Hyundai Ioniq 5 review, test drive

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The ‘born electric’ Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s subsequent bet for India. Hormazd Sorabjee drives a slice of the foreseeable future.

There are electric powered cars and there are electric powered cars. And they aren’t all the same. There’s the Hyundai Kona EV and there’s the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and they aren’t the same both. If you place your hand on the badge, you wouldn’t assume they each belong to the same father or mother. In simple fact, you wouldn’t even assume they share an electric powered powertrain! The Kona EV was built at first with an IC motor and for this reason seems to be like just an additional petrol (or diesel) SUV. What gives you a smaller clue that it isn’t one is the blanked-out grille and all the EV info and data that pops up on the screen screens when you get started the car. But there’s no finding away from the Kona’s IC motor roots, which is apparent in the general stance and condition. Which is correct of quite a few other EVs in the Indian market, such as the bestselling Nexon EV.

So, what’s an EV meant to glance like? Perfectly, radically distinct and futuristic, for starters EVs are the foreseeable future, following all. And supplying us a great glance at the foreseeable future is the Ioniq 5, which you can instantly explain to is no ordinary car. Which is since the Ioniq 5 is ‘born electric powered,’ a phrase that is very significantly a portion of the EV lexicon these times and stands for particularly what it suggests – cars that have been conceived to be driven purely by battery power and in no way with a conventional Inside Combustion (IC) motor.

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

The Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s 1st ‘born electric’ EV, a new breed that is cost-free from the packaging and design and style constraints of a lump of a transmission and driveline under the flooring, an even even bigger lump of an motor under the nose, and a gas tank under the rear seat. It’s built on a bespoke platform, or ‘skateboard’, that is been optimised for expense, place effectiveness and, of study course, electrification. And this skateboard is the Hyundai Group’s E-GMP (Electrical World Modular Platform) built around a battery pack, electric powered motors and allied components, with adequate versatility to spawn a large selection of human body types.

The Ioniq 5 will be the 1st of 6 all-new EVs that Hyundai will deliver to India in the subsequent five years. Slated for a mid-2022 start, the Ioniq 5 will guide the Korean auto major’s ‘top-down’ strategy into India. Nevertheless, the Ioniq 5 won’t be low-cost. It will be introduced as an import, and even though it is an EV, it won’t get any customs duty concessions. We estimate the Ioniq 5 to expense involving Rs 45 lakh-sixty lakh, relying on the battery size and general specs, which are still to be made the decision.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 C-pillar

C-pillar encouraged by Lancia Delta?

Seeking Forward

For a car that does not have to be built around the inflexible posture of an motor and gearbox, the Ioniq 5, at 1st glance, seems to be pretty conventional, nearly disappointingly so. Gape at it a little bit lengthier and the one of a kind design and style combine of this bespoke EV commences to soak via. 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 is the futuristic specifics that seize your notice. The human 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 outcome. Flush door handles, the clamshell bonnet and twenty-inch alloy wheels that glance like they’ve been built in a wind tunnel glance very futuristic, but it is the substantial-tech LED matrix mild clusters that are its most impressive function. The lights have a pixel concept that is carried in the course of the car, and the rear, in distinct, has a comprehensive-width matrix strip with a collection of sci-fi searching sq. pixel lights. The coolest little bit is the Daytime Running Lamp mild bar on the best edge of the entrance bumper, which you don’t recognize right up until it is illuminated. The Ioniq 5’s one of a kind lighting signature is what definitely would make it stand out and demonstrates the entire world what the foreseeable future of motoring seems to be like.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 dashboard

Dashboard a slim panel with screens attached on to it. Really hard buttons not carried out away with still.


The exceptionally very long three,000mm wheelbase and short overhangs are also clues that the Ioniq 5 is not a conventional crossover. Stretching the wheelbase as significantly as doable is a best priority when designing a ‘born electric’ car on a skateboard since it is within the wheelbase that the battery pack is positioned. Hence, a lengthier wheelbase signifies a even bigger battery, which in convert signifies a lengthier selection. Elongating the wheelbase has other advantages way too – it frees up more place within the cabin and gives designers more area to engage in with.


Hyundai Ioniq 5 screens

Two 12.three-inch screens sharp and uncomplicated to browse.

This is instantly evident the minute you slide into the Ioniq 5’s cabin. Guiding the wheel, it is more like an workplace seat than a cockpit since the standard centre console has been carried out away with. This frees up place in advance of the entrance seats which would in any other case have been taken up by the air-con blower unit, which has been moved to under the bonnet, wherever an motor commonly sits. This relocation of the HVAC process is doable only in a ‘born electric’ EV and is a great example of the packaging gains this bespoke architecture offers. With no centre console, the entrance seats can be moved ahead to release more place in the rear. Not astonishingly, the rear seat is very generous, with more than adequate area even for 6-footers, and the completely flat flooring would make sitting down 3 abreast rather effortless way too. The flat flooring has other advantages as effectively. It lets the console involving the entrance seats to slide a great 140mm. So if you want a little bit more legroom for the middle passenger behind, you can slide it ahead. But, if people behind want uncomplicated accessibility to the pair of charging points behind the console, it can be slid back.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 front seats

The missing standard centre console frees up place in advance of the entrance seats.

There are also, nonetheless, down sides of the E-GMP, which have more to do with the slab of lithium sitting down under the flooring. The battery pack pushes the flooring up and forces you to sit in a a little knees-up posture. It’s not awkward but on very long drives you will miss a absence of under-thigh help. The seats themselves are pretty thin but you don’t truly feel a absence of cushioning, and the mild, eco-friendly fabrics that adorn the rest of the seats have a minimalist enchantment to them, which is in maintaining with the car’s ‘save-the-world’ ethos.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 rear seats

There’s masses of area in the rear and flat flooring would make seating 3 uncomplicated.

The dashboard is a uncomplicated and pancake-slim panel with a pair of 12.three-inch screens sitting down on the best and a independent touch sensitive manage panel for the air-con housed beneath. The touchscreens are super sharp, uncomplicated to browse even in broad daylight and give you all the info you want. They are a touch gradual to reply but a tweak in software package ought to kind them out. The outer edge of the touchscreen panel is magnetic so you can connect toll tickets, parking receipts or pictures of your husband or wife, your favourite car (not a Kona EV, then!) or regardless of what you like.

On A Demand

The Ioniq 5 comes with a selection of two battery packs. The base design receives a 54kWh pack that is great for 383km in the formal take a look at cycle, even though a 72kWh battery stretches selection to a claimed 481km. The E-GMP has a superfast 800V charging ability which, technically, can completely cost the battery in 18 minutes! But, in India, wherever most chargers have a 25kW or 50kW output at greatest, it will be a while before the Ioniq 5’s fast-charging ability can be made use of to the fullest.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 rear

Impressively speedy, with 306hp, and it disguises its fat pretty effectively.

There are numerous power outputs as effectively the base variant puts out 170hp and is rear-wheel-generate only. It’s probably that Hyundai will deliver the best-spec variant that makes a more energetic 306hp and is a 4×4 as effectively with two motors (one for every single axle). It’s this best-spec variant I briefly drove and, expectedly, it was impressively speedy straight off the bat. We hope EVs to dart ahead the fast you prod the accelerator and the Ioniq 5 does just that, like a rabbit prodded with an electric powered rod. It disguises its two,100kg kerb fat alternatively effectively, be it in the way it accelerates or handles. Going from to 100kph in a claimed 5.2sec would make it more rapidly than nearly anything else for the revenue, and the easy and noiseless way this car lunges ahead is an additional bonus. Like most EVs, the Ioniq way too runs out of volts at the best finish, and beyond 130kph, general performance drops off pretty sharply. It’s fast and easy for most overtaking obligations and a flex of the proper foot is fulfilled with a enjoyable lunge to the horizon, but what’s also evident is that the Ioniq 5 is not a sporty, general performance car and in simple fact feels pretty the contrary.

The battery pack ties it down nicely and the steering is speedy and exact, but the general dynamics won’t tempt you to find out a twisty road or toss the car into a corner. What you get is an extremely plush ride, a very relaxed and hushed driving practical experience, which, along with the spacious cabin, marks the Ioniq out as potentially the most comfortable EV you can acquire. Indeed, it will be expensive, but what you are shopping for is a piece of the foreseeable future and proper now, there’s no car as much in advance into the foreseeable future as the Ioniq 5.