Hyundai Winning Awards Worldwide


We have to admit, it’s nice when all the dedication, commitment, massive investment and hard work gets recognised. So we’ve been very happy with the accolades and awards that have come our way over the past several years. From our design to our engineering, from vehicle efficiency to consumer satisfaction, what we have been doing has struck a chord with the judges and delighted our customers.

Local Awards

IONIQ 5 is New Zealand's Car of the Year

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 has been awarded the 2021 New Zealand Car of the Year – the most prestigious and longest-running industry award in the country.

The New Zealand Car of the Year is selected by members of the New Zealand Motoring Writers’ Guild, the professional body for motoring journalists from around the country. The Guild’s two-dozen voting members test the vehicles in their home environment – important for providing a ‘real world’ result.

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Stuff Motoring awards the Staria as Top Car for Work

The Staria's space and versatility make this an incredibly practical choice for many people. However, it's the great 'car like' daily driving experience that really makes the Staria Stuff's top car for work 2021.

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AA DRIVEN NZ Car of the Year 2021: IONIQ 5 wins the Luxury category

IONIQ 5’s overall package wowed the AA DRIVEN NZ Car of the Year jury, where it prevailed against other luxury competitors. It is also is very popular with customers.

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2021 DriveLife Best Gadget of the Year

The IONIQ 5 Limited Solar Panel roof surprised the judges with its power output recharging the battery even in wet weather conditions. The benefits of the solar panel consistently recharging the batteries made this a clear winner.  We are very happy to have this special feature celebrated with this award.

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2021 DriveLife Eco Warrior of the Year

The IONIQ 5's pure EV design and chassis, allows for a huge amount of space, a large 72kWh battery and a brilliant driving experience. We are very pleased to be recognised as the Eco Warrior of the year for 2021.

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Hyundai IONIQ 5 named Green Car Journal's 2022 Green SUV of the Year

 Hyundai’s all-new IONIQ 5 has earned the prestigious honour of Green SUV of the Year™ by Green Car Journal. Selecting the Green SUV of the Year™ is a distinguished jury of automotive experts and Green Car Journal staff.

“The IONIQ 5 makes quite a statement for Hyundai with its advanced electric drive architecture, array of desired tech features, and forward-looking design,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and

Hyundai i30 N Fastback awarded Drive Life's 2020 Hottest Car of the Year

This award is all about looks. It’s the same excellent i30N recipe, with its blistering performance and the raucous turbo and exhaust noises, packaged in a sexy new Fastback body with Performance Blue paint. We're excited to be recognised Drive Life as the Hottest Car of the Year for 2020.

Hyundai i30 N awarded Drive Life's 2019 Driver's Car of the Year

The i30 N is a high-performance vehicle engineered purely for our customers and their driving enjoyment. We're extremely pleased that this "grin-inducing" car has been recognised by Drive Life as the Driver's Car of the Year for 2019. "The driver has to be grinning about the drive, without even seeing the car; that’s the sign of a true driver’s car."

Hyundai Santa Fe Elite wins 2019 Family Car of the Year

In an award category that focuses on practicality and safety, the Hyundai Santa Fe managed to stand out from the rest of the competition, being awarded Drive Life's Family Car of the Year for 2019. This award further solidifies the love, affection and loyal following the Santa Fe has in New Zealand.  

Hyundai NZ awarded Stuff Top Car Brand 2018

We are very proud to be recognised as the 2018 Car Brand of the Year by Stuff, for overall excellence across our range. As a brand establishing itself as a leading force in the future of global mobility, we are proud to continue to meet the needs and requirements of our customers through development and implementation of new vehicle functions, such as electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving.

Santa Fe awarded Stuff Top Large/Seven Seater SUV 2018

It has been a great achievement for us here at Hyundai New Zealand to walk away with an award from Stuff for Santa Fe as the Top Large/Seven Seater SUV of 2018. The Santa Fe is immensely popular because it suits Kiwis' active, busy lifestyles. We have worked hard to equip the vehicle, paying close attention to what our New Zealand drivers expect and what fits our lifestyles, with safety being at the forefront. 

Kona Electric awarded AA Driven Best in Class EV/PHEV 2018

We knew bringing in the Kona Electric would be a game-changer, so we are extremely pleased to see it recognised as the AA Driven best electric vehicle/plug-in hybrid in 2018. With ground-breaking electric vehicle technology, the Kona Electric is a true zero-emission electric driving option which doesn’t compromise on design, style and range.

NZ Motoring Writers' Guild Dave Moore Award for innovation 2018

We are very proud to be the first-ever recipient of the Motoring Writers’ Guild inaugural Dave Moore Award for innovation that moves NZ motoring forward. Hyundai is growing rapidly in terms of innovation, creativity and functionality. We are entering an exciting time in the evolution of motoring, and we proud to lead the charge in advancing fuel technologies globally and here in New Zealand.

i30 N awarded Stuff Top Sports Car 2018

The i30 N is Hyundai’s first true high-performance car, developed to debut the N division and redefine the way in which the world views our vehicles. It is born on the track and engineered for driving fun, with a powertrain that gives plenty of grunt, along with its own impressive soundtrack. We are honoured that the i30 N won Stuff's Top Sports Car of 2018. 

Kona Electric awarded Stuff Top Plug-In Car 2018

Electric vehicles are undoubtedly the way of the future and Hyundai NZ is leading the charge. After the New Zealand launch of Kona in 2017, we added an all-electric, zero-emission model to our SUV range. Thought to be something of a milestone in the EV market the all-new Kona Electric was the first compact e-SUV to launch in New Zealand. We are extremely pleased to see it recognised as Stuff’s Top Plug-In Car of 2018

Global Awards

IONIQ 6 World Car of the Year 2023

The IONIQ 6 has been named World Car of the Year for 2023, and along with that award, it also picked up World Electric Vehicle and World Car Design of the Year!

This is Hyundai’s second straight triple honours at the World Car Awards, with IONIQ 5 winning the same categories last year.

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IONIQ 5 is the World Car of the Year

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 won big at the prestigious 2022 World Car Awards, with the all-electric SUV named World Car of the Year, World Electric Vehicle of the Year, and World Car Design of the Year.

IONIQ 5 was recognised by a jury of 102 automotive journalists from 33 countries around the world. The innovative battery electric vehicle (BEV), which has already won New Zealand Car of the Year, won all three categories in which it was nominated.

2022 UK Car of the Year: Hyundai IONIQ 5

Having already been recognized as Best Family Car in the UK Car of the Year Awards shortlist, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 was crowned best car overall by a panel of 29 expert judges from a diverse array of titles covering the British automotive industry, including The Sunday Times, The Daily Express, The Telegraph, The Independent, Top Gear, Auto Express, CAR, Evo and Business Car.

2022 Electric Car of the Year + Medium SUV of the Year (Auto Bild)

Hyundai won in two categories at once in the “Best Import Cars of the Year” of the trade magazine Auto Bild. In the “Medium SUV” category, the Hyundai Tucson convinced the editors and stood at the top of the podium, while IONIQ 5 won in the “Electric Car” category.

2022 German Car of the Year: Hyundai IONIQ 5

 Fresh on the market and already a true winner: Hyundai Motor’s IONIQ 5 has been named as 2022 “German Car of the Year” (GCOTY) and championing the “New Energy” category.  

“IONIQ 5’s unique combination of design, efficiency, and driving pleasure helped the car earn above-average scores across all criteria without showing any weak spots. In our eyes, IONIQ 5’s operating concept and battery technology are ground-breaking. And although it is the 2022 ‘German Car of the Year’, IONIQ 5 definitely has global appeal.”

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2021 Winner of Best Mid-size SUV: Tucson. Carsales Australia

“The all-new medium SUV claimed top honours from a formidable field of 19 candidates in Australia’s biggest new-vehicle sales segment... we assessed more than 100 criteria across five key areas including safety, technology, comfort and convenience, driving performance and ownership costs.”

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2021 carsales Car of the Year: IONIQ 5

IONIQ 5 has won the 2021 carsales Car of the Year award, as well as the carsales People's Choice Car of the Year award. 

“Our judges loved the way the IONIQ 5 drives, the way it looks, its space, tech and amenity, and the fact it says so much about what’s to come from one of the auto industry’s most exciting brands,” said carsales Editor-in-Chief, Mike Sinclair.

2021 News Corp Car of the Year + EV of the Year: IONIQ 5

IONIQ 5 was awarded '2021 Car of the Year' by Australia's largest media group, News Corp Australia. This is the first time that News Corp has selected an electric vehicle (EV) as the car of the year. 

Hyundai U.S. wins more Best Cars for the Money Awards than any other Brand.

Hyundai's SUV range represents the best combination of long-term value and excellent ownership experience. Scores are based on safety and reliability data, as well as the collective opinion of the automotive press. 

With the Santa Fe, Tucson, Kona and Hybrid models all coming away with best in class awards. 

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i20 N named champion of Top Gear's 2021 Speed Week

Hyundai's i20 N hot hatch was named the overall winner of speed week and the most affordable vehicle tested. 

 Inspired by the i20 WRC rally car, the i20 stood out due to its amazing handling, styling and surprising performance. 

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2021 Winner of Best Small SUV: Kona. Carsales Australia

 “The Hyundai Kona was the stand-out performer in a growing field of dynamic, well-equipped and well-priced small SUVs, thanks in part to well-sorted Australian chassis tuning and solid powertrain performance and efficiency.”

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Australian Drive Awards Hyundai Nexo Winner of Innovation Excellence

 “The Nexo sits alongside the multi-electric format Ioniq (Plugless-Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, full Electric), Kona EV and a range of forthcoming electric and hybrid vehicles in the Hyundai lineup, that further cement the brand’s position as one looking toward the future. ”

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Hyundai's 2022 Santa Fe Awarded Highest Safety Rating TSP+ by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS, USA)

Hyundai’s 2022 Santa Fe has been awarded top safety pick+ (TSP+) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States.  This latest accomplishment places Hyundai 2021 and 2022 product lineups as a top safety leader with a combined 15 IIHS safety awards.

Hyundai Motor Wins 2020 Future Mobility of the Year Awards

 Hyundai Motor Company has won two 2020 Future Mobility of the Year (FMOTY) Awards for HDC-6 NEPTUNE (Public & Commercial category) and the company’s built-in e-scooter (Personal Category).

Hyundai Motor receives two awards for most innovative brand 2019

Hyundai Motor Company was awarded two major awards at the 2019 Automotive INNOVATIONS Awards by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The award for ‘Most Innovative Volume Brand’ and ‘Most Innovative Volume Brand - Alternative Drives’. 

Kona Electric sweeps the automotive category at 2019 Good Design® Awards

The Kona Electric earned top honours at the 2019 Good Design Awards, securing the overall award in the Automotive and Transport product category. The judges were won over by Kona Electric’s ability to package its long-range EV powertrain with advanced standard safety and convenience technologies.

Hyundai Wins three 2018 GOOD DESIGN® Awards

Hyundai’s Kona, Santa Fe, and Le Fil Rouge Concept Car have earned 2018 GOOD DESIGN® Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture & Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design & Urban studies. We are honoured that Hyundai has been recognised for the eighth consecutive year by one of the world's most preeminent programs for design excellence worldwide.

Hyundai named brand of the year 2018 at Red Dot Awards

The 'Brand of the Year' award was given to the brand that has come up with an innovative and creative design on a particularly high level, and the Red Dot Awards praised Hyundai's innovative design solutions, quality of design and brand management expertise.

Hyundai NZ, best distributor in Asia Pacific

Hyundai Motor Company regularly award their top-performing distributors around the word and in 2011 Hyundai Motors New Zealand was named number one in Asia pacific, ahead of stiff competition from the larger markets of China, Japan, Vietnam and Laos. It’s the first time we’ve won this award outright, having shared the glory with the Philippines in 2006.