Car companies all across the world are trying their utmost to be able to get on top of each other when it comes to electric vehicles, with the vast majority setting their sights on dethroning Tesla as the current electric vehicles king.
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 appears to be on course to put the pressure on and be a top contender in the space. Design, focus on sustainability, lifestyle and the latest technology features EV and otherwise are what is setting up IONIQ line up as another brand like Genesis has done in the luxury class.
Arguably stunning looks
Sustainable cabin materials
Range is still not at Tesla levels.
What we like!
The Ioniq 5 is a completely new vehicle
Comes with 800-volt fast-charging capability
Offers latest Highway Driving Assist 2 feature
IONIQ 5 – Build from the Ground up as an Electric Vehicle
Right now the vast majority of Hyundai’s electrically powered lineup is formed of hybrids, the company does have two electric cars on its books in the form of the Kona Electric, a modified EV version of the Kona hybrid, and the IONIQ 5. The biggest difference between the two, is that the IONIQ 5 is designed from the ground up as an EV.
It is the company’s first car based on the Hyundai E-GMP platform or Electric Global Modular Platform. This allows new Hyundai EVs of the future to enjoy fast charging and increased driving range to rival whatever Tesla can throw at them and a more spacious interior. In effect, the Ioniq 5 doesn’t compromise over an internal combustion engine car.
This may not seem like the biggest deal, but being designed as an EV and not retrofitting a gas car makes this car high tech.
Hyundai offers two different battery sizes with the car and the maximum range on offer is from 370km to 480km, which is sufficient to alleviate most range anxiety.
IONIQ 5 – Design
First things first, we have to take a look at how the IONIQ 5 looks. Normally I wouldn’t count this as significant, but that it was designed as an EV first presents some opportunity that most of their competition failed to embrace. We live in a world where, let’s be honest, a lot of electric cars look incredibly dull and sometimes just plain ugly. They just get future wrong.
Hyundai has absolutely nailed it with the IONIQ 5. It’s a simple design, refreshingly clean, and with a very elegant front end with no grille. Simply put, it is a stunning-looking car.
Being designed as an EV first means that you can use the space inside the vehicle differently, while many brands have tried to make this claim in the past, designing the front seats to lay down flat really brings this point home.
The dedicated EVE platform allows a totally flat floor, so the interior can morph to your whim. The centre console slides fully forward, while both front chairs have built-in footrests and recline almost bed-flat.
Hyundai also mixes in some flexibility. A center console — called a Universal Island — slides forward and back with 5.5 inches of travel. It allows both front occupants to leave by the same door if necessary and provides rear passengers better access to the console’s USB ports and wireless charging pad. The backs of the front seats are 30 percent thinner than a regular car seat, resulting in more space for those sitting behind.
IONIQ 5 Charging
The new IONIQ 5 also has seriously fast battery charging technology, taking on about 100km of range in five minutes, or charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes.
This is achieved by an 800-volt charging capability, like the Porsche Taycan. More superfast chargers are being installed across the country, so the IONIQ 5’s technology does have practical benefits, not just impressive hypothetical numbers. And the Ioniq is compatible with 400-volt charging stations, as well as 240-volt (AC Level 2). We do have to tip out hat to the Taycan, but it’s price tag put it in the aspirational category for most. The IONIQ 5 put this high end feature with in reach of more people. We’ll discuss the details of the pricing later.
The batteries – you have options between a regular 54kWh or supersized 72kWh – are posted beneath your feet.
IONIQ 5 – Infotainment System
Inside, twin 12.3” screens are bookended with a magnetic panel you can pin receipts, notes or perhaps family photos onto. We do a deep dive in this video and have a separate article dedicated to the matter.
We should note that Hyundai’s latest Blue Link connected services bring remote start, vehicle-status notifications, remote profile management, and other functions. Among the standard driver assistance features are forward-collision avoidance with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, Safe Exit Assist, and automatic high beams.
Assisted Driving Features we like
Safe Exit Assist
If a vehicle or cyclist approaches the Ioniq 5 close enough to be a hazard if the car’s doors were opened, this feature will alert the occupants.
Highway Driving Assist 2
Hyundai says the Ioniq 5 is the first vehicle to offer this latest version of a feature that incorporates adaptive cruise control, navigation, blind-spot monitoring, and lane centering. It’s not a self-driving system and only works on roads with clear markings, but now it allows lane changing and has the ability to “learn” a driver’s usual behavior.
Remote Smart Parking Assist
This allows the driver to be outside the car while it noses into a parking space and/or backs out. It’s all handled by pressing a button on the key fob.
Depending on your region, there could be the option to add a solar-paneled roof, which can add charge to the battery while on the move. In sunnier climates, Hyundai says this might be good for roughly 2000km a year. But these are in ideal conditions so we take the roof as more of a technology statement than a realistic way to charge your car.
IONIQ 5 Sustainability
We’re making the move to electric after a century of dependence on oil and gas. Reducing our carbon footprint
Each IONIQ 5 Contains
• Up to 32 recycled PET bottles
• 730g sugar cane and mixed corn
• 294g wool
• 200g flaxseed oil
• 0.08 square meters of recyclable paperette
The seat, headlining and carpet fabric also includes bio components extracted from sugar cane and corn, while leather used in the IONIQ 5’s interior is dyed using flaxseed oil instead of oil derived from animal products. The seat, headlining and carpet fabric also includes bio components extracted from sugar cane and corn, while leather used in the IONIQ 5’s interior is dyed using flaxseed oil instead of oil derived from animal products.
The car mat is surprisingly where things get the most interesting we’ve got a full feature on the story behind that coming soon. Spoiler, it involves me getting on a boat, watching some Norse God’s pull ghost nets out of the sea. These nets are then turned into Econyl from the Nylon 6 found in the nets and Hyundai uses this for the car mats in ALL IONIQ 5 cars. Why I’m so keen on this i that these car mats are recyclable, Nylon 6 is a renewable recyclable product, meaning that it can be turned into something else after. Unlike many recycled products that can’t be turned into anything else afterward.