Hyundai Ioniq 5 review - Engines, performance and drive
Although set up for comfort, the Ioniq 5 should still be quick enough for most
Hyundai is serious about its all-electric future, with the Korean car maker planning to introduce 23 all-electric models by 2023, and targeting 1 million BEV sales by 2025. The Ioniq 5 sits on the manufacturer’s first dedicated BEV platform called E-GMP, while the new tech will also underpin production of smaller and larger models.
Despite showcasing the company’s latest EV architecture, the Ioniq 5 still incurs the typical weight penalty that comes from housing big, heavy batteries, although its design does allow for the cells to be placed under the floor to help deliver a low centre of gravity. Hyundai’s all-electric hatchback weighs around two tonnes, but performance remains solid, with fierce acceleration off the line in the 301bhp top-spec model if you decide to stamp on the pedal. Otherwise, the power delivery is all very relaxed, with the 5 easy to pilot around town.
We wouldn’t say the Ioniq 5 is an especially fun car to drive around twisty lanes, as it majors on providing great levels of comfort rather than B-road thrills - a brief it fulfills impressively well. Higher-end cars, fitted with larger 20-inch alloy wheels, provide a little more shuffle over slow-speed lumps and bumps than you’d perhaps like, but overall the 5 offers a composed ride, with limited body roll and the light steering well suited to the car’s set-up
Engines, 0-60 acceleration and top speed
The Ioniq 5 is available with a choice of two batteries, three power outputs and the option of rear- or all-wheel-drive. Entry-level cars use a 58kWh battery and a 168bhp motor driving the rear wheels, with 0-62mph taking a reasonable 8.5 seconds. Next up is another RWD version, but this time packing 214bhp and a bigger 73kWh battery - helping to reduce the sprint benchmark time to 7.4 seconds.
With 301bhp and 605Nm of torque, the fastest 5 uses a dual-motor set-up providing four-wheel-drive and a 0-62mph time of 5.2 seconds - outpacing the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX model and keeping up with the more expensive 346bhp Ford Mustang Mach-E. All Ioniq 5 versions have a top speed of 115mph.
In this review
- 1Hyundai Ioniq 5 reviewThe retro-modern Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a supremely talented all-electric family car that’s hard to fault
- 2Engines, performance and drive - currently readingAlthough set up for comfort, the Ioniq 5 should still be quick enough for most
- 3Range, charging and running costsWith a practical range and charging ability that leaves rivals standing, the Ioniq 5 should fit seamlessly into family life
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Ioniq 5's dazzling looks set it apart from rivals, while infotainment tech is equally impressive
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceDon’t be fooled by its hatchback style, the Ioniq 5 is definitely roomy enough to cope with the rigours of family life
- 6Reliability and safetyBuyers will be reassured by the Ioniq 5's excellent levels of standard safety kit and five-year warranty cover