Hyundai Ioniq 5: why you suddenly no longer want a Volkswagen ID.4

Nobody wants to wait long at the fast charger. Hyundai understands that and is raising the system voltage of its new electric car platform from 400 to 800 volts. This allows the Ioniq 5 to fast charge almost as quickly as a Porsche Taycan and a Tesla Model 3.

The Ioniq 5 has an impressive payload of 220 kW, putting other mid-range SUVs directly behind. The Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV go up to 125 kW, while the Nissan Ariya can fast charge with 130 kW. The consequences for the charging station are enormous: after 18 minutes the Ioniq 5 is almost full again, the other three are just over halfway …

Hyundai Ioniq 5: format similar to VW ID.4

From some angles, the Ioniq 5 looks like a hatchback. But don’t be fooled: it’s practically the same size as the ID.4, the Enyaq iV and the Ariya, so we rank it among the mid-range SUVs.

The design is based on the Hyundai 45 Concept: a beautiful study model from 2019 that in turn is an ode to the Pony Coupé Concept from 1974. The 45 Concept owes its name to the 45-degree angles in the design. In the Ioniq 5, the C-pillars are angled at 45 degrees, but the whole car seems designed with a box of blocks.

“The back looks like a stereo tower from the 80s.”

The back of the Ioniq 5 resembles a stereo tower from the 80s. The rectangular rear lights are made up of large red pixels and are located in a dark horizontal bar. The headlights are just as square and angrily look out into the world from under the overhanging hood. The handles are recessed in the doors. Hyundai shows the car with 20-inch alloy, but it is standard on 19-inch.

Hyundai Ioniq 5: why you suddenly no longer want a Volkswagen ID.4

Two batteries for Ioniq 5: 58 kWh and 72.6 kWh

Hyundai has therefore developed a new underbody for electric cars and the Ioniq 5 gets the scoop. All future models built on the E-GMP platform fall under the Ioniq model line. So after the Ioniq 5 follow the Ioniq 6 (a sedan) and the Ioniq 7 (a large suv).

The E-GMP platform is very similar to the MEB platform that Volkswagen uses for the ID models. A battery pack in the form of a table top is located between the front and rear wheels and there is room for one or two electric motors (rear wheel drive or 4WD). You can choose from two batteries: 58 kWh (approx. 400 km) and 72.6 kWh (approx. 500 km).

With two batteries and two powertrains, a price list with four configurations is created. The cheapest version of the Ioniq 5 has one motor, is 170 hp and 350 Nm strong, goes from 0 to 100 in 8.5 seconds and has a 58 kWh battery. The top model with the large battery, two electric motors and four-wheel drive delivers approximately 300 hp and exactly 605 Nm and completes the standard sprint in just 5.2 seconds. The top speed of each Ioniq 5 is limited to 185 km / h.

Hyundai Ioniq 5: why you suddenly no longer want a Volkswagen ID.4
Hyundai Ioniq 5: why you suddenly no longer want a Volkswagen ID.4
Hyundai Ioniq 5: why you suddenly no longer want a Volkswagen ID.4

Hyundai Ioniq 5: dashboard and interior

The Hyundai interior designer proudly says that his team first designed a complete living room and then started furnishing the car with that furniture. That explains the magazine rack between the comfortable-looking front seats. You can throw the backrest back for a quick-loading nap.

The interior designers have a lot of room to work with, because the wheelbase of the Ioniq 5 is enormous. There is three meters between the front and rear axle. That is 23 centimeters more than its aforementioned competitors and bodes well for legroom.

At first glance, the dashboard resembles that of the Nissan Ariya, with two wide screens, a flat floor underneath and a center console that you can slide back. A month ago, zero electric cars had a sliding center console and now two.

Hyundai Ioniq 5: why you suddenly no longer want a Volkswagen ID.4
Hyundai Ioniq 5: why you suddenly no longer want a Volkswagen ID.4

Roof with solar panels: 5 or 6 km per day

The Ioniq 5 has such a long list of safety and driver assistance systems that we are getting suspicious. Because you’re not kidding us Reverse Parking Collision-avoidance Assist in Rear Cross-traffic Collision-avoidance Assist do essentially different things. In any case, the electric Hyundai is not inferior in safety to its competitors from Germany and Japan.

“Solar panels on the roof? Did Hyundai borrow that idea from the Dutch Lightyear One? ”

Our attention is drawn to the solar panel that Hyundai places in the roof for an additional fee. Did they borrow that idea from the Dutch Lightyear One – the solar car from Helmond that charges 12 kilometers per hour on a sunny day? Provisional figures from Hyundai assume 5 or 6 kilometers per day. Not per hour, but per day. In Southern Europe. And yet it is nice to have a sunroof that not only charges the 12 volt battery, but also the large battery pack. Even if only a little.

Speaking of power, the Ioniq 5 has a conventional power outlet on board. You can use it to charge your laptop or heat a frozen lasagna if you bring a microwave. Hyundai is also working on an adapter that, as we now understand it, turns the charging port into an electrical outlet. Then you can even charge another electric car.

Hyundai Ioniq 5: price and availability

The Project 45 version of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is available for pre-order starting today. This limited edition of 3000 pieces has all the bells and whistles: the roof with solar panels, the 20-inch wheels and a head-up display with augmented reality. That explains the hefty consumer price of 58,995 euros. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 Project 45 will be delivered in the summer.

Cheaper versions will undoubtedly appear. If Hyundai wants to compete with the Volkswagen ID.4, a basic price of 45,000 euros is a must in our eyes.

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