Alan drives a Hyundai IONIQ 5 RWD 73kWh 2022 electric car.
This is Alan’s second electric car, he’s owned the Hyundai IONIQ 5 from new and drives 5,000-10,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 1,000-5,000 miles and he achieves 270 miles range from a full charge.
Why did you choose the Hyundai IONIQ 5?
I had an order for a Tesla Model 3 in 2019. Covid came and I cancelled. I had two key issues with the Tesla, boot not hatch and low to the ground. I bought an MG ZS EV as a stop gap waiting for the Tesla Model Y. This came out with AWD only at a price I was not willing to pay. I started looking further and found the Hyundai IONIQ 5. I test drove it twice and found it to be so comfortable and quiet that I had to order it.
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Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car
- quiet and comfortable interior
- good acceleration and handling.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car
- Bigger wheels make bumps more perceptible
- no rear wiper and handles do not pop out due to specification change between order and delivery
- I’d like to be able to use the app at home but we are in a poor reception area
- it’s a shame that the cameras have not been linked to a security system like Tesla’s. I’ve invested in a dash cam front and rear to overcome this.
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
No fault, 1 recall dealt with efficiently by dealer.
What are the standout technological features of your Hyundai IONIQ 5?
This car shares technological features with many other cars but what I really like is the smoothness of the technology. For example, the cruise control is sophisticated in that if you increase or decrease speed using cruise, it works very smoothly without jerking the car. It is very good at controlling the space ahead in traffic. The i-Pedal works really well so that use of brakes is minimised.
The ‘heads up display’ means you can keep your eyes on the road. Auto car parking and ‘come to me’ are great features. The cameras make parking accurately very easy and of course help protect the alloys. The heater/cooled seats (all-round) work by passing air through the ventilated seats. This is a great feature given recent hot weather and I am sure it will work equally well in cold weather.
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 doesn’t have the largest of boots but the rear seats are very flexible and fold flat so that carrying bulky loads can be achieved without damaging the cars interior. The ‘frunk’ is very useful for carrying the included charging cable.
What electric car(s) are you interested in next and why?
Next model of the Hyundai IONIQ 5, there are promising new features along with greater range.
Outline both positive & negative elements of your home charging unit
We charge using an EO Smart Home charger which works very well using our solar panels when the sun shines and mains electricity when it does not. It provides up to 7kW of power when charging. The app works well giving control over when you can charge and at what rate. Technical help is available easily. The only criticism is that the app is a little dated but I understand that this is being worked on.
Outline both positive & negative elements of your electricity supplier & tariff
I have a fixed price tariff from EDF. I’m not going to quote my rate as it’s very good given current circumstances and I am secure with this until the middle of next year.
What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
IONITY seem reliable. The big fuel companies chargers seem expensive.
Outline both positive & negative elements of your insurer
Good cover at a good price. I am with a subsidiary of LV.
Itemise how much money you’re saving each month owning & running your Hyundai IONIQ 5
Of course EVs are still more expensive to buy than equivalent ICE cars but my insurance has not increased. I live in an area where insurance is cheaper than many other parts of the country. There is no road tax, servicing is cheap, I have been quoted £69 for year one. Energy costs are between 4 and 5p a mile. I drive carefully but if I were to drive more aggressively it would only add 1p a mile to my costs. Thus, running costs are 1/4 to 1/3 of ICE cars.