Hyundai Ioniq 5 wins 2022 World Car of the Year

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The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has been named 2022 World Car of the Year, the third time in four years an electric vehicle has won the award.


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The Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric car has won the 2022 World Car of the Year award – as voted by 102 judges from 33 countries – it was announced at the New York motor show overnight.

It was the first time in the 18-year history of the award South Korean car maker Hyundai has won a World Car of the Year title – and it took out three categories.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 also won Best Design and Best Electric Vehicle categories for 2022.



The last time a World Car of the Year won three categories in the same year was the Jaguar I-Pace electric vehicle, in 2019.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the fourth electric vehicle to take out top honours in the history of the World Car of the Year award, following the Volkswagen ID.4 (2021), Jaguar I-Pace (2019), and the first-generation Nissan Leaf (2011).

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 – an unusual box-shaped hatchback the company markets as an SUV, despite its limited off-road intent or ground clearance – defeated its twin under the skin, the Kia EV6 electric car built by Hyundai’s sister brand Kia, and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.



Five of the six World Car of the Year categories for 2022 were won by an electric car.

In the affordable vehicle category, the Toyota Yaris Cross – available in petrol or hybrid – won 2022 World Urban Car of the Year.

The Audi E-Tron GT – a twin to the Porsche Taycan, a sleek electric sedan – won World Performance Car of the Year, while the Mercedes-Benz EQS was named World Luxury Car of the Year.



Disclosure: Drive National Motoring Editor, Joshua Dowling, has been a World Car of the Year judge since 2010.

Eligibility: For the 2022 World Car of the Year awards, 102 judges from 33 countries (up from 93 judges from 28 countries the prior year) can only vote on vehicles they have driven. The votes – lodged anonymously – are compiled by accounting firm KPMG. Vehicles eligible for World Car of the Year award must be produced in volumes of at least 10,000 units per year, must be priced below the luxury-car level in their primary markets, and must be on sale in at least two major markets, on at least two separate continents, between May 1, 2021 and May 1, 2022.

  • Hyundai Ioniq 5 – World Car of the Year
  • Mercedes-Benz EQS – World Luxury Car
  • Audi E-Tron GT – World Performance Car
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5 – World Electric Car
  • Toyota Yaris Cross – World Urban Car
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5 – World Car Design of the Year

  • Volkswagen ID.4 – World Car of the Year
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class – World Luxury Car
  • Porsche 911 Turbo – World Performance Car 
  • Honda E – World Urban Car
  • Land Rover Defender – World Car Design of the Year

  • Kia Telluride – World Car of the Year
  • Porsche Taycan – World Luxury Car
  • Porsche Taycan – World Performance Car 
  • Kia Soul EV – World Urban Car
  • Mazda 3 – World Car Design of the Year

  • Jaguar I-Pace – World Car of the Year
  • Audi A7 – World Luxury Car
  • McLaren 720S – World Performance Car
  • Jaguar I-Pace – World Green Car
  • Suzuki Jimny – World Urban Car
  • Jaguar I-Pace – World Car Design of the Year

  • Volvo XC60 – World Car of the Year
  • Audi A8 – World Luxury Car
  • BMW M5 – World Performance Car
  • Nissan Leaf – World Green Car
  • Volkswagen Polo – World Urban Car
  • Range Rover Velar – World Car Design of the Year

  • Jaguar F-Pace – World Car of the Year
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class – World Luxury Car
  • Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman – World Performance Car
  • Toyota Prius Prime – World Green Car
  • BMW i3 – World Urban Car
  • Jaguar F-Pace – World Car Design of the Year

  • Mazda MX-5 – World Car of the Year
  • BMW 7 Series – World Luxury Car
  • Audi R8 Coupe – World Performance Car
  • Toyota Mirai – World Green Car
  • Mazda MX-5 – World Car Design of the Year

  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class – World Car of the Year
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe – World Luxury Car
  • Mercedes-AMG GT – World Performance Car
  • BMW i8 – World Green Car
  • Citroen C4 Cactus – World Car Design of the Year

  • Audi A3 – World Car of the Year
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class – World Luxury Car
  • Porsche 911 GT3 – World Performance Car
  • BMW i3 – World Green Car
  • BMW i3 – World Car Design of the Year

  • Volkswagen Golf – World Car of the Year
  • Porsche Boxster/Cayman – World Performance Car
  • Tesla Model S – World Green Car
  • Jaguar F-Type – World Car Design of the Year

  • Volkswagen Up! – World Car of the Year
  • Porsche 911 – World Performance Car
  • Mercedes-Benz S250 CDI – World Green Car
  • Range Rover Evoque – World Car Design of the Year

  • Nissan Leaf – World Car of the Year
  • Ferrari 458 Italia – World Performance Car
  • Chevrolet Volt – World Green Car
  • Aston Martin Rapide – World Car Design of the Year

  • Volkswagen Polo – World Car of the Year
  • Audi R8 V10 – World Performance Car
  • Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Polo BlueMotion – World Green Car
  • Chevrolet Camaro – World Car Design of the Year

  • Volkswagen Golf (Mk6) – World Car of the Year
  • Nissan GT-R – World Performance Car
  • Honda FCX Clarity – World Green Car
  • Fiat 500 – World Car Design of the Year

  • Mazda 2 – World Car of the Year
  • Audi R8 – World Performance Car
  • BMW 118d – World Green Car
  • Audi R8 – World Car Design of the Year

  • Lexus LS460 – World Car of the Year
  • Audi RS4 – World Performance Car
  • Mercedes-Benz E320 – World Green Car
  • Audi TT – World Car Design of the Year

  • BMW 3 Series – World Car of the Year
  • Porsche Cayman S – World Performance Car
  • Honda Civic Hybrid – World Green Car
  • Citroen C4 – World Car Design of the Year

  • Audi A6 – World Car of the Year

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years, spending most of that time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motoring editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in late 2018, and has been a World Car of the Year judge for 10 years.

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