Hyundai Ioniq 5 review: performance, motor & drive
Outright speed and sporty handling aren't what the Ioniq 5 is about: instead, it's an extremely comfortable and refined everyday car
Unlike some of its electric rivals, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 doesn't prioritise sheer speed and sporty handling. Rather, it's intended to be a spacious, refined and comfortable family car, set apart by its unique design and high-tech interior. It fulfils this brief very well, but those looking for a truly engaging driving experience may be disappointed – or may need to wait for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N electric hot hatch launches later in 2023.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
While it may charge at lightning-quick speed, the Ioniq 5 doesn’t quite go down the road in the same fashion. The entry-level powertrain consists of a single, rear-mounted 168bhp electric motor and 58kWh battery for a range of 240 miles and 0-62mph time of 8.5 seconds.
The next option is also rear-drive, but uses a 225bhp motor and so can cover 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds. Plus, its larger 77kWh battery means it has the longest range of the lot, at 315 miles. In rear-drive form, the Ioniq 5 may lack the startling performance offered by some of its rivals like the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin, but the Hyundai's quick throttle response and linear power delivery make it feel more than lively enough when you want.
The top-spec, all-wheel-drive 321bhp version of the over-two-tonne car goes from 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds – noticeably faster than the performance-oriented Volkswagen ID.4 GTX will do the same sprint – and also uses a 77kWh battery, however its 298-mile range is shorter than that of the single-motor car.
The Ioniq 5 prioritises comfort over handling, with soft suspension making for a smooth and relaxing ride. If comfort is a top priority, we’d recommend going for the 19-inch alloy wheels Hyundai offers, as the larger 20-inch wheels can cause the car to fidget a bit over smaller road bumps at lower speeds.
Otherwise, body lean is kept in check, and precise steering means the Hyundai is always predictable when cornering. Plus, behind the steering wheel are paddles for adjusting the regenerative braking system, which is a far more convenient setup than other cars which require you to dig through submenus on their infotainment screens.
Ioniq 5s produced from late spring 2022 add Smart Frequency Dampers (SFDs), which are said to improve the response of the rear suspension to increase ride comfort as well as improving both body control and handling – but we'll have to wait until we drive the updated version to confirm those claims.
If you like the Ioniq 5's futuristic looks but want something slightly more engaging to drive, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 saloon has a marginally firmer suspension setup and a lower centre of gravity offering even tighter body control, plus sharper steering.
In This Review
- 1VerdictWith more presence than most supercars, ultra-rapid charging 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 rapid charging speeds are 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 & drive - currently readingOutright speed and sporty handling aren't what the Ioniq 5 is about: instead, it's an extremely comfortable and refined everyday car
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentThis 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 ratingThe Ioniq 5 has a five-star crash-test rating and a very generous factory warranty