2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric SUV: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
January 13, 2021

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric car will be Hyundai’s second EV SUV when it arrives in 2021. See this new Skoda Enyaq alternative in official teaser images and prototype photos here. 

  • New Hyundai Ioniq 5 teased
  • Retains concept-car design
  • Hyundai’s second electric car
  • Single and dual-motor options
  • 310-mile range expected
  • Pared-back interior
  • 220V interior plug
  • On sale in 2021
  • Should cost from £40,000

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a new electric SUV that will be revealed in 2021 and is expected to go on sale before 2022. It will have a greater range than the current Hyundai Kona Electric and will get a much more eye-catching design.

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 design

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 takes a more minimalist approach to design than most small SUVs. 

These new teaser images give you your best look yet at the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5, and it’s clear that the finished model retains much of what made the original concept (called the Hyundai 45) so eye catching, including the simple design and pixel-like headlights.

The finished car has barely changed compared with this Hyundai 45 Concept car from 2019.

Speaking of which, Hyundai has conformed that the Ioniq 5’s headlighs will be made up of 256 individual lamps, so expect some flashy animations when you lock and unlock your car – just like on many upmarket Audis.

No word yet on what size the Ioniq 5’s alloy wheels will be…

Other teaser images don’t reveal a great deal, but you can see the new Ioniq 5 will get large contrasting wheel arch trims – a must for any modern SUV – along with similarly sharp lines to the 45 Concept. The brake lights are set to follow the pixel-like pattern of the headlights, too.

The new car’s brake lights get a similar pixelated design to the headlights.

Being an electric car, there’s no reason for the Ioniq 5 to come with the daft fake exhaust pipes that have become so common on family SUVs.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 interior

The Ioniq 5 concept’s interior, above, will inspire the finished car’s cabin.

Hyundai hasn’t revealed the new Ioniq 5’s interior yet, but much like the car’s exterior, it’s expected to take inspiration from the 45 Concept. That said, the concept car’s ultra-minimalist design won’t reach production unchanged, but the widescreen infotainment displays may appear in high-spec versions of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 production car.

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The concept’s dual-sliding doors will almost certainly be replaced by conventional doors on the production car, but the Hyundai Ioniq 5 may come with a similar colour scheme to the concept’s light and airy cabin. You can expect it to come with seating for five, rather than the concept’s four, too.

You’ll be able to charge substantial gadgets using the Ioniq 5’s onboard plug.

Hyundai has confirmed it’ll fit the Ioniq 5 with a conventional household plug. This means you’ll be able to charge up more than just your phone on the move (think bulkier gadgets such as cameras and laptops.) The image above also suggests that the back seats will be able to slide forward and backward, so you can choose to prioritise legroom or boot space.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 motors and battery

The finished Hyundai Ioniq 5 should have a range of around 300 miles.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be built using all-new underpinnings (called a platform) designed specifically for electric cars. Hyundai hasn’t confirmed exact figures for the Ioniq 5, but its new platform will feature 800V batteries capable of powering it for 310 miles on a single charge. That’s very similar to the range delivered by high-spec versions of the upcoming Skoda Enyaq iV and Nissan Ariya electric cars.

You’ll be able to charge these batteries using 350kW fast chargers, which will be capable of boosting the car’s range from zero to 80% full in less than 20 minutes. You’ll also be able to add around 60 miles to your range with a quick 5-minute charge, too.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 driving

The new Ioniq 5 should come with dual-electric motors and four-wheel drive. 

Unlike the existing Kona Electric, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 will come with a rear-mounted motor driving the rear wheels. It’s likely that you’ll also be able to get higher-spec cars with a second electric motor driving the front wheels, making the Ioniq 5 a four-wheel-drive electric car. This will help maximise grip in slippery conditions and when accelerating hard.

Hyundai has confirmed the Ioniq 5 will accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will probably cost from around £35,000 when it goes on sale in late 2021.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 price and release date

Hyundai has confirmed the Ioniq 5 will be revealed in February 2021 and go on sale before 2022, but hasn’t said how much it’ll cost. However, the Skoda Enyaq iV (a direct alternative to this new Hyundai) will set you back from around £34,000, so it’s likely the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 will cost a similar amount.

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