LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Jan 12, 2017) - The Hyundai IONIQ has been awarded Best Small Hatch at the UK Car of the Year Awards 2017, beating competition from the Renault Megane and MINI Clubman.
The IONIQ Hatchback received praise from all the COTY judges for its green powertrains, combined with a chassis that delivers a good driving experience and its stylish body design. UK COTY judges said:
"IONIQ scores for its choice of three good eco drivetrains and is also decent to drive, with a good ride and refinement." Paul Hudson
"Hyundai has produced a solid model to take on the competitive segment." Olivia Gauch
"It's an intelligent proposition for its flexible electric technology - and the design is edgy enough to reflect this." Nargess Banks
"Technologically pioneering in terms of the range of powertrains, and the car is stylish and without the compromises offered by other alternative-fuelled vehicles." Paul Barker
"Out-Priuses the Prius with a three-car range in a single swoop. A very impressive first effort." Nat Barnes
"The fact it offers three greener powertrains is a masterstroke. Why has nobody done this before? A great reputation for reliability, decent real-world economy from the petrol engine and looks that are sufficient to make a statement without looking polarising." Keith Jones
"With hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric options, the IONIQ takes on the Toyota Prius (hybrid & plug-in) and Nissan Leaf (EV only) and arguably offers greater attributes than both - from lower prices to better driving and visual appeal." Guy Bird
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK said "IONIQ has only been available since October yet has already received praise for its eco credentials and also its more mainstream capabilities. The award for Best Small Hatch from the UK COTY judges once again proves that Hyundai is offering exactly what the market wants - eco-friendly vehicles that drive well and look good that are also cost effective to run."
IONIQ - along with 11 other winning cars - will now go forward to a final category to decide the overall UK Car of the Year 2017. The winner will be announced on 24th February 2017.