TESTS: Hyundai Ioniq 5 – reason and feeling – Test drives

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When something is a little too good to be true you should pull your ears tight. The probability is high that it will eventually turn out that you went on a blast. What is the so-called hook with the Hyundai Ioniq 5?

The design is as radical as the technology under the shell. This is not a car for the shy or those who prefer everything to be as much as possible as before – but with electric drive. The design was shown already in 2019 and Hyundai has not been cowardly when the step was taken from concept to reality.

Those who are really nerdy who know their Hyundai history see that the brand’s first own car model from 1975 – Pony – has been brought to life on a slightly larger scale. The sharp Giugiar lines from Ponyn are repeated and have been modernized with computer game nostalgia while the car has modern electric car proportions with long wheelbase and short overhangs.

It’s a bit like Volvo would release a modern version of the Volvo 242. Or as if the Giugiaro-designed version one of the VW Golf has resurfaced in an enlarged future version.

The interior captures the futuristic feel with large displays that speak more to the mobile phone generation than to those who love classic sports cars. It feels modern while not being over-technical or complicated. The graphics feel friendly and the infotainment system is easy to work with.

Bright interior with a high quality feeling. Easy-to-work infotainment and a good mix of controls and screens.

The funniest finesse are the monitors that appear in the central instrument when using the turn signal lever and act as extra rear-view mirrors. Very smart, innovative and good – and extra equipment.

It also offers fireworks of technical aids and safety systems and most things feel easier to absorb than Tesla’s extremely stripped-down “non-car driver environment”. Hyundai Ioniq 5’s sister car Kia EV6 has in comparison a more classic driver environment.

The interior is light, airy and the detail quality impresses with fine metal controls, lavish materials and fabrics. You actually get some luxury car vibes. The interior could fit well in the next generation of Volvo cars, with its bright, clean and Scandinavian feel. A lot of the materials are from recycled fishing nets and corn starch instead of oil-based.

The test drive cars are registered in Norway because the test drive would have been there, but then came Covid restrictions. A sedan model called Ioniq 6 is underway as well as a large SUV: Ioniq 7.

The front seats are large and really comfortable and has a fantastic lying position that can be used if you want to rest for a while, for example when charging. At the calves there is an extra cushion just for lying down. You sit a little higher than in a traditional car, but not suvhögt and not mpv-elevated. The windshield is like in a traditional car and you see the front hood, which has a so-called “mussel shell design” without joints on top – nice.

The gigantic wheelbase of three meters gives a really spacious rear seat, which can also be slid longitudinally and the inclination of the backrest can also be adjusted – limo feel.

The test car has the highest level of equipment called Advanced, which includes leather upholstery, LED headlights, a really good head-up display with augmented reality, a nice Bose system, those fantastic blind spot warning monitors, electrically heated rear seat, extra comfortable relaxation position on the driver’s seat, ventilated front seats, sun loungers in the back seat and remote controlled parking. The price increase is a moderate SEK 40,000.

Solar cells on the roof are more of a fun option than sensible. It is said that you should be able to solar-charge up to 200 miles per year. The price increase is SEK 19,900.

The standard version is called Essential is also well equipped.

According to the data sheet, the luggage compartment has room for 527 liters, which is a little smaller than in, for example, VW ID.4. But it feels smaller than that because it is low – and there is no cargo tub under the floor. The privacy screen is a rather rickety curtain.

In the front there is a frunk where you can advantageously have charging cables, and in the four-wheel drive version it holds 24 liters compared to 57 in the rear-wheel drive cars which are SEK 35,000 cheaper.

The worsting version has 305 hp and a wonderful torque of 605 Nm. 0–100 runs in 5.2 seconds and the Ioniqfemman feels faster when accelerating than the VAG Group’s electric cars with 299 hp. There are three driving modes and in Sport the throttle is applied immediately and the car is really nice to drive without feeling sporty for that reason.

The lamp design is called Pixel Road Trip.

“The interior captures the futuristic feel with large displays that speak more to the mobile phone generation than to those who love classic sports cars. It feels modern while not being over-technical or complicated.”

The steering is good even if you can not call it sharp, and the chassis very safe. A Tesla Model 3 feels really much neater, happier while Ioniq is perceived as much more mature, comfortable and solidly built.

The regeneration can be set in several steps and you can also unroll or select a single pedal mode with strong regeneration. The brakes are normally good, but with a real rivet, the ABS system works quite slowly in an unsportsmanlike way.

On the Spanish roads, the suspension feels nice and the car moves calmly and nicely in big cars and it also rolls quietly, it will be exciting to drive on coarser and more uneven Swedish asphalt.

After a few hours with a top-equipped Ioniq 5, it is easy to become really fond of the car experience. But perhaps the level of technology is even more impressive?

Comfortable and spacious rear seat, sliding and adjustable backrest.

Thanks to the 800-volt system and good cooling of the batteries outperforms the five competitors in fast charging. According to Hyundai, 10-80 percent runs in 18 minutes, while the trio from the VAG Group, for example, need double that.

Maximum charge is 232 kW and at 77 percent we read an impressive 145 kW – which is more than Folkabilarnas max of 125 kW.

We will of course measure the exact charging curve and charging time when there are cars at home in Sweden, but it is clear that Hyundai is on the same level as the Porsche Taycan and the sister car Audi e-tron GT and thus leaves all other everyday electric cars in the charging time corner.

The larger battery pack is 72.6 kWh, which is slightly smaller than the German VAG trio, but the range is about the same. Expect 30 fairly fast miles and up to 45-50 if you drive sparingly. During the test drive, the consumption was around 17 kWh / 100 km.

The smaller battery has 58 kWh, which should be enough for between 25 and 40 miles.

Good parking camera, and the car can be remotely controlled from the outside with the key.

Heat pump available which is of course good in the winter and a really fun feature is that you can use the car’s battery to charge other cars, or drive electrical stuff. It is possible to charge up to 3.6 kW from Ioniq 5, and that party trick is Hyundai / Kia alone so far on the Swedish market and thus before Tesla who has said they are hesitant about that finesse.

However, Hyundai does not have updates via the internet for anything other than infotainment, so you will not get sharpened performance – as in a Tesla.

Time for a summary: The forms are definitely exciting and perhaps a reason to buy in themselves – or not. The interior is very attractive with a higher sense of quality than the competitors in the same price range.

The spaces are good, although the luggage space may feel a little small if you have a mammoth SUV or large station wagon today. The towing weight is 1,600 kg, which is also better than for most competitors. On the roof you can load 75 kg, and that is more or less industry standard.

Charging socket under the rear seat and an adapter via the charging socket. You can get 3.6 kW.

Electric car technology beats Ioniq 5 competitors by a large margin. It has the fastest charge – which is also faster than the Tesla Model 3. Of course, Tesla has an advantage when it comes to charging networks and the little 3 is more fun to drive, while Hyundai feels like a more mature family car.

Prices at the end: Until the end of November, you have introductory prices that are very attractive. The cheapest version with the small 58-kWh battery costs from SEK 469,900, the larger battery costs SEK 30,000 extra and with four-wheel drive the surcharge is SEK 65,000.

With the large battery and four-wheel drive, it means SEK 534,900, which is less than what, for example, VW ID.4 costs with 204 hp and only rear-wheel drive! The private leasing price is then SEK 5,695 / month, and if you can manage with only rear-wheel drive, the private leasing costs SEK 4,895 / month.

Hyundai will build over half a million electric cars by 2025, and 110,000 hydrogen cars. Ioniq 5 will arrive in Sweden in August, but is sold out right now. Later comes an N model with 585 horses …

A more comparable four-wheel drive VW with 299 hp starts at 565,900 kronor.

If you order a car now, it will appear after the turn of the year, and it is of course sad because many competitors have cars at home. Is it perhaps because of the long delivery times that you have such good prices? In total, approximately 30,000 Ioniq 5 will be built in 2021.

Is there then any “hook” or is Ioniq 5 right now the best electric car purchase? I actually can not see any relevant reason not to strike on Ioniq 5. Can you?

Hyundai Ioniq 5
305 hk 4WD

Kia EV6

Audi e-tron
50 quattro

Skoda Enyaq
iV 80X


Volvo XC40


534 900:–

634 800:–

641 900:–

590 000:–

565 900:–

674 900:–

Power, hp







Torque, Nm







0-100 sec







Top speed, km / h







Cons. kWh / 100 km







Battery, kWh







Range, km







Fast charging, kW







0–80%, min.







AC charge, kW







Weight, kg

1 910

2 090

2 210


2 224

2 188

Dragvikt, kg

1 600

1 600

1 200

1 200

1 200

1 500

Length, mm

4 635

4 680

4 588

4 649

4 584

4 425

Width, mm

1 890

1 890

1 865

1 879

1 852

1 873

Height, etc.

1 605

1 550

1 632

1 616

1 631

1 647

Wheelbase, etc.

3 000

2 900

2 764

2 765

2 771

2 702

Luggage, l







Source: Senaste nytt från auto motor & sport by www.mestmotor.se.

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