Hyundai Ioniq 5 Premium

  • Engine, performance & drive
  • Range, charging & running costs
  • Interior, design and technology

Engine, performance & drive

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. Electric cars vs petrol cars vs hybrid cars : which engine choice is right for you? 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 Hyundai Ioniq 5 - rear cornering20 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.


Range, charging & running costs

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. If you’re after the most miles from a single charge, then the 214bhp version with the bigger 73kWh battery is the one to go for, as it’s capable of travelling up to 280 miles before needing the batteries replenished, while the top 301bhp version utilises a dual-motor set-up, allowing for around 267 miles between charges. A real boon for Ioniq 5 owners is the car’s ability to support 800V charging, which means you can top-up from 10 to 80 percent in around 18 minutes. In comparison, a Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard Range car will take 38 minutes to complete the same task. Most economical family cars Most economical family cars 2021 Business users will continue to be attracted to the tax benefits of running a zero-emission vehicle, with Benefit-in-Kind rates of just one per cent for 2021 and two per cent for the following year, while not forgetting that there is no road tax to pay and electricity costs are considerably less than relying on petrol or diesel to run your car. Based on a home energy rate of 13p per kW, we calculated that charging the Ioniq 5 would cost you around £459 a year if you covered 12,000 miles over that period. Hyundai Ioniq 5 - charging20 Insurance Those looking to buy an all-electric car will recognise the benefits of lower day-to-day running costs and the green advantages of emissions-free 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 168bhp Ioniq 5 in SE Connect trim is in group 35 for insurance, while moving up to the mid-range 214bhp Premium car sees a rise to group 41. The top-spec 301bhp Ultimate version sits in group 44 - which is the same rating as a 345bhp Porsche Cayman S! Depreciation Specific figures on future residual values for the Ioniq 5 aren’t yet available as the model is too new. However, by way of comparison, the 5’s Kona Electric sibling holds onto a healthy 52-55 per cent of its original list price over three years and 36,000-miles, while its Mustang Mach-E rival performs even better with a projected 55-57 per cent of its value retained over the same period.


Interior, design and technology

The stunning Concept 45 car, revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, gave us an insight into Hyundai’s thinking around how an Ioniq 5 production model might look. Fortunately, the subtle-cool design remains largely untouched from that original vision, and the 5 certainly stands out from a growing list of EV rivals. The retro-modern style works well and it will appeal to those who appreciate a minimalist approach, although a standout feature is the LED headlight design which is made up from 256 individual ‘pixels’. Once inside, the driver is faced with a pair of 12.3-inch digital screens - one a colour touchscreen covering the infotainment and sat-nav systems, while the other displays information for the driver. Mk1 Nissan Leaf Charging Electric car charging in the UK: prices, networks, charger types and top tips The light grey cloth upholstery looks good and complements the cabin well, but might not be the most practical for families with young children. A darker leather seat trim is available if you opt for the Ultimate specification. Standard kit for the Ioniq 5 SE Connect versions includes 19-inch alloy wheels, auto wipers, a rear-view monitor, smart cruise control and a smartphone wireless charging pad. Mid-spec Premium cars add luxuries such as a heated steering wheel, upgraded upholstery and heated front seats, while you’ll want for nothing if you fork out for the top-of-the-range Ultimate model which comprises 20-inch alloys, electrically-adjustable front seats with a heating and ventilation function, heated rear seats, a head-up display and a seven-speaker Bose stereo system. Hyundai Ioniq 5 - dials20 Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment Hyundai’s infotainment set-up is superb - the twin displays remind us of high-end Mercedes interiors, with two 12.3-inch screens side-by-side. One provides digital dials, the second is a touchscreen for other functions – but there are still real climate controls, so the Hyundai has better usability than rivals such as the Volkswagen ID.4. It also looks just as modern and smart, if not more so. The top-spec model has a head-up display and a Bose stereo, but all versions of the Ioniq 5 get the excellent twin-screen set-up with sat-nav, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and wireless phone charging. It’s easy to use, works well with smartphone functions, is responsive and the graphics look sleek. The menus are well laid-out, too, so there’s very little to complain about in the Hyundai – except perhaps that only one of the front USB ports works with the smartphone link.