Hyundai Ioniq 5 Review 2022

Hyundai Ioniq 5 At A Glance

5/5
Honest John Overall Rating
Retro looks combined with impressive technology and spacious cabin makes the Hyundai Ioniq 5 a winner.

+Range of up to 300 miles. Rapid charging as standard, able to add 62 miles of driving range in five minutes. Comfortable and spacious interior. Impressive technology.

-It's more of a large hatchback than an SUV. Lack of rear wiper irritates in winter. There are more affordable EVs around.

New prices start from £37,600

The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 is quite simply one of the best electric cars currently on sale. There's no caveat to that – we don't mean for a budget brand – it stacks up against the likes of the Tesla Model Y, Audi Q4 e-tron and Volvo XC40 Recharge. With futuristic styling, a spacious cabin and a generous electric range, it'd be quite sensible to end your search for a new electric car right here.

Sharing its platform with the Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is pitched against rivals such as the Volkswagen ID.4, Skoda Enyaq iV and Ford Mustang Mach-E. Don't be fooled by the pictures – the Ioniq 5 might look like a Golf-sized hatchback, but it's very definitely SUV in stature.

Measuring 4.6 metres long and 2.2 metres wide (including door mirrors), the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is considerably bigger than the brand's small electric SUV, the Kona Electric. It utilises its dimensions well, though, with a whole three metres between the front and rear wheels translating to an enormous amount of space inside.

Indeed, the cabin is lovely, combining retro charm with modern minimalism. You get two 12.3-inch digital displays (including the central touchscreen infotainment system and an extra digital instrument cluster), while touch-sensitive buttons operate the climate control. It's very different from, say, a Tesla, as there are even physical shortcut buttons to important features for the navigation system. There's a start/stop button, too, while you twist a column-mounted drive selector to get it moving.

When it first went on sale in 2021, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 was available with two battery sizes: a smaller 58kWh unit with a 238-mile range and a bigger 73kWh version with a 298-mile WLTP range. The latter is being replaced by a new 77kWh battery pack later in 2022 – although the exact range figure for this is yet to be confirmed.

So far, we've spent the most time in the 73kWh model with the rear-wheel-drive layout. While its 7.4-second 0-62mph time isn't going to trouble Tesla drivers, it feels pretty urgent. Acceleration is instantaneous, as with all electric vehicles, while the suspension does a relatively impressive job of shrugging off the Ioniq 5's hefty kerbweight.

If you want a punchier Hyundai Ioniq 5, there's also a twin-motor all-wheel-drive version with a total power output of 305PS. This will accelerate to 62mph in 5.2 seconds, although it's no sports car still. 

The Ioniq 5 range is made up of three trim levels: SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate. None of them are sparsely equipped, with even the entry-level Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE Connect coming with the aforementioned twin-screen display, 19-inch alloy wheels, interior mood lighting, wireless phone charging and an extensive list of driver-assistance tech.

The mid-spec Hyundai Ioniq 5 Premium adds highlights such as heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an electric tailgate, front and rear parking sensors and an electrically adjustable driver's seat. Topping the range, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 Ultimate comes with 20-inch alloy wheels (19-inch on the 58kWh model), a Bose premium sound system, heated outer rear seats, a sliding centre console, ventilated front seats, a head-up display and a clever vehicle-to-load system that lets you power your kettle or charge your electric scooter.

With prices for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 starting from around £37,000 and edging closer to £50,000 for the most desirable variants, it's not exactly a budget electric car. Factor in the cost savings on things like fuel and road tax, though, and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 starts to become easier to justify. It also looks like a very tempting proposition alongside pricier, premium-badged electric vehicles.

Ask Honest John

Can you recommend a company car with low BIK tax?
"I’m due to get a new company car (I currently have a Volkswagen Tiguan). I want something of a similar size and spec but I’m after one with a much lower benefit in kind (BIK) value as I'm being hammered on tax at present. I do 25,000-30,000 miles a year and have both business and personal fuel covered too. Any suggestions?"
For the cheapest BIK, you'll need to be looking at electric cars. A Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Volkswagen ID.4 could be a good choice – similar in size to your Tiguan and with a very useable electric range, as well as rapid charging capabilities. It's worth considering a Tesla Model Y, too, especially as this gives you access to the brand's excellent Supercharger network. Any electric car with zero tailpipe emissions will attract 2% BIK tax from 2022 onwards. As a compromise, you could also consider some kind of plug-in hybrid. A Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid officially has a CO2 output of 41g/km and an electric range of up to 30 miles, meaning you'll pay 14% BIK. You'll need to charge it regularly to get the best from it in terms of fuel economy, but it's a very impressive SUV.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Should I buy a used Jaguar I-Pace or Porsche Taycan?
"I purchased a new Nissan Leaf Tekna in November and am very pleased apart from the range. In real terms I can only go around 45-50 miles and back unless I drive very carefully. I am considering selling it with 2,800 miles and I won't lose much. I run my own company so have lots of tax perks. I would love a used Jaguar I-Pace costing around £65,000 but am very concerned I will be paying too much. With so many excellent EVs coming out I wonder if I might regret the purchase in six months if prices tumble. My other choice would be the basic Porsche Taycan at £80,000 but unregistered, so a wait of six to nine months. I'm happy to keep the Leaf for that duration and it will still only be under one year since registered. So should I bite the bullet and buy a used I-Pace or order a new Taycan? Or wait and see what comes out this year? "
It's a difficult one as prices are inflated at the moment – that means you'll get your money back on your Leaf, but also you'll pay more for any replacement. In an ideal world you'd sell your Leaf now and buy something else once the bubble's burst... but you might be waiting for a while. In your situation, I'd be looking at something like the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6. While they don't have a premium badge, they're two of the best electric cars on the market with a very useable real-world electric range. Obviously a Porsche Taycan will be a more luxurious choice – if you're looking for something upmarket, take a look at the latest BMW electric cars, such as the i4 and iX.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend an EV estate car?
"My son needs to change his car. At present he is running a Volkswagen Golf estate and needs to change it for a similar size and spec electric vehicle. I’d be grateful for some advice as to what we should look at. What are the options? "
Take a look at the MG 5 EV. It's a really good electric estate car that represents excellent value for money. Otherwise, you could look at the Volkswagen ID.3 (although it's not available as an estate) or alternatives like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Should I trade-in my car while used prices are inflated?
"After putting my 2019 Mazda 6 Sport in for its latest service, the dealership indicated they were very keen to get it as a trade-in due to its condition and low mileage. So, the equity available is higher than normal, in part due to the current shortages. With that in mind, it seemed daft to go for another 6, and maybe I should look a little upmarket. However, I'm struggling to come up with a decent alternative! I've looked at the Octavia vRS, BMW 2 Series GC, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Mazda CX-5 Sport, the new Kia Sportage. Do you have any recommendations or general pointers? I'm on the lookout for a sporty looking family car that isn't going to break the bank, reasonably well specced that isn't costing an absolute fortune to get to the same equipment levels I'm spoiled with in the 6. Appreciate any thoughts or help you can give - I love my 6, she's an absolute joy to drive and truthfully I wouldn't even be looking if the trade in offers weren't so good!"
It's a dilemma many people are facing at the moment – a shortage of new cars means used prices are inflated so there's a temptation to cash in by selling your car. But that car will need replacing, though, and you might find it difficult to get a good deal on a new car. We'd recommend keeping your Mazda – you clearly like it and it's still a modern, reliable car with many years of life left in it. If you do wish to sell, a Mazda CX-5 could be a worthy replacement. It's just been updated and remains one of our favourite SUVs on the market. Alternatively, take a look at the new Hyundai Tucson or consider whether to make the switch to an electric vehicle with a Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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