The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

So spacious! A great all rounder!

Starting price: £42,511

The Pros

Very spacious interior

Wide door opening

Buggy / pram loads width ways

Quiet drive

Cons

No rear window wiper

Intro

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is an all-electric family car.  The entry level (Premium) offers a wealth of all the features that you need for everyday life.  The starting price is from £42,511 and then the jump to the next level is almost £7k (Ultimate).  To be honest, Kate’s 7-year-old gave a quick and accurate overview of the IONIQ 5…’Mummy I would like to sleep in this car’.  This summed it up nicely!

The IONIQ 5 has a futuristic exterior with a modern and spacious interior. Rivals in this class include the Tesla Y and the VW ID.4.

Sitting in the driver’s seat the visibility over the road ahead is beautifully clear and so easy to drive.

There is an option to have the Heads-up Display (HUD) which is where you can see the MPH projected on the lower windscreen.  We tried out a few u turns and tight parking spaces.  The turning circle made it effortless and, with the surround view camera along with parking sensors, easy to park.  If the space is really tight or even some inconsiderate person has parked too close then there is remote smart parking assist (RSPA). What is this you may ask?  Basically, you can move the car forwards / backwards from standing close to the vehicle using the car key.  However, if the key got into the wrong hands…. the sensors would stop the car if an obstacle was detected and will even turn out of the way.  Good to know especially if you are a parent of curious boys!

All models have electric and heated folding wing mirrors which we thought was excellent especially when you are in a rush to get out on those frosty mornings.

Depending on the model chosen the IONIQ 5 will offer a range of 240 to 300 miles approximately. With the average UK driver covering 142 miles a week then this should see off any charging anxiety!

On a fast charge there is the ability to have up to 80% charge in 20 minutes. On a home wall box, a fully charged battery, from close to empty, will take about 11 hours.

Hyundai have their own navigation system and if you were to key in the charging station the car would ensure that the battery is at the optimum temperature for charging on arrival.  All so clever.

Interior

The cabin, in contrast to family life, is very peaceful and minimalist.  It definitely has the wow factor.  The 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen runs smoothly into the 12.3-inch driver’s display. Underneath the touchscreen there are some shortcut buttons which are great when keeping your eyes on the road and below this you have the ability to quickly play with the climate control rather than prodding the touchscreen!  There are some fun bits like the mood lighting which at night look great.  We also loved the Quiet mode option for those drives with sleeping children.  This mode will only play your music in the front of the car.

The steering wheel (all models have the heat button) has plenty of movement to find the perfect driving spot and has the usual buttons from voice activator to volume control.  To the right of wheel, similar to the VW ID.4, there is the gear selector. To start with it’s a little obscured, but you soon get use to using it blindly.

Seats & Passenger Space

The car is like the Tardis and there is a wealth of space for all members of your tribe.

The standard trim gives you dark grey leather seating which is perfect to combat against muddy shoes and sticky hands.  We had a model with a stunning cream /white interior which is something we may opt for in a few more years!

Top of the range tech pack (on Ultimate trims) £995 will allow the front seats to go into relaxation mode.  Close to an aeroplane flat bed. Possibly designed for catching a nap when charging the car, but as busy parents what a great place to go and hide

At entry level the seats are heated in the front, but you would need to upgrade for rear heated seats.  Noting that this feature is probably best left redundant if you have child seats on the back bench. There are further upgrades if you want all the whistles and bells (electrical lumbar support, digital adjustment, front seat memory).

The rear bench is so roomy.  Legroom space is fantastic with a completely flat floor so no fighting about who sits in the middle.  A rear facing baby seat sat comfortably behind the front passenger and we could even squeeze a small booster in between 2 car seats.  This car is quite deceiving in terms of size.  There are 2 isofix points positioned in the outer seats of the back seat.  The rear doors open beautifully wide which helps when you are trying to swing a baby seat into the car or even wrestling a toddler into their seat.

To keep all passengers quiet and content there are 2 USB ports in the front and one in the rear.  Wireless charging pad can be found in the front.

Cups & Cubby

The interior has lots of hidden spaces so you will not be short of storage. There are 2 cupholders sat in front of the middle console for those important coffees and a further 2 in the pulldown armrest in the rear. You will also find further space under the armrest in the front to pop your purse or even a small bag.  The glovebox is similar to a deep kitchen drawer – ready for fill with all those things you may need one day.  All 4 door bins were able to accommodate a large water bottle and other paraphernalia planted by children.  Behind the front seat there are netted pockets which are included in the premium level.  So many cars have pockets as an upgrade!

Boot Space

Underneath the bonnet is the ‘frunk’ (front trunk) which is 57 litres in the rear drive and 24 litres in the four wheeled drive.  To be honest it is a bit of a faff to get into and therefore potentially a good place to store the charging cables.

The actual boot itself is 527 litres and the width fitted a buggy perfectly horizontally. It could be pushed right to the back of the boot to maximise the space for shopping, school bags, wellie boots etc.  A great shaped boot with the two things we love a rotary parcel shelf and the all-important electric tailgate

Summary

This electric car really does tick nearly all the boxes.  The entry level has wealth of great features to make family life that little bit easier.  Hyundai also includes roadside assistance within 0.25 miles of your home and 8 year battery or 100,000 mile warranty.

** Boosters used in this review: Cozynsafe Tambu (width 45cm), Halfords Essential (width 39.5cm), Graco Basic (width 53.7cm),  Baby seat Maxicosi CabrioFix (depth 71.5cm / width 44.5cm) – dimensions from widest part of booster/seat

Starting Price     : £42,511

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4635 (L) x 1890 (W) x 1605 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

527 litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

Range - Kate and Claire

240-300 miles

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-62mph in 5.2 secs