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
|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)|
The longest-range variant of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 only just hits 300 miles on a 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. The longest-range Polestar 2 and Tesla Model 3 also outstrip the Hyundai's figure. But the Ioniq 5 fights back with significant rapid-charging capability – arguably more important for everyday motoring.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 range
Two battery sizes and two different drivetrain configurations mean the Ioniq 5's 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 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; until now, it has been a feature reserved for more high-end models like the Audi e-tron GT 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictWith 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 & charging - currently readingThe 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