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Hyundai Ioniq 5 Review

Published on March 23rd, 2022 | by Matthew Albutt

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 family hatchback is a real head turner and in part looks a bit like a futuristic ‘redimensioned’ DMC DeLorean with its hard angles and square looks. These looks might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it definitely got the thumbs up from our team at Agility Fleet.

The Ioniq 5 comes in three trim levels; SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate. Entry-level equipment is good with 19 inch wheels, rear parking sensors, climate control and smart cruise control all as standard. The range starts from just under £37,000 and rises to around £47,000 with a BIK band of 1%. If you spec your car with the 72.6kWh AWD variant car will accelerate from 0-60mph in an impressive 5 seconds.

We gave five staff members an area to review, read their thoughts below or watch our video review.

  • Design - 3/5

    The overall design is standard for an electric vehicle very futuristic and sleek. However, one big feature that sets this car apart from others on the market is the pixel cube style lights.

    Front lights of the Hyundai Ioniq 5

    On the inside you won’t be struggling for space as it’s very spacious in both the front and back, especially if the driver is on the short side because the rear passenger has lots of room. The electronic seat adjustment on the chair is perfectly placed and easy to use compared to some other makes and models we’ve driven.

    Because there is no need for drive trains and gearboxes the front and rear footwells are huge and go from door to door without any obstruction. This makes the whole car feel spacious.

    The 12.3inch screen looks very high-tech, however is too far away and not designed for easy use whilst driving. It also isn’t visually angled to make it easy to view whilst driving so could cause some issues if used as a satnav screen or using it for Android Auto / Apple Car Play.

    Infotainment screen of the Hyundai Ioniq 5

    Although the Ioniq 5 has a rear-view camera, on the model that we reviewed, there is no rear window wiper, so on bad weather days and cold mornings clearing the rear window to be able to see out of it was difficult.

    Changing the temperature was a breeze. The climate control buttons are perfectly placed and easy to switch between modes and temperature. This being said, it doesn’t tell you where the air is coming from which requires using the screen to change the fans and the directions being used.

    There is a mode button, which allows you to choose between eco and sport mode. This, I felt, was the best feature and easy to switch between the modes for those moments you need the extra power, although the power in eco mode was more than adequate for my driving style.

    Reviewed by Sophie West, Senior Marketing Executive

  • Comfort - 3/5

    When sitting in the Ioniq 5 I felt the seats were very comfortable and well sprung. The heated fabric seats are a nice addition and didn’t make me miss the luxury feeling of leather seats.

    Even though I’m 6ft, I found there was loads of legroom in both the front and the back. As Sophie mentioned earlier the floor is completely flat as there is no need for a gearbox, which made it feel more lounge-like.

    Ioniq 5 floor space

    The seat bolsters were a little bit snug and felt a little ‘pinchy’ for the average male back. Storage is abundant, however some of the floor space could have been used as storage cupboards.

    Reviewed by Sean Dalton, Head of Direct Sales and Rentals

  • Performance - 4/5

    On paper the Ioniq 5 has a top driving range of up to 298 miles, depending on the battery. During my time it was great on mileage and is by far the best EV we have had regarding doing the mileage stated.

    It felt smooth on the road and quiet compared to traditional petrol and diesel engines. However, it wasn’t as quiet as other EVs, as we believe Hyundai has removed some of the sound proofing to give drivers and passengers a more traditional noise experience.

    Side view of the Ioniq 5

    The electronic parking brake wasn’t where I thought it would be and took a while to find which was a bit of a pain as I knew it needed to be on in order to stop and get out of the car. Eventually I found it mounted next to the steering wheel closest to the door.

    Reviewed by Jenna Cockette, Customer Relationship Manager

  • Infotainment - 3/5

    The 12.3inch screen is very clean, large and modern with high definition. The fact it was really wide and not that high was great as it followed the lines of the dash and didn’t hinder my vision while driving.  There were some great gimmicky features you’d probably find on a Tesla but not on other cars such as an ambience mode, which allows you to display a fireplace or a snowy walk. As nice as they are I’m not sure when these would be used.

    Ioniq 5 Infotainment image

    Although the screen is great to use, if you’re a smaller driver it might be awkward to use due to it being so far away.

    Reviewed by Liz Hotham, Business Development Manager

  • Practicality - 4/5

    The boot on the Ioniq 5 is extremely large with 527 litres on offer. This is pretty much unheard of in this class of vehicle. If you fold the seats down it gives an amazing 1,587 litres which is plenty big enough for larger or awkward pieces of luggage or furniture.

    Hyundai Ioniq 5 boot space

    The completely flat floor is a welcome addition, especially for anyone sitting in the rear middle seat. Another nice addition was the 3-prong socket behind the centre console which is extremely practical and great for plugging in laptops or larger electronic devices.

    There seemed to be only one USB port that would enable Android Auto / Apple Car Play.  The positioning of this USB port made life difficult as it was quite a reach away and the cable would awkwardly drag across the gap between the floor and the centre console.

    Reviewed by Mike McKernan, Sales Executive

Conclusion

In summary, we thought the Hyundai Ioniq 5 was a great electric family hatchback with plenty of space both in the cabin and the boot for all aspects of life. We didn’t get any range anxiety while test driving as the car gave very close to the range Hyundai state.

The Agility team gave the Hyundai Ioniq 5 an overall score of 17/25. To read more of our vehicle reviews click here.

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