Today, I’m outside West Riding Hyundai in Colne…
The guy in charge and a friend of mine (Craig Lindon-Cartledge), asked me to come and give you my personal assessment of the Ioniq 5.
I’ve got to be honest though, even though I’m a director of an electric car charge point installation business, cars don’t really excite me, I just see them as a way of getting from A to B.
You might ask why I’ve ended up with this Ioniq 5 then?
Honestly, it was the only electric car I could get in the period I had before my petrol Hyundai Tucson went back. It’s worse than that, it’s the only colour I could get too.
Originally, I was after the electric 60 Kw 300-mile Hyundai Kona, but I just couldn’t get hold of one.
And I’m really pleased it’s turned out this way. Because I love the Ioniq 5 (although, I’ve still no idea what all the buttons do), and I even love the cyber grey colour (normally I’d go for black).
It’s little roomier than the Kona, and with a family of five and springer spaniel, it suits better.
Yes, it’s a little more expensive on the lease than the Kona, and that did worry me at first. But for someone like me, when you do the economics, it became an easy decision to make.
You see, with everything (lease, fuel, maintenance, and company car tax) the petrol Tucson was costing circa £650 a month to run. Whereas (due to the fuel, company car tax and business tax savings) this Ioniq 5 is costing circa £400. Which is a saving of £250 a month or £3,000 a year.
Yes, it’s a stylish looking car, comfortable to drive, has all the gadgets and is quick off the mark.
But like I said before, for me a car is about getting from A to B in a comfortable and economic way, and this Ioniq 5 ticks all the boxes. But I can add stylish to the list too now.
Two other things I’ve got to cover though, are range and cost of charging.
In warmer weather it does have a range of 300-miles, but when it gets cold and you need the heating on high, this drops down to about 220-miles, which is still ample.
Take heed of this charging advice though. Get yourself a charge point fitted at home and sign up to an energy provider who has a special night-time charging tariff. Octopus, EDF and others have a 5p tariff for around 5-hours during the night and set your timed charging accordingly.
A recent 100-mile round trip to Morecambe cost just £1.36, and in the petrol Tucson it was £17.00.
One word of caution. The £350 government grant towards home charge point installations is ending in March.
…so, you best get your electric car and charge point installation ordered now.