Hyundai Ioniq 5 Project 45 edition gets 3X expected response [Update]

Update: ‘5-star Euro NCAP safety rating’ and ‘Hyundai sales in 2021 in the UK’ sections added and Project 45 Edition section, price chart and FAQs updated.

The Ioniq 5 is available to order and comes in three specification levels — SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate. The EV got a great response from the UK audience towards the end of 2021 and it drove Hyundai’s EV sales positively.

Project 45 Edition

Hyundai had introduced the Ioniq 5 model in an exclusive Project 45 Edition for the UK and European markets at GBP 45,000 last year at the time of launch. This model has been discontinued and currently there are only three variants are on sale.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Project 45
This Hyundai Ioniq 5 Project 45, the launch edition, was based on the ‘Ultimate AWD’ version with the Tech Pack and Eco Pack specified. Image: Pebley Beach Hyundai & Suzuki Swindon

Customers of this edition were the first to take deliveries of the Ioniq 5 and only 3,000 copies were made. It got the best of the best, in terms of specifications, technology, and design features as part of the package. These include the solar roof, 20-inch rims as well as the Advanced Head-Up display with selectable augmented reality functions. Hyundai said last year that the Project 45 Edition got three times the expected response in Europe.

When it was available, pricing for the Ioniq 5 Project 45 edition started at GBP 45,000 which includes the Plug-in grant. Each of the Project 45 customers also got a free two-year subscription to Ionity where they can charge their vehicles at maximum charging power.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Design


The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has a neo-retro design theme based on the 45 Concept from the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019, which was designed on the lines of Hyundai Pony from 1974. The main design highlights include a clamshell hood (first for a Hyundai product), dual V-shaped daytime running lights, silver-finished front, rear and side body mouldings and automatic flush door handles.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 front three quarter
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has a neo-retro design theme based on the 45 Concept displayed at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019. Image courtesy: Hyundai.


On the inside, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 comes with a ‘Living Space’ cabin theme, which features a flat floor and reclining seats. Most of the elements and bits of the cabin, including seats and door trims, are made up of eco-friendly sustainable items like plant-based and natural woollen yarns, artificial leather and bio paint made up of plant-based extracts and recycled PET bottles.

Powertrain & performance

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 sits on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), Hyundai’s dedicated platform for battery electric vehicles. The Ioniq 5 has been made available with three options – 58 kWh rear-wheel drive (range of 240 miles), 73 kWh rear-wheel drive (range of 300 miles) and 73 kWh all-wheel-drive (range of 287 miles). The two motors (one on each axle) make a combined power output of 305 PS (224 kW) in the all-wheel-drive configuration. Note that the range figures are WLTP.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 rear three quarter
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is offered with three battery-drivetrain options – 58 kWh RWD, 73 kWh RWD and 73 kWh AWD. Image courtesy: Hyundai.

Apart from the standard domestic wall charging and 400V fast charging, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 also supports 800V fast charging. The 800V fast-charging system, when combined with a 350 kW fast charger, can charge the battery from 10 to 80 per cent in 18 minutes or have an additional range of 62 miles (100 km) in a charging time of 5 minutes. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 can cover the 0-62 mph (0-100 kmph) sprint in 5.2 seconds.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Specifications58 kWh RWD73 kWh RWD73 kWh AWD
Length4,635 mm4,635 mm4,635 mm
Width1,890 mm1,890 mm1,890 mm
Wheelbase3,000 mm3,000 mm3,000 mm
Kerb weight1,830-1,910 kg1,910-1,990 kg2,020-2,100 kg
Max. power output (motor)170 PS (124.9 kW)217 PS (160 kW)305 PS (224 kW)
Max. torque output (motor)350 Nm350 Nm605 Nm
0-62 mph (0-100 kmph)8.5 seconds7.4 seconds5.2 seconds
Range (WLTP)240 miles300 miles 287 miles

Variants & features

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is being offered in the UK in three different variants – SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate.

All the three variants come standard with features such as 19-inch alloy wheels, full LED lamps all around, rear parking sensors and camera, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless charging, ambient lighting, height adjustment for both front seats, cloth upholstery, ambient lighting and electronic parking brake. These variants also get standard safety features that include highway drive assist, navigation based smart cruise control, intelligent speed limit assist, lane keep assist with lane following assist and driver attention alert.

The mid-spec Premium variant brings in features like powered driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, projector setup for LED headlamps, side chrome moulding, a powered tailgate and auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, apart from the additional safety features like forward collision assist with junction function, blindspot collision avoidance assist and highway drive assist level 2 with automatic lane change function. There is also an optional Vehicle 2 Load (V2L) pack on offer, with which one can charge electrical devices or even other cars, with a power supply up to 3.6 kW.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 charging another car
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 comes with Vehicle 2 Load (V2L) pack as standard in Ultimate variant and optional in Premium variant. Image courtesy: Hyundai.

The top-spec Ultimate variant comes with extra features over the aforementioned two variants, such as leather seat covers, solar and privacy glass, powered and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, premium sound system from Bose, head-up display, sliding centre console, alloy pedals and V2L pack as standard.

All three variants come with a 58 kWh battery and rear-wheel drive configuration as standard. Over them, one can opt for a 73 kWh battery with both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 variantPrices (on the road, UK)
SE Connect (58 kWh RWD)GBP 37,420
Premium (58 kWh RWD)GBP 39,040
Premium (73 kWh RWD)GBP 41,690
Premium (73 kWh AWD)GBP 44,890
Ultimate (58 kWh RWD)GBP 42,040
Ultimate (73 kWh RWD)GBP 44,690
Ultimate (73 kWh AWD)GBP 47,890

Hyundai is offering two optional accessories and equipment packs for the Ioniq 5 Ultimate variants. First is the ‘Eco Pack’, which includes a heat pump and battery heating system, and the second is ‘Tech Pack’ which comprises of blind view monitor, parking collision avoidance assist, surround-view monitor, remote smart parking assists, and relaxation premium seats with memory function for front seats. The prices of the two packs are GBP 1,195 and GBP 1,495, respectively.

5-star Euro NCAP safety rating

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 was tested by Euro NCAP in October 2021 and the EV fared remarkably with a full 5-star safety rating. The variant tested was the Ioniq 5 GL with the 160 kW motor, a 2021 model. It scored 88% in adult occupant protection, 86% in child occupant protection, 63% against vulnerable road users while its safety assists scored 88%.

Source: EuroNCAP/Youtube

Euro NCAP safety tests are arguably the toughest and the most comprehensive in the world. The tests included a full-width frontal impact test at 50 kmph, a front off-set frontal impact test at 50 kmph, a side-impact test at 60 kmph, a pole test at 32 kmph and more. Euro NCAP also tests driver assistance systems like autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane keep assist (LKA).

The rating validity stands for all Ioniq 5 variants, LHD and RHD and also the ones which come with different powertrain packages — variants having 125 kW, 160 kW, 173 kW and 225 kW along with standard and long-range battery packs are also 5-star rated according to Euro NCAP. This is a testament to Hyundai’s standardised safety net across the range.

Hyundai sales in 2021 in the UK

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has released the sales data for 2021 for Hyundai cars and the numbers appear encouraging for the Korean brand. The data reveals that Hyundai contributed significantly to the adoption of EVs and PHEVs with offerings like the Ioniq 5, Kona EV and the Tucson PHEV — the brand ranking third in the UK with respect to EV sales.

The charge was led by the Ioniq 5 the continues to spike interest among EV buyers. In total, Hyundai sold over 12,500 BEVs and PHEVs combined in 2021. The Ioniq 5 also won multiple accolades from the UK press thanks to its range, performance, comfort and features which makes it a good overall package.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 FAQs

What is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 price in the UK?

Prices for Ioniq 5 range between GBP 37,420 – GBP 47,890 (on the road, UK).

What is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 range?

There are three combinations on offer – 58 kWh RWD (240 miles), 73 kWh RWD (300 miles) and 73 kWh AWD (287 miles).

What are the variants of the Ioniq 5 in the UK?

The Ioniq 5 is available in the UK in three variants – SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate.

Featured Image: Hyundai