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

The Ioniq 5 is available to order and comes in specification levels, SE Connect, Premium, Ultimate, besides the special launch edition Project 45, which Hyundai says was oversubscribed by three times in a day after reservations were opened.

The ship carrying the first lot of the units of Ioniq 5 from South Korea reached UK shores in late July. Hyundai released a short video, in which the Silver Ray carrier having 3,900 cars on board travelled more than 12,000 nautical miles to reach the UK. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is on its way to becoming one of the most popular new electric cars in the country.

Deliveries for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 have begun in the UK. Dealerships in the UK have said that the SUV is available for purchase and customers have started taking deliveries as the vehicles arrive.

Source: Youtube/Hyundai UK

Project 45 Edition

Hyundai also launched the Ioniq 5 model in an exclusive Project 45 Edition for the UK and European markets. According to the press release, customers of this edition would be the first to take deliveries of the Ioniq 5. It gets all of the top specs and tech and design features as part of the package. This includes the solar roof, 20-inch rims as well as the Advanced Head-Up display with selectable augmented reality functions.

Pricing for the Ioniq 5 Project 45 edition starts at GBP 45,000 which includes the Plug-in grant. Each of the Project 45 customers also gets a free two-year subscription to Ionity where drivers can charge their vehicles at maximum charging power. The release states that only 3,000 units of the Project 45 were to be made.

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 and performance

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 sits on 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.

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
Range240 miles (386.2 km)281 miles (452.2 km)268 miles (431.3 km)

Variants & features

Apart from the limited-run special launch edition Project 5, 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 36,995
Premium (58 kWh RWD)GBP 39,295
Premium (73 kWh RWD)GBP 41,945
Premium (73 kWh AWD)GBP 45,145
Ultimate (58 kWh RWD)GBP 42,295
Ultimate (73 kWh RWD)GBP 44,945
Ultimate (73 kWh AWD)GBP 48,145

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. Prices of the two packs are GBP 1,195 and GBP 1,495, respectively.

5-star KNCAP safety rating

KNCAP recently tested the Hyundai Ioniq 5 giving a rating of Level 1, the equivalent of 5 stars.

Hyundai’s first E-GMP based model received an overall score of 91.1 points. The car was tested on three parameters: Crash Safety, Accident Prevention and Pedestrian safety. While the EV scored especially high rating of 98.8 per cent and 95.9 per cent on the Crash Safety and Accident Prevention tests, the pedestrian safety test showed there was at least some room for improvement.

The ratings are not a huge surprise considering the new platform that the Ioniq 5 is built on. Size and weight have also played a role in the Ioniq’s high ratings. The crash tests included:

  • Two frontal impact: One testing the impact into a rigid, full-width barrier at 35 mph (56 km/h), the other testing the impact into a rigid, 40 per cent width barrier at 40 mph (64 km/h)
  • Side impact: Testing the impact of a 1,400 kg mobile, deformable barrier in the driver’s door at 37.3 km/h (60 mph)
  • Pole test: The car is aligned sideways and propelled into a pole at 20 mph (32 km/h)

Source: Youtube/KNCAP

At the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, which was held between 8-11 July 2021. The first all-new model from Hyundai’s EV-exclusive IONIQ brand, the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 participated in the Goodwood’s Hillclimb activity in the First Glance category.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 was also displayed at the ‘Electric Avenue’ of the event, to have a close glimpse of the neo-retro design language of the car, which seeks inspiration from the Hyundai Pony from the past.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the first major public appearances of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 – a remarkable milestone for Hyundai in the path of clean electric mobility. We are thrilled to showcase the Hyundai Ioniq 5 at the event to the enthusiasts and gauge their response towards the car.

Ashley Andrew, Managing Director, Hyundai Motor UK

Hyundai Ioniq 5 FAQs

What is the price of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the UK?

Prices for Ioniq 5 range between GBP 36,995 – GBP 48,145 (on the road, UK).

What is the range of the Ioniq 5?

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