Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Review 2024

Written by Andrew Brady

heycar ratingNo other electric car will make you grin like this
  • 2024
  • SUV
  • EV

Quick overview


  • It'll make you laugh when you want it to
  • But it's also a very capable electric SUV
  • And it's cheaper than a Porsche Taycan


  • There are more practical family cars
  • Interior doesn't feel particularly special
  • Some of the features are a little gimmicky

Overall verdict on the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

"What's stopping you buying an electric car? Most people cite concerns about range. There's also the issue of price, or whether you can charge it quickly and easily. But many drivers say they get a sense of enjoyment from their petrol car that can't be matched by even the fastest electric vehicles. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N successfully tackles that, while also doing a good job of addressing pretty much every other electric car obstacle. We're not saying it's the perfect EV but it'll certainly put a smile on your face... and that's a strong start."

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Review 2024: front dynamic

Based on the talented Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 5 N brings extra performance, extra agility and a whole heap of extra fun to the table. It's the latter that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N does so well - from its silly N Grin Boost function to its drift mode and augmented gear shifts, the Ioniq 5 N is a car for those who don't take driving too seriously.

That's not to say it isn't without some serious substance. With its two electric motors packing up to 650PS (and 770Nm of torque), it's one of the fastest electric cars you can buy. Yes, it's up there with the likes of the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model Y in terms of performance - and faster than conventional hot hatches like the Volkswagen Golf R.

But, when you want it to be, it's also a refined motorway cruiser capable of travelling hundreds of miles in near-silence. It'll cover up to 278 miles between charges - not quite as much as the longest-range electric cars - while a rapid charger can top up the battery in less than 20 minutes.

The interior is comfortable and spacious, with only a few features hinting at the Ioniq 5 N's performance credentials. You get the same dual-screen infotainment setup as the standard car, while the seats have been replaced by chunky figure-hugging sports seats. It's still a very practical family SUV, with a spacious cabin and relatively large boot.

So what's the catch? That might be the £65,000 price tag, although we don't think the Ioniq 5 N is outrageously expensive for what it is. You can spend nearly £60,000 on a regular Ioniq 5, for example, while it's only marginally more expensive than the Kia EV6 GT (and we think it feels a lot more special than that).

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If you're ready to swap for an electric car but don't want to lose a sense of fun, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is a great choice. There isn't any other electric car on the market that'll make you smile like the Ioniq 5 N, while being based on one of the most successful electric SUVs means it's also a surprisingly practical and user-friendly choice.

If you've already decided to buy a Hyundai Ioniq 5 N over the standard car, the choice is limited to what colour you'd like and whether you want a panoramic glass sunroof. We'd go Performance Blue and 'yes', but they're entirely personal preferences.

The closest competitor is probably the Kia EV6 GT. That's a fine electric car with impressive performance, although it doesn't have quite the sense of fun provided by the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N. You're also likely to be looking at electric SUVs like the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E and BMW iX2, while it's no exaggeration to say the Ioniq 5 N could tempt buyers away from the Porsche Taycan (especially if they want a little more practicality).

Comfort and design: Hyundai Ioniq 5 N interior

"While the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N's cabin isn't massively different to the standard car's, there are a few tweaks to give it an added sense of sportiness."

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Review 2024: interior front

The biggest difference you'll notice is the standard-fit N bucket seats finished in leather and Alcantara. These are comfier than they look, with the reinforced bolsters providing extra support during hard cornering. Hyundai says they're positioned 20mm lower than the regular seats in the standard Ioniq 5 but you'd struggle to tell the difference - the position of the underfloor batteries mean you still sit fairly high up; it feels very different to a Porsche Taycan, for example.

Other tweaks to the cabin include knee pads fitted to the centre console - intended to reduce painful shin bashing during spirited driving - as well as a special N steering wheel housing the bright red 'NGB' (N Grin Boost) button, as well as the drive mode buttons and steering wheel paddles.

While there are a few extra 'N' bits compared to the standard car, the Ioniq 5 N doesn't feel massively different. We quite like the regular Ioniq 5's cabin, so that's not necessarily a big deal, but some buyers might expect something that feels a little bit more upmarket - especially as it's pitched as a genuine competitor to the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT. A few hard finishes reflect the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N's lower price tag, though, and we suspect it'll stand up to day-to-day life very well indeed.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N's infotainment offering is made up of a 12.3-inch central touchscreen display, which sits alongside a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. We like this system - again, it's not that different to a regular Hyundai Ioniq 5 - although there are a few more screens to cater for the various N features.

There's also a head-up display as standard in the Ioniq 5 N, projecting key information onto the windscreen. This includes a clever augmented reality mode, using navigation data to point in the direction you need to drive.

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included, allowing you to connect your phone and use your favourite apps on the move. There's also a wireless phone charger.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N excels not only in driving performance but also in practicality, rivaling most electric SUVs. Its generous dimensions of 4715mm in length, 1940mm in width, and 1585mm in height contribute to an impressively roomy cabin.

A flat floor and long wheelbase (that's the space between the front and rear wheels) contribute to lots of space for passengers, while the rear seats slide backwards and forwards to optimise either cargo space of legroom.

With a boot capacity of 480 litres, it matches the Kia EV6 and surpasses the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Both the Skoda Enyaq iV and Tesla Model Y are slightly more spacious inside, but neither offer anywhere near the amount of fun the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N does.

Handling and ride quality: What is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N like to drive?

"Think a heavy electric SUV can't be fun to drive? Think again. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N will make grown adults laugh out loud - and not just because of its incredible straight-line performance or extensive list of gimmicky features."

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Review 2024: dynamic

You can tell that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N isn't a car that's been developed by 'box tickers'. Hyundai has some serious motorsport pedigree, and its engineers have clearly been tasked with applying some of that knowledge to its halo electric SUV.

For a start, all the fundamentals are spot on. Sticky tyres? Check. Variable torque distribition? Yup. A superbly balanced chassis? You got it.

All this means that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N feels much more like a Volkswagen Golf R than a Skoda Enyaq iV alternative. It's eager to scamper down a twisty road and, although few buyers will do this, we've even sampled the Ioniq 5 N on track where it felt right at home.

So what about those gimmicky features? We quite like them, too. One is the N e-Shift, which mimics an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, allowing you to chase the redline and feel a pronounced jolt during full-throttle fake gear changes. There's even an N Drift Optimizer, which makes light of sliding the 2,235kg electric SUV around should you find yourself on an expanse of private tarmac.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N produces the kind of performance figures we're used to from sports cars like the Porsche 911 - never mind electric family SUVs. Its two electric motors combine to produce 609PS and 740Nm of torque, while pressing the 'N Grin Boost' button increases these figures to 650PS and 770Nm for up to 10 seconds. As a result, it'll accelerate to 62mph in just 3.4 seconds, while top speed is 162mph.

With its chunky 84kWh battery pack, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N has an official electric range of up to 278 miles. The real-world range of the Ioniq 5 N will vary depending on everything from the weather conditions to your driving style. We'd expect it to see comfortably more than 200 miles under most conditions, though, which will be plenty for most drivers.

If you wish to travel further between charges, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 Long Range can travel up to 315 miles, while a Tesla Model Y Long Range is good for up to 331 miles. While these figures are impressive, we reckon the extra fun offered by the Ioniq 5 N is worth the small sacrifice in range.

One of the most impressive things about the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is its Jekyll-and-Hyde character. It can be as noisy and antisocial as you want it to be, but it also has the ability to calm down and waft you to your destination in near-silence when necessary. Engage Eco or Normal mode and it'll drive just like a regular Ioniq 5, with only the slightest roar from the tyres and very little noticeable wind noise. It can be an exceptionally refined motorway companion.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N shares an extensive list of safety and driver-assistance features with the regular Ioniq 5. These include Surround View Monitor (SVM), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Remote Smart Parking Assist 2 (RSPA 2). Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2) is also standard, combining adapative cruise control with stop-and-go capability and lane-assist features. This means it can keep the Ioniq 5 N within its lane on the motorway, maintaining a safe distance from other traffic and even coming to a complete halt when necessary.

The Ioniq 5 N hasn't been crash-tested by Euro NCAP. The regular car scored a full five stars for safety, though.

Charging times: How much does it cost to charge the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N?

"Thanks to its 800V charging technology, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N can be charged at a rate of up to 240kW. What does that mean in reality? Well, plug the Ioniq 5 N into a capable rapid charger charger, and it'll be topped up faster than you can buy a coffee and use the facilities..."

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Review 2024: charging

Just 18 minutes is enough to top up the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N from 10% to 80%. There are a few caveats to that, though - you need to find a charger capable of providing at least 240kW, while charging conditions need to be optimal. Charging this way is expensive, too - don't be surprised to pay around 70p per kWh, which for a 10-80% charge will cost around £40. That equates to a cost-per-mile of around 20p, which is a lot even by petrol car standards.

The most cost-effective way of charging your Hyundai Ioniq 5 N will be by plugging it in at home. A typical 7KW home charger will fully charge the Ioniq 5 N in around 12 hours at a cost of around £20 (depending on your home electricity tariff). That works out at a much-more-palatable cost-per-mile of around 7.5p. You'll be able to save more by switching to an EV-friendly electricity tariff, too.

We wouldn't have any concerns about the reliability of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N. Hyundai has been selling very dependable electric cars for a number of years now and, while there is a lot of tech that could go wrong, it's a lot simpler than a combustion-engined performance car. To put your mind at rest, all Hyundais come with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. The high-voltage used in electric Hyundai models is covered for eight years or 100,000 miles.

Insurance groups are yet to be confirmed but we wouldn't be surprised if the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is quite expensive to insure - it's quite a complex vehicle and could also be very desirable to car thieves. Shop around for quotes before handing over any cash.

Just like all premium electric vehicles, you'll probably end up paying more than you'd expect in road tax for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N. From April 2025, all EVs will be charged the same rate as petrol and diesel cars - that's currently £180/year (after the first year), plus an additional £570/year for cars with a list price of more than £40,000 when new.

How much should you be paying for a used Hyundai Ioniq 5 N?

"The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is priced from £65,000. That's a huge amount of money and we think many buyers will balk at spending that kinda cash on an electric Hyundai. But we also think there'll be a queue of eager enthusiasts keen to get their hands on one of the most exciting electric cars ever produced."

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Review 2024: rear dynamic

It'll be a little while before we see secondhand examples of the the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N at dealers. A turbulant market means electric cars depreciate pretty heavily and we're excited about the day you can pick up a used Hyundai Ioniq 5 N for half its retail price. That's some time off, though - we suspect high demand and low supply might even see the Ioniq 5 N being sold at a premium to those wanting to skip the waiting list.

Standard equipment on the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N includes front and rear parking sensors, electronic control suspension, an e-LSD and high performance dampers. Rear privacy glass is standard, as well as LED projection headlights, high beam assist, LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights and a rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light. The electric folding door mirrors are finished in gloss black, while the Ioniq 5 N comes with 21-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P Zero tyres and a temporary mobility kit (rather than a spare wheel).

Inside, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N comes with manually adjustable seats, 60:40 split folding rear seats, a rear armrest with cupholders, Alcantara bucket seats with illuminated N emblem, heated and ventilated front seats and heated outer rear seats. There's 64-colour ambient interior lighting, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, a heat pump, head-up display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. There's a wireless phone charger, electric tailgate, vehicle-to-load adapter, 12.3-inch navigation system and Bose premium sound system.

Driver-assistance tech include Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA), Lane Keep Assist (LKA) - Line and Road Edge, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Individual Tyre Pressure Warning, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Manual Speed Limit Assist, Forward Collision Assist - Level 2 (FCA), Remote Smart Park Assist - Level 2 (RSPA), Surround View Monitor (SVM), Lane Follow Assist (LFA), Highway Drive Assist - Level 2 (HDA2), Automatic Windscreen Wipers with Rain Sensor and a Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM).

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is priced from £65,000 in the UK.
With N Grin boost activated, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds. Top speed is 161mph.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is available in Abyss Black, Atlas White, Ecotronic Grey, Cyber Grey, Performance Blue and Soultronic Orange. Buyers can choose form a variety of pearl, matte, gloss and metallic finishes.

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