Hyundai Ioniq 5: what the critics say about the ‘floaty’ all-electric car
Starting from £36,995, the Ioniq 5 ‘looks good, inside and out’, but ‘the ride lets it down’
Since its launch in 2016, Hyundai’s Ioniq has been seen as an “unexceptional” family hatchback; the hope is that this new electric-only platform will change that, says The Daily Telegraph. The new model uses 800-volt electronic architecture that has, until now, only been available in the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT. But while the car looks good, inside and out, the ride lets it down, and “that might put off more than a few”.
The ride isn’t a disaster. In most conditions, it is soft and comfortable, and it helps that the driver sits high up with a good view, says Autocar. But it would benefit from more control, as the car can feel “floaty” and the steering response can be unpredictable. Plus, the body rolls, and on nasty ridges you may feel as if you’re in a “ship at sea”. Still, if you take it easy, the Ioniq 5 can offer a “relaxed experience”.
In any case, the Ioniq 5’s stylish design, on-board tech and practical range and charging speeds mean this model still has a lot going for it, says Auto Express. The infotainment system has two 12.3-inch displays, and climate control and smart cruise control are included as part of its impressive entry-level kit. All in all, it’s a very compelling option that is more than likely to persuade some EV buyers.