Leatherhead, 17 November 2023 – Hyundai’s pioneering all-electric IONIQ 5 continues its winning streak, clinching the Private Hire Car of the Year award at this year’s Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards.
Celebrating its 14th year, the Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards employ a rigorous evaluation process, involving over 100 judges, including industry professionals, experienced chauffeurs, and motoring editors. Over 40 vehicles competed in this year’s event, with the IONIQ 5 standing out for its exceptional suitability for private hire services.
Professional Driver Magazine Editor Mark Bursa praised the IONIQ 5, stating, “The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is already a favourite in the private hire market, primarily due to its exceptional interior space and distinctive design. Its significant electric range is a game-changer, enabling drivers to operate a full day without concerns of range anxiety.”
Tim White, Head of Section, Fleet Sales at Hyundai Motor UK said: “The IONIQ 5 was the first model built upon Hyundai’s dedicated E-GMP platform for fully electric vehicles, designed to deliver not only striking style but also excellent performance, handling, usability and comfort. With low running costs, one of the longest all-electric range figures in its competitive set and a cabin as spacious as a luxury limousine, it’s perfect for not only private hire drivers, but also for the broad spectrum of business and private buyers that we’ve seen choosing IONIQ 5 for their next vehicle.”
The awards, held at the Brighton Metropole Hotel, included a comprehensive evaluation process. Each vehicle underwent extensive testing, including on-road assessments and a detailed examination of features critical to the private hire industry, such as navigation systems and boot space. Judges, experiencing the cars both as drivers and passengers, provided a holistic view of each vehicle’s performance.
“This thorough and unbiased selection process reinforces the significance of the IONIQ 5’s victory,” commented Bursa. “It reflects our commitment to recognizing the best in the industry, ensuring our readers have reliable insights for their vehicle choices.”