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  • Hyundai IONIQ 5 N named Best Performance Car at Autocar Awards 2024
  • 09 July 2024

    Hyundai IONIQ 5 N named Best Performance Car at Autocar Awards 2024

    Serial winner the Hyundai IONIQ 5N has claimed yet another high-profile honour by being named Best Performance Car in the 2024 Autocar Awards.
The high-performance model is based on the same Electrified-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) as the standard IONIQ 5 - the 2022 World Car of the Year - and integrates the motorsport-bred technologies and expertise of Hyundai's N division to take driving enjoyment to a new level.

Among a host of key technical advances 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.
Other upgrades include 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 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, while the addictive soundtrack comes via innovative N Active Sound+ technology. N e-shift and N Active Sound+ were praised by Autocar, with Mark Tisshaw adding: 

"There are a lot of settings menu to experiment with, and the IONIQ 5 lets you tailor the driving experience to your driving preferences. Within reason, it can be whatever you want it to be" - Mark Tisshaw, Autocar Editor

The recognition from Autocar is the latest in a series of accolades for the IONIQ 5 N, including being crowned 2024 World Performance Car in the World Car Awards. In December it was names's overall 2023 Car of the Year, following that up in May as Best EV Hot Hatch in the Electric Awards. In the same month, CAR hailed it as the world's best electric performance car following a definitive seven-car test, while earlier in June it won Auto Trader's Rory Reid Award as the finest model tested by the presented over the past year.

The IONIQ 5 N has also made history at the Nürburgring, where it recorded the fastest electric SUV lap time with Germany’s Sport Auto.

"The awards just keep on coming for the Hyundai IONIQ 5 N, a car we have consistently described as a game changer for electrified performance. It is pleasing to see that the experts at Autocar agree, and also recognise that as well as being a great car to drive, the IONIQ 5 is comfortable and extremely user friendly, making it an exceptional ownership proposition" - Ashley Andrew, President of Hyundai & Genesis UK

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