The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 nearly ran the table at the 2022 World Car Awards at the New York International Auto Show, taking home three awards, including the most prestigious World Car of the Year. Hyundai’s Luc Donckerwolke, executive vice president for design and chief creative officer, grabbed more hardware for the automaker with his win as the 2022 World Car Person of the Year.
The World Car jury is composed of 102 international automotive journalists from 33 countries, including me. The jurors test-drive new or fully redesigned vehicles that are for sale on more than one continent.
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In a sign of today’s electrified times, the three finalists for the World Car of the Year award were all electric vehicles. The Ioniq 5 bested its sibling, the Kia EV6, as well as the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Hyundai’s EV also won in the all-new category of World Electric Vehicle of the Year and World Car Design of the Year.
Beyond the Ioniq 5, EVs had a breakout year, bringing home awards in two additional categories. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS won for World Luxury Car, and the 2022 Audi e-tron GT won the World Performance Car award. The Toyota Yaris Cross, which is not for sale here in the U.S., won the World Urban Car award.
Cars.com recently named the 2022 Ioniq 5 its Top Pick for Family EV. The roomy EV excels at carrying people and cargo, and it offers a relaxed, composed ride on the highway — a bar that many EVs meet. The 2022 Ford Maverick won Cars.com’s prestigious Best of the Year award earlier this year, with the 2022 Tesla Model Y earning the Best Electric Vehicle of 2022 award.