2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5: range, charging times and performance

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has been revealed as a retro electric hatchback with striking styling, quick charging and up to 298 miles of range

James Allen
Mar 31, 2021

If you're looking for a retro electric car, but think that options like the Honda e and Mini Electric are far too small for what you need, this could be the car for you. The much larger, family car-sized Hyundai Ioniq 5 may be what you’re after, thanks to its unusual looks that blend old and new styling cues.

Set to go on sale in summer 2021 as a less lofty alternative to similarly-sized electric SUVs like the Volkswagen ID.4 and Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is also set to be one of the most eye-catching cars on the road, thanks to its 1970s-inspired wedgy styling. The interior is quite striking to look at, too, thanks to the big digital displays and the pared-back button layout on the centre console.

It helps that the cabin is also set to be quite spacious. Hyundai claims that the Ioniq 5 has interior space that’s more on par with its larger SUV models. Practicality is pretty good as well, as the Hyundai has 531 litres of boot space, which is a lot for a car of this type - plus, there’s up to 57 litres of additional storage space under the bonnet.

You’ll be able to spec the car in a variety of battery size and power configurations, too. As standard, the car comes with two-wheel drive, with the rear wheels being the ones that are powered, and a 58kWh battery pack, though you can also get the car with a larger 72.6kWh battery to increase its driving range. There’ll also be models with an extra electric motor to make them all-wheel drive and give the Ioniq 5 more power and performance - at the expense of some driving range.

Quick facts

  • Up to 298 miles of electric range
  • 10% to 80% charge in 18 minutes
  • Rear- and all-wheel drive versions
  • 588 litres of luggage volume
  • On sale in summer 2021
  • Prices to be confirmed

2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 range and charging times

How far the Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be able to travel on a charge will depend a lot on which battery pack it’s fitted with. From launch, the car will be available with 58kWh and 72.6kWh battery options, with the larger of the two packs being able to store more charge and let you cover more miles before it needs to be plugged into a charging point.

Full range data will be confirmed closer to the car’s launch, though Hyundai says it expects the Ioniq 5 to be capable of up to 298 miles between charges in 72.6kWh two-wheel drive guises. Range estimates for the other versions haven’t been revealed yet, but expect the range figures to drop notably on models with all-wheel drive and the smaller battery.

While ranges will vary depending on the model, Hyundai says all versions of the Ioniq 5 will come with the electric tech needed for compatibility with incredibly powerful 350kW charging points. Plug the car into one of those and, Hyundai claims, you can recharge the batteries from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes. The charging speeds you’ll see for a while to come may be a lot slower than that, though, as 350kW chargers aren’t yet commonplace in the UK and tend to only be found at motorway service stations.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 power and performance

As well as having different battery options, the Ioniq 5 is available with a variety of electric motor configurations. The base spec is a single electric motor driving the rear wheels, and there’ll also be a dual motor all-wheel drive setup for drivers who want to trade some range in exchange for faster acceleration.

Power outputs vary depending on the battery pack that’s fitted, too. Two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models with the 58kWh battery have 167hp and 231hp respectively. In comparison, two-wheel drive 72.6kWh versions have 214hp in two-wheel drive form and all-wheel drive models are the most powerful Ioniq 5s you can get thanks to their 301hp power output.

This means performance also varies quite a bit across the Ioniq 5 range. Hyundai says the slowest two-wheel drive versions can accelerate to 62mph from a standing start in 8.5 seconds, whereas the most powerful all-wheel drive Ioniq 5 can complete the same sprint in 5.2 seconds.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 specifications and in-car tech

Lots of electric cars have minimalist and futuristic-feeling interiors, and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is no exception. The big focal point of the dashboard is the bank of two 12-inch displays - one for the driver instruments, the other for the touchscreen media system - and, bar a narrow horizontal row of shortcut buttons for the touchscreen, most of the car’s features are controlled through backlit touch panels on the centre console and steering wheel.

While we’ll need to wait a bit longer before full UK specs are known, Hyundai has confirmed much of the equipment that will be available on the Ioniq 5. Customers will be able to spec their car with features like heated power-adjustable front seats, a powerful sound system and augmented reality tech that can be used to project information like sat-nav instructions into the driver’s line of sight on the windscreen.

An array of driver assist systems will also be offered on the Ioniq 5, including tech such as a surround view parking camera, a blind spot monitoring system and a reversing assist system that can automatically apply the brakes if the car detects an imminent collision as you’re manoeuvring into a parking spot. However, Hyundai hasn’t yet confirmed how much of this tech will come as standard across the range.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 dimensions

It may be the size of a conventional five-door hatchback, but the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is allegedly as spacious as larger family cars. While we won’t know for sure until full dimensions figures are revealed, the measurements Hyundai is quoting so far do back up those claims. For example, there should be a substantial amount of rear leg room, as the Ioniq 5 has a long three-metre distance between front and rear wheels, which is on par with what you’ll find in big upmarket luxury cars, and is a good indication of how much room there is in the cabin.

While the cabin promises to be pretty roomy, the Hyundai Ioniq 5’s boot space is more on par with the load areas you’ll find in similarly-sized cars. That said, the 531-litre luggage volume is still a very good size, and you can increase that capacity to 1,591 litres by folding the rear seats down and loading to the roof. There’s an additional storage cubby under the bonnet, too, which measures 24 litres on all-wheel drive cars and 57 litres on two-wheel drive models.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 prices and release date

Prices for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 haven’t been confirmed yet. They should be announced sooner rather than later, though, as Hyundai says the car will go on sale during summer 2021.


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