Hyundai Ioniq 5 - the Korean leads the charge

Published on 24.01.2022

The Korean manufacturer has set out to make its mark with the Ioniq 5 - a strong, futuristic design. Opinions are divided: you either like it or you don’t, but it doesn’t leave anyone indifferent. The design creates the deceptive impression of a very compact car.

The interior design is original. The space is impressive both in the front and in the back, and even taller people will be comfortable. There are two luggage compartments available: in the front under the bonnet there is a deep 57-litre bin, and in the rear, there is a 527-litre compartment. The space looks impressive but it’s not very practical for bulky items. Another minor disappointment is that the small rear window does not offer much visibility and it doesn’t come equipped with a wiper.
The material quality is very good, and the finishing touches are flawless. Despite its dual 12” screens (one for the dashboard and one for touchscreen), Hyundai still offers physical buttons to access the main controls. This is a nice touch, especially as the ergonomics are well thought out.
This entry-level version is already well equipped with the latest practical features, such as adaptive cruise control, inductive mobile phone charging, USB ports, DAB radio, rear-view camera, Bluelink system, etc. Driving aids are also included and the car can really help you avoid an accident if you fail to pay attention.
This is the first model to be based on the new E-GMP platform, which Hyundai created exclusively for its electric vehicles. The Ioniq 5 takes full advantage of this to optimise its performance. Its 125 kW (170 hp) engine delivers ample performance, and despite the size and weight, the chassis surprisingly nimble. The 19-inch wheels provide excellent suspension comfort and are superior to most electric competitors. The wheels are set back at all four corners of the body and the multi-link rear axle provides excellent handling.
Its 800 V architecture (instead of the 400 V used by competitors) gives it the advantage of a powerful 180 kW recharging capacity, allowing 70% of the battery capacity to be restored in less than 20 minutes. This makes it possible to take long journeys in an electric car.
The range was around 300 km during a trip test across a mixed route (national roads and motorways). This means decent average mileage of 20 kWh/100 km, despite the adverse temperatures and the vehicle’s size. Hyundai is making a strong impact and confirming its position as a leader in the electric market.

Image source: © Hyundai

125 kW / 350 Nm - propulsion
16.7 kWh / 100 km
CO2 emissions
0 g CO2/km WLTP
384 km WLTP
Acceleration 0-100 km/h
0-100 km/h
in 8.4 s
€44,500 base price
Charging station
180m kW DC - 11 kW AC
  • 800V architecture
  • Interior space
  • Comfortable suspension system
  • Towing possible (up to 1600 kg)
  • Rear window: restricted visibility and no wipers
  • Vehicle size/capacity
  • Divisive design

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