Hyundai’s first electric car is now available in the UK. It comes in the highest specification
What is it?
Manufacturers don’t have to fit a bulk of metal in the front. Skateboard EV platforms allow them to think differently about car design.
Some people fantasize about classic shapes, such as the Lancia Delta, riding on modern electric platforms. Who would have thought that the Hyundai Delta would be revived?
The Ioniq 5’s shape is not original. It makes the original BMW Z4 look a lot more elegant with its intricate graph-paper lights, wild strakes and slashes around the wheelarches, and intricate graph-paper lights.
Mechanically, at least, it shouldn’t really surprise anyone that Hyundai has come up with a thoroughly engineered EV, as it managed to coax impressive efficiency and range out of the Kona Electric, and that was still based on an internal-combustion-engine platform.
Hyundai’s new dedicated electric vehicle platform, the Electric Global Modular Platform (or EGMP), is called. The battery pack is placed under the floor, with the main motor at its rear. This will unlock more power. It is only the first car to use it. Soon, it will be joined by the EV6 from Kia. An Ioniq 6 with high performance and a larger Ioniq 7 is also in the near future.
The 800V platform architecture, which is a first for Audi E-tron GT and Porsche Taycan, allows 350kW charging and an 80% top-up in just 18 minutes. You will need a charger that can charge at least 350kW. The Ionity chargers, which are expensive, do not compete with Tesla’s Supercharger network.
The Ioniq 5 has a wide range of motor and battery combinations. It starts with a 58kWh lithium-ion battery, which is always paired with one 166bhp motor. For a total power output of 300bhp, the larger (73kWh), battery can be purchased with either rear-wheel drive with 214bhp and an additional front motor.
Hyundai claims that the 48kW version has a range of 240 mi. The rear-driven 73kW model can go 300 mi, while the dual-motor version can go 286 miles. Prices range between PS36.995 and PS48.145. This is very similar to the Ford Mustang Mach-E or Volkswagen ID 4.
It seems unfair to compare hatchbacks with SUVs. This car is actually quite large, which is why it doesn’t look well on photos. It measures 4.6m in length and is nearly 1.9m wide with the mirrors removed, making it longer than Hyundai’s Tucson. Although they may appear to be a sensible size, the wheels are actually a huge 20in with a substantial 45-aspect sidewall.
You feel the Ioniq 5 is not what it appears to be when you enter. The steering wheel is a little too far from the driver’s eye, so you sit up high. The cabin is airy thanks to the great views out and the white upholstery on our test car.
It is not hard to see the airiness of the Ioniq 5. The Ioniq 5 has a lot of space, including plenty of headroom across the shoulders. Rear passengers can also use the adjustable rear seats and stretch.
However, the downside to having motors and batteries under the floor is that it makes the boot much smaller than the ID 4. The flimsy ‘frunk,’ however, makes no difference.
It’s a wonderful place to be with a unique design and mostly high-quality material (at least in this Ultimate-spec test vehicle). The ‘premium’ seat has a relaxed lounge mode with a leg rest that pops out to make waiting for the car to charge at most a pleasant experience.
The touchscreen’s infotainment function is intuitive and quick. There are also a row of shortcut buttons and separate climate controls. It is disappointing that there is no physical “home” button. The heated seats and heated steering wheels can be controlled by tapping the screen.
The fact that the Ioniq 5 doesn’t look like a sleek hatchback is not a problem. It’s a comfortable cruiser to drive. A prototype we drove was very close to the production specification a few months back. Some of our reservations still remain.
The ride is surprisingly soft and comfortable. Potholes are well managed. The car can sometimes feel too floy on some undulatins and a little more control would be a good idea. It is admirable that the car has been made to be utterly comfortable.
This doesn’t mean you should be looking for sportiness. The steering is well-balanced and has good grip. However, the response time can sometimes be unpredictable. If they’re not taken in the right time, the car can feel like it’s on a ship at sea.
The Ioniq 5 is a comfortable and relaxing experience. The Ioniq 5 is also well-suited for motorway driving, thanks to its excellent noise suppression and an intelligent adaptive cruise control.
The Ioniq 5 is as fast as EVs are, and it’s impressive for a car that’s intended to be a family car. It can sprint to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds with very little noise, while maintaining traction. Although it would be difficult to discern any rear-biasing in the drivetrain’s design, torque-steer is quite absent.
If you do that too often, you won’t be able to see the 287-mile range. We will test the range once we have one. On our test day, the car had a range of just 212 miles with an energy consumption of only 3.2 kWh. This is quite competitive, if it’s not groundbreaking.
Do I need one?
The Ioniq 5 is distinctive in both its design and how it prioritizes comfort over speed. It pulls this off well. Although it won’t revolutionize the electric SUV market, it is a compelling choice in an increasingly competitive class.
Perhaps even more important than the Ioniq 5 is the possibility of a wide range of competing cars from Kia, Hyundai, and possibly Genesis.