fast-charging 800-volt electrical system and its easy-to-use and useful driver-assistance applied sciences had been additionally components within the award, Quiroga stated.
In contrast to most automotive awards, resembling Motor Development Automotive of the Yr, within the Automotive and Driver’s EV of the Yr a previous winner can compete once more the next 12 months. That implies that final 12 months’s winner, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, was within the working once more this 12 months.
However the journal’s staffers thought the Ioniq 5 was really a little bit extra enjoyable to drive than the Mustang, stated Quiroga.
“Enjoyable to drive” was one in every of 4 classes during which autos had been rated. The others had been worth, how nicely the automobile carried out its meant operate, and expertise.
The Ioniq 5 was additionally competing in opposition to the Lucid Air, which won MotorTrend Car of the Year, and the Rivian R1T, which won MotorTrend Truck of the Year. The Hyundai beat them, partly, due to its extra accessible worth and higher worth. The Lucid Air that Automotive and Driver examined price over $140,000 and the Rivian price $93,000.
It was additionally competing in opposition to the Kia EV6. Though they function as separate firms in the USA, Kia and Hyundai are intently associated firms on the world stage. Hyundai’s mother or father firm owns a controlling curiosity in Kia.
Whereas the Ioniq 5 and EV6 look very totally different from each other — each are strikingly uncommon of their look however in distinct methods — they share a lot of their engineering, due to that relationship. Efficiency assessments by Automotive and Driver on the 2 fashions yielded comparable outcomes and they’re additionally equally priced with the EV6 Automotive and Driver examined costing solely $3,000 lower than the Ioniq 5. Once more, although, staffers thought the Hyundai was only a bit extra satisfying to drive than the Kia, Quiroga stated.
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 stated.