Hyundai has just launched its first electric car from its Ioniq sub-brand. Known as the Ioniq 5, this is an important model for the Korean automaker and its battery electric vehicles (BEV) range. Built on top of Hyundai’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) architecture, the Ioniq 5 is the first of 23 all-electric cars planned for release by 2025. While the first Ioniq was sold mostly as a hybrid, the latest iteration doesn’t care about fossil fuel at all. With automakers launching new electric cars as if there’s no tomorrow, Hyundai will not be holding back anymore. The Ioniq 5 is quite the significant model for Hyundai. Its launch (and success) will set the precedent for all future Hyundai battery electric vehicles.
The design of the new Ioniq 5 actually borrows several cues from the brand’s first-ever production car, the Pony. The Hyundai pony made its debut way back in 1975 – over 45 years before the Ioniq 5 was even conceptualized. If you were to place both these cars side-by-side, their design similarities would be uncanny.
Even otherwise, the way the new Ioniq 5 looks is absolutely striking, especially if you view it from the front. While its essential shape is that of a compact crossover, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is quite a sizeable car. It measures 4,635mm in length, 1,890mm in width, and 1,605mm in height – wheelbase comes in at 3,000mm. However, thanks to its angular yet funky design, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 will attract eyeballs wherever you go.
The Ioniq 5 uses Hyundai’s ‘Parametric Dynamics’ design language, which was last seen on the latest-gen Tucson. Some of the peculiarities of the Ioniq 5’s design are noticeable via its clamshell hood, tight shutlines, flush door handles, and huge 20-inch wheels that use Hyundai’s Parametric Pixel design theme. Interestingly, these are the largest wheels ever fitted to any Hyundai EV to date – larger than most wheels found on a standard Hyundai car.
Even the thick and steeply-raked C-pillars on the Ioniq 5 have been inspired by the futuristic ’45’ EV prototype. One of the most interesting design elements on the Ioniq 5 includes its rectangular headlamps with their unique LED DRLs. These, along with the wedge-shaped front fascia, sleek grille area, and the satin silver scuff plate, make this a face worth remembering.
When it does go on sale, customers of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 will have nine exterior color options to choose from. Meanwhile, the interior can be had in one of three colors. The cabin of the Ioniq 5 is designed with a ‘Living Space’ theme and there’s even a moveable center console known as a ‘Universal Island’.
Hyundai has also been smart with how it has utilized the available room inside the Ioniq 5’s cabin. Some of the examples of this come from an almost-flat floor and front seats that are 30 percent thinner than usual. Such steps help free-up space for people and make the whole cabin feel airier. At the same time, the 3,000mm wheelbase of the Ioniq 5 is actually longer than the Palisade SUV’s wheelbase by 100mm.
To ensure that it retains the prestigious “green” title, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 uses quite a lot of eco-friendly items. This ranges from recycled plastic bottles to utilizing eco-friendly leather and paint with plant extracts and natural woolen yarns. Most of the interior of the Ioniq 5 is upholstered with these materials, including the seats, armrest, headliner, door trim, and floor.
Furthering its environment-friendly goal is the solar roof, which helps collect some energy from the sun and then stores it in the batteries. Meanwhile, the front seats are electrically-operated and have been designed to provide optimum recline angles. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 also boasts two 12-inch widescreen digital displays as standard.
The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be offered in two battery and power configurations. There is a version with a 58kWh battery and a single 168hp electric motor that drives the rear wheels. It can go from 0 to 100 kmph in 8.5 seconds. Then there is the all-wheel-drive model with a larger 72.6kWh battery which is paired to two electric motors. These produce a combined system output of 302hp and 605Nm of torque, helping the Ioniq 5 reach 100 kmph in just 5.2 seconds. If equipped with the larger battery pack and in a two-wheel-drive guise, the Hyundai Ioniq 5’s maximum range is rated at 480 kilometers. The Ioniq 5 also uses a super-fast charging solution that Hyundai calls Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) system.
Thanks to its E-GMP platform, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 runs on an 800-volt system instead of the usual 400-volt setup. However, the system is versatile enough to run on either voltage if required. Then there is the Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) system of the Ioniq 5 which allows it to charge insanely rapidly.
If you connect this EV to a 350kW charger, you can juice up the battery from 5 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes! For context, the more expensive Porsche Taycan needs nearly 23 minutes to achieve the same. Furthermore, users can get 100 kilometers of range for a charge time of only 5 minutes. The V2L functionality also allows the Ioniq 5 to serve as a charging station itself – one can recharge household electrical devices and even electric scooters.