Our latest award wins.

A few more for the trophy cabinet.

Hyundai is inspired by how much innovation enhances the way we live, enabling everyone of us to progress in life. With you as the driving force behind our vehicles’ futuristic styling, latest high-tech advancements, and category-leading safety features, it’s no wonder the Hyundai range has been recognised with a suite of awards and accolades.

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2022 Awards

2022 Drive Car of the Year Best Hot Hatch

"Changes to the steering, suspension, power, lightweight wheels, sticky tyres – and the epic eight-speed twin-clutch auto that can really take the punishment – combined with a mechanical limited-slip differential and countless driving modes, have elevated the Hyundai i30 N to a new level. It is a worthy winner."

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2021 Awards

Winner of 2021 GOOD DESIGN Award Transportation Category.

STARIA, Hyundai’s people mover, was recognised for its strikingly futuristic and mysterious exterior reminiscent of a spaceship. A single stroke running from front to rear is reminiscent of the curve of light that illuminates the Earth’s horizon at sunrise when viewed from space.

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Winner of 2021 GOOD DESIGN Award Transportation Category.

“This honour speaks to the outstanding work of our design dream team, who put their passion and heart into this project and also our R&D centre engineers who made this achievement together. It also reflects the competitiveness of Hyundai’s design identity in the global marketplace.” said SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Design Center.

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Carsales Car of the Year 2021.

“The IONIQ 5 is not only the first mainstream mid-size electric SUV to arrive in Australia, but the coolest Hyundai ever produced...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.”

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Top Gear Car of the Year.

“We already knew how brilliant the i20 N was after it brushed aside 25 other competitors at our recent Speed Week test to claim our coveted Performance Car of the Year title. But you don't win the top prize in our annual Awards without proving your all-round brilliance. Having shone on British racetracks and B-roads, we decided to throw it in at the deep end to prove its greatness, with an adventure across the Australian outback. What we discovered was a low-slung hot hatch that remained both comfortable and completely unflustered across oppressively large distances, and on washboard road surfaces. A little Hyundai hatchback that did so well, so far out of its comfort zone, that it was impossible to do anything but make it our overall Car of the Year.” – Top Gear

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Winner of Automotive & Transport category 2021: IONIQ 5

“Technical highlights such as ultra-rapid charging capability and impressive battery range show real advancement in terms of EV capability... The use of eco-friendly materials such as bio-paint and eco-process leather is also positive for the environment.”
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Winner of Automotive & Transport category 2021: NEXO

“[It's] exciting to see the hydrogen fuel cell become a reality in an ADR-approved car for Australian roads. Love the use of materials and recyclables Hyundai is using and the drivetrain, of course, is its big pull-point in tech, sustainability and social impact,”

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Winner of Automotive & Transport category 2021 Tucson

"This is the sportiest and most futuristic [Tucson] yet. There's no doubt this new design language significantly elevates the Tucson's image...This is also carried over to the interior which is light, airy and attractive with a clean, modern and uncluttered dash."

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Winner of Best Mid-size SUV: Tucson.

“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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Winner of Best Small SUV: Kona.

“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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Winner of Innovation Excellence category: Nexo

“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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2020 Awards

Winner of Best Large SUV category: Santa Fe.

“Santa Fe impressed judges from the outset with its progressive styling, versatility, and generous standard specification, which includes advanced safety and connectivity tech.”

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Winner of Best Small SUV category: Kona.

“The Hyundai Kona is the clear all-round winner in the segment, with a strong mix of style, value and interior flexibility. It encompasses a model grade to suit most tastes including the all-electric variant.”

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Winner of Automotive & Transport category 2020: i30 Fastback N

“The exterior level of refinement, sophistication and sporty feel extends into the interior, which is fully loaded with features and equipment you would not normally see in a vehicle in this class. Value for money is extraordinary.”

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Tucson and Veloster top U.S. quality study.

“Outperforming the very best vehicles in their segments is a testament to the entire company’s dedication to delivering the highest quality vehicles to our customers,” said Barry Ratzlaff, chief customer officer, Hyundai Motor America.

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2019 Awards

Winner of Sports Under $62,000 category: i30 N Performance.

“The Hyundai i30 N was able to fend off the competition for a repeat win – a respectable feat when you look at the quality of the finalists. Back-to-back wins in this segment reinforces the i30 N’s status as a serious contender and not just a flash-in-the-pan winner... The i30 N’s overall user-friendliness and on-road balance delivers the goods for enthusiasts, while Hyundai’s renowned value for money and warranty further enhance its credentials."

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Winner of AWD SUV $55,000-$70,000 category: Santa Fe Highlander.

“The panel were impressed with how Hyundai has built on the positives of its popular predecessor, with larger dimensions in almost all areas, a notable lift in interior space and comfort, and more safety tech. It’s a perfect all-rounder for buyers that need the flexibility of a genuine seven-seater, but who also appreciate an engaging drive experience.”

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Winner of Automotive & Transport category 2019: Kona Electric.

“Hyundai’s innovative EV (Electric Vehicle) established itself as the unanimous best-in-class, from an amazingly innovative field that featured extravagant supercars as well as capable immediate competitors.”

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