Hyundai Ioniq 5 review

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Hyundai Ioniq 5's starting price is competitive against the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4. Bear in mind, though, that it's still too high to qualify for the Government's electric car grant, and that the Skoda Enyaq undercuts them all. The top spec has lots of kit but is too expensive for us to fully recommend because it delves too deep into Tesla Model 3 territory. 

We mentioned earlier that the range from a full charge in the Ioniq 5 doesn’t necessarily stand out compared with its rivals', but the charging speed definitely does. The maximum rate of 220kW means that you’ll get a 10-80% charge in just 18 minutes with a 350kW public rapid charger (half the time an ID.4 will take). Every Ioniq 5 will have that ultra-fast charging ability as standard.

The bad news? There aren't all that many locations in the UK capable of delivering that kind of speed. There'll be more in the future, of course, but it will be quite some time before they are as common as the fantastic Supercharger network available for all Teslas. The Ioniq 5 can do something a Tesla can’t, though. With a specific adapter, the external charging port can be used as a power source, so you could, in theory, plug in and charge another electric car.

Reliability should be good, given Hyundai’s excellent record. In the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, it ranked sixth out of 31 brands, while in the electric car class, the Hyundai Kona Electric came in second, beaten only by the Model 3. You get a five-year unlimited mileage warranty plus an eight-year/100,000 miles battery warranty.

The Ioniq 5 has yet to be tested by the safety experts at Euro NCAP, but lots of safety features will be available, including the blind-spot monitoring camera we mentioned earlier, driver attention warning, high beam assist and rear cross-traffic alert.

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Overview

Even in pre-production form, the range-topping Hyundai Ioniq 5 is rapid, decent to drive and huge inside. If cheaper versions are just as impressive, this will be a thoroughly recommendable electric vehicle.

  • Rapid performance of range-topping model
  • Super-fast charging speeds as standard
  • Enormously spacious interior
  • Range is nothing special
  • Not as comfortable as Volkswagen ID.4
  • Launch edition model is pricey

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