IONIQ 5 Long Range 2WD Premium / Family gem

We have already tested the IONIQ 5 in its most powerful version with all-wheel drive, 225 kW and the highest Premium equipment. This time we had the opportunity to try a weaker version of the IONIQ 5 Long Range 2WD Premium, which has only rear-axle drive and 160 kW.

Given that we dealt with Ioniqu in detail in NEXTECH no. 12/2021, I will now focus mainly on the specifics of the rear-wheel drive version, and on the differences from the “quad bike”.

As I mentioned in the original review, the Ioniq 5 is the first vehicle built on Hyundai Motor Group’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) for electric vehicles. This platform is the key element for the relatively large variability of models that can be built on it. Good to see when comparing Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. Despite the fact that they are basically group siblings, unlike other manufacturers, these are two completely different cars. When comparing the Ioniq 5 with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, there are not that many differences. You will not notice any change on the outside or in the interior, the equipment and the layout are the same. The main difference is that the front power unit is not installed in the tested “rear wheel” and thanks to this the volume of the front case is increased to 52 l. The rear power unit, which has an engine power of 155 kW in the “ATV”, is identical, but the power is increased to 160 kW at the same torque of 350 Nm. The Long Range designation in the name suggests that the car is equipped with a battery with a capacity of 77.4 kWh, of which 72.6 kWh is used. The maximum speed is also limited to 185 km / h and this version can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in still an excellent 7.4 seconds. Ioniq 5 uses an 800 V charging system with an inverter located in the drive unit. It is formed as a monoblock, within which there is an electric motor, power electronics and a closed oil system, which, in addition to lubrication, also takes care of cooling the electric motor with oil mist.

The battery can be charged with a maximum output of 221 kW and you can charge it from 10 to 80% on the UFS charger in just 18 minutes. This time we tested the vehicle at March temperatures, which reached a pleasant 19 ° C, thanks to which we reached 19 minutes, even if the maximum charging power did not exceed 195 kW. This is the fastest charge we’ve seen so far. The vehicle has therefore adjusted the charging curve so that the declared charging time is observed. This is, of course, fine, the decisive factor is not the course but the result. In the previous test, when we tested at sub-temperatures around -3 ° C, the charging time was extended to 24 minutes and the charging power did not exceed 135 kW. This is mainly due to the fact that although Ioniq has battery heating, it does not allow it to be switched on manually in advance and does not switch on automatically, for example if it has a charger set as its target. So the heating does not start working until charging starts, and as the battery heats up, the charging power also increases. Nevertheless, Ioniq charges the fastest in its class.

But let’s take a look at why to buy an asshole if an ATV is also available. Of course, it must be taken into account that you will pay 4000 euros for the ATV. All-wheel drive is most important in winter and when you need to walk on poorly groomed and slippery roads more often. You get higher performance and better acceleration. On the other hand, two engines and higher power require more power, which you will know especially on longer journeys. According to the WLTP methodology, the range of 21 km is in favor of the ass. We found an even bigger difference, but it was due to different testing conditions. However, it is clear that for longer journeys, it is more advantageous to catch a bicycle. During testing, we reached a distance of 475 km within the districts and the city. In the combined cycle with the highway, we reached 380 km. The economy of the rear-wheel drive is therefore more advantageous.

On the positive side, driving comfort and performance feel remain, plus you have more space in the front trunk, so all cabling and accessories will fit there and the rear trunk will stay free. As this is the highest Premium equipment, you can count on a very rich set of technological equipment and driving assistants. Infotainment has great graphics with a white theme that looks very impressive, and if you don’t like it, you can choose classic black. They can be set to switch automatically in the new firmware. Premium equipment also includes a parking assistant with a remote parking function, so once you find a place, you can get out of the car and hold the parking button on the remote control to let the vehicle park. This feature is even more useful when parking, because you will not be surprised even by an unscrupulous driver who parks next to you. There is also a beautiful augmented reality head-up display or intelligent adaptive cruise control with semi-automatic gearshift and HDA highway assist with automatic lane change system. Of course, it’s just an assistance system that helps you change gear and usually requires you to hold the steering wheel, but after a while of training, he walked between the lanes separately. Recuperation can be controlled in three ways: intelligent automation, paddles under the steering wheel or switch to single-pedal i-pedal control. In addition to the usual navigation instructions, basic driving data and assistants, the head-up augmented display also shows blind spot warnings in the field of view. In addition to the visual and audible warnings, the steering wheel assistant also warns you when the steering wheel vibrates when reversing. A very useful Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) system is also installed in our version, which allows users to charge / power various electrical devices with an output of up to 3.6 kW (230 V / 16 A). The V2L connector, which is part of the Premium equipment but can also be ordered for lower equipment, is located under the second row of seats and can be activated when the vehicle is switched on. Another V2L connector in the form of a special reducer connects to the charging connector and works even when the vehicle is switched off. You can use it to power equipment or power tools when moving outside of civilization, or it can serve as a source of emergency power for your cottage or home appliances.

However, the biggest benefit of Ioniqu in all versions is comfort and space. With a wheelbase of 3,000 mm, it is by far the most spacious electric car in its category and, in terms of spaciousness, finds competitors only in the premium class. The center console can be moved manually by up to 140 mm, the lower part of the dashboard is straight and relatively high, so there is no obstruction in the foot and you can even move to the passenger seat without any problems. Rear passengers can electrically move their seats and manually control the inclination of the backrests. The front passenger seat has controls on the side of the backrest, which you can also use to control the movement of the rear seats if, for example, you want to put the front seats in a relaxed position. In this case, the front seats are folded down to the reclining position and the footrest is extended at the front. Hyundai calls this interior concept Living Space, something I don’t know if it could be called better. The pair of 12 “displays with a partition and only a small frame without any chapel looks amazing and, together with the overall quality interior design, evokes the feeling of sitting in a premium class. also the fact that the manufacturer did not use any elements with a glossy surface here, apart from the small control panel in the middle, so the interior still looks just as good.

In conclusion, I must praise the manufacturer. While in the first test I criticized some of the shortcomings of the multimedia system, this time I had a vehicle with updated software in which most of the bugs were caught. As I stated in the AWD version, the Ioniq 5 is currently one of the best electric cars on the market, which will easily replace the main family car and will not get lost in the company fleet or taxi drivers.


• Consumption in the test (kWh / 100 km): 15.4-19.6
• Range in the test (km): 440 – 475
• AC charging power at 11 kW 3f charger (kW): 11
• AC charging power on 22 kW 3f charger (kW): 11
• Max. DC charging power, charger 50 kW (kW): 50
• Charging time 10-80% (min): 85
• Max. DC charging power UFC charger 350 kW (kW): 185
• Charging time 10-80% (min): 19


Battery capacity 77.4 kWh (usable 72.6 kWh), 2WD drive (rear), engine power 160 kW, 350 Nm, DC charging max. 221 kW (support 500 V / 1000 V), AC 10.5 kW 3f, CCS socket, acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h 7.4 s, max. speed 185 km / h, range WLTP 481 km, max. trailer weight unbraked / braked 750 kg / 1600 kg


+ Passenger compartment, charging options, processing, equipment, driving characteristics, fingerprint-resistant surfaces
– Nothing important

Model price (with VAT) from: 44 390 EUR
Tested vehicle: 52 450 EUR

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