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Hyundai Ioniq 5 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

Overall rating

5.0 out of 5

Performance, motor & drive rating

4.0 out of 5

Model0-62mphTop speedDriven wheelsPower
58kWh RWD8.5s115mphRear168bhp
73kWh RWD7.5s115mphRear214bhp
73kWh AWD5.2s115mphFour301bhp

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.

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 238 miles and 0-62mph time of 8.5 seconds.

The next option is also rear-drive, but uses a 214bhp motor and so can cover 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds. Plus, its larger 73kWh battery means it has the longest range of the lot, at 300 miles. The top-spec, all-wheel-drive 301bhp version of the over-two-tonne car goes from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and also uses a 73kWh battery, however its 287-mile range is shorter than that of the single-motor car.

Handling

On the road, the Ioniq 5 is smooth and relaxing, gliding silently off the line. The suspension is relatively soft, and prioritises comfort over handling, but body roll is kept in check. At lower speeds, however, the 20-inch wheels can cause the car to fidget a bit over smaller road bumps, but the soft seats help to manage any discomfort from that. We'd suggest trying the 19-inch wheels of the entry-level model if comfort is a top priority for you.

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