HYUNDAI'S sleek IONIQ 6 electric saloon has been crowned Scottish Car of the Year.

The Korean brand’s prestigious accolade was announced at the Scottish Car of the Year Awards in association with Macklin Motors.

In addition to the overall title, Hyundai received a second category award from the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW) at the annual gala ceremony known as SCOTY. The KONA Electric won the Small/Mid-size EV class.

ASMW president Alisdair Suttie said: “We have never known a year so closely fought for category winners and the overall title. For the Hyundai IONIQ 6 to emerge as a clear winner is testament to how good it is as a car for families looking to embrace EV driving.”

Hyundai and Genesis UK president Ashley Andrew said: “We are delighted with this award from the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers. It marks another major title this year for the Hyundai range of vehicles.

“With the Hyundai IONIC 6 as Car of the Year and Best Large EV, and the all-new KONA as best Small/Mid-size EV, there’s a clear appreciation for our innovative product range.”

The IONIC 6 was the third EV to become Scottish Car of the Year, previous winners being the Jaguar I-Pace in 2018 and the Skoda Enyaq in 2021. Hyundai won the title with the i10 in 2014.

Mazda and Suzuki also received two category awards this year.

The Mazda CX-60 diesel was best Large SUV and the MX-5 sports car best Used Car under £15,000, while the Suzuki Swace topped the Family Car and Hybrid categories.

Bridge of Weir Leather was honoured for its sustainable tannery and the President’s Award went to fellow Scottish company Munro Vehicles for the rapid development of the Series M all-terrain EV.

Category winners: Small Car – Dacia Duster; Family Car – Suzuki Swace; Family SUV – Renault Austral; Large SUV – Mazda CX-60 diesel; Executive/Premium – Lexus RX450h; Performance – Kia EV6 GT; Utility/4x4 – Ford Ranger; Hybrid – Suzuki Swace; Small/Mid-size EV – Hyundai Kona Electric; Large EV – Hyundai IONIQ 6; Used Car under £15,000 – Mazda MX-5; Used Car over £15,000 – BMW 520d; Aftersales – Genesis; EV Innovation – BYD Blade Battery; Design and Innovation – Bridge of Weir sustainable tannery; Motability (selected from nominations by Macklin Motors) – MG HS; President’s Award – Munro Vehicles.