MotorTrend has announced that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is their SUV of the year, following Car and Driver, who also awarded the vehicle EV of the year.
Hyundai has made a name for itself with the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Since its launch, the SUV has been praised for its novel design, solid performance in the category, and price competitiveness. And while the vehicle has already won the EV of the year award from Car and Driver, MotorTrend’s recognition has placed it above all other SUVs, electric or otherwise.
MotorTrend uses six key metrics when comparing vehicles; safety, efficiency, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence, and performance of intended function. Hyundai was able to excel in all six categories. “Hyundai delivers an affordable, capable, tech-forward crossover with great range and quick charging capability, standing out in an increasingly crowded field. The IONIQ 5 doesn’t look or drive like any other EV on the road…” says Ed Loh, head of editorial at MotorTrend Group.
MotorTrend specifically highlights the Ioniq 5’s efficiency, value, design, and engineering, making comments such as “progressive design,” “ultra-fast 800-volt multi-charging (10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes),” “eco-friendly materials and nature-inspired colors at many touchpoints,” and “E-GMP platform improves performance, enhances driving dynamics and optimizes interior volume.”
This is not to say that it was a walkaway win for the Hyundai Ioniq 5, quite the contrary. MotorTrend explicitly notes the competitiveness of this year’s round of competitors. Mr. Loh commented, “the sheer volume and capability of all contenders made it one of the most competitive SUV of the Year programs ever, which is great news for consumers looking for efficient, future-forward SUVs and crossovers.” Not only were there a vast number of SUVs released this year, but the majority of them were either hybridized or fully electric.
MotorTrend notes eight other vehicles that came close in their final round of competition. The Ford was well represented with the Ford Bronco, Bronco Sport, and Mustang Mach-E. Jeep also had a significant presence, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Grand Wagoneer, Wrangler 392, and Wrangler 4xe. Volkswagen’s ID.4 also made the list, while the Kia Sorento and Genesis GV70 rounded out the competition from Hyundai-Kia.
Interestingly, none of Tesla’s products were included in MotorTrend’s top 10, but this may have to do with the age of the Tesla options, disqualifying them from the competition; the Model Y came out in 2019, while the Model X came out in 2015. With Tesla expected to release numerous vehicles in the coming months and years, they may again have the opportunity to compete.
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