The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is probably one of, if not the most interesting electric car Hyundai ever built. The moment the Ioniq 5 came out, people were surprised at how well it looked both inside and out. Moreover, the Ioniq 5 is also a really well-put-together car that offers quite an experience for the money which inevitably made the Ioniq 5 a really popular car.
Given the fact that Hyundai is known for making reliable cars and that the Ioniq 5 is not the very first electric car they ever did, it was reasonable to think that the Ioniq is going to be dependable, and thankfully it is. As such, most consumer reports state that the Ioniq 5 does not seem to be suffering from a wide variety of issues.
The most common Hyundai Ioniq 5 issues are associated with the car’s range in which the AWD model sacrifices quite a bit of range over the RWD model. Other issues are related to the car’s parking which was also the reason Hyundai recalled the Ioniq 5. Some owners have also reported issues with the steering system as well.
The fact that the Ioniq 5 does not come with a front trunk didn’t really go well with most prospective customers, especially when you consider that having a front trunk is one of the benefits you get if you go for a car such as a Tesla, a Polestar, or most other electric cars.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 – AWD range issues
This issue is not associated with reliability, but it is an issue worth talking about nevertheless. It seems like the AWD version of the Ioniq 5 can do a maximum of 256 miles on a full charge which isn’t bad per se. However, when you release that the RWD version of the Ioniq 5 can do upwards of 300 miles, then it starts to make sense.
This can play a major role in your everyday driving as you are essentially giving up almost 20% of your maximum range if you want an AWD system. As such, the RWD Ioniq 5 is a better choice for those who want to use their car for long-distance journeys while the AWD Ioniq 5 is the better choice if you want more control during bad weather.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 – Brakes issues
Probably the most serious issue you can encounter with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is related to the car’s brakes. It seems like many owners complain that the car can sometimes lose its braking ability which can result in catastrophic consequences. A large portion of owners even reported the car’s parking brake can give up and inevitably cause the car to roll.
This is obviously a serious issue and is also why Hyundai recalled the Ioniq 5. Hyundai recommends to their owners to always use the electronic parking brake, not just place the car into park because a software glitch could potentially override that and cause the car to roll. Be sure to always check if your car has been affected by this issue at your dealership.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 – Steering system issues
Another relatively serious issue that seems to be affecting some Hyundai Ioniq 5 models is related to the car’s steering system. One owner reported that the car emits strange noises and that the steering wheel shakes rapidly at speeds exceeding 70mph. Hyundai also released a service bulletin about this issue which means that they have officially recognized it.
The good thing is that this issue does not seem to affect the majority of Ioniq 5 models out there, but it is always a good idea to thoroughly test the car out at higher speeds to make sure there are no steering wheel shakiness and weird noises.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 – No front trunk
There are many benefits to buying an electric car such as the cost-saving aspect, the fact that you aren’t hurting the environment, and the fact that your running costs and insurance costs can often be lower. When EVs first started coming out, having a front trunk in addition to the rear trunk was a big thing, but sadly the Ioniq 5 does not come with a front trunk.
Many people wanting to buy an EV even expect to find a front trunk because that has become somewhat of a norm these days. It makes sense to expect an EV to have a front trunk because it does not have a traditional combustion engine.
Should I buy the Hyundai Ioniq 5?
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is one of the most interesting electric crossovers you can buy these days because it looks cool, it drives really well, it is very well appointed, and it does not cost too much money as some other EVs out there. This makes the Ioniq 5 a complete package to many people, and that makes perfect sense as the Ioniq 5 truly is a well-rounded automobile.
On the other hand, if EVs aren’t your thing, you are not going to like the Ioniq 5. Moreover, the Ioniq 5 comes exclusively in EV form, there are no hybrid versions available.
Is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 a hatchback or an SUV?
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is not a hatchback or an SUV, but rather a crossover that borrows its design elements from virtually all segments out there. The moment you lay your eyes on the car, you can immediately tell that it comes with a higher center of gravity.
However, it still looks somewhat like a bloated hatchback which can confuse many people. Either way, the Ioniq 5 is a really cool car, no matter the segment it belongs to.
Which cars rival the Hyundai Ioniq 5?
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 competes with some of the world’s best EVs right now such as the Tesla Model 3, the new Kia EV6, and the VW.ID, and the Skoda Enyaq. The Kia EV6 and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 are head-on competitors that are likely going to fight for the same customer group. Between the two, it’s really hard to tell which one is better, but to me, I think that the Kia EV6 is a bit more exciting overall.