Hyundai Motor Company earned three honors at the 2022 Autocar Awards. Judges from the world’s oldest motoring magazine named SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center, its Design Hero of the Year, and recognized Hyundai i20 N as Britain’s Most Affordable Driver’s Car and Hyundai Santa Fe as the Best Large Car.
The prestigious Autocar Awards recognize the very best of the automotive industry, whether it be innovative technologies or extraordinary design. For the first time, the 2022 ceremony incorporated both Britain’s Best Driver’s Cars and Britain’s Best Cars Awards, giving a more comprehensive view of the automotive world than ever before. This year, an in-person ceremony was held at the impressive Silverstone Wing.
The title of Design Hero of the Year is given by Autocar to an individual who has made a significant impact in the world of automotive design, not just in the preceding year, but throughout their entire career. SangYup Lee’s recent work as the head of Hyundai Global Design Center has garnered universal praise, including IONIQ 5, which recently won World Car Design of the Year, World Car of the Year and World Electric Vehicle of the Year.
But it’s the breadth of Hyundai’s design excellence under Lee’s leadership that impressed the judges. At the iF design Awards 2021, Hyundai won in nine separate categories, and has been victorious for nine consecutive years. In early 2021, Hyundai won four GOOD DESIGN Awards, including for the Prophecy concept car, which was also named ‘Best of the Best’ at the Red Dot design awards.
Since its introduction in 2019, i20 N has consistently impressed, winning a series of awards, including Top Gear Car of the Year and UK Performance Car of the Year. The comprehensively equipped i20 N builds on the strengths of Hyundai’s renowned, performance-focused N brand and the success of the acclaimed i20. A true sporting icon, i20 N also takes inspiration and engineering values from the multiple-rally-winning i20 Coupe WRC car. It’s equally at home delivering its unique brand of exhilarating performance both on the road and racetrack.
Meanwhile, Hyundai Santa Fe was named Autocar’s Best Large Car, about which Tisshaw said:
"If you think big cars can’t be frugal and well-priced, or that hardworking SUVs can’t feel plush or inviting, or that plug-in hybrids impose too many compromises to be useful in real-world family motoring, Santa Fe stands ready to show you different."
Mark Tisshaw - Autocar Editor
Santa Fe is Hyundai’s longest-running SUV, first sold in the UK in 2001. The D-segment SUV has been praised for its comfort and roominess, comprehensive standard features and functional cabin design, with the latest version offering a series of improvements to offer a more premium choice for its customers. Available with the options of a hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time, it also features a bold, distinctive new design and a range of new technology and safety features.