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Hyundai Ioniq 5

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Hyundai Ioniq 5

(2021 - present)

    Summary


    The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the company’s first purpose-built electric car and heralds the start of Hyundai’s new Ioniq EV sub-brand. The Ioniq 5 has been collecting plenty of admirers since its 2021 release, as Hyundai sets its sights on becoming a mainstream EV brand.

    With a unique retro-futuristic exterior design that looks like it comes straight from the concept art of the Back to the Future movies, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has become a real highlight for members of the motoring media in 2021.

    Top Gear has called the Ioniq 5’s design “sensational”, while The Sunday Times commented that “If a vehicle were judged solely on its looks, the Ioniq 5 would be the car of the decade.”

    Borrowing the ‘Ioniq’ moniker from predecessors like the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, the Ioniq 5 his being heralded by many as a key model in the development of the electric car. Along with the closely related Kia EV6, it looks set to challenge more expensive models like the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, and the Polestar 2.

    The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has earned praise from Auto Express for its “practical battery range and charging ability that sets it apart from its rivals.” The Ioniq 5 supports ultra-fast charging, capable of taking the battery from 10-80% in less than 20 minutes, something no other EV in its price range can match.

    What Car? is impressed by the Ioniq 5’s “composed handling, incredibly spacious and practical interior and lots of standard equipment.”

    On the other hand, What Car? concede that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has “ride comfort and refinement that let the side down”, and The Telegraph has called the Ioniq 5’s rather rigid ride quality “dreadful”.

    As of July 2022, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has an Expert Rating of 86%, which puts at the top of the charts for Best Medium Cars in our Expert Rating Index. It also won Best Medium Car at our 2021 Car of the Year Awards, before going on to be named World Car of the Year for 2022.

    Ioniq 5 highlights

    • Stylish retro-modern exterior
    • Roomy and practical interior
    • Impressive infotainment system
    • Unmatched battery charging ability

    Ioniq 5 lowlights

    • Top range models get pricey
    • Unforgiving ride comfort
    • Retro styling may not age well

    Key specifications


    Body style: Medium hatchback
    Power unit: electric motor, battery-powered
    Price: From £41,900 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2021
    Last updated: N/A
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: October 2021
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 88%
    Child protection: 86%
    Vulnerable road users: 63%
    Safety assist: 88%

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of July 2022, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the Ioniq 5 is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

    Reliability rating

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    As of July 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Hyundai Ioniq 5 to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Ioniq 5, we’ll publish the score here.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has received

    2022

    • World Car Awards – World Car of the Year + World Electric Vehicle of the Year + World Car Design of the Year
    • UK Car of the Year Awards – Car of the Year + Best Family Car
    • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Car of the Year + Best Premium EV

    2021

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