First test drive: Hyundai Ioniq 5

  • HYUNDAI IONIQ 5
  • Price range: $ 79,990 to $ 112,990
  • Powertrains: Single permanent magnet synchronous motor and 58 kWh lithium-ion battery with 125 kW / 350 Nm, 16.7 kWh / 100 km, range 384 km, RWD (58 kWh 2WD), single permanent magnet synchronous motor and lithium battery -ion ​​of 72.6 kWh with 160 kW / 350 Nm, 16.8 kWh / 100 km, range 481 km, RWD (72 kWh 2WD), synchronous permanent magnet motors and 72.6 kWh lithium-ion battery with 70 kW / 255 Nm at the front and 155 kW / 350 Nm at the rear, 17.7 to 19.0 kWh / 100 km, range 430 to 460 km, AWD (72 kWh AWD, Elite and Limited)
  • Body Style: Five-door SUV
  • On sale: Now

There have been a few false starts related to Covid, but after a virtual presentation we finally have some hands-on driving time with Hyundai’s all-new electric hero, the Ioniq 5 which incorporates the practicality of the crossover SUV into style. retro and all-electric hatch.

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We finally get our hands on a Hyundai Ioniq 5. And, yes, it was worth the wait.

Damien O’Carroll / Stuff

We finally get our hands on a Hyundai Ioniq 5. And, yes, it was worth the wait.

The Ioniq 5 is the first in Hyundai’s family of dedicated electric vehicles under the Ioniq sub-brand, so it is of course an SUV.

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But is this really? The Ioniq 5 blurs those crossover lines even further by taking advantage of SUV-style space and practicality in an all-electric form, while bundling it in unabashedly styling inspired by the first mass-produced and exported car. from Hyundai (and, indeed, Korea), the 1975 Pony hatchback. Or, more specifically, the 1974 concept coupe.

Hyundai has bet on the pixel look with the lights of the Ioniq 5. And it looks great.

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Hyundai has bet on the pixel look with the lights of the Ioniq 5. And it looks great.

And it’s a great design to pull out of your past, really, given that the beautiful little hatchback was inspired by the European hatches of the time and designed by the master of all things sharp and cornered in the years. 1970 Italdesign legend Giorgetto Giugiaro who also wrote the DeLorean DMC-12, the Lotus Espirit and the original Volkswagen Golf.

So right off the bat, the Ioniq 5 looks amazing. Deceptively simple, yet instantly striking, the shape makes the Ioniq 5 much smaller in photos than it actually is – although it looks like a small hatch in photos, it is actually closer in size to an average SUV.

The Ioniq 5 is coming to New Zealand in a range of models, and Hyundai took inspiration from Tesla’s book by offering a single model with a rather wide price range, with more money for more range, more power and AWD, as well as other tech goodies.

The interior quality of the Ioniq 5 is well up to its European competition.

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The interior quality of the Ioniq 5 is well up to its European competition.

The lineup begins with the entry-level 2WD Ioniq 5 with a 58 kWh battery that drops below the Clean Car Discount threshold at $ 79,990 due to Hyundai including on-road costs in the price, driving the price down. at $ 71,365.

The entry car is a rear driver and comes standard with a 125 kW / 350 Nm electric motor mounted on the rear axle, 19 inch alloy rims, LED lights all around, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat eight-way, fabric upholstery, cordless phone charging, proximity key with keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and integrated satellite navigation and a 12.3 inch digital dashboard screen.

It is also well stocked with standard safety features including Blind Spot Monitoring and Collusion Avoidance, Rear Cross Collision Avoidance, Lane Keeping and Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, high beam assist and seven airbags (including one in the center of the front seat).

The Ioniq 5 packs a 537-liter trunk in all specifications, with the front space being either 57 liters in 2WD models or 24 liters in AWD models.

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The Ioniq 5 packs a 537-liter trunk in all specifications, with the front space being either 57 liters in 2WD models or 24 liters in AWD models.

The 2WD Ioniq 5 can be optional with a larger 76.2 kWh battery for an additional $ 10,000 ($ 89,990) or the larger battery and dual motor configured $ 15,000 ($ 94,990), while the larger Large battery also increases the power of the rear motor to 160 kW, while the dual-motor configuration sets it to 155 kW, but adds the front motor to 70 kW / 255 Nm.

Next in the lineup is the $ 96,990 72 kWh Elite 2WD which gets the same rear-wheel drive powertrain and big battery, but adds a heat pump, 20-inch alloy rims, private rear window. , central LED lighting up front, full leather interior trim, eight-way power adjustable passenger seat, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, LED interior mood lighting, door handles automatic opening and a premium Bose audio system with subwoofer.

High-quality materials abound inside, along with a bit of tech too.

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High-quality materials abound inside, along with a bit of tech too.

Finally, there’s the best dog – the 72 kWh Limited AWD which adds the dual-motor setup to Elite specs, along with a blind spot view monitor, rear parking anti-collision system, and intelligent remote parking, a panoramic view monitor, an electric tailgate, a flat “one touch” mode for the front seats, seat position memory, ventilated front seats and electric sliding rear seats.

The Limited

Oh, and if you want to tow your boat from Auckland to Wellington, each 72kWh model has a braked towing capacity of 1600kg, while it also supports super-fast charging of 400 and 800 volts, which at maximum speed will charge it from 10 percent to 80 percent in 25 minutes.

Where have you taken him?

The Ioniq 5 is the first dedicated EV in Hyundai's new Ioniq family.

Damien O’Carroll / Stuff

The Ioniq 5 is the first dedicated EV in Hyundai’s new Ioniq family.

Where we wanted. Which, given the current Covid situation in Auckland, is somewhat limited to day-to-day driving. Still, we had a 72kWh Elite 2WD for a week, so we were able to spend some decent time on it.

The first thing that strikes you about the Ioniq 5 is of course its look. It looks remarkably striking in metal and, yes, people look at it when they see it. The blue of our car looks great in photos, but is much more interesting when moving in different lighting conditions, which only adds to the looks you get.

The second thing that strikes you is the remarkable quality materials and superb build quality of every part – this is truly a car over $ 90,000 in terms of interior quality no matter what. feeds it. And, of course, it’s also a very durable interior.

Speaking of what powers it, the initial impression the 72 kWh rear-wheel drive car gives is not of surprising acceleration and spectacular G-forces, but rather of its power in a more thoughtful and , well, useful, accelerating quickly and efficiently, rather than abruptly.

Hyundai used to put covers on their transverse engines that looked like a longitudinal engine, so guess what the “funk” cargo space cover looks like under the hood of the Ioniq 5?

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Hyundai used to put covers on their transverse engines that looked like a longitudinal engine, so guess what the “funk” cargo space cover looks like under the hood of the Ioniq 5?

This continues at open road speeds, with the Ioniq 5 benefiting from a large portion of its torque at all speeds, providing usable and responsive acceleration out of corners and for passing. This is all very pleasant and satisfying, with the Ioniq 5 making it seem like a capable and incredibly competent person, which she really is.

Likewise, the Ioniq 5’s steering is precise and responsive, although largely devoid of feel, and while you can feel its weight, it is stable and extremely confident in the corners, with the RWD version even displaying a bit of playfulness when you really provoke it.

The overall driving experience is one of extremely well calculated skill, with no real surprises, good or bad. In fact, the only real flaw in the Ioniq 5’s ability armor is the slightly busy, rhythmic low-speed driving, which is the only disappointment of the set. It is not, however, a big disappointment.

What is the choice of the range?

The Ioniq 5's wheels and wheel arches are designed to resemble the aperture of a camera lens because “everyone will take pictures of it”.  Sigh...

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The Ioniq 5’s wheels and wheel arches are designed to resemble the aperture of a camera lens because “everyone will take pictures of it”. Sigh…

Considering we only drove the single model, it’s an impossible call to make definitively at this point, but we would suspect that either this 72kWh 2WD Elite or the similarly priced 72kWh AWD that swaps a kit for the dual motor configuration, are perhaps the sweet spot of the range.

However, the top of the line Limited gets a more tempting kit, while this base car that slips below the Clean Car Discount threshold will also be a very tempting proposition.

The entry-level model is also equipped with smaller wheels, which could also help with slightly choppy driving at low speeds.

It is undeniable that the Ioniq 5 is a landmark car.  But an SUV?

Damien O’Carroll / Stuff

It is undeniable that the Ioniq 5 is a landmark car. But an SUV?

Why would I buy it?

Because you want something that looks like a sci-fi movie, but without messing around. Seriously, the Ioniq 5 looks stunning.

But also because you want something with a lot of practical space that just happens to be very high quality and very fun to drive. Oh, and maybe because you want an EV.

Why wouldn’t I buy it?.

Because you expect the Kia EV6 which is built on the same foundations, but offers even more daring and striking looks, and a top-of-the-range version that will offer more dazzling acceleration. Or a Tesla Model Y.

Or because you’ll have to wait – Hyundai New Zealand is warning customers you’ll have to wait up to a year, both due to the high demand for the Ioniq 5 and, of course, our old friend the global shortage of semiconductors. .

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