The winner of the 2022 edition of the UK Car of the Year (UKCOTY) Awards has been announced, and it’s the quite brilliant Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric vehicle (EV) which has – deservedly – taken top honours.
The Korean company’s striking family EV finished ahead of the Skoda Enyaq in 2nd place, with the BMW iX and Porsche Taycan finishing in joint-3rd after the votes of 29 of the country’s leading motoring journalists were counted – meaning it was an EV lock-out of the podium places for UKCOTY 2022.
Indeed, the Ioniq 5’s victory is the 3rd time in 4 years an EV has triumphed overall in UKCOTY, with only the Toyota GR Yaris breaking that electric stranglehold in 2021.
Ashley Andrew (right), the MD of Hyundai UK, receives the UK Car of the Year 2022 trophy from John Challen (left), the director of the UKCOTY Awards, in recognition of the Hyundai Ioniq 5’s overall victory.
John Challen, the director of the UKCOTY Awards, said: “The Ioniq 5 feels like the future of motoring, only it’s here today. The design, performance and practicality make it a fantastic proposition for those looking for an EV – and also a very worthy winner of the title ‘UK Car of the Year 2022’.”
Receiving the winner’s trophy, Ashley Andrew, the managing director of Hyundai UK, was delighted and added: “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. It is a huge endorsement to receive the title of UK Car of the Year.”
The UKCOTY 2022 saw the judges go through a shortlist of some of the best cars available to lease today to come up with 10 category winners, from which an overall winner was chosen after a 2nd round of voting on the 10 cars selected. The category winners were as follows:
· Best City Car – Fiat 500 Electric
· 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
Of these 10 winners, fully half of them (the Fiat 500, Ioniq 5, Enyaq, iX and the Taycan) are all EVs, showing that the move to an entirely electric-car future is gathering pace.
Oh, and one final thing – 1 of the 29 judges involved in UKCOTY is none other than Matt Robinson, the web editor for cars at Vanarama. And yep, he voted for the Ioniq 5 as his overall winner, too.