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Winning one award is special enough yet two singles out the recipient as something very special indeed.

And so it is with the Hyundai i10 at the 2016 WhatCar? Awards. Retaining its position at the top of its class after being named ‘Best City Car’ for the third consecutive year, it also claimed first place for ‘Best Buy between £10,000-11,000’.

Tony Whitehorn, President & CEO, Hyundai Motor UK said: “Winning Best City Car for the third consecutive year is a huge accolade for the cleverly-packaged i10. It continues to be our best-selling model despite it now being the oldest car in our product line-up.!”

There was praise from the judges for its refined cabin, smooth engine, extensive kit list and practicality.

Jim Holder, Editorial Director, Autocar, Pistonheads, and What Car? said: “Despite facing new or updated rivals, it retained its position in 2015 and has come out on top again in 2016. Like the Skoda Citigo and VW Up, the i10 is a comfortable and nippy city car that’s easy to park and cheap to run. However, it offers a more refined cabin, a smooth engine, an extensive kit list and far greater practicality. Those factors combined result in a car that’s easier to live with and better to drive.”

The awards didn’t stop there. Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell - the world’s first commercially available fuel cell vehicle - also took home a Technology Award (in association with Stuff), alongside the Toyota Mirai. Hyundai received recognition for “its bravery in trying to force change”.

Holder continued: “All-new technologies need early champions, and Hyundai’s bravery in trying to force change is to be applauded.”

The ix35 Fuel Cell produces no harmful emissions during driving, with only water vapour coming from the tailpipe. Official figures suggest that the driving range on a single tank of hydrogen is around 370 miles – bringing it in line with conventional vehicles.

The introduction of the ix35 Fuel Cell to market forms part of Hyundai Motor Group’s vision to become a leading environmentally-friendly carmaker by 2020, with the goal of introducing 22 low-emission models by 2020, including 12 hybrids, six plug-in hybrids, two electric vehicles and two hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

By Tracey McBain