The electric Hyundai IONIQ 5 has been crowned as World Car of the Year, adding the prestigious gong to its already extensive list of awards. 

Streamed at the New York International Auto Show, the IONIQ 5 EV was crowned as the overall winner from a jury of 102 international automotive journalists from across 33 countries, with a secret ballot being used to find the winner. 

Hyundai’s new IONIQ 5 – the brand’s first bespoke EV that sits on a new electric car platform – was originally drafted from a list of 28 vehicles, before being announced as one of the three finalists on March 15. Runners-up to the Hyundai were the mechanically-similar Kia EV6 and Ford Mustang Mach-E.

Alongside the top honours, the IONIQ 5 was also named World Electric Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year, with its futuristic design, impressive charging speeds and practical interior being three stand-out areas.

Jaehoon Chang, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company, said: “We are truly honoured to receive these prestigious awards, which recognize the talent and hard work of all our people and business partners at Hyundai Motor Company.

“Our game-changing EV has made a strong impact on increasingly eco-conscious and demanding consumers around the world, and its success supports the acceleration of electrification of the automotive industry. The pace of change at Hyundai will continue unabated through the rest of 2022 as we will soon be adding to our award-winning IONIQ range.”


Other notable winners at the awards included the electric Mercedes EQS being named as World Luxury Car of the Year, while the Toyota Yaris Cross was highlighted as the winner of the World Urban Car. Finally, the electric Audi e-tron GT took the win in the Performance Car of the Year category.