Hyundai Ioniq 5 review

Category: Large Electric

Section: Passenger & boot space

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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

It can be hard to judge from photographs, but the Ioniq 5 is actually a really big car, with generous head and leg room up front. There are lots of cubbyholes dotted around the interior, too, and you can slide the centre console forwards and backwards to alter the position of the central armrest.

Rear leg room is ridiculously generous; there’s as much as you’d expect in a limo. Even with a six-footer driving, a passenger of the same size can really stretch out and relax in the back. Head room isn’t quite as plentiful (this is where taller SUVs have a slight advantage), but there's still enough for a six-footer to sit in comfort without getting to know the roof lining intimately.

The Ioniq 5 also stands out for its seating flexibility, but not in the way you might think. The rear seats split in a conventional 60/40 arrangement rather than the more practical 40/20/40 way that lets you fold each of the three seatbacks individually. You can recline the front seats to be almost fully flat, though. There’s a leg rest that extends as you recline to give you the full armchair luxury treatment as you wait for the car to charge. The rear seats don’t slide, but you can recline them – albeit not to the same extent as the front seats.

That rear seat space doesn’t come at the expense of having a small boot, either. At 540 litres, it’s on a par with the ID.4's and much bigger than the one in the Mustang Mach-E (402 litres) but not as big as the Skoda Enyaq's 580-litre load bay. There’s just enough underfloor space to stow a charging cable and, unlike the VW ID.4, the Ioniq 5 has storage under the bonnet. Don’t get too excited about this 'frunk' area if you go for the AWD version, though, because it's only big enough for a slim laptop bag, but in the rear-wheel-drive models it's twice the size.

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