With the Ioniq 5, Hyundai’s subsidiary brand of the same name makes its debut – and surprises with cool details.
On their fast way out of the second row, the Koreans are now increasing the pace again. Because when Hyundai launches the Ioniq 5 in the summer, the crossover will not only mark a design revolution, but also the debut of the electric sub-brand Ioniq.
The five-door is the first electric car to have bidirectional charging capability (vehicle-to-load, V2L). Any electrical device such as e-bikes, e-scooters or notebooks can be charged with up to 230 V alternating current.
The Ioniq 5 becomes a charging station on wheels and can even donate electricity to other battery-powered cars.
The crossover is built on the new modular electric architecture (E-GMP) from Hyundai – a quick-witted answer to the MEB electric drive kit from VW and the many cars that the Wolfsburg-based company wants to build on it. But Hyundai is already one step further and, like the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT, uses 800-volt technology: This means that the Ioniq 5’s battery on the 350-kW column goes from 10 to 80 in 18 minutes Percent charged and draws electricity for 100 kilometers in five minutes.
From the start, Hyundai offers the Ioniq 5 in several configurations with one or two electric motors for rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and two battery sizes with 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh. On request, there is also a solar roof that can provide electricity for up to 2000 kilometers per year in good weather.
The most powerful variant has a system output of 225 kW (306 hp), and the manufacturer specifies the maximum range of around 480 kilometers.
But you don’t have to look under the sheet metal of the Ioniq 5 to recognize it as a special car. Much more daring than VW with their ID models, the Koreans have developed a particularly clean and cool design language for their first dedicated Stromer – even a Tesla Model 3, on the other hand, looks old. Inside, too, Hyundai goes further than most of its competitors:
The Koreans tickle a wheelbase of three meters from a total length of 4.64 meters – that creates a lot of space for the occupants.
The fact that a production car comes with a flat floor, a screen wall like in the living room and even with reclining seats with fold-out leg rests, on the other hand, is something that has only been done in studies so far.
What do you think of the Ioniq 5? Do you like the design? And what do you think about technology?