The Kia EV6 alongside the Hyundai IONIQ 5 have taken the top spot at the first-ever ‘Best Cars of the Year’ 2021/2022 Awards. The joint world champions were singled out for quality, innovation, design, and state-of-the-art tech by a judging panel that features global industry leaders from across the automotive spectrum.

Both the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6 claimed the title of the ‘Best Cars of the Year’ 2021/2022 by beating new models from established premium brands, including the Audi e-tron, Ford Mustang Mach-e, and Porsche Taycan. Each of the top ten places was occupied by a different brand covering six countries spread across the world’s top three car-producing continents – Asia, Europe, and North America.

Hyundai and Kia have become recognised leaders within the sustainable mobility field earning them this latest prestigious industry honour. With Heung Soo Kim (Head of the EV Business Division at Hyundai motor group) highlighting his joy explaining that “we are proud that our first two dedicated battery electric vehicles are jointly honoured as the first-ever Best Cars of the year… It sends a clear message that not only are both Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6 world-class electric vehicles but also that we are on the right track with our electrification strategy. The world can expect more great EV models from both brands in the coming year.”

Although the KIA EV6 shares the Groups pioneering E-GMP architecture, its scalable and modular form allows freedom when it comes to the external design, allowing Hyundai and Kia models to be clearly distinguished from one another. As the E-GMP has been developed specifically for EVs on driveshaft or engine is taking up space, this allows the EV6 to have fluid body lines and a sleeker sportier appearance than its Hyundai sibling, with the ride to match. Since its launch in the second half of 2021, the EV6 has already won multiple international accolades, due to its visionary design, state-of-the-art connected tech user experience, 800V ultra-fast charging and sporty and, dynamic performance driving characteristics, attracting great acclaim.

The ‘Best Cars of the Year’ awards were formed to produce an unaffiliated, unique and democratic view of the ‘best’ vehicles on offer around the world. With leaders from the automotive industry incorporating experts from different backgrounds such as designers, engineers, motorsport pioneers, acclaimed journalists, broadcasters and media professionals alongside outstanding vehicle retailers, automotive consultants, major event organizers and real-world car buyers. All of these different industries and experts make up the judging panel for ‘best car of the year.’ This panel made up of this combination of unmatched knowledge, experience and in-depth know-how has helped to produce an authentic, unbiased view of the ‘best’ cars available.

The Kia EV6 and Hyundai IONIQ 5 are the joint world champions and are scheduled to be the two, star attractions at the ‘Best Cars of the Year’ stand, at the British Motor Show from the 18 th - 21st of August at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre. This will also mark the beginning of the selection, evaluation, test drive and voting process for the Best Cars of the Year 2022/23 awards.