Hyundai Ioniq 5 review
With more presence than most supercars, ultra-rapid charging capability and luxury-car-like ride quality and interior comfort, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is hard to fault
- No rear wiper
- Fidgety ride over bumps
- Some rivals have longer range
|Model||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|58kWh RWD||240 miles||9hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||18mins (10-80%, 175kW)|
|73kWh RWD||300 miles||11hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||18mins (10-80%, 220kW)|
|73kWh AWD||287 miles||11hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||18mins (10-80%, 220kW)|
Hyundai and its sister brand Kia are no strangers to the electric-car market: for years now, they’ve been producing some of the best-value EVs around. But the original Ioniq Electric hatchback and Kona Electric SUV are old news now: the Ioniq 5 has landed, seemingly from outer space.
Unlike its budget-minded siblings, this model has loftier ambitions, with its sights set on the premium electric-car crowd. The Ioniq 5’s rivals include the Audi Q4 e-tron, the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Tesla Model 3, as well as higher-spec versions of the Volkswagen ID.3. To take them on, Hyundai has given the car class-leading charging technology and made it more of a head-turner than most supercars in the looks department.
Retro-inspired styling is taking over the market at the moment – and we're all for it if it means more creations like this on our roads. But it’s not just the wedge-shaped design, inspired by '70s and '80s hatchbacks, that makes the Ioniq 5 stand out. It also features 20-inch alloys on higher-spec models, as well as cool details like '8-bit' headlights made from 256 individual LED ‘cubes’ – the sort of detail you’d typically see on a concept car.
There's a choice of two battery sizes, as well as rear or four-wheel drive, so you should be able to find the right mix of performance and range you're looking for. Performance is fairly strong, although the Ioniq 5 is not a Tesla-fighting drag racer: comfort and smoothness are the watchwords here. Occasionally fidgety ride aside, the only real negative we can think of for this car is the lack of a rear wiper. That, and the fact that some of its more attention-grabbing features are only available as options on the pricey range-topping model.
Otherwise, it's reasonably priced compared to rivals, starting from just under £37,000 for the entry-level SE Connect and rising to just over £48,000 for Ultimate trim with the biggest battery and four-wheel drive. That's on par with the likes of the Volkswagen ID.4 and what we expect the Tesla Model Y will cost when it arrives on British shores. Plus, the Hyundai frequently undercuts the Audi's Q4 e-tron and Ford's Mustang Mach-E.
Overall, then, the Ioniq 5 is an outstanding electric car that proves to have as much substance as it does style; it's more than worthy of the significant anticipation that had built up ahead of its arrival. Plus, Hyundai has already announced that an Ioniq 6 electric saloon and Ioniq 7 electric SUV are on the way in the next few years – and if they’re even on par with this first offering from the Ioniq sub-brand, premium rivals should definitely be worried. For a more in-depth look at the Hyundai Ioniq 5, read on for the rest of our detailed review...
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingWith more presence than most supercars, ultra-rapid charging capability and luxury-car-like ride quality and interior comfort, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is hard to fault
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Ioniq 5 isn't the outright class leader when it comes to range, but its potential charging speed is very impressive
- 3Running costs & insuranceIt's not the cheapest car to insure, but the Ioniq 5 is predicted to hold its value well and will cost a pittance to run as a company car
- 4Performance, motor & driveOutright speed and sporty handling aren't what the Ioniq 5 is about: instead, it's an extremely comfortable and refined everyday car
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThis perhaps the Ioniq 5's most impressive side: it's hugely spacious and comfortable inside, and packed with easy-to-use yet very capable technology
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Ioniq 5's dedicated electric-car platform means little gets in the way of extensive interior space – for front and rear-seat passengers, and their luggage in the booth
- 7Reliability & safety ratingNo independent data is available yet, but the Ioniq 5 seems likely to perform well in these areas