Hyundai has already unveiled the images and information of its new Ioniq 5, a 100% electric model planned for this first half of this year that, given the images, appears compact in size but measures 4,635 mm in length, 1,890 in width, and 1,695 high, so it is quite grown up’. We already anticipate that with the Ioniq 5 you can ‘give away’ the energy of its battery for other uses, but we will tell you about that later.
Of course, its design is striking, which seems simple but also robust, almost monolithic. Its shell-shaped hood stands out, the door handles flush with the doors and the 20 wheels, which have the function of improving the car’s aerodynamics. The C-pillar is very robust, its wheel arches and skirts are attractive. contrast with the color of the bodywork and the lights that Hyundai have called Parametric Pixel take center stage both in front and behind and even more so, a roof that can optionally have solar panels to increase the car’s autonomy.
If we had to summarize in two words the sensation that the exterior causes, we would say avant-garde and simplicity. And to better match the environment, five colors (out of a total palette of nine shades) inspired by nature will be offered, of which two will have a matte finish. Taking into account that it is large on the outside and knowing that its wheelbase has been extended to 3 meters in length, we can trust that the amplitude will be one of its virtues. The floor is flat throughout the cabin, and we include the space for the driver’s and passenger’s legs because there is no fixed center console; what we find is a central console that can be moved up to 140 mm in length, and that in the rear position also allows the rear passengers to recharge their phones wirelessly (in addition to using two USB ports).
To give even more space, the roof is extended back very flat and the seats have reduced their thickness by 30% compared to what is usual in the Korean brand. All of this is completed with a minimalist design featuring a very horizontal dashboard in which two 12-inch screens emerge. The infotainment one lacks physical buttons for handling (although some physical buttons for air conditioning do appear below), and the driver’s promises several configuration possibilities. Everything is so simple that even the gear selector has been integrated into the steering column to give the cabin a cleaner look. And the ecological touch is not lacking thanks to seats, headliners, door upholstery, floor, and armrests made with sustainable materials, such as recycled bottles or eco-processed leather.
The boot also has the virtues of spaciousness, in this case with a volume of 531 liters that can be increased if we slide the second row forward (it has 135 mm of travel) and multiplied (in this case up to almost 1,600 liters) if we lower the backrests. Also, the front compartment offers an additional 57 liters of capacity, although it will be here that many drivers end up carrying the charging cables. Hyundai will offer 58 and 726 kWh batteries, plus two engine configurations. The simplest mechanics is located behind (provides rear propulsion) and delivers 218 hp and 350 Nm of torque, allowing it to go from 0 to 100 in 8.5 s with the simplest battery and in 7.4 with the most powerful.
If we want more performance, the Ioniq 5 can equip a 211 hp engine at the rear combined with another 95 hp front (it is all-wheel drive), so that it can go from 0 to 100 in 6.1 s with the 58 kWh battery and in 5.2 s with the 72.6 kWh.Regarding autonomy, Hyundai announces a maximum of 480 km warning that this data is still pending approval. The Ioniq 5 allows charging infrastructures of 400 and 800 V. In the hypothetical case that we found a 350 kW charger, the Ioniq 5 could be recharged from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes, and it would take five minutes for us to travel 100 additional km.
Speaking of energy, now we are going to talk to you about its ability to give energy thanks to its V2L capacity. Specifically, it can recharge electrical equipment such as bicycles, scooters, camping equipment, etc. Under the rear seats, it has a plug that works with the vehicle on, and outside it has another connection that can provide power even with the car turned off. Thus, its battery becomes something much more useful, since it will not only serve to move the car. This is one of the technology samples of the new Hyundai, although there are many others it has a Head-Up Display with augmented reality offers a Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2) system that uses the front camera, radar sensors, and navigator data to control speed, distance from the car in front and the centering of the lane equips Driver Attention Alert blind-spot and head-on collision avoidance assistant (detects also pedestrians and cyclists) peripheral vision monitor for easy parking, etc.