Hyundai IONIQ 5 2023 test drive review

Hyundai IONIQ 5 2023 test drive review

Anthony Hibbs took a test drive of the Hyundai IONIQ 5 73kWh Premium MY2022.

Anthony was contacted by Lookers Chester within 7-12 hours of making his initial enquiry and took his test drive of the Hyundai IONIQ 5 on 29th January 2023.


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Rate the electric car on its exterior


What did you like/dislike like about the exterior?

I suspect the IONIQ 5 is a marmite car, you will either like it or loathe it. I love it. It has a classic look, the matrix lighting is distinctive, the no seams bonnet adds to the clean lines as do the flush fitting door handles.


Rate the electric car on its interior


What did you like/dislike like about the interior?

The interior is huge! No transmission tunnels intrude into the smooth floor, no under seat battery packs restrict the height. It is clear that this is a ground up designed electric car and all the better for it. The seats are like comfortable armchairs with deep door and centre armrests. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable.


The dash is well laid out and quite shallow, adding to the feeling of space. The screens are in line, no huge tablets here. The usual stalks for drive selection wipers and lights, with touch controls and buttons for the climate control in the centre. I drove in daylight but I imagine the ambient lighting will look stunning after dark. Storage is very generous, cup/bottle holders in the centre, deep pockets and a huge pull out pan drawer like glove box.


Rate the electric car for its tech features


What did you like/dislike about the tech features?

The car has the usual range of tech, a lot of which is hidden in screens, menus and sub menus. A short test drive didn’t allow for the full experience but I tried as much as I could. The various drive modes, eco, normal and sport, are distinctly different. The regen can be adjusted using the steering wheel paddles to enable almost one pedal driving.


Seats are electrically adjustable and heated. There are two USB ports in the front and rear. The rear camera is excellent, zones visible as a grid I found really helpful as I deliberately reversed into the tightest space I could find.


Rate the electric car for how it drives


What did you like/dislike like about how it drove?

This car drives really well, steering is light and precise, power delivery is smooth and silent. The adjustable regen gives almost one pedal driving. Visibility is excellent, the high driving position a distinct advantage.


The only disappointment was the lack of a rear wiper. I took my test drive in late afternoon, the rear screen was spattered with raindrops. The effect, with the sun behind made it difficult to see clearly.


The car is easy to control, even in traffic and on narrow lanes. Reversing is helped by the excellent rear camera. This can actually be activated when driving which could be used to mitigate the rear wiper issue.


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