Hyundai Ioniq 5 review

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Introduction

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Recognise the Hyundai Ioniq 5 name? You might well do – but you won’t recognise its looks. For while it borrows part of that name from the Ioniq family car, its design is like nothing else in the Korean brand’s line-up.

Instead, this is the first in a series of new fully electric vehicles (EVs) that will all be labelled 'Ioniq'. It follows on from the impressive Hyundai Kona Electric, but while there's also a petrol-engined version of the Kona, the Ioniq 5 is electric-only. The mechanical underpinnings are entirely new and will be shared by sister brands Kia and Genesis.

As a large electric car, the Ioniq 5 is a rival to the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Skoda Enyaq and Volkswagen ID.4, and although it's the only one of the four that's not designed to look like an out-and-out high-riding SUV, it's very similar in size to those cars.

It’s much bigger than the Kona Electric, though. In fact, the 3000mm distance between the front and rear axles of the Ioniq 5 is the same as you’ll find in the Audi A8 limousine.

So, it’s a big car that should be very accommodating for passengers, and the swish exterior design is backed up by a snazzy interior look. On top of all that, it aims to stand out with the promise of a 300-mile range and super-fast charging speeds that are twice as quick as most other EVs can manage.

Our first taste of the car was driving a pre-production model that came with some caveats: the suspension, steering and sound insulation were all yet to be fully signed off, Hyundai told us. But it was still a good chance to learn about the Ioniq 5's inherent strengths and weaknesses.

So, does it look like being an electric car game-changer, and what versions will be available to buy? Read on  to find out everything you need to know about the Hyundai Ioniq 5, as well as how it compares with its rivals, in particular the Mach-E, Enyaq and ID.4, plus the Tesla Model 3.

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