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New Hyundai Ioniq 5

Spearhead of the Korean brand’s new electric offensive, the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 offers two battery configurations and promises nearly 500 km of range. Launch expected at the end of the first half of 2021.

In the field of electric cars, neo-retro is all the rage. The new Ioniq 5 electric SUV is no exception to the trend and draws its lines from the 45 concept. Presented in 2019 in Frankfurt, it is inspired by the Hyundai Pony, a compact produced between 1975 and 1990.

Taking up the principle of square light blocks and the same silhouette, the final version is ultimately very close to the concept presented at the end of 2019.

The concept 45 (left) and the Ioniq 5 (right)

A compact SUV bigger than a Kona

In terms of size, the Ioniq 5 is much less compact than it seems. With 4.64 m in length, the new Korean SUV is 45 cm longer than the current electric Kona. In the trunk, count up to 531 liters, almost 200 more than the Kona. At the front, a frunk completes the whole. Limited to 24 liters for all-wheel drive versions, it climbs to 57 liters for two-wheel drive versions.

Good news for frequent travelers: the IONIQ 5 can tow a trailer with a maximum capacity of 1600 kg.

Ioniq 5Kona EV (new)
Length4,635 mm4,205 mm
Width1,890 mm1,800 mm
Height1,605 mm1,565 mm
Wheelbase3000 mm2,600 mm
Chest531L332 liters

A generous interior

Favored by its 3 meters of wheelbase, the Ioniq 5 promises exceptional roominess. Available in two atmospheres, the interior remains in the spirit of that announced by the concept 45. With the clear finish, the whole appears both bright and very refined.

Up front, the absence of a central console frees up a lot of space.

Called “Dual Cockpit”, the digital system consists of two fully configurable 12-inch digital screens. The first acts as instrumentation while the second, tactile, provides access to various multimedia settings and parameters. Without giving in to the “all touch” trend, Hyundai has retained a number of buttons to facilitate access to the various on-board computer menus. Ditto for the control of heating and air conditioning which benefit from dedicated commands (a priori sensitive). More practical, the selection of “drive mode” goes directly through a button on the left side of the steering wheel.

Already available on the Kona, the head-up display device is much more advanced on the Ioniq 5. In augmented reality, it projects information directly onto the windshield, in the driver’s field of vision.

In terms of connectivity, customers will be able to access a renewed version of the Bluelink application, which notably allows remote monitoring of the vehicle’s charge level and range. The manufacturer also indicates that it wants to offer a “subscription service” to allow users to carry out updates remotely.

Parking assistance, 360 ° camera, adaptive cruise control, intelligent high beams, lane departure warning, emergency braking system, blind spot monitoring, level 2 active driving assistance, etc., if some will be optional , the facilities are rather generous.

Two choices of batteries

The first model to be based on the new e-GMP platform from the Korean groups Kia and Hyundai, the Ioniq will offer two batteries to choose from: 58 or 72.6 kWh. Each of them can be associated with propulsion or all-wheel drive configurations. The new Korean SUV is thus available in four major technical variants.

In basic configuration, the Ioniq 5 combines a 58 kWh battery with an electric motor of 125 kW and 350 Nm. Installed on the rear axle, this cuts down from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.5 seconds.

In its most powerful version, it combines a 155 kW rear motor with a 70 kW front unit. The set develops up to 605 Nm of torque for a 0 to 100 km / h shot in 5.2 s. It’s better than the Skoda Enyaq RS which completes the exercise in 6.2 seconds.

At top speed, all versions are restricted to 185 km / h. In terms of autonomy, the manufacturer announces a forecast value of between 470 and 480 km for the versions equipped with the large battery.

0 to 80% charge in 18 minutes

Strangely, the Korean brand does not specify at this stage the characteristics of the on-board charger. If we refer to what the manufacturer offers on the electric Kona, we can imagine a 7.2 kW charger for the basic versions and 11 kW for the versions equipped with high-capacity batteries.

For fast charging, the Korean brand opts for an 800-volt system. Associated with the Combo CCS standard, this tolerates up to 220 kW of power. It allows you to recover 100 km of autonomy in less than 5 minutes and to recharge the battery from 0 to 80% in just 18 minutes.

On the innovation side, the Ioniq 5 will integrate (probably optional), a reverse charger. Called V2L (Vehicle-to-load), the technology can deliver up to 3.6 kW and can power camping equipment, tools and even a scooter or an electric bicycle. In total, two V2L ports will be offered. Located under the second row of seats, the first can be active when the vehicle is powered on. Placed at the charging socket, the second will require a converter and will be able to provide power even when the vehicle is off.

Launch in the first half of 2021

In France, the new Ioniq 5 should begin deliveries in June. If it is still too early to discuss its prices, we know that the manufacturer plans to start marketing with an over-equipped First Edition version which should be the first to be delivered.

Note that this Ioniq 5 is only the first of a new electric range centered around the e-GMP platform. On the program are the Ioniq 6 sedan and the Ioniq 7, a large SUV.

And you ? What do you think of this Ioniq 5? Does it meet your expectations? Do not hesitate to give your opinion in the comments!


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