Hyundai Ioniq 5 Review 2023
Hyundai Ioniq 5 At A Glance
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.