Hyundai, along with its subsidiary brand, Kia, has already made a name for itself in the electric vehicle market, and the Ioniq 5 represents a clear intention to take things up a notch in their efforts to take on some of their more premium rivals. Competitively priced, with bundles of great onboard tech and a very practical full-charge range, the Ioniq 5 is a family hatchback with a lot of style that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.
The Ioniq 5 represents a bit of a departure for Hyundai, breaking away from a lot of the design language and architecture they have been using across their hybrid and electric ranges. For one thing, it is the first of Hyundai’s offerings to make use of their new Electric Global Modular Platform, or E-GMP, which is set to be the building blocks for the next era of Hyundai electric vehicles.
When it comes to power, the Ioniq 5 comes in two flavours—a 168bhp motor powered by a 58kWh battery, or a 214bhp with a 73kWh battery. Both of these options are rear-mounted, but if you really want to push the boat out, you can opt for the top-spec model which comes with the 73kWh battery and two motors—front and rear—for a total of 301bhp. This translates to a 0-62mph time of 8.5 seconds and a range of 238 miles for the entry level spec, while the next step up will get you 280 miles on a full charge, with a 0-62mph time of 7.4 seconds. If you opt for the top spec, you will lose a little range—roughly 267 miles—but you will significantly reduce that 0-62mph time to 5.2 seconds.
Of course, no car is perfect for all situations, and the Ioniq 5 is no different. If you want to get around in style and comfort, the Ioniq 5 won’t let you down. However, if your typical drive involves a lot of winding country roads, you might find the entry-level offering a little lacking.
The Ioniq 5 is very recognisable as a Hyundai, albeit with a lot of futuristic twists and turns. Supposedly inspired by the Hyundai Pony—a popular model from the 1970s—the exterior of the vehicle boasts plenty of unique detail that makes it stand out from the crowd, including a glowing front panel and an interesting use of lines that make the car look much smaller on the outside than it is.
Inside, the Ioniq 5 looks anything but small. The spacious interior is packed with luxury and high-tech gadgetry. Despite everything that is packed into the car, the interior design still feels clean, largely helped by the large screens in place of a traditional instrument cluster, which allow Hyundai to get most of the typical dashboard clutter out of the way. One area that’s less than impressive is the boot, which is a very modest 527 litres in capacity. Still, it is far from tiny, and boot space in electric vehicles is not an issue that is unique to the Ioniq 5.
One of the standout features of the Ioniq 5 is its charging ability. The new E-GMP technology can support both 400V and 800V charging, and all of this without the need to purchase adaptors. Hyundai is the first to boast such a technology, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’ve patented it.
The Ioniq 5 can be charged from 10% to 80% in a little under 20 minutes (18, according to Hyundai) when hooked up to a 350kW charger. If you can’t wait that long, you can hook up for just five minutes and get 100km of juice!
Another remarkable feature is the V2L—vehicle to load—feature, which gives you the ability to use your car as a giant mobile battery, one which you can plug in any household appliance!
The Ioniq 5 is a remarkable mix of style, performance, and groundbreaking new technology, and at a price that should have some of Hyundai’s more premium competitors worried, because there really isn’t much of a reason to pay more for an Audi Q4 e-tron right now!