Hyundai’s new zero-emission vehicles show the future is bright for car lovers, but there is a drawback for would-be buyers.
Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 electric vehicle has proved a hit with buyers, despite prices starting at $ 71,900. We have captured the all-wheel drive flagship model.
Giulio: You seemed particularly pleased when you stopped with this Ioniq 5.
Iain: There is a lot to be pleased with. Thousands went on Hyundai’s list of expressions of interest and only 240 secured one. The offer is extremely limited.
Giulio: It’s a really good week to have an electric car too. Petrol and diesel prices remain sky-high, so it’s a good time to bypass the servos.
Iain: Indeed. And it looks spectacular in metal.
Giulio: Many stopped to ask. Most thought his style was great and the cabin space huge.
Iain: It is the size of a medium SUV but with a retro sedan style. There’s no front grille, sharp edges, futuristic LED lights, and intricate 20-inch aerodynamic wheels giving it a huge presence.
Giulio: The front is stunning and its rear lights look like a checkered disco floor. How many?
Iain: This four-wheel drive dual-engine costs $ 75,900 before the roads. A single-engine version costs $ 4000 less. Costly? The market says no The first batch is sold out in minutes.
THE LIVING SPACE
Giulio: I like how electric vehicles have a smarter interior space than petrol and diesel.
Iain: The huge 3,000mm wheelbase of the Ioniq 5 – more than Hyundai’s eight-seat Palisade – means cavernous space.
Giulio: The $ 80,000 car is a huge demand for a Hyundai, but there’s serious quality inside. The electric seats in faux leather have many adjustment possibilities in addition to heating and ventilation.
Iain: A pair of 12.3-inch screens make up the instrument cluster and infotainment. Both are clear and futuristic, but not as customizable as they should be.
Giulio: Compared to the single screen of a Tesla Model 3 that controls everything, the Ioniq 5 feels more familiar and easier to navigate. A separate climate panel is much better than going through a screen.
Iain: There are five USB sockets, wireless charging, and a carpeted bin under the dashboard where you can store a mini fridge. We could almost put a baby in the glove compartment, it’s that big.
Giulio: The rear space is also huge, with ample room for an adult in the center. The rear seats are heated, slide on rails and recline. There is a lot of light through a fixed glass roof.
Iain: Let me spoil the party. The large doors are very dull compared to the rest of the design, the ambient lighting could be brighter and the air conditioning struggled in the back when it was really hot outside.
Giulio: It is excellent to drive. Smooth, quiet and in Sport mode the acceleration is beastly.
Iain: But not uncomfortable. Speed won’t tear your eyes out like a Tesla Model 3 Performance or Porsche Taycan Turbo.
Giulio: Aside from the electric motors, it drives and feels a lot like a normal car. I don’t feel like I’m driving an iPad.
Iain: The range is 430 km without panic and the Ioinq 5 has usually proven true to its word. On the hottest day I turned the air conditioning up to maximum and the expected range decreased by 100km. Ouch.
Giulio: It cruises beautifully, seat comfort is top-notch, and there’s Bose audio to go with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Cruise control and lane keeping function offer semi-autonomous driving – ideal for traffic jams.
Iain: But lane keeping assistance, as with other Hyundai, is too nanny. Thank goodness you can turn it off.
Giulio: I can’t think of a cooler car to park in front of my favorite expensive boutique.
Iain: For attention it rivals a red Ferrari.
Giulio: A bird’s-eye view camera and sensors make parking easy, or if you’re really lazy, park for yourself.
Iain: The boot is shallow but very long. There is also a bit of “frunk” under the hood.
Giulio: It looks like a sports car on winding roads.
Iain: Well, very heavy. Weighing in at 2100kg he is by no means agile, but he grips superbly, the turns are flat and he feels confident at high speed. On poor roads its Michelin Pilot Sport tires don’t suppress bumps well, but otherwise it’s impressive.
Giulio: Let’s talk about charging, as this is the concern of most people with electric vehicles. We used a 50kW public charger and went from 15% charge to 80% in 45 minutes.
Iain: It can load faster. If you find a rarer 350kW charger, the same job would be done in about 15 minutes. A real coffee break. Home charging takes about 31 hours with a regular outlet, but a home wall charger does it in seven hours.
Giulio: The battery also charges when the accelerator is released, although I disabled the function so it drove like a normal car.
Iain: There are four modes of battery regeneration, depending on the power you want. There is also an “I-pedal” mode which means that if you calculate the right time, you need to use the brake only for emergencies.
Giulio: Kids love the space and good viewing from the second row. And you can use the car to power anything from a camping fridge to a Nespresso machine. Brilliant
Iain: It has strong security, is reasonably cheap to repair, and resale should be strong. The challenge is to get one.
Giulio: If this is the future then sign me up, it’s a cliché, but I don’t really want to give it back.
Iain: I know $ 80,000 isn’t that affordable, but the Ioniq 5 is probably the best electric car you can buy right now. Beautiful, smart, spacious and great to drive.
HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 AWD VITAL
PRICE From $ 75,900 plus on the road
WARRANTY AND MAINTENANCE 5 years / unlimited km (good), $ 1684 for 5 years / 75,000 km
MOTOR Electric motor on each axis, 225kW / 605Nm combined
5 star SAFETY, 7 airbags, automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic warning, blind spot warning, lane keeping assist, cruise control radar
AUTONOMY 430 km
REPLACEMENT repair kit
BOAT 527-1587 liters
Originally published as Hyundai Ioniq 5 AWD review from 2022