Hyundai IONIQ 5 Receives 2nd SUV of the Year Award

Hyundai IONIQ 5.

MotorTrend announced the Hyundai IONIQ 5 is its SUV of the year, following Car and Driver, which also awarded the vehicle the same title.

Hyundai has made a name for itself with the IONIQ 5. Since its launch, the SUV has been praised for its novel design, solid performance in the category and price competitiveness. 

MotorTrend uses six key metrics when comparing vehicles: safety, efficiency, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence and performance of intended function. The Hyundai excelled 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,” said Ed Loh, head of editorial at MotorTrend Group.

MotorTrend specifically highlighted the IONIQ 5’s efficiency, value, design and engineering, making comments such as “progressive design,” “ultra-fast 800-volt multi-charging (10 to 80% 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 it was a walkaway win for the Hyundai IONIQ 5. MotorTrend noted the competitiveness of this year’s round of competitors. 

"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,” Loh said. 

Not only were there a vast number of SUVs released this year, but the majority were either hybridized or fully electric.

MotorTrend said eight other vehicles that came close in the final round of competition. Ford was well represented with the Bronco, Bronco Sport and Mustang Mach-E. Jeep also had a significant presence, including the 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.

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, it may again have the opportunity to compete.

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