Hyundai Ioniq 5 review, test drive

The ‘born electric’ Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s following wager for India. Hormazd Sorabjee drives a slice of the long term.

There are electric powered cars and trucks and there are electrical cars. And they aren’t all the exact same. There is the Hyundai Kona EV and there is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and they aren’t the very same both. If you place your hand on the badge, you wouldn’t consider they the two belong to the very same father or mother. In truth, you wouldn’t even consider they share an electric powertrain! The Kona EV was created initially with an IC motor and for this reason appears like just one more petrol (or diesel) SUV. What presents you a little clue that it is not one particular is the blanked-out grille and all the EV information and info that pops up on the display screen screens when you get started the car or truck. But there is no receiving absent from the Kona’s IC engine roots, which is evident in the over-all stance and condition. That is accurate of numerous other EVs in the Indian marketplace, like the bestselling Nexon EV.

So, what’s an EV intended to look like? Perfectly, radically distinctive and futuristic, for starters EVs are the long run, soon after all. And providing us a good glance at the future is the Ioniq 5, which you can quickly tell is no everyday vehicle. Which is mainly because the Ioniq 5 is ‘born electric powered,’ a time period that is incredibly a great deal a element of the EV lexicon these days and stands for particularly what it implies – cars and trucks that have been conceived to be pushed purely by battery electricity and in no way with a conventional Inside Combustion (IC) engine.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 side

Styling is futuristic, but reminiscent of ’80s hatchbacks.

The Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s to start with ‘born electric’ EV, a new breed that is no cost from the packaging and structure constraints of a lump of a transmission and driveline underneath the floor, an even more substantial lump of an motor underneath the nose, and a gasoline tank below the rear seat. It is designed on a bespoke platform, or ‘skateboard’, which is been optimised for charge, space efficiency and, of training course, electrification. And this skateboard is the Hyundai Group’s E-GMP (Electric powered International Modular Platform) crafted around a battery pack, electrical motors and allied parts, with plenty of overall flexibility to spawn a large array of overall body kinds.

The Ioniq 5 will be the 1st of 6 all-new EVs that Hyundai will convey to India in the upcoming five yrs. Slated for a mid-2022 start, the Ioniq 5 will guide the Korean auto major’s ‘top-down’ approach into India. Even so, the Ioniq 5 will not be inexpensive. It will be released as an import, and however it is an EV, it won’t get any customs duty concessions. We estimate the Ioniq 5 to cost in between Rs 45 lakh-60 lakh, dependent on the battery sizing and over-all specs, which are however to be made the decision.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 C-pillar

C-pillar impressed by Lancia Delta?

Seeking Ahead

For a motor vehicle that doesn’t have to be built about the inflexible situation of an engine and gearbox, the Ioniq 5, at very first look, seems to be pretty common, nearly disappointingly so. Gape at it a bit for a longer time and the special design blend of this bespoke EV starts to soak through. The angular proportions give it the silhouette of a 1980s hatch and the C-pillar has a touch of the Lancia Delta in it, but it is the futuristic aspects that grab your notice. The physique is replete with extremely-sharp cuts and creases, and the spotlight is the Z-formed slash on the flanks, which has a folded-paper influence. Flush door handles, the clamshell bonnet and 20-inch alloy wheels that glimpse like they’ve been designed in a wind tunnel glimpse pretty futuristic, but it’s the high-tech LED matrix light clusters that are its most progressive aspect. The lights have a pixel concept that is carried during the auto, and the rear, in individual, has a whole-width matrix strip with a series of sci-fi looking square pixel lights. The coolest little bit is the Daytime Jogging Lamp mild bar on the top rated edge of the front bumper, which you really don’t notice right until it’s illuminated. The Ioniq 5’s one of a kind lights signature is what seriously will make it stand out and displays the environment what the future of motoring appears to be like.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 dashboard

Dashboard a slender panel with screens hooked up onto it. Hard buttons not accomplished absent with nonetheless.


The extremely prolonged 3,000mm wheelbase and brief overhangs are also clues that the Ioniq 5 is not a standard crossover. Stretching the wheelbase as substantially as possible is a top precedence when building a ‘born electric’ automobile on a skateboard mainly because it’s inside of the wheelbase that the battery pack is positioned. Therefore, a more time wheelbase indicates a larger battery, which in transform suggests a for a longer time assortment. Elongating the wheelbase has other benefits much too – it frees up additional space in the cabin and offers designers far more room to perform with.


Hyundai Ioniq 5 screens

Two 12.3-inch screens sharp and simple to study.

This is straight away obvious the moment you slide into the Ioniq 5’s cabin. At the rear of the wheel, it is a lot more like an office environment seat than a cockpit since the standard centre console has been done absent with. This frees up area forward of the front seats which would if not have been taken up by the air-con blower unit, which has been moved to under the bonnet, where by an engine usually sits. This relocation of the HVAC technique is feasible only in a ‘born electric’ EV and is a fantastic case in point of the packaging advantages this bespoke architecture presents. With no centre console, the entrance seats can be moved ahead to release additional place in the rear. Not amazingly, the rear seat is incredibly generous, with a lot more than adequate area even for six-footers, and the totally flat flooring helps make sitting down three abreast fairly practical much too. The flat flooring has other rewards as very well. It enables the console in between the front seats to slide a very good 140mm. So if you will need a bit extra legroom for the middle passenger behind, you can slide it ahead. But, if all those powering want quick obtain to the pair of charging points powering the console, it can be slid back.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 front seats

The lacking traditional centre console frees up area forward of the front seats.

There are also, however, disadvantages of the E-GMP, which have a lot more to do with the slab of lithium sitting below the flooring. The battery pack pushes the floor up and forces you to sit in a marginally knees-up placement. It’s not awkward but on extended drives you will miss a absence of less than-thigh help. The seats on their own are fairly slender but you don’t really feel a deficiency of cushioning, and the light, eco-pleasant materials that adorn the rest of the seats have a minimalist appeal to them, which is in retaining with the car’s ‘save-the-world’ ethos.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 rear seats

There’s loads of home in the rear and flat flooring makes seating a few quick.

The dashboard is a very simple and pancake-slender panel with a pair of 12.3-inch screens sitting down on the top and a independent touch delicate manage panel for the air-con housed underneath. The touchscreens are super sharp, effortless to browse even in broad daylight and give you all the data you will need. They are a contact slow to react but a tweak in application must type them out. The outer edge of the touchscreen panel is magnetic so you can attach toll tickets, parking receipts or images of your spouse, your favorite car (not a Kona EV, then!) or whichever you like.

On A Charge

The Ioniq 5 arrives with a option of two battery packs. The foundation product gets a 54kWh pack that’s fantastic for 383km in the formal exam cycle, although a 72kWh battery stretches array to a claimed 481km. The E-GMP has a superfast 800V charging capability which, technically, can thoroughly charge the battery in 18 minutes! But, in India, the place most chargers have a 25kW or 50kW output at most effective, it will be a when just before the Ioniq 5’s rapid-charging capacity can be applied to the fullest.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 rear

Impressively quick, with 306hp, and it disguises its bodyweight pretty perfectly.

There are multiple ability outputs as nicely the base variant places out 170hp and is rear-wheel-drive only. It is most likely that Hyundai will carry the top-spec variant that provides a a lot more energetic 306hp and is a 4×4 as perfectly with two motors (one particular for every single axle). It is this leading-spec variant I briefly drove and, expectedly, it was impressively rapid straight off the bat. We expect EVs to dart ahead the prompt you prod the accelerator and the Ioniq 5 does just that, like a rabbit prodded with an electric rod. It disguises its 2,100kg kerb fat rather effectively, be it in the way it accelerates or handles. Heading from to 100kph in a claimed 5.2sec tends to make it quicker than everything else for the money, and the easy and noiseless way this vehicle lunges ahead is an additional bonus. Like most EVs, the Ioniq also runs out of volts at the best close, and beyond 130kph, functionality drops off rather sharply. It’s rapidly and effortless for most overtaking responsibilities and a flex of the ideal foot is achieved with a satisfying lunge to the horizon, but what’s also evident is that the Ioniq 5 is not a sporty, functionality auto and in simple fact feels really the opposite.

The battery pack ties it down nicely and the steering is fast and precise, but the total dynamics will not tempt you to request out a twisty road or toss the motor vehicle into a corner. What you get is an very plush ride, a pretty calm and hushed driving practical experience, which, alongside with the spacious cabin, marks the Ioniq out as perhaps the most comfortable EV you can buy. Indeed, it will be highly-priced, but what you are obtaining is a piece of the long run and ideal now, there’s no auto as far in advance into the long term as the Ioniq 5.

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