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Hyundai Ioniq 5 range, battery & charging

The Ioniq 5 isn't the outright class leader when it comes to range, but its potential charging speed is very impressive

Overall rating

5.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

ModelRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
58kWh RWD240 miles9hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)18mins (10-80%, 175kW)
73kWh RWD300 miles11hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)18mins (10-80%, 220kW)
73kWh AWD287 miles11hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)18mins (10-80%, 220kW)

The longest-range variant of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 only just cracks the 300-mile mark on a single charge, which is a little short of what the Audi Q4 e-tron (316 miles), Volkswagen ID.4 (323 miles) and Skoda Enyaq iV (333 miles) can manage when fully topped up.

The range-orientated versions of the Polestar 2 and Tesla Model 3 and Model Y also bests the Hyundai's figure. However, the Ioniq 5 fights back with rapid-charging capability that can only be beaten by the ultra-premium Audi e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan – and is arguably more important for everyday motoring.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 range

Two battery sizes and two different drivetrain configurations mean that maximum range varies depending on which variant you choose. The entry-level rear-drive car with the smaller 58kWh battery can hit 240 miles, while upgrading to the larger 73kWh battery boosts that number to 300 miles.

Going for the range-topping all-wheel-drive version (which uses the same 73kWh battery) doesn't get you the longest range, as its dual motors use more energy than the single-motor rear-drive car's. This sees the official figure drop to 287 miles.

The 2023 model year Ioniq 5, which will go on sale in the UK from late spring 2022, will see the larger-battery version upgraded to 77kWh. Hyundai estimates this will increase range from around 300 to around 315 miles, although numbers from official testing have not been confirmed yet. The smaller-battery car will continue to be available with an unchanged 58kWh capacity.

Charge time

The 73kWh version of the Ioniq 5 can recharge at up to 220kW – if you can find one of the ultra-rapid charging points capable of those speeds. They aren't all that common in the UK just yet, but if you can find one, you can replenish its battery from 10-80% capacity in just 18 minutes.

Not only is that double the charging speed of most current electric cars, including many of its rivals as we found when we pitted the Ioniq 5 against the BMW iX3 and Volvo XC40 Recharge; until now, it has been a feature reserved for more high-end models like the Audi e-tron GT, Mercedes EQS and Porsche Taycan. The smaller-battery model maxes out at 175kW, but the difference in the size of the battery pretty much cancels out the difference in charging speed.

From an 11kW home wallbox (which requires a three-phase electricity supply), you're looking at just over six hours to replenish the smaller battery, or just under eight to do the larger one. Most UK households can only support a 7.4kW wallbox, however: charging times in this instance will be over nine hours for the 58kWh car and just under 12 hours for the 73kWh model.

Going on sale in the UK from late spring 2022, the 2023 model year Ioniq 5 will add a battery conditioning feature, enabling it to adapt its battery temperature while travelling to ensure optimal charging when a charging point is reached, particularly in colder or hotter temperatures. The function will activate automatically when a charging point is entered into the sat nav.

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