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2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Review: Special in every way

The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is special in every way, making a bold statement that not only elevates the N lineup but Hyundai and electric vehicles as a whole.


Pros

 

  • Exceptional performance

  • Plenty of cool features

  • Versatility is not compromised

 

Cons

 

  • Wide tires can be a pain

  • Noticeable drop in electric range

  • Not exactly a sleeper

 


The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N changes the narrative around Hyundai’s performance lineup. While gas-powered N models like the past Veloster N or new Elantra N are fun and quick, they lack the punch and aggressivity of some direct rivals. The first electric N vehicle does not have this problem. Compared to other high-performance EVs in the same price range, like the Kia EV6 GT or the Tesla Model 3 Performance, the new Ioniq 5 N sets a new benchmark in multiple areas, from cornering ability to sheer straight-line acceleration to interior versatility. The last time I had this much fun in a performance EV was behind the wheel of a Porsche Taycan GTS. While the Ioniq 5 N can’t match the German EV in terms of pure handling and agility, it offers a similar grin-inducing experience at a fraction of the price.

2024 Hyundai IONIQ 5 N | Photo: Charles Jolicoeur

Power and acceleration

 

The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 N packs a dual-motor layout with a total output of 601 hp. However, press the orange button on the right side of the steering wheel and you activate something Hyundai calls N Grin Boost, unleashing 641 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque in the process. This pushes the flagship EV from Hyundai to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. The Ioniq 5 N delivers the kind of neck-snapping, skin-pulling, and smile-inducing launch that the quickest EVs are known for. Better yet, the power is always there, and unlike some very quick EVs, such as the Tesla Model 3 Performance, the Ioniq 5 N provides plenty of torque even at higher speeds. There’s no letdown; as soon as you nudge the accelerator, the car leaps forward.

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Immersive sound experience

 

The way the Ioniq 5 N accelerates and re-accelerates would be enough to create a perfect driving experience for any enthusiast. However, the N Active Sound generated through the vehicle’s speakers adds an extra layer to the adventure. Automakers have been making a big deal about the sound their electric vehicles make for a while now with mixed results, but Hyundai’s offering is much more than a gimmick. The Ioniq 5 N replicates a performance exhaust note to near perfection, comparable to that of a BMW M3 or Audi RS5. This sound adequately duplicates gear changes and rapid acceleration, enhancing the driving experience. This is complimented by the N e-shift feature that replicates the feel of changing gears in a traditional sports car. Again, it could have been a disaster from an execution standpoint, but it feels so natural that purists won’t want to deactivate it.

 

Finely tuned in every way

2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N | Photo: Hyundai

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N brings features that you would normally see on a rally-focused sports car or a traditional race car. You certainly wouldn’t expect drift assistance technology, for example, to be offered on an EV. The strengthened steering column and the specially tuned power steering system called N-RMDPS that features higher steering ratios and enhanced torque feedback make the steering more direct and communicative. Additionally, the N Pedal was adjusted to compensate for the added weight of the electric powertrain and tuned to enhance cornering. Functioning like a traditional pedal-based regenerative braking system, the system decelerates when you lift off the accelerator. The key difference is that the technology optimizes the weight transfer that comes from slowing down to stabilize and sharpen handling coming into corners.

 

The Ioniq 5 N also features a range of gizmos to facilitate drifting. The N Drift Optimizer balances multiple vehicle controls in real-time to maintain drift angles, with the Torque Kick Drift function simulating the clutch kick action of rear-wheel-driven gas-powered vehicles for immediate drift initiation. The N Torque Distribution system, with its fully variable front and rear torque distribution adjustable to 11 levels, optimizes cornering performance.

2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N | Photo: Hyundai

In other words, there’s a lot going on when you take the Ioniq 5 N into a corner, but you don’t feel a lot of it. What you do feel is the perfect weight of the steering wheel under your hands, and the predictability of the body and weight movements. The performance EV reacts exactly the way you expect it to, and the poise it shows before, in, and after the apex is remarkable. A lot of quick EVs are considerably less enjoyable in a tight turn, the Ioniq 5 N isn’t one of them.

 

Charging the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

 

Behind the massive electric motor setup is an 84-kWh battery, which, thanks to Hyundai’s 800V architecture, can charge at up to 350 kW. You will reach 284 kW max which allows you to go from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes..This fast-charging capability is a highlight of any Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Ioniq 6 EV, and in the case of the Ioniq 5 N, the charging is as quick as the car itself. I reached a max charging speed of 172 kW almost instantly on a 180-kW charger, while at home on a 7.2-kW charging I was able to charge from 15% to 100% in under 9 hours.

2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N | Photo: Hyundai

Range and comfort

 

As with many performance-oriented electric vehicles, the all-electric range is handicapped by the performance. The Ioniq 5 N promises 356 km of range, but with a car like this, the range can vary dramatically based on how much of the available performance you are looking to exploit. You can easily average over 30 kWh per 100 km of electric consumption, but over the last few days of my time with the Ioniq 5 N, when I was more interested in how it behaved as a daily driver, I averaged 25.8 kWh which would equate to about 325 km of range. In winter, you can expect the range to drop to 225-250 km, however.

 

Even with the massive 21-inch wheels and sport-tuned suspension, the Ioniq 5 N isn’t horribly uncomfortable. The suspension doesn’t make you shudder at every bump or pothole. It is certainly usable and even enjoyable as a daily driver. The width of the tires, however, make them susceptible to follow any undulation in the pavement. The bolstered seats are great at keeping you straight in a tight corner, but they lack a little padding for long highway drives.

2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N | Photo: Hyundai

Despite these small issues, the 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is a formidable daily driver with impressive sport credentials. Like other Ioniq 5 models, it is exceptionally versatile. Rear headroom and legroom can accommodate adults or tall teenagers with no issue. If you have two child seats to fit back there, you won’t have a problem either. There are even built-in sunshades in the windows, which was a pleasant surprise.

 

The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is quicker, more dynamic, and more fun than the EV6 GT or Model 3 Performance. It is also more spacious and welcoming for a family. Priced just over $80,000 and not eligible for any rebates, the Ioniq 5 N had to be special, and it truly is.

2024 Hyundai IONIQ 5 N | Photo: Charles Jolicoeur

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Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

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