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Hyundai Ioniq 5 - Range, charging and running costs

With a practical range and charging ability that leaves rivals standing, the Ioniq 5 should fit seamlessly into family life

Overall Auto Express Rating

5.0 out of 5

Range, charging and running costs Rating

4.7 out of 5

Price
£43,445 to £57,945
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​The Ioniq 5 lineup starts with a 58kWh battery paired with a single 168bhp motor driving the rear wheels, which provides a range of up to 238 miles of range. The rest of the line-up uses a 77.4kWh unit. This returns up to 315 miles of claimed range in the 226bhp rear-wheel drive variant, dropping slightly to 298 miles in the 321bhp all-wheel drive car.

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The hotter Ioniq 5 N features the largest battery of any Ioniq 5, and this 84kW pack can return up to 280 miles of range on the WLTP combined cycle. However, if you’re driving this electric hot hatch as intended, you may struggle to achieve this figure in the real world.

A real boon for Ioniq 5 owners is the car’s ability to support 350kW charging, which means all three batteries can be topped-up from 10 to 80 per cent in around 18 minutes. In comparison, a Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard Range car will take 38 minutes to complete the same task. 

If you’re using a 7.4kW home wallbox charger, the 58kWh battery can be fully-charged in around nine hours. The larger 77.4kWh unit will take about 12 hours. Meanwhile the Ioniq 5 N’s 84kWh battery will reach 100 per cent in just under 13 hours.

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Business users will continue to be attracted to the tax benefits of running a zero-emission vehicle, with Benefit-in-Kind company car tax rates of just two per cent for the following year, while not forgetting that there is no VED road tax to pay and electricity costs are still much less than relying on petrol or diesel to run your car.

Insurance

Those looking to buy an electric car will recognise the benefits of lower day-to-day running costs and the green advantages of electric motoring. What might be more of a surprise is that insurance costs for EVs can often be higher than combustion-engined models, mainly due to the increased cost of repair or the need to replace specific electric components (particularly the lithium-ion batteries) if you happen to be involved in a collision. 

The entry-level Ioniq 5 in Premium trim is in group 29E for insurance, while moving up to the Ultimate spec sees a rise to group 35E. The Namsan Edition tops the standard Ioniq 5 range in group 36E. Naturally, the high-speed Ioniq 5 N is the priciest to insure as this resides in group 49E. The letter ‘E’ denotes that the Ioniq 5 exceeds the security requirement for these insurance groups.

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