Hyundai IONIQ 5 N named Car of the Year by

  • High-performance electric hatch collects’s Car of the Year award
  • IONIQ 5 N is brand’s first electrified N model for driving enthusiasts
  • Game-changer is praised by TopGear judges for “turning a new page” for cars

Leatherhead, 29 November 2023 – Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 N electric hyper hatch has made a storming start to life by being crowned Car of the Year at the 2023 Awards.

The IONIQ 5 N was revealed earlier this year at July’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it received universal acclaim as a thrilling new option for driving enthusiasts looking to electrify their passion on both road and track, and as a pioneering technological blueprint for the Hyundai N division’s EV future.

The high-performance model combines the Electrified-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) of the standard IONIQ 5 – the 2022 World Car of the Year – with N’s motorsport-bred technologies and expertise to take driving fun to a new level. And it’s this unswerving focus on delivering maximum enjoyment and excitement behind the wheel that persuaded TopGear’s expert team of judges to name the car the best of the past 12 months.

TopGear writer and Car of the Year Juror, Paul Horrell, said: “Hyundai’s engineers set out to make the IONIQ 5 N feel like a lairy petrol car, but became converts to what electrification could do. They took advantage of an EV’s digital domains to give a vast extra set of adjustable parameters. As a result, on road and track it does what you’d never expect of a big EV… overdelivers to a staggering extent. Forget any ‘for an EV’ qualifiers – it’s huge fun full stop. It turns a page for electric cars, which means a new page for cars.”

The IONIQ 5 N’s success marks the second time in three years that a Hyundai N car has taken the Top Gear Car of the Year honour, following the i20 N in 2021.

Till Wartenberg, Vice President of N Brand Management & Motorsport sub-division at Hyundai Motor Company, said: “Earning the title of TopGear’s Car of the Year 2023 is a testament to Hyundai N’s passion for innovation and commitment to our customers. IONIQ 5 N is pushing the boundaries of technology, performance, and electrification, offering not only exhilarating adventures both on and off the racetrack but also an all-electric driving experience full of emotion. We are grateful for this honour and remain steadfast in our mission to delivering high performance to everyone.”

Among the IONIQ 5 N’s array of key technical advances that won over the judges is a powertrain which delivers greater power output and enhanced performance in battery cooling and braking. The IONIQ 5 N’s electric motors spin up to 21,000 RPM, providing up to 609 PS in normal conditions, or 650 PS when the car’s N Grin Boost (NGB) feature is engaged, maximising acceleration for up to 10 seconds. 0-62mph is achievable in 3.4 seconds, while a top speed of 161mph is attainable on tracks.

A memorable drive is guaranteed by a host of upgrades, including a strengthened steering column for improved feedback, Electronic Controlled Suspension that adapts suspension stiffness according to the drive mode, and a suite of sophisticated electronic control technology in the E-GMP platform. Highlights include N Pedal, an intelligent software function that provides instant turn-in and enhanced throttle sensitivity for exhilarating cornering, and fully variable front and rear N Torque Distribution.

The IONIQ 5 N also sets a new benchmark in terms of emotional engagement for a performance EV, courtesy of N e-shift, which simulates the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission of internal combustion engine N cars, and N Active Sound+, which provides a compelling soundtrack that highlights the EV’s power.’s award is the latest recognition for Hyundai’s impressive product range, which has earned a string of accolades in the past year. In April, the Hyundai IONIQ 6 was crowned World Car of the Year, World Electric Vehicle and World Car Design of the Year, matching the performance of the Hyundai IONIQ 5 in 2022.

The IONIQ 6 was also named Saloon of the Year by GQ and Best Company Car by Autocar, while Auto Express crowned the TUCSON Best Mid-size SUV and the New i10 Best City Car. The SANTA FE was awarded Seven-seater of the Year by WhatCar?, while the All-New KONA and the i20 N triumphed in the Carbuyer awards, picking up Best Small Family Car and Best Hot Hatch respectively.

Ashley Andrew, President of Hyundai & Genesis UK, said: “The IONIQ 5 N is a game changer that really does demonstrate Hyundai’s technological leadership, and it is truly gratifying that its excellence has been recognised by the experts at TopGear. By combining magnificent performance with precision handling and genuine emotional engagement, the IONIQ 5 N takes electric cars into exciting new territory – and yet it works as an efficient family SUV, too.”


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