Hyundai IONIQ 5 named UK Car of the Year 2022

The fully electric Hyundai IONIQ 5, launched in Malaysia just two days ago from RM199k, has just been crowned the UK Car of the Year 2022 after consideration from a panel of 29 judges from Top Gear, Evo, Auto Express, The Independent, and The Telegraph to name a few.

The IONIQ 5 was also voted the Best Family Car as it was noted for making “going electric easy”. The awards also credited the IONIQ 5 for being the future of motoring but is instead today’s reality.

The IONIQ 5 was also recognised at the 2021 News UK Motor Awards; walking away with the Best Designed Car of the 2021 title and Motoring Innovation of the Year Award for its Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) feature. The V2L feature essentially allows occupants to power electrical appliances, even with the car off, by plugging into a conventional 3-pin socket.

Closer to home, the IONIQ 5 is available in 3 variants; the Lite from RM 199,888, the Plus from RM229,888 and the Max from RM259,888. Its batteries are covered by an 8-year/160,000 km warranty.

The Lite and Plus variants are rear-wheel drive, powered by a single electric motor, while the Max comes with all-wheel drive; with an electric motor in the front and back.

The Lite and Plus come with 170 hp and 350 Nm with 0 to 100 km/h done in just 8.5 seconds, while the more powerful Max variant with 305 hp and 605 Nm, does it in 5.2 seconds. Top speed is limited to 185 km/h for all variants.

The Lite and Plus are fitted with a 58 kWh lithium-ion battery for up to 384 km of driving range, while the Max gets a larger 72.6 kWh battery for up to 430 km. Using a Type 2 AC (11kW) charger, the IONIQ 5 can be charged from 0 to 100% in just 5 hours. With the quicker DC charger, the IONIQ 5 can be charged up to 80% in just 18 minutes.


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