Finally: Hyundai has completely pulled the curtain off the long-awaited Ioniq 5. A car with special specifications and a special price for Hyundai.
We had known for a long time that it was coming: the Ioniq 5. It is Hyundai’s first model under the new sub-label Ioniq, which it announced last year. The Korean car manufacturer developed a new platform for a new generation of electric models. The E-GMP platform is now used throughout the group for all kinds of different models. This is possible because the base is modular and allows for different motor configurations. The first descendant, the Ioniq 5, is therefore available in different flavors.
Different versions of Ioniq 5
Recently, some information about the Ioniq 5 leaked out, and it now appears to be correct. There are four variants of the new electric model, with the size of the battery pack always leading. Hyundai will initially supply the Ioniq 5 with a 58 or 72.6 kWh battery. If the customer has made that choice, they can also choose between rear or all-wheel drive. The different versions come with different specifications, which we can best put in a table.
|72,6 kWh + RWD||72.6 kWh + 4WD||58 kWh + RWD||58 kWh + 4WD|
|Power||160 kW||70 kW (front) + 155 kW (rear)||125 kW||53 kW (front) + 120 kW (rear)|
|Couple||350 Nm||255 Nm (front) + 350 Nm (rear)||350 Nm||255 Nm (front) + 350 Nm (rear)|
|Acc. 0-100 km/h||7,4 s||5,2 s||8,5 s||6,1 s|
|Range||+- 480 km||n.n.b.||+- 380 km||n.n.b.|
The Ioniq 5 is currently still in the homologation process, so the exact WLTP figures for the range of the car are not yet known. Hyundai has already informed us that the version with 58 kWh battery will probably be about 100 kilometers less far on a charge of electricity.
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That is not such a problem, because every Ioniq 5 comes standard with an impressive 800 Volt system. This means that the electric Korean can charge very quickly at a DC charging point, provided that point delivers a high power. If you hang the Ioniq 5 on a 350 kW charger, it slurps 100 kilometers of driving range within five minutes. Charging from 10 to 80 percent takes only 18 minutes, according to Hyundai.
You can also use the Ioniq itself as a charging point. The car has two so-called V2L sockets to which you can connect electrical devices. One V2L point is located between the front seats, the other is next to the charging socket with which you charge the Ioniq 5. It also works when the car is switched off. The V2L points deliver a maximum power of 3.6 kW.
Flat loading floor
The Ioniq 5 is full of smarts. For example, the car has a flat loading floor, also in the first row of seats. The center console is separate from the dashboard, allowing passengers to get in and out from any side of the car. The Ioniq 5’s furniture is 30% thinner than regular seats, allowing more space in the second row of seats. That is enough anyway, because the Ioniq 5 has a large wheelbase of 3 meters. The dashboard has a very minimalist design, with two 12-inch screens demanding attention. Striking: the Hyundai logo is missing on the steering wheel, but it is on the nose and rear of the car.
The Ioniq 5 also has plenty of luggage space. The space in the rear measures 531 liters, with the second row of seats also sliding a further 13.5 centimeters in the longitudinal direction. If you throw the couch flat, 1591 liters will fit in the new electric Hyundai. The ‘frunk’ offers space for a further 57 liters in the case of a rear-wheel drive variant. If you go for a 4WD version, you can still store 24 liters there. Do you want to go out with your caravan? No problem, because the Ioniq 5 can pull a maximum of 1600 kilograms. Nice, until you see what that does to the range of the car. But then we come back to fast charging …
Hyundai comes with another sub-brand
We have not yet talked about the appearance of the Ioniq 5. That is a further development of the beautiful Concept 45, which Hyundai presented at the IAA in Frankfurt in 2019. Luckily, many elements of that concept car have remained, such as the special LED lighting and the sharp Z-shaped folds on the sides. The Ioniq 5 measures 4.64 meters in length, is 1.89 meters wide and 1.61 meters high. This makes it bigger than a Hyundai Kona or Tucson, but also a Volkswagen ID.4. It is 4.58 meters long.
Good, so special specifications, but they also come with a special price. The full price list for all variants is not yet known, but the Dutch importer will already announce what the top model will cost. Hyundai will build 3,000 copies of the ‘Project 45’, a richly equipped version including solar panels on the roof, 20-inch alloy wheels and an advanced head-up display. It costs 58,995 euros in our country. This makes the Ioniq 5 by far the most expensive Hyundai of the moment, because the thickest Santa Fé PHEV costs just under 53 grand. This Project 45 can be ordered immediately and is expected to be delivered in the summer of 2021. Hyundai will open the order books for cheaper versions at a later stage.
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