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Hyundai Ioniq 5 review, test drive

The ‘born electric’ Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s upcoming guess for India. Hormazd Sorabjee drives a slice of the long run.

There are electric cars and trucks and there are electric cars and trucks. And they are not all the very same. There is the Hyundai Kona EV and there’s the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and they are not the very same either. If you place your hand on the badge, you wouldn’t believe they equally belong to the very same parent. In truth, you wouldn’t even believe they share an electric powertrain! The Kona EV was built at first with an IC engine and hence appears to be like like just one more petrol (or diesel) SUV. What presents you a smaller clue that it is not a person is the blanked-out grille and all the EV details and knowledge that pops up on the exhibit screens when you start off the automobile. But there’s no finding absent from the Kona’s IC engine roots, which is obvious in the over-all stance and condition. That’s real of many other EVs in the Indian industry, which include the bestselling Nexon EV.

So, what is an EV meant to glimpse like? Effectively, radically diverse and futuristic, for starters EVs are the long run, after all. And offering us a superior glimpse at the long run is the Ioniq 5, which you can quickly convey to is no regular automobile. That’s due to the fact the Ioniq 5 is ‘born electric,’ a phrase that is very a lot a part of the EV lexicon these days and stands for precisely what it indicates – cars and trucks that have been conceived to be pushed purely by battery electricity and by no means with a typical Internal Combustion (IC) engine.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 side

Styling is futuristic, yet reminiscent of ’80s hatchbacks.

The Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s initial ‘born electric’ EV, a new breed that is no cost from the packaging and design constraints of a lump of a transmission and driveline below the floor, an even larger lump of an engine below the nose, and a fuel tank below the rear seat. It is developed on a bespoke system, or ‘skateboard’, which is been optimised for cost, house efficiency and, of course, electrification. And this skateboard is the Hyundai Group’s E-GMP (Electric World wide Modular Platform) developed around a battery pack, electric motors and allied elements, with more than enough flexibility to spawn a huge assortment of entire body styles.

The Ioniq 5 will be the initial of 6 all-new EVs that Hyundai will convey to India in the upcoming 5 decades. Slated for a mid-2022 start, the Ioniq 5 will guide the Korean auto major’s ‘top-down’ strategy into India. On the other hand, the Ioniq 5 will not be cheap. It will be released as an import, and nevertheless it’s an EV, it will not get any customs duty concessions. We estimate the Ioniq 5 to cost amongst Rs forty five lakh-sixty lakh, relying on the battery sizing and over-all specs, which are yet to be made the decision.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 C-pillar

C-pillar encouraged by Lancia Delta?

Searching Ahead

For a automobile that doesn’t have to be built around the rigid placement of an engine and gearbox, the Ioniq 5, at initial look, appears to be like quite typical, almost disappointingly so. Gape at it a bit more time and the exclusive design combine of this bespoke EV commences to soak by way of. The angular proportions give it the silhouette of a eighties hatch and the C-pillar has a touch of the Lancia Delta in it, but it’s the futuristic aspects that grab your consideration. The entire body is replete with ultra-sharp cuts and creases, and the highlight is the Z-shaped slash on the flanks, which has a folded-paper influence. Flush door handles, the clamshell bonnet and 20-inch alloy wheels that glimpse like they’ve been built in a wind tunnel glimpse very futuristic, but it’s the substantial-tech LED matrix light-weight clusters that are its most modern attribute. The lights have a pixel theme that is carried all through the automobile, and the rear, in individual, has a whole-width matrix strip with a series of sci-fi looking square pixel lights. The coolest bit is the Daytime Functioning Lamp light-weight bar on the major edge of the entrance bumper, which you never discover until eventually it’s illuminated. The Ioniq 5’s exclusive lights signature is what really can make it stand out and shows the world what the long run of motoring appears to be like like.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 dashboard

Dashboard a trim panel with screens hooked up onto it. Hard buttons not accomplished absent with yet.


The extremely extensive 3,000mm wheelbase and limited overhangs are also clues that the Ioniq 5 is not a typical crossover. Stretching the wheelbase as a lot as attainable is a major precedence when building a ‘born electric’ automobile on a skateboard due to the fact it’s within just the wheelbase that the battery pack is positioned. Hence, a more time wheelbase implies a larger battery, which in flip implies a more time assortment. Elongating the wheelbase has other pros much too – it frees up additional house within just the cabin and presents designers additional home to participate in with.


Hyundai Ioniq 5 screens

Two 12.3-inch screens sharp and uncomplicated to read through.

This is promptly noticeable the minute you slide into the Ioniq 5’s cabin. Guiding the wheel, it’s additional like an business office seat than a cockpit due to the fact the conventional centre console has been accomplished absent with. This frees up house forward of the entrance seats which would normally have been taken up by the air-con blower device, which has been moved to below the bonnet, the place an engine normally sits. This relocation of the HVAC system is attainable only in a ‘born electric’ EV and is a superior illustration of the packaging positive aspects this bespoke architecture provides. With no centre console, the entrance seats can be moved forward to release additional house in the rear. Not amazingly, the rear seat is extremely generous, with additional than more than enough home even for 6-footers, and the entirely flat floor can make sitting a few abreast rather easy much too. The flat floor has other pros as properly. It enables the console amongst the entrance seats to slide a superior 140mm. So if you want a bit additional legroom for the center passenger behind, you can slide it forward. But, if people behind want uncomplicated accessibility to the pair of charging points behind the console, it can be slid back again.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 front seats

The missing conventional centre console frees up house forward of the entrance seats.

There are also, even so, down sides of the E-GMP, which have additional to do with the slab of lithium sitting below the floor. The battery pack pushes the floor up and forces you to sit in a marginally knees-up placement. It is not not comfortable but on extensive drives you will pass up a lack of below-thigh aid. The seats them selves are quite skinny but you never feel a lack of cushioning, and the light-weight, eco-helpful fabrics that adorn the relaxation of the seats have a minimalist attraction to them, which is in maintaining with the car’s ‘save-the-world’ ethos.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 rear seats

There is hundreds of home in the rear and flat floor can make seating a few uncomplicated.

The dashboard is a straightforward and pancake-trim panel with a pair of 12.3-inch screens sitting on the major and a separate touch delicate manage panel for the air-con housed below. The touchscreens are super sharp, uncomplicated to read through even in broad daylight and give you all the details you want. They are a touch slow to react but a tweak in software program need to form them out. The outer edge of the touchscreen panel is magnetic so you can attach toll tickets, parking receipts or photos of your wife or husband, your favourite automobile (not a Kona EV, then!) or whatever you like.

On A Cost

The Ioniq 5 comes with a alternative of two battery packs. The foundation model receives a 54kWh pack which is superior for 383km in the formal examination cycle, while a 72kWh battery stretches assortment to a claimed 481km. The E-GMP has a superfast 800V charging functionality which, technically, can completely cost the battery in 18 minutes! But, in India, the place most chargers have a 25kW or 50kW output at greatest, it will be a while before the Ioniq 5’s rapidly-charging functionality can be employed to the fullest.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 rear

Impressively quick, with 306hp, and it disguises its bodyweight quite properly.

There are multiple electricity outputs as properly the foundation variant places out 170hp and is rear-wheel-travel only. It is very likely that Hyundai will convey the major-spec variant that creates a additional energetic 306hp and is a 4×4 as properly with two motors (a person for just about every axle). It is this major-spec variant I briefly drove and, expectedly, it was impressively quick straight off the bat. We expect EVs to dart forward the quick you prod the accelerator and the Ioniq 5 does just that, like a rabbit prodded with an electric rod. It disguises its two,100kg kerb bodyweight alternatively properly, be it in the way it accelerates or handles. Heading from to 100kph in a claimed 5.2sec can make it faster than nearly anything else for the funds, and the effortless and noiseless way this automobile lunges forward is an extra bonus. Like most EVs, the Ioniq much too runs out of volts at the major conclude, and outside of 130kph, performance drops off quite sharply. It is rapidly and effortless for most overtaking obligations and a flex of the correct foot is fulfilled with a gratifying lunge to the horizon, but what is also noticeable is that the Ioniq 5 is not a sporty, performance automobile and in truth feels quite the contrary.

The battery pack ties it down nicely and the steering is quick and exact, but the over-all dynamics will not tempt you to look for out a twisty street or toss the automobile into a corner. What you get is an unbelievably plush journey, a very peaceful and hushed driving knowledge, which, along with the roomy cabin, marks the Ioniq out as probably the most cozy EV you can invest in. Indeed, it will be expensive, but what you are purchasing is a piece of the long run and correct now, there’s no automobile as far forward into the long run as the Ioniq 5.