Hyundai’s striking Ioniq 5 delivers long range and brisk performance


When I first noticed Hyundai’s 45 on the Frankfurt Motor Show again in 2019, I described it as a “pure one-off concept vehicle.” I’m now ready to eat these phrases, as Hyundai has unveiled the striking Ioniq 5 manufacturing EV crossover that is carefully based mostly on the 45, proper all the way down to the diagonal crease throughout the doorways. It has quite a bit going for it beneath the sheet metallic too, with an 800 volt electrical drive system that ought to ship glorious range and first rate performance. 

The Ioniq 5 is constructed on Hyundai’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform, with drive- and steer-by-wire tech and a flat battery ground. Much like different latest EV platforms, that allowed it to maximise inside house whereas conserving the exterior dimensions fairly compact. It can even include an non-compulsory photo voltaic roof that may instantly cost the principle battery.


There are a variety of configurations decided by battery dimension, two- or four-wheel drive and energy. The Standard Range 2WD mannequin begins with a 58-kilowatt-hour battery pack and 160-kilowatt (218 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque) motor, delivering a 0-60 MPH time of round 8.5 seconds. The Standard Range AWD provides a second electrical motor, boosting output to 235 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque.

For the long-range choices, a 77.4-kWh battery can be provided within the US, with a smaller 72.6-kWh pack elsewhere all over the world. Those can be accessible with the aforementioned 160-kilowatt rear motor, delivering about 300 miles per cost in Europe’s WLTP cycle with the smaller battery (seemingly much less within the US based mostly on EPA requirements, even with the bigger battery). At the highest finish is the Ioniq 5 Long Range AWD with 306 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque, powering it from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.2 seconds — on the worth of a bit much less range.

Hyundai's striking Ioniq 5 EV delivers long range and brisk performance


You’ll have the ability to cost the Ioniq 5 utilizing DC fast-charging at as much as 350 kW, which is able to theoretically enhance the cost from 10 to 80 p.c in 18 minutes, whereas including 62 miles of range in simply 5 minutes. It additionally helps bi-directional and “Vehicle-to-Load” charging, letting you cost telephones, computer systems and even e-bikes through the automobile’s battery at as much as 3.6 kW. That after all will drain the automobile’s battery, although it might regain some cost through the photo voltaic roof.

Being across the dimension of a Toyota RAV 4, the Ioniq 5 is greater than it would have a look at first. On high of the bizarre bodywork, Hyundai introduced the squared off headlight and taillight remedies over from the idea, albeit in a extra sensible type. It has the identical 20-inch wheels because the 45, although they do not match fairly as tightly within the wheel wells. It has some extra physique cladding items across the edges — one thing that Hyundai removed on the Kona Electric. Some markets (not the US) will get OLED screens and rear-view cameras within the place of mirrors.

Hyundai's striking Ioniq 5 EV delivers long range and brisk performance


The 45 idea was based mostly on the concept you’ll lounge and calm down whereas the automobile drives you round. The Ioniq 5 cannot do the latter, nevertheless it does include Hyundai’s Highway Driving Assist 2, with options like lane-centering help, lane-change help and nav-based adaptive cruise management. It additionally comes with the Remote Smart Parking Assist, letting you soar out of the automobile and have it park itself through smartphone.

The inside is after all fully modified from the idea, because the 45’s modernist type would not minimize it in an actual world with security guidelines. Still, there are some attention-grabbing touches. The entrance seats really recline and actually have a foot relaxation, whereas the middle console can slide again by 5.5 inches. That can open up extra ground house whereas giving the rear seat occupants entry to it as a form of desk.

Hyundai Ioniq 5


Up entrance, the dashboard contains a flat, 12-inch digital instrument cluster, together with a 12-inch touchscreen infotaintment show powered by Hyundai’s BlueLink linked surfaces. It’s additionally the primary mannequin with Hyundai’s augmented actuality head-up show, which might rework your entrance windshield right into a display screen.

Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 will come to some areas within the first half of 2021, nevertheless it will not hit North America till the autumn. Pricing has but to be introduced, however we must always get that info as launch time approaches. 


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