The 2022 IONIQ 5 isn’t the first electric car from Hyundai, but it is the first of 23 EVs the company plans to launch by 2025 based on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). It’s flexible to support no just compact vehicles but mid size ones as well. It’s also sporting an all new Infotainment systems which will provide the new baseline for future cars on this platform.
The IONIQ 5’s interior looks the part of modern luxury, it feels properly posh with its two conjoined 12.5in screens. The first screen sits directly behind the wheel, and is used to display info such as driving speed, battery charge, remaining range, the level of regenerative braking and show just how efficiently you’ve been driving.
The other display is a touchscreen, and this forms the basis of the IONIQ 5’s infotainment system. You get satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio, a wireless charge pad, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity all included as standard.
The infotainment system itself is good, it’s a solid competitor to those putting out a truly modern cockpit experience. It has a simple layout for its menus, you can adjust the size of the icons to your preference and the screen is responsive and the graphics extremely sharp. Since some buttons aren’t necessarily a bad thing, there are a row of physical shortcut buttons along the bottom of the screen, complemented by voice control and simple switches on the steering wheel.
The Ioniq 5 has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, thought you will have to plug in using the cable, the system doesn’t come with wireless CarPlay or Android Auto. It’s a matter of licensing and honestly, I think that this system is good enough that you shouldn’t just default to the UX on your smartphone.
Wireless charging is also standard, while a premium Bose sound system and a head-up display with augmented reality (to project information on to the windscreen) are added in the top Ultimate trim.
The climate controls are, touch-sensitive, so require more of your attention while you’re driving than physical buttons would. The area to adjust climate are at least in a separate panel beneath the touchscreen, so they are always present and visible (rather than hidden in sub-menus). We found the graphics when you did pull it up so large that it wasn’t as distracting as other cars we’ve tired who have gone this route. You can also control climate with voice control, I’m hot didn’t seem to work, but lower the temperature a bit did.
The system itself is pretty straightforward to use, and a selection of physical shortcut buttons along the screen’s lower border help you to quickly jump from one menu to the next while on the move. But because the screen itself is still fairly wide and there isn’t really room to rest your hand, you’ll likely still find it easier to just get it set up while you’re stationary than to make adjustments on the move.
Range-topping models get a head-up display that can flash up directional prompts from the satellite navigation, as well as an uprated Bose sound system as standard.
The IONIQ 5 also comes with a Vehicle-to-Load charging function. Basically, this means you can use it as a massive mobile battery pack to charge up e-bikes and scooters, camping equipment, laptops – practically anything you can think of.
He also highlights innovative features such as the glovebox which is actually a drawer, and the centre console that can slide forward and back thanks to the flat floor. The driver’s seat can also fold down to the point where it is almost completely flat.
In terms of interior design, it feels like a car that’s been designed with electric charging in mind. We’re just waiting to find out which gaming manufacturer they’ve teamed up with, Mercedes and Telsa are definitely leading when you look at what you can do with the car while you’re waiting for it to charge.